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Rabbit, Run by John Updike

Rabbit, Run (original 1960; edition 1996)

by John Updike (Author)

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Title:Rabbit, Run
Authors:John Updike (Author)
Info:Random House Trade Paperbacks (1996), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 336 pages
Collections:Books about Writers
Tags:suburban, suburbs, marriage

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Rabbit, Run by John Updike (1960)


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The finest in the Rabbit series. Updike's best writing is on display, and perhaps it's because of the author's age or the era in which the book was written. Everything feels very fresh and clever. The drama unfolds slower here than in any of the other Rabbit stories, but it's all told in a near-poetic fashion. ( )
  jantz | Jan 1, 2017 |
This was on my list even before I discovered Updike's poetry. Reading a copy from the library.

Oh, I was so looking forward to this book, and what a disappointment.

Updike's writing is beautiful, but his subject matter isn't. So beautiful that I read halfway into the sex scene with Rabbit's new girlfriend before I realized that I didn't want to read that. I skipped a couple of pages to the next section.

Rabbit himself begins the book being bored with his life. He is bored with his job and his dumb alcoholic pregnant wife. So he decides to leave, and drives off without a map. He has some vague plan about going to the beach in Georgia or some such place, from Pennsylvania. He gets lost, finally heads south again, gets halfway through West Virginia and then decides to go back to PA. (Maybe he has ADD.) He soon shacks up with his abovementioned new girlfriend and gets her pregnant. Then his wife has the baby and he deserts girlfriend to go back to his wife. Soon we learn that the wife is just as bad as Rabbit thought - dumb and alcoholic.

Updike lovingly describes these people (and others) with details of their pathetic lives. I finished reading it - I rarely fail to read to the end - and breathed a sigh of relief.

I definitely have no interest in reading any of the sequels. Apparently, though, there are a lot of people who like this kind of soap opera story. I'm not sure why, and I don't recommend this book to anyone. ( )
  CarolJMO | Dec 12, 2016 |
Rabbit Angstrom is dissatisfied with his life, job, marriage and religion does not offer any consolation to him. I found the character of Rabbit, really no one else is much of a character in this book, compelling even though I disliked him. ( )
  kale.dyer | Nov 8, 2016 |
Wow, I wanted to like this book, but sorry...too damn slow. And I am typically one that can handle book of this sort. I kept waiting for it to move along. Quit reading about half way through. I apologize, Mr. Updike. Enjoyed the prose and you are obviously a great writer, but the drag I cannot handle. ( )
  bpeters65 | Jul 16, 2016 |
Rabbit Angstrom, a pathetic loser, walks away from his alcoholic, pregnant wife Janice, leaving her and their two year son alone. He takes up with Ruth, leaves her, pregnant as he finds out later, and returns to Janice. He leaves her again, she accidently drowns their baby daughter in the bathtube, Rabbit returns, leaves at the funeral to return to Ruth, is rejected by Ruth, leaving Rabbit to run away again. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
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Boys are playing basketball around a telephone pole with a backboard bolted to it.
A serious shadow crosses her face that seems to remove her and Harry, who sees it, from the others, and takes them into that strange area of a million years ago from which they have wandered; a strange guilt pierces Harry at being here instead of there, where he never was. Ruth and Harrison across from them, touched by staccato red light, seem to smile from the heart of damnation. (p. 144, Penguin 1964 ed.)
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Rabbit, Run is the book that established John Updike as one of the major American novelists of his—or any other—generation. Its hero is Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, a onetime high-school basketball star who on an impulse deserts his wife and son. He is twenty-six years old, a man-child caught in a struggle between instinct and thought, self and society, sexual gratification and family duty—even, in a sense, human hard-heartedness and divine Grace. Though his flight from home traces a zigzag of evasion, he holds to the faith that he is on the right path, an invisible line toward his own salvation as straight as a ruler’s edge.

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Tired of the responsibility of married life, Rabbit Angstrom leaves his wife and home.

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