Aaron's Rod

D. H. Lawrence

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Aaron's Rod is a novel by D. H. Lawrence, first published in 1922. The title of the book is a reference to the Biblican 'rod of Aaron'. The book follows the story of Aaron Sisson, an amateur flautist, and a union official in the coal mines of the English Midlands. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, he eventually deserts his wife and two children and travels to Italy, in the hope of making it big as a professional musician. He moves in artistic crowds, enjoys discussions about politics, and ends up having an affair with an upper class lady. However, the happiness he finds in his new found freedom, is short lived.

Lawrence initially began the book in 1918, but abandoned it after the first eleven chapters. He picked it up again and finished it in 1921. It has received criticisms of being hastily written and of having inconsistencies regarding the names and backgrounds of the characters.

This book has 113,393 words, 218 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1922.

Production notes: This ebook of Aaron's Rod was published by Global Grey on the 17th November 2021, and updated on the 10th August 2022. The artwork used for the cover is 'Portrait of Tristan Tzara' by Robert Delaunay.

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