By Geoff Dyer
FINALIST FOR THE nationwide e-book CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD"In the spirit of Julian Barnes’s Flaubert’s Parrot and Alain de Botton’s How Proust Can switch Your lifestyles, Mr. Dyer’s Out of Sheer Rage retains circling its topic in widening loops after which darting at it if you least count on it . . . a wild book."--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, the hot York TimesGeoff Dyer was once a skilled younger author, packed with strength and reverence for the craft, and made up our minds to put in writing a study of D. H. Lawrence. yet he was once additionally considering a unique, and approximately leaving Paris, and perhaps relocating in together with his female friend in Rome, or even touring round for a while. Out of Sheer Rage is Dyer's account of his fight to write down the Lawrence book--a portrait of a guy tormented, exhilerated, and exhausted. Dyer travels worldwide, grappling not just together with his attention-grabbing topic yet with all of the excellent distractions and needling anxieties that outline the lifetime of a author.
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Lawrence, I said to myself, everything else should be subordinate to that – but who can tell where that task begins and ends? Some huge benefit may yet accrue from reading Rilke’s letters. The more I read, in fact, the more convinced I became that a better understanding of Rilke was crucial to my understanding of Lawrence. Had I gone to Alonissos to write a book about Rilke then I would, almost certainly, have been sitting on Hervé’s terrace reading books by Lawrence; as it was, the fact that I was meant to be starting my study of D.
Dwelling on it like this, however, was an evasion of work, just as my reading of a hefty volume of Rilke’s letters was an indulgence. I should have been working on my study of D. H. Lawrence and instead I was idling over Rodin’s words. Il faut travailler, rien que travailler. I should be writing my book about D. H. Lawrence, I said to myself, everything else should be subordinate to that – but who can tell where that task begins and ends? Some huge benefit may yet accrue from reading Rilke’s letters.
That was the only way I could remain anywhere: to be constantly on the brink not of actual but of potential departure. If I felt settled I would want to leave, but if I was on the brink of leaving then I could stay, indefinitely, even though staying would fill me with still further anxiety because, since I appeared to be staying, what was the point in living as though I were not staying but merely passing through? These were all issues I intended to address, in different ways, either in mediated form in my study of Lawrence or, directly, in my novel, or vice versa, but there was an additional practical complication too.
Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D. H. Lawrence by Geoff Dyer