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Preview — Aaron's Rod by D.H. Lawrence
Written in the years following World War I and set in postwar England and Italy, Aaron's Rod questions many of the accepted social and political institutions of Lawrence's generation, and raises issues as valid for our own time as they were for his. The novel's hero is an Everyman who flees the destruction in England and his failing marriage and who, like Lawrence himself,...more
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Written in the aftermath of the First World War, it illustrates the alienation and loss after the catastrophe on a personal level, symbolised in the rejection of pre-war life style and values. The main character, Aaron Sisson, leaves his life in a Northern mining community behind to escape his unhappy marriage. He embarks on a journey to find a place for himself in a world that has broken down, lost all meaning, given up on the optim ...more
Before I get into why, I wanted to share this hysterical passage from Aaron's Rod. A bomb has just exploded in a cafe: "But Aaron looked i ...more
"Do you think, Lilly, we're the world? said Robert ironically. "Oh, yes, I guess w're shipwrecked in this box, like Robinson Crusoes. And what we do on our own little island matters to us alone. As for the infinite crowds of howling savages outside there in the unspeakable, all you've got to do is mind they don't scrap you."
When you love, your soul breathes in - when your soul breathes out, it's bloody revolution.
A man should remain himself ...more
In the words of evil Willow, bored now. ...more
Unless someone can tell me all DH Lawrence is not like this, I will never read another of his works. ...more
Lawrence became very repetitious throughout this book. It was as if his characters had some sort of social flaw. And while we are on the subject of social views, that was Lawrence's message throughout this book. He took on religion, love, poverty, adultery, politics...so much packed into this novel that it could be overwhelming.
A book like this could have some impact on today's society with the division of the left and right although I think this book leaned more to the left.
I did no ...more
We start with the inddiffernet Aaron Sisson leaving his wife & children in post (WWI?) war England to wander to and around London. Not only is he indifferent to her, he really doesn't actually fight with her. He lets her talk and he just looks at her, decides she's suffocating him, and leaves. In London, he's a flautist for an ...more
That said, I found this to be the most readable of the Lawrence novels I have read. The central character rather selfishly abandons his working class family and goes to discover his fate with the bohemian set in London. Set shortly after the First World War, the novel touches on passing politics and changing social structures as Europe enters a modern age but doesn't dwell on this. The reader is l ...more
about Lawrence. - the short fiction is fantastic while the novels are absurd. Lawrence has given our society much, without question, but novels like this are the result of ideas triumphing over poetry and it's a pattern with too much of his full length fiction. The dialogue is trash - we can talk about the style of the time, sure, but laying heavy handed adverbs on every third line of dialogue suggests a shock ...more
His friends were also quite unlikable, although I kind of enjoyed the bits with Francis and that other artist guy. I kept wondering if they were gay though, but I guess that would've been way too controversial for a story of this time.
The thing that really distracted me was the repetition of phrases. Maybe the author lived in an area where people spoke like that, but it g ...more
It's around 1920. Aaron Sisson leaves his wife and children and 12 year old marriage in an English mining community where Aaron had worked as a secretary for a Miner's Union. He journeys to London and makes a living playing flute in orchestras. In London he meets Rawdon Lilly (who is a satirical self-portrait of Lawrence himself). The Lilly's have no children. Rawdon is a writer and a wanderer with ...more
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