The Rainbow, Paperback Book
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This title is presented with an introduction by Rachel Cusk.

Set between the 1840s and the early years of the twentieth century, "The Rainbow" tells the story of three generations of the Brangwen family, ancient occupiers of Marsh Farm, Nottinghamshire.

Through courting, pregnancy, marriage and defiance Lawrence explores love and the conflicts it brings.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780099541455

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I thought that the first half, describing the early life of Anna, was great. Through 'Anna Victorix', I would have said that this was one of the best books I had ever read. The writing was beautiful and very moving at times. The characters were very sympathetic and, in this book, that mattered greatly for me. The second half, which described the early life of Ursula was not as satisfying. There were wonderful scenes and some more beautiful writing, but the storyline seemed awkward and forced at times. At the end, Ursula carries much of the weight of communicating the author's view of industrial society, but she is so changable and relies so much of emotion that she is not a reliable, or maybe just not a convincing, voice by the end.