Title: The Rainbow
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Publication Date: 1915
How I Found It: 100 Best Novels list
Date Completed: 4/22/16
Summary: In the classic family epic, we follow the life and times of several generations of the Brangwen family.
What I Thought: When D. H. Lawrence released this book back in 1915, people were scandalized - and I think that modern cover is trying to resurrect the feeling. Its content was quite racy for the day, although by today's standards an exact portrayal could easily be shown on primetime broadcast television. I mean, if Olivia Pope can have as much sex as she does in primetime, the sex in The Rainbow would hardly ruffle a feather. Despite my modern desensitizing, knowing the book's contemporary impact definitely shaped how I read and interpreted the novel.
I tend to enjoy work like that of Lawrence. I like the rolling epics, the tendency to move quickly from one generation of characters to the next. Years can pass in a single paragraph. The author is clearly not concerned with expressing the mundane - or even the interesting - details of his characters' lives.