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... show more
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.
Publish date: August 27th 1996
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 264
Edition language: English
Series: Rabbit Angstrom -4 (#1)
Writers try to express their meaning not just by their choice of words, but the way they’re used. Raymond Carver wrote about the simple life using simple words and simple structure. Paul Auster’s fiction tends to contain multiple layers, so his sentences tend to drag on, too. As for John Updike, any...
3/9 - Right, so Updike is NOT for me, that's clear. I found Rabbit's views and comments on the world depressing and anger-inducing (not rage-inducing because I couldn't raise enough sympathy for the victims of his contempt to get that upset about what he thought of them) and couldn't continue readin...
I was not in love with this book. There are quite a few good things about it, but in the end its hero Robert Angstrom is not that interesting or appealing to me. The prose is good. It reads easily and well. It's an examination of lower middle class America in the 50's, its meaninglessness, anxie...
The title is a good summation of the character and plot. Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom runs: runs out on his heavily pregnant wife and two-year old son, runs to the arms of a prostitute, runs into the minister who invites him to play golf. (When Rabbit shows up at the minister's house, he slaps the ass of...
Read when I was a pre-teen, probably too young.