Year Published: 1920
First Sentence: Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen sat one morning in the window-bay of their father's house in Beldover, working and talking.
Well, everyone. In a sense, The List has finally defeated me, because I was only a few pages into The Rainbow, sighing audibly, when I decided that I wasn't going to read Women in Love.
The presence of these two books on The List is another one of its tricks, anyway. We've got The Alexandria Quartet and Parade's End appearing as single entries, and then these two books appear as separate entries despite the fact that one is a direct sequel to the other. It's infuriating.
If The Rainbow had been a 2/3 book, I'd be willing to give Women in Love a try. After all, from the sounds of it, it's a bunch of trashy nonsense, in which Ursula Brangwen and her sister Gudrun end up in a kind of love square with two men who end up falling in love with each other. But seeing as the Wikipedia page puts the page count of this book at over 500, I'm sure it'd be just as boring and frustrating as the first book.
Really the only person who wants me to read all these books is me, because no one really reads this blog anyway. And so I'm only disappointing myself here.
But I'd be a lot more disappointed in myself if I were to read the sequel to a book I hated.
I am still planning to read Lawrence's other book on The List, Sons and Lovers, which amazingly made it into the top ten and therefore might, maybe, be a decent read.