Rabbit Redux

Rabbit Redux

Book - 1988
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"A triumph."


The assumptions and obsessions that control our daily lives are explored in tantalizing detail by master novelist John Updike in this wise, witty, and sexy story. Harry Angstrom--known to all as Rabbit, one of America's most famous literary characters--finds his dreary life shattered by the infidelity of his wife, Janice. How he resolves or further complicates his problems makes for a novel of the first order.

From the Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1988, c1971
ISBN: 9780394472737
Branch Call Number: PS3571.P4 R27 1988x
Characteristics: 406, [1] p. ; 21 cm


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Dec 11, 2020

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.

nobonesclean Jan 13, 2014

The first of the Rabbit series I read. The voice of Skeeter is one-of-a-kind. Updike becae one of my favorites.

Jan 10, 2014

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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