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Aaron's Rod

D. H. Lawrence

Book Overview: 

Flutist Aaron Sisson is caught up in the aftermath of WWI. A lost soul, he attempts to find himself in the comfort of bar-room talk and alcohol and a woman. Moving on, he spends time with a mining executive's relatives. But he finds the family a stuffy middle-class lot, bored with each other and themselves. He leaves his wife and children and strikes out for the open road. During a playing engagement at an opera performance, he reunites with the mining executive's family. Talk is of love and war, none of it very satisfying to anyone. At dinner with one of the women, Aaron reveals that he is indifferent to most things in life and just wants to be left alone. So it goes with this lost soul among lost souls. One wonders how he will ever find himself or happiness

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .There's no need at all," said Josephine.

The four who were going north went down to the low tube level. It was nearly the last train. The station was half deserted, half rowdy, several fellows were drunk, shouting and crowing. Down there in the bowels of London, after midnight, everything seemed horrible and unnatural.

"How I hate this London," said Tanny. She was half Norwegian, and had spent a large part of her life in Norway, before she married Lilly.

"Yes, so do I," said Josephine. "But if one must earn one's living one must stay here. I wish I could get back to Paris. But there's nothing doing for me in France.—When do you go back into the country, both of you?"

"Friday," said Lilly.

"How lovely for you!—And when will you go to Norway, Tanny?"

"In about a month," said Tanny.

"You must be awfully pleased."

"Oh—thankful—THANKFUL to get out of England—. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was an interesting novel. A lesser known D.H. Lawrence novel written in 1922 about a coal miner (who doesn't live in grinding poverty) Aaron Sisson who walks away from his wife and three daughters (making sure there's money in the bank for them) and wanders Europe. He can play the flute--wel...more

I wasn't really sure what to expect with this book. I am a D.H. Lawrence fan, but this one did not have very high reviews, so I went in skeptical. I have to say I really enjoyed it. It is typical Lawrence.. beautifully written, but not very likable characters. All in all, if a Lawrence fan, a ver...more

Not one of D.H's best known novels but well worth a read if you are a fan of his writing. The story follows the tale of a flute playing mine worker from Nottinghamshire, Aaron Sisson, who sets out on a journey of discovery and exploration across post-war Europe after becoming disillusioned with h...more

A powerful philosophical treatment of the social and political disillusionment in postwar Europe through the prism of an individual rebellion against social norms and bourgeois values, as well as trappings of unhappy family life and economic bureaucracy. Pursuit of individuality, expression, art,...more

Lawrence is my favourite author because I am drawn to his fearlessness and psychological acuity. He invites controversy, not for the sake of it, but rather, to question the establishment – class structures, social conventions, etc. I love that about him. He is in fine form with Aaron’s Rod. Takin...more

What a sad, sad story! And painfully true and honest as well.

Written in the aftermath of the First World War, it illustrates the alienation and loss after the catastrophe on a personal level, symbolised in the rejection of pre-war life style and values. The main character, Aaron Sisson, leaves h...more

Well, it's finally happened. I have found a British writer I hate. Reading this was reminiscent of reading Anna Karenina; dull plotline involving a character I find so nauseatingly self-absorbed and tedious that I want to smack him/her.

Unless someone can tell me all DH Lawrence is not like this,...more

Some parts of book were excellent, the writing straight from the heart, the way the author describes passion, self-loathing, etc. Story line, however, very jumbled, and several times the same device used - a group of people meeting, debating - the pub in England, the dinner party at Bricknell's,...more

Repetitive

Lawrence became very repetitious throughout this book. It was as if his characters had some sort of social flaw. And while we are on the subject of social views, that was Lawrence's message throughout this book. He took on religion, love, poverty, adultery, politics...so much packed in...more

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