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The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence
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Feb 28, 14

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i love this book -- a seminal favorite! so organic initially in it's portrayal of people, the earth, and relationships and then there is this evolution of these creations as the generations pass -- new ideas, new freedom in their world, leading to stronger selves. i just love the thoughts on having children -- d.h. never had children and he's a man, nevertheless his insights into a woman's experience are so word perfect! here are some of my favorite snippets:

first, a short one:

"There was life outside the church. There was much that the church did not include. He thought of God, and of the whole blue rotunda of the day. That was something great and free. He thought of the ruins of the Grecian worship, and it seems, a temple was never perfectly a temple, till it was ruined and mixed up with the winds and the sky and the herbs"

now, a long one -- though i could go on as he writes at great length and quite beautifully on womanhood and childbearing:

"She forgot that she had watched the sun climb up and pass his way, a magnificent traveler surging forward. She forgot the moon had looked through a window of the high, dark night and nodded like a magic recognition, signaled her to follow. Sun and moon traveled on, and left her, passed her by, a rich woman enjoying her riches. She should go also. But she could not go when they called because she must stay at home now. With satisfaction she relinquished the adventure to the unknown. She was bearing her children. If she were not the wayfarer to the unknown, if she were arrived now, settled in her builded house, a rich woman, still her doors open under the arch of the rainbow, her threshold reflected the passing of the sun and moon, the great travelers, her house was full of the echo of journeying. She was a door and a threshold, she herself. Through her another soul was coming, to stand upon her as upon a threshold, looking out, shading its eyes for the direction to take."
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