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Rabbit, Run by John Updike
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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
Rating:*****
Tags:suburban, suburbs, marriage

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Rabbit, Run by John Updike (1960)

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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 |
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 |
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The motions of Grace,
the hardness of the heart;
external circumstances
-- Pascal, Pensee 507
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0449911659, Paperback)

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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