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Out of Sheer Rage

Wrestling with D. H. Lawrence

Author: Geoff Dyer

Out of Sheer Rage

Out of Sheer Rage

$19.00

About This Book

Geoff Dyer had always wanted to write a book about D. H. Lawrence. He wanted, in fact, to write his "Lawrence book." The problem was, he had no idea what his "Lawrence book" would be though he was determined to write a "sober academic study." Luckily for the reader, he failed miserably.

Out of Sheer Rage is a harrowing, comic, and grand act of literary deferral. At times a furious repudiation of the act of writing itself, this is not so much a book about Lawrence as a book about writing a book about Lawrence. As Lawrence wrote about his own study of Thomas Hardy, "It will be about anything but Thomas Hardy, I am afraid—queer stuff—but not bad."

Page Count
256
On Sale
11/10/2009

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FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD

"In the spirit of Julian Barnes's Flaubert's Parrot and Alain de Botton's How Proust Can Change Your Life, Mr. Dyer's Out of Sheer Rage keeps circling its subject in widening loops and then darting at it when you least expect it . . . a wild book."--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

Geoff Dyer was a talented young writer, full of energy and reverence for the craft, and determined to write a study of D. H. Lawrence. But he was also thinking about a novel, and about leaving Paris, and maybe moving in with his girlfriend in Rome, or perhaps traveling around for a while. Out of Sheer Rage is Dyer's account of his struggle to write the Lawrence book--a portrait of a man tormented, exhilarated, and exhausted. Dyer travels all over the world, grappling not only with his fascinating subject but with all the glorious distractions and needling anxieties that define the life of a writer.

Imprint Publisher

Picador

ISBN

9780312429461

In The News

“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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Out of Sheer Rage

Out of Sheer Rage

$19.00