• Title: The White Peacock
  • Author: D.H. Lawrence Michael Black Andrew Robertson
  • ISBN: 9780140187786
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Paperback
  • The White Peacock Lawrence s first novel is a compelling exploration of the interpersonal influences that cause unhappiness in relationships and is based on the lives of three individuals the lively Lettie and George
    Lawrence s first novel is a compelling exploration of the interpersonal influences that cause unhappiness in relationships and is based on the lives of three individuals, the lively Lettie and George and Leslie.

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    1. I see that Lawrence reworked this novel 3 times. If only one of those times he had realised that the first person narration didn't work - at times it feels that the narrator is just a voyeur, and too often I found myself thinking, well how does he know that? And why, in his revisions, didn't he write an ending?That said, it has to be given 4 stars for the quality of the writing and the depth of characterisation. His detaile dobservation is a wonder: here is Meg, obsessed with her baby to the exc [...]

    2. Lawrence's first novel and clearly a biographical snapshot of his young manhood is flawed and unfulfilling, but shows the sketched outline of the genius to come. "The White Peacock" is full of landscapes that change with the seasons and the moods of its characters. While the natural world gets described in thrillingly glorious detail, his treatment of animals is strangely callous and gruesome. I can't recall another book with such a high animal death toll. The book's main weakness is its central [...]

    3. Kitabin dili güzel , temiz ve akıcı. Hele doğa tasvirleri mükemmeldi. Yalnız, zaman geçişlerinde bir sıkıntı söz konusu.

    4. It is always interesting to read a major author's last works first, and then delve into their first novel. I found myself spiralling down from a Love Among the Haystacks quaintness, to a period Enid Blyton curiosity, and finally to a period piece of young adult (YA) fiction. That is, until towards the end when the major characters are approaching middle age. This is where the back cover's "strange genius" is evident. The tone moves with the age of the characters. It is always difficult to limit [...]

    5. This is a re-read. As Lawrence's first novel, this one acts really as a foreshadow of brilliance to come in his later works. To me, his ability to capture the beauty and simplicity of nature is unparalleled. He often juxtaposes nature with the complexities (words, actions, spirit) of his characters. His strength definitely lies in his characters – Their relationships with one another and their individual construction, often complicated though relatable. What doesn't work in this novel is the c [...]

    6. Charming first novel from one of English's greatest novelists, full of the kind of stuff that would make Lawrence famous. Everyone feels, everyone suffers, relationships fail. Ah, Lawrence.

    7. Lawrence's first novel 'The White Peacock', published in 1911, exhibits all the charms and faults you would expect of a first novel. It was six years in the writing, undergoing three re-writes, yet despite its long gestation it would have benefitted from some prudent editing and re-structuring of the narrative. The novel is set in an undefined time that is recognisable as late Victorian England, a world of distinct classes where the heart of the industrial revolution was still beating. It tells [...]

    8. DH Lawrence is an author whom I admire since I discovered his autobiographical novel, "Sons & Lovers". His eyes look at humanity with such intimacy and intricacy that the mind is amazed and the imagination overwhelmed.Being his first novel, The White Peacock certainly aroused my genuine curiosity. The novel starts with a plaintive note while gradually the reader becomes a part of the novel as she witnesses the life of characters unravel.In the novel, the author has dwelt on the many complexi [...]

    9. Il Lawrence, a vent'anni, già si presentava indagatore meraviglioso della umana natura e dei rapporti tra i sessi- aspetti cardine della sua opera matura. Se già la dinamica Lettie-George anticipa, nella sua impossibilità, quel ritorno a un modus viventi istintivo e non corrotto da intellettualismi posticci e frenanti- e in questo sta l'errore di George: nel non mantenersi fedele alla propria estrazione sociale, e diventare ibrido- anche si svela tutta l'ambiguità con cui l'autore indaga il [...]

    10. Lettie toys with recklessness and she frivolously plays on George's desire for more out of life. He can never escape her fixed grasp on his heart and his life will never be fulfilled as long as she coyly taunts him with what he will never have. This may be a but harsh on Lettie but the underlying theme is much more beautiful read, therefore experienced, rather than explained.

    11. Not easy to read, but it worth the time! A book about lost youth and his dreams Somehow i find myself in Cyril's way to see life! Everything happends in his friends life's, but never in his. He watch how life is changing by changing his friends and sister!D.H.Lawrence is a very sensitiv and fine observer of the nature.

    12. Ho tentato di leggerlo, ma la traduzione è assolutamente terribile peccato, perchè il romanzo immagino sia piacevole, purtroppo così è incomprensibile.

    13. Wonderful story about friendship and growing up. Also an apt and sadly accurate description how alcohol destroys people.

    14. D.H. Lawrence's writing satisfies me, yet this ending leaves me hanging more than the ending of Lady Chatterley where he wrote enough cues for the reader to conjecture a fulfilling story end. In White Peacock, the cues lead the reader to George's suicide. But, Lawrence didn't cement that in black and white. If I were to write a committed ending, this is how it would go: (I suggest reading the book first. SPOILERS)Cyril, seeing George so "downcast" feels burning guilt over the judgment he cast on [...]

    15. This is an early effort, with flashes of his later magic, but not quite there. A very personal, touching story, but for some reason, he puts himself into it. It's not about him, he's mostly an observer, but a battle plays out in the novel - he's starting to form his writer-voice as a narrator that gets inside the emotional life of each character, and this is struggling against the fact that as the brother of the main character, there are intimate moments in his sister's life that he really shoul [...]

    16. As Lawrence's first novel it is worth 4 or 5 stars. It gives revealing insights into his outlook as a man and as a novelist and into his sexuality. As a novel, in its own right, it is something of a quagmire to get through. His choice to write in first person means putting his narrator into all sorts of situations where he must play the gooseberry. It doesn't work. The student of literary landscapes has much to go on. Wander around the Notts/Derbys border and you'll be wandering the fields, wood [...]

    17. A great book. This has been my introduction to Lawrence and I couldn't fault it. I found his style to be compelling and every sentence seemed to be like a meditation on the art of writing prose. One thing which stood out for me was what I read this book was about; because for me it wasn't. For me it was about the relationship between the protagonist and his friend George. It was probably the most homoerotic thing I've ever read and I wasn't expecting it at all. Amidst reading it I did a little r [...]

    18. Hated some of the characters in this book. I love the way DH doesn't follow the rules you think something is going some where but then off it goes somewhere else. This one doesn't even have the crazy goodbyes of other books with there climaxation that I thought all books needed but apparently not, he just kinda says see ya later and I don't feel like I needed more. I did have to adjust the way I read in order to enjoy it though. I normally like to run through a book getting sucked in to all the [...]

    19. A few chapters in, and although you can see the glimmerings of the D. H. Lawrence of later books, he's not quite there yet. The story is stilted and tedious. The first person narrator is largely redundant and could be dispensed with entirely. The descriptions of nature and country life are charming, but sit uneasily in the jerky narrative. The characters are without distinction or personality.The book improves as you move into the second and third volumes, although the narrator still feels large [...]

    20. This is the first novel by D. H. Lawrence and is set in Eastwood, where he grew up. It was first published in 1911. The story is about unhappy marriages, but the book includes some excellent descriptions of nature and the impact of industrialisation on the countryside and the town, which remained significant themes for Lawrence throughout his life.

    21. The first novel by D H Lawrence seemed a good place to start in my Kindle edition of the complete works. Certainly the quality of the writing signposts to the books to come, but the plot in this instance, seemed to peter out. Still, the description of rural life in the period is authentic and the examination of the disparate relationships is really engaging.

    22. His first novel and got all the problems of a young writer first novel. Very bad that i read his last one then his first. I know what Lawrence is capable of.Except for the passionate scent in some scenes there's nothing especial.

    23. IncipitImmobile, osservavo i peoci scivolare, come ambre nell’oscurità del laghetto del mulinoIl pavone bianco incipitmania

    24. I've picked up this book because it was written in 1911. I am reading it for the way people spoke and social mores of the time to influence Woman of Ruinous Face.

    25. Beautiful but tedious description of the English countryside in the early 20th century. Tragic ending

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