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Twilight in Italy

D. H. Lawrence

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .That is the node, there in the spinal cord.

So the Italian, so the soldier. This is the spirit of the soldier. He, too, walks with his consciousness concentrated at the base of the spine, his mind subjugated, submerged. The will of the soldier is the will of the great cats, the will to ecstasy in destruction, in absorbing life into his own life, always his own life supreme, till the ecstasy burst into the white, eternal flame, the Infinite, the Flame of the Infinite. Then he is satisfied, he has been consummated in the Infinite.

This is the true soldier, this is the immortal climax of the senses. This is the acme of the flesh, the one superb tiger who has devoured all living flesh, and now paces backwards and forwards in the cage of its own infinite, glaring with blind, fierce, absorbed eyes at that which is nothingness to it.

The eyes of the tiger cannot see, except with the light from within itself, by th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I always think DH uses 5 words when only 2 would suffice. Nice opinionated text though.

It seems a great irony to me that I am now reading Lawrence's "travel" books simply because I have read all his major works and so this is all that is left. The main issue is the nomenclature, because "travel book" sounds as banal and insipid as it should hopefully ever be possible to be in the f...more

I had a very intimate connection with this book. Describes Italians how Italians never could. It also presages the rise of fascism in some ways.

Apesar do título do livro ser "Crepúsculo em Itália", D. H. Lawrence não fala assim tanto acerca de Itália. Melhor ainda, fala, mas foca-se essencialmente nas impressões com que vai ficando durante a viagem que faz do Sul da Alemanha ao Norte de Itália.

O livro é composto por um conjunto de ensai...more

This was my first venture into the essays of D H Lawrence; his first travel book set in northern Italy.

It follows his journey from Munich across the Alps to Riva del Garda and then on to the town of Gargnano on the southern western shore of Lake Garda where he stayed from the winter of 1912 to th...more

Picked this up as an ebook and have been reading it on and off on flights, a little bit at a time...there is heartbreaking beauty in the poetic language, and I loved this glimpse into a vanished Italy in all its ugliness and glory.

Herbie, as we were wont to call the Love and Lover-man, lived on Lago di Garda, where I babysat my two year old grandson at Riva del Garda while his Mom was off working for a London law firm most of the week. With classic errors in the Italian I had read for 34 years, I reassured him, “Non preocc...more

I began reading this book to accompany my recent travels. While Lawrence visited some of the same places I did, I didn't learn much about them. I was fairly certain I wouldn't, as it's not that kind of book - it's not a travel guide.. Things he sees, people he meets, places he's been trigger Lawr...more

I've been reading this book on the Muni and the BART every morning, to and from work. San Francisco to Oakland, Oakland to San Francisco. Repeat, repeat. Almost done. It's a tiny book, a little slip of a thing. A magic elixir for the odd stain on the train seat. A soft and confiding voice in the...more

I have enjoyed every book of Lawrence's, struggled with many, respected all, but I stand in awe of the beauty and majesty of this one. Lawrence clearly enjoyed writing it so much that I wondered that he was able to keep his feet upon the ground. When he walks in the warm sunshine and hears two fr...more

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