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Rainbow (Version 2)

D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

1. CHAPTER I Part 1 - HOW TOM BRANGWEN MARRIED A POLISH LADY
2. CHAPTER I Part 2 - HOW TOM BRANGWEN MARRIED A POLISH LADY
3. CHAPTER II Part 1 - THEY LIVE AT THE MARSH
4. CHAPTER II Part 2 - THEY LIVE AT THE MARSH
5. CHAPTER III - CHILDHOOD OF ANNA LENSKY
6. CHAPTER IV Part 1 - GIRLHOOD OF ANNE BRANGWEN
7. CHAPTER IV Part 2 - GIRLHOOD OF ANNE BRANGWEN
8. CHAPTER V - WEDDING AT THE MARSH
9. CHAPTER VI Part 1 ANNA VICTRIX
10. CHAPTER VI Part 2 - ANNA VICTRIX
11. CHAPTER VI Part 3 - ANNA VICTRIX
12. CHAPTER VII - THE CATHEDRAL
13. CHAPTER VIII Part 1 - THE CHILD
14. CHAPTER VIII Part 2 - THE CHILD
15. CHAPTER IX - THE MARSH AND THE FLOOD
16. CHAPTER X - THE WIDENING CIRCLE
17. CHAPTER XI Part 1 - FIRST LOVE
18. CHAPTER XI Part 2 - FIRST LOVE
19. CHAPTER XI Part 3 - FIRST LOVE
20. CHAPTER XII - SHAME
21. CHAPTER XIII Part 1 - THE MAN'S WORLD
22. CHAPTER XIII Part 2 - THE MAN'S WORLD
23. CHAPTER XIII Part 3 - THE MAN'S WORLD
24. CHAPTER XIV - THE WIDENING CIRCLE -
25. CHAPTER XV Part 1 - THE BITTERNESS OF ECSTASY
26. CHAPTER XV Part 2 - THE BITTERNESS OF ECSTASY
27. CHAPTER XV Part 3 - THE BITTERNESS OF ECSTASY
28. CHAPTER XVI - THE RAINBOW

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    Summary

    Briefly appearing in 1915, then banned and taken out of circulation for its adult treatment of sexuality, Lawrence's visionary novel The Rainbow attempts to situate the lives of three generations of the Brangwen family within the continuous social change marking the Victorian transformation of Britain. Farmer Tom and his Polish wife Lydia, whose peaceful rural existence re-enacts the potent myths of Genesis; artisan Will and the matriarch Anna, who go to live among the industrial and mining communities so rapidly sprung up around Nottingham; finally the restless Ursula who, moving to the city, seeks sexual and emotional fulfilment with the Polish-descended Skrebensky - the three couples are not merely illustrative of the changing times, but allow the author to study in depth the conflict between the outer 'social' selves of those individuals and what he curiously calls the 'inhuman' essential being, the 'is-ness' at the core of their psychical life. Lawrence evokes this dark, unconscious 'vital core' through a language of breathtaking poetic beauty; a rhythmic incantatory prose which listeners to this recording will find perfectly rendered by Tony Foster, in all its nuances. Like Paul Morel, the hero of the earlier Sons and Lovers, Ursula survives her losses to face a future of uncertain but radiant hope: "She saw in the rainbow the earth's new architecture, the old, brittle corruption of houses and factories swept away, the world built up in a living fabric of Truth, fitting to the over-arching heaven."

    Reviews

    Gavin Gillespie

    - The Rainbow, read clearly.

    I really enjoyed Tony Foster's reading of the Rainbow. The pronunciation of the words is very good, which is not very easy sometimes when reading Lawrence. There are two versions of The Rainbow on mp3 format, so make sure you get Version 2.

    Yvonne

    - Excellent!

    Superbly read by Tony Foster with genuine feeling for the prose - one reader throughout too, which is always a pleasure.