The Plumed Serpent (Quetzalcoatl)

The Plumed Serpent (Quetzalcoatl)

Book - 1992
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The story of a European woman's self-annihilating plunge into the intrigues, passions, and pagan rituals of Mexico. Lawrence's mesmerizing and unsettling 1926 novel is his great work of the political imagination.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1992
Edition: 1st Vintage international ed
ISBN: 9780679734932
0679734937
Characteristics: xiv, 445 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Plumed serpent

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smarjano
Dec 18, 2015

As usual in later works, D. H. Lawrence was not happy just to tell a story, he had to make a statement. But the pagan rites in the novel are far less interesting than the heroine's quest for a different kind of life. Fleeing what she sees as the mechanized western way of life (not an unexciting husband), Irish woman Kate is attracted to rural Mexico and the colourful revivalists. The actual cult is largely irrelevant, although the Mexican atmosphere is beautifully conveyed. Most interesting are Kate's self-doubts, Lawrence's impressions of the American continent and his views (restated in other works) about fuller relationships between men and women.

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