Aaron’s Rod, Large Print

Aaron’s Rod, Large Print

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Lawrence’s satirical work in which he presents a bitter view of humanity and of the relationship between men and women. Aaron Sisson, a union official in an English mining town, leaves for Italy, deserting his wife and children to pursue politics and his original interest in music. Lawrence seems to foretell the decline of civilization after the first world war.Written in the years following World War I and set in postwar England and Italy, Aaron’s Rod questions many of the accepted social and political institutions of Lawrence’s generation, and raises issues as valid for our own time as they were for his. The novel’s hero is an Everyman who flees the destruction in England and his failing marriage and who, like Lawrence himself, becomes absorbed in discovering and understanding the nature of the political and religious ideologies that shaped western civilization. Aaron’s Rod was completed in 1921 and was censored by both Lawrence’s American and English publishers.

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