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Rabbit, Run

Updike, John (Book - 1999)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Rabbit, Run
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Tired of the responsibility of married life, Rabbit Angstrom leaves his wife and home.

Authors: Updike, John
Statement of Responsibility: John Updike
Title: Rabbit, run
Publisher: New York : Fawcett Books, [1999]
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books trade pbk. ed
Characteristics: 264 p. ; 21 cm.
Notes: Copyright renewed 1988
Subject Headings: Middle class men Fiction Grief Fiction Angstrom, Harry (Fictitious character) Fiction Pennsylvania Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Middle class men
Grief
Angstrom, Harry (Fictitious character)
ISBN: 9780613174596
9780449911655
0449911659
0613174593
Branch Call Number: FIC U
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This copy of Rabbit, Run fell into the river. Please charge my account for my being unable to return this book. Thank you.

Nov 07, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I think this book should come with some kind of disclaimer. My son is a huge fan of rabbits, and I thought this would be a great book for us to read together. But there are no rabbits in it! It's just about some jerk named Rabbit. Once again, there are no rabbits in a book called "Rabbit Run." What a sham!

Feb 19, 2013
  • sdelao rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I'm halfway through this AMAZING novel. I'm really enjoying it! Updike is such an astounding writer...I imagine the story swimming around in my head as I read his words on the page....such vivid language and top-notch storytelling. Recommend.

Sep 19, 2012
  • lisahiggs rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A companion to Revolutionary Road in showing how 60s suburban America was the most luxurious of oppressive prisons for anyone that was slightly above average. I picked this up for $1 at the library book sale because it’s on the Radcliffe 100 Best Novels List.

Marriage before living together is a formula for unhappiness, and when Rabbit runs it’s not so hard to understand why. But when he essentially only runs next door, and stays away but not out of sight, sympathy thins. Rabbit’s wife Janice doesn’t get a voice in the story except for when she is drunk. Rabbit is that much of a dick that he allows his minor-character hooker a voice in his story but not his major-character wife.

Updike pours out gorgeous unpunctuated sentences that lead you on a trail – a trail where you must force yourself to read slowly so you don’t get lost. He can’t keep it up forever though, and the style becomes average right around the same time I start getting tired of Rabbit. A vigorous start, and while I’d like to find out what happens to Rabbit in the next three books, I don’t think I could read about that asshole any more.

One of the great characters of 20th century American literature, Harry Angstrom stumbles through life and relationships, starting here in 1950s suburbia.

Apr 28, 2010
  • JPearce rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A classic of 20th century American literature. Entertaining on a superficial level but also an intriguing look into 1950s middle-America. Updike uses complex metaphors to link sex and religion in a wholly unique way. Highly recommended, thought not for those with prudish tendencies.

Aug 15, 2008
  • jbeckber rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Updike won a Pullitzer prize so I had great expectations. I was disappointed - really not a hugely entertaing or intelligent book I thought. The question of who to blame for the tragedy is perhaps the key point. That does make you think.

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Apr 28, 2010
  • JPearce rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Apr 28, 2010
  • JPearce rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"How far can you go on dates and still love Jesus"

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