Rabbit, Run
ISBN: 0449205061
EAN13: 9780449205068
Language: English
Pages: 0
Dimensions: 1" H x 6.7" L x 4.2" W
Weight: 0.05 lbs.
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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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   Hedonism and Moral Consequences
John Updike wrote this book in the late 1950s while he was still in touch with his Pennsylvania roots. This story brought back to life this era and its zeitgeist vividly for an author who had not yet reached his 30 th year, and who was a child in this region during this time. The novel's main character, a high school athletic star of a few years past, approaches his sexual misadventures with unapologetical panache, but a tragedy unexpectedly confronts our young man in the end that he cannot wrap his mind around. The story was from the era of Mad Men. There is an R rated morality play. Excellent recommendation.
 
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   Good Grief
There were times when I hated the book. Updike keeps one reading in a weird way. Not a book to read when you are depressed and impatient with characters who repeat their mistakes. It explains a lot about why Updike is controversial.
 
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   Much better than I expected
A friend recommended Rabbit, Run to me a few years ago. I didn't think I would love it as much as I do, but I thought I would like it. The story of a young man experiencing crises and not knowing what to do
 
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   Boring but difficult
Updike didn't like to use a punctuation mark. Punctuation? We don't need any stinkin' words. Rabbit is the successor to Caulfield- self centered, clueless and unlikeable. It took me 50 years to read it. Couldn't have gone another 50 and missed it.
 
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   Misogynistic Soft Porn Disguised as Literature
John Updike's books have won awards because he writes beautifully. If you' re interested in pages and pages of soft porn, he's not very interesting. Rabbit makes love to a woman he picks up in a bar after he walks out on his pregnant wife. The Episcopalian minister who tries to save Harry is one of the many streams of consciousness in the rest of the book. The book is not a character with redeeming qualities. The book is more and more depressing as it goes on. The day to day numbing boredom of a life without hope of something better and no appreciation for what one already has is what I suppose is the point. It was good to finish this one.
 
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   Finally read it!
As the street where you live, mind- blowing, yet familiar. There is a man named Rabbit. He is the epitome of the run- of- the- mill male. I think they are both lacking in either self- respect or control, although I don't think they are. The book is raw and important. I don't like any of the characters, but I think that was the intent.
 
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