Reviews of Rainbow, the (1915)
Review by islander255 (2007-01-28)
DH Lawrence, as always, creates beautiful prose in this novel of his. His writing is a joy to read just for that reason.
But beware! This story spans three generations, taking the point of view of one person from each generation. This makes for a somewhat disjointed story, and by the time you've gotten to know one character, you're switched to the next. Ursula's part of the story is the last, the longest, and probably the best.
The story is also slow-paced, and the characters are quite indecisive, causing little action. However, there are some good parts. The romance is nice, and some of the characterization is well-done. But the ending is a bit anti-climactic (as is almost always the case with books spanning such vast stretches of time).
My advice? Read DH Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover" first. If you absolutely love his writing style, then give this one a go, but don't expect as much from it.