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Out of Sheer Rage


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Geoff Dyer is the author of Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D.H. Lawrence, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, as well as Paris Trance: A Romance, and But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz. He lives in England.


There are well over 1000 books on D.H. Lawrence, but this one has an unconventional angle. On the first page, one is disabused of the notion that this will be yet another critical analysis or biography, perhaps brilliant, perhaps jargon-ridden, but destined to join all the others. Instead of his planned academic "Lawrence Book," Dyer (But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz, LJ 11/15/95) gives us a splendid study on procrastination, denial, rationalization, and writer's block. As he travels around Paris, Greece, Oaxaca, and other locales, he agonizes over such things as what books to bring along and which to leave behind; either way, they become excuses for not writing. There is the irony that the self-admittedly undisciplined Dyer did indeed manage to produce this book, even if not the learned tome he had intended. It deserves to be called his "Lawrence Book," and it's probably all the better for the manner in which it was written. Heartily recommended, although libraries need not purchase if they have the 1997 British edition.‘Janice E. Braun, Mills Coll., Oakland, CA

"The funniest book I have ever read." --Steve Martin"Painfully funny . . . sheer pleasure." --David Lodge, The Times (London)"An intriguing, magnetic, genre-rattling book." --The Sunday Times (London)"Marvelous . . . a glorious truant from study . . . gives a better picture of Lawrence than any biography I know." --James Wood, The Guardian (UK)"Funny and self-laceratingly candid but with a nice Nabokovian spin on the fatal and irresistable allure of procrastination." --William Boyd, Books of the Year, The Spectator (UK)"Dizzying fun . . . Dyer is several kinds of good writer." --David Kipen, San Francisco Chronicle"The kind of book that gives literary criticism a bad name. Hilarious!" --John Berger

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