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Mr Noon

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The first annotated paperback publication of Lawrence's autobiographical and strikingly innovative unfinished novel

Begun in 1920, Mr Noon is divided into two distinct parts, the first of which appeared in 1934 and the second of which remained unpublished until the Cambridge edition of 1984, the first publication of the novel in full. Abandoning a promising academic career
Paperback, Cambridge Lawrence Edition, 368 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Penguin Classics (first published 1984)
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Sarah Magdalene
Jul 15, 2011 Sarah Magdalene rated it it was amazing
Mr Noon Was a First Rate Spoon

Found Mr Noon in the second hand bookshop the other day. Oh joy! A DHL I hadn’t read! It is unfinished and unedited (a process he took very seriously), and reading it, I get the feeling that a large part of his editing process involved toning down his wild and surreal silliness. It is full of narrative breaking, fanciful addresses to his reader who he is certain is female, because males are all so frightened of him. Frightened because he eviscerates them so brutally
Diane Adam
Jul 24, 2015 Diane Adam rated it liked it
This is a difficult book to review because it was never finished; it was abandoned in 1921 and found among Lawrence's papers after his death. Also, it doesn't really have a plot as it's more a fictionalised account of the author's travels in Europe and his meeting with Frieda. However, the writing is as wonderfully descriptive as ever with lots of the word inventions that Lawrence does so well:sun-shimmering, dry-souled, bluey-effervescent, dawn-tender. Worth reading.
Aug 17, 2011 Krissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you love to spoon? There's an entire chapter dedicated to the art in this book.
Dec 27, 2009 Amanda rated it liked it
very chatty, Mr. lawrence is awfully mean to his reader.
Mar 20, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it
It was fun to read an unfinished work by D.H. Lawrence, especially since the story follows so closely to the author's own life. Passionate, over-the-top, and downright goofy at times, the author by turns abuses and seduces the reader. :-) A refreshing change of pace from the fiction I've been reading of late.
Jul 15, 2009 Satia rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
I've read and enjoyed Lawrence before. Unfortunately, this book fell flat for me and by the time I reached part two I was too bored to continue with it. I can see why this was not published during his lifetime.
Richard Lodge
Aug 11, 2012 Richard Lodge rated it liked it
Worth a look. It's written in a flippant, nudging sort of style that can get a little wearing, but it has a verve and a humour about it that make it entertaining for a while, at least. I can see why he didn't go on to finish it. I was not sorry when it ended. But I'm glad I took a look.
Peggy Aylsworth
Oct 07, 2015 Peggy Aylsworth rated it liked it
This is an engaging book. Lawrence's language is wondrous...better than much
of his other writing. It has a free-flowing sense...often directed to "gentle
reader." There is humor as well as romance in this novel.
Jul 25, 2011 Kezia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Alas, another unfinished work, but as one of his more autobiographical and personal works, it has a special place on the shelf.
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David Herbert Richards Lawrence was an English writer of the 20th century, whose prolific and diverse output included novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel books, paintings, translations, literary criticism and personal letters. His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialisation. In them, Lawrence confronts issues rel ...more
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“Sunday night meant, in the dark, wintry, rainy Midlands ... anywhere where two creatures might stand and squeeze together and spoon.... Spooning was a fine art, whereas kissing and cuddling are calf-processes.” 2 likes
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