I read The Rainbow when I was sixteen and have been feeling for a while that I would like to read it again. Thirty eight years later I feel just as blown away as I did the first time around. There were two books I read then which changed the way I thought about things, The other on was War and Peace. Revisting the themes of this book I can retrace how its themes have continued to influence me. I was wondering how I would have been different if I had never read it. I am only a third of the way through and absoloutly loving it.