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The size of the: 5.69 MB
Edition: Penguin Classics
Date of issue: July 1st 1997
ISBN: 0141180307
The author of the book: D.H. Lawrence
Language: English
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780141180304

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It was exciting to get my hands on this book of three travelogues which basically has D.H. Lawrence recording his travels through Italy during three different periods in his life, first by land, another by sea, and one ultimately ending as his own life did, below ground.  I made a few notes in my initial excitement over reading this book that are revealing, and some are worth repeating here: 

Another book to savor this summer. I see resemblances here to the descriptive contemporary Cormac McCarthy.

Now this is some beautiful writing and personal observations and beliefs that I may or may not agree with, but it is interesting to witness somebody with the gristle to bring it on hastily. From the start, the fact he hates the bible makes him OK with me.

A densely-made smorgasbord of language and song.

There is a long introduction that is very helpful in preparing you for the reading of this book. Now that I am reading Lawrence himself, I am eager to learn what he has to say.

The last book being his death march.  Interesting. Deep into the caves.

It took me as long to read this entire triptych travelogue as it did for Lawrence to walk his way around them all.  First the book found its way to Michigan, surrounded by the Huron National Forest in late Spring of 2012, where I received the hefty book in the mail at my local post office box.  I then lugged it back to Louisville with me in mid August for a week when I just had to take my wife to a Jackson Browne solo concert, and then I hauled it back up to the north woods of Michigan until mid-September before unpacking it again in Louisville for the beginning of my fall reading period.  Throughout the book's travels I read pages of it every day.  I was continually impressed with the way Lawrence found fault with so many things he saw and in almost every location he traveled to.  If it was indeed a place he might have admired it waned in his abhorrence for what the stewards had done to destroy what was good in it.  So many parallels to my own life experience even a century and a half later.  But the book was much more than a public complaint. Lawrence informed and at times, most likely, rewrote a little history, at least as he saw it.

The travelogues are not something any of us should take along with us today to map out our strategy for seeing Italy.  They are helpful in preparing yourself for the worst, but many things have most likely changed.  I am sure that the food is better, the hotels cleaner, and the people of Italy more conformed to the importance of the tourist dollars being spent in their vicinities, providing for livelihoods and a higher standard of living than the peasants were accustomed to in the period of Lawrence's travels.  Lawrence offers his opinion on many things and his opinions are the highlights for me in all three books.  He makes what seems to be spontaneous remarks and his wit and clever responses are quite enjoyable.

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Ebook D.H. Lawrence and Italy: Twilight in Italy/Sea and Sardinia/Etruscan Places read Online! David Herbert Richards Lawrence was an English writer of the 20th century, whose prolific and diverse output included novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel books, paintings, translations, literary criticism and personal letters. His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialisation. In them, Lawrence confronts issues relating to emotional health and vitality, spontaneity, human sexuality and instinct.

Lawrence's opinions earned him many enemies and he endured official persecution, censorship, and misrepresentation of his creative work throughout the second half of his life, much of which he spent in a voluntary exile he called his "savage pilgrimage." At the time of his death, his public reputation was that of a pornographer who had wasted his considerable talents. E. M. Forster, in an obituary notice, challenged this widely held view, describing him as "the greatest imaginative novelist of our generation." Later, the influential Cambridge critic F. R. Leavis championed both his artistic integrity and his moral seriousness, placing much of Lawrence's fiction within the canonical "great tradition" of the English novel. He is now generally valued as a visionary thinker and a significant representative of modernism in English literature.
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