FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD"In the spirit of Julian Barnesâ€™s Flaubertâ€™s Parrot and Alain de Bottonâ€™s How Proust Can Change Your Life, Mr. Dyerâ€™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 TimesGeoff Dyer was a talented young writer, full of energy and reverence for the craft, and determined to write a studyÂ of D. H. Lawrence.Â 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.Â Out of Sheer Rage is Dyer's account of his struggle to write the Lawrence book--a portrait of a man tormented, exhilerated, and exhausted.Â 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.