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Rabbit, Run (original 1960; edition 1996)

by John Updike

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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
Rating:*****
Tags:suburban, suburbs, marriage

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Rabbit, Run by John Updike (1960)

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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 |
Some really great writing, simple yet profound, but I found Mr. Rabbit Angstrom puzzling always seeming to do the wrong thing, but fairly sympathetic also. Not a lot of action the plot veers in different directions but leads finally to a tragic ending with heart rending consequences. ( )
  charlie68 | May 6, 2016 |
$350.00
  danbrady | Apr 8, 2016 |
Great style. ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 2, 2016 |
Rabbit Run John Updike
2 Stars for enjoyment 3 stars for writing

Rabbit Run is the story of Rabbit Anstrom a man who was once a first rate basketball player, having married a younger woman and started a family Rabbit decides he is not happy and runs away.

Rabbit is a totally unlikeable man who seems under the impression that the world owes him something, and that he doesnt need to work at relationships he should be given what he wants, thoroughly childish and selfish.

The real tragedy is the women in his life who let him get away with it.

While some scenes are beautifully written, particulary Janices descent into drunkeness this is not enough to redeem the novel overall.

The most intriguing character for me is Eccles the reverend who appears to be the only person on the planet who thinks Rabbit is worth saving. ( )
  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
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Boys are playing basketball around a telephone pole with a backboard bolted to it.
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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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