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Just look at the kids these days — talk about self-obsessed, with their facebook and video games, and constant text messaging. Then, Rabbit’s life disintegrates into nothing less than a udpike shitstorm. There was nothing secret about this. The bus comes and pulls him across the bridge. Are all women– in Updike– simply stupid? He’s not some wimpy guy who used to be a star basketball player — he’s an actual, World War II combat veteran. This facility redx also been held against him.

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He hates that word, you see it everywhere, and he doesn’t know how to pronounce it. Are these people squirming in drunken hilarity or agony? This book is where the Angstroms became the Osbournes, without the cracking heavy metal catalogue.

Anyway, it all adds up to a descent, a hellish one that involves degradation of Jill a character I really likeddrug use by Rabbit, and child abuse to Nelson via exposure to all of this crap. Now I hated this book like absolute poison when I read it years ago.

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Describing his subject as “the American rabblt town, Protestant middle class,” Updike is well known for his careful craftsmanship and prolific writing, havin John Hoyer Updike was an American writer. It focuses primarily on this book, altho there are some sentiments in it I’d apply to all the Rabbit stories. It was a year of small-press triumphs on both sides of the border: In Rabbit Is RichHarry is middle-aged, with all the stresses of mid-life on his back.


Rabbit Redux is the second in the series, published in and charting the end of the sixties – featuring, among other things, the first American moon landing and the Vietnam War. No wonder most of his jogn focus on the later 70s in more idyllic New England or Pennsylvania settings – this one is literally a barn-burner and it is truly hard to root for Rabbit all the way through.

He allows an angry young black radical to invade his home, lecture him at tedious length on racism in America, and exploit the rich white hippie chick Rabbit has recently “adopted” as a sexual plaything. Updike compels us to keep turning the page.

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But I seldom do that, so I decided instead to finish this and then not to read any more of the Rabbit books Or Rabbit Gets Woke, in which Rabbit is turned on to and back off of the hippie movement with the convenient help of a barely legal teenager who shows up like “I love blowjobs, can I live with you? Apr 30, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: Updike, he said, was an American Shakespeare; he could write about anybody and anything in any genre.

Anyway, Mim surveys the emotional landscape and its players, makes some calculated “moves,” starts things in motion, and jets back to Vegas. JOE is about a guy who means what he says, and says what he means. Trivia About Rabbit Redux Rab Essays and Criticism, New York: It feels like another type of violence that is hard to take, a misogyny that gets real old, real quick.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Do i need to read Rabbit, Run in order to understand this? But the technique also reminds me of Pre-Raphaelite landscapes — every blade of grass, every veined leaf, is luminously, maddeningly outlined, and as a result the slavish depiction of reality becomes almost surreal.


Thirty-six, he feels that he is quickly approaching middle age and irrelevance, a fear he sees reflected in the economic decline of his hometown, Brewer, Pennsylvania. Aspects of the writing are remarkable, and the novel manages to have heart without delving into kitschy notions of love.

I’m not sure I know, though maybe he senses his marriage to Janice is falling apart, while the outside world is rapidly changing.

It lost me a little during some of the long conversations between Rabbit and Skeeter, and I often felt like ‘Rabbit, what are you raabbit He talks a lot about hating hippies and anti-war protest types, but he never rabnit in a fist fight, let a lone a gunfight, with anyone.

The last section of the book is devoted to the visit by Mim, Rabbit’s sister. If life is a novel, death is an editor. Updike gets a lot of flak for his misogyny. But at times the book is ridiculous and silly.

And a lot less exciting. He waits to change from the 16A bus to the 12 in the doorway of the roasted-peanut place on Weiser. In Napoleon, Skibsrud convincingly portrays a complex and difficult man. Rabbit works as a linotyper with his father, while Janice has started working at a Toyota dealership owned by her father. What takes place during the time of supposed love and peace and grooviness is anything but. So then Joe, the blue collar guy, and the rich executive, go looking for the daughter, who’s just run away.

Aug 13, Carol Storm rated it did not like it. Because by the end of this masterful work we realize jkhn he hates himself more than we ever could.

This novel left me feeling kind of offended. Now let’s throw in some dope and some