I didn't like this one as much as Rabbit, Run - but I couldn't put it down. Kept waiting to see how far Harry things would get go before snapping out of his malaise. None of the characters are likable, but Updike reveals their human complexity. Love his descriptions and word choice. Seems like he detested the excessive appetites of the 1960s.
The first of the Rabbit series I read. The voice of Skeeter is one-of-a-kind. Updike becae one of my favorites.
Updike's second novel in his Rabbit sequence is also one of his darkest, most vitriolic and most problematic book. While Rabbit functions as a kind of everyman, you wonder if an everyman character is supposed to be both so unlikable and so unsympathetic. There is a long part of the book in which he debates with a black radical and while Updike is addressing what were serious issues in the late 60s, I felt uncomfortable with him trying to give voice to black concerns, politics and culture.
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