Rabbit, Run

John Updike

Rabbit, Run

Rabbit, Run

  • Title: Rabbit, Run
  • Author: John Updike
  • ISBN: 9780394442068
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Hardcover

Brilliant and poignantBy his compassion, clarity of insight and crystal bright prose, he makes Rabbit s sorrow his and our own THE WASHINGTON POSTHarry Angstrom was a star basketball player in high school and that was the best time of his life Now in his mid 20s, his work is unfulfilling, his marriage is moribund, and he tries to find happiness with another woman Bu Brilliant and poignantBy his compassion, clarity of insight and crystal bright prose, he makes Rabbit s sorrow his and our own THE WASHINGTON POSTHarry Angstrom was a star basketball player in high school and that was the best time of his life Now in his mid 20s, his work is unfulfilling, his marriage is moribund, and he tries to find happiness with another woman But happiness is elusive than a medal, and Harry must continue to run from his wife, his life, and from himself, until he reaches the end of the road and has to turn back.

Recent Comments "Rabbit, Run"

God, do I hate Rabbit Angstrom! How much do I hate him? If I was in a room with Hannibal Lector, the Judge from Blood Meridian, the Joker from Batman, and Rabbit Angstrom, and someone handed me a gun with only 3 bullets, I'd shoot Rabbit three times. This is the first book by Updike I've read, and his reputation as a writer was well-earned. I'd had a vague idea that this story was about a former hot shot basketball player struggling to adjust to a regular life. I was completely unprepared for th [...]

I'm sorry I think I might have to pause before the start of this review and scream discretely into a pillow: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!Phew, that's better, very cathartic. This is yet another book from the 1001 books list which has made me question whether or not the people who write the list actually like people who read books or if they are really secretly intent on torturing us all for their own amusement?The review w [...]

This is the best book I've read this year. Period. Maybe last year, too. Maybe. I don't know. But this book is amazing. I just looked up synonyms for "amazing", and all of them are adjectives you can use to describe this book. Man, John Updike just has this way of making the most mundane, ordinary stuff extraordinary. He takes pages and pages to set a scene or describe the inner thoughts of one of his main characters, and all of it is awesome. I mean there were paragraphs that went on for pages [...]

bellow's writing blows my mind but rarely touches my heart. a handful of mailer's essays and novels are essential, but it's his guts and brain and balls and heart and the ferocity with which he lived life that's the real inspiration. roth? well, i've made my views on roth very well known in bookface world. and the few updike short stories i've read only convinced me that his elegant & writerly style really bugs the shit out of me. all of 'em (bellow, mailer, roth, updike) found themselves as [...]

This was the first and shortest of the Rabbit books from Updike. I think that the last two are better because Updike had 30-40 more years of maturity and writing under his belt but this book grabs you and doesn't let you go and makes you beg the the next one. The original concept behind the series is that Updike describes the life of Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom in 1959 in Rabbit Run, 1969 in Rabbit Redux, 1979 in Rabbit is Rich, and 1989 in Rabbit at Rest. There is even an epilogue Rabbit Remembered [...]

Get over it! Pull up your socks and get on with it! Sheez.Book Circle Reads 96Rating: 2.5* of fiveThe Book Description: Penguin's bumf--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, [...]

Have you ever seen something noted because it is a representation of a specific thing? For example, a building might be marked with a plaque as a perfect representation of a type of architecture. Well, this book should be marked with a plaque as a perfect prose example of America in the late 50s/early 60s. The thoughts, ideas, acceptable social standards, treatment of women, etc. are so vivid and strongly represented, but soooooo dated!The book is very interesting, but mainly held my attention t [...]

You know what would be nice, is if there was a for life, and every time you met someone, you could just give it a glance and see if, you know, you really want to be associated with that person. Sure, it would backfire, it would reveal your prejudices and narrow-mindedness, your circle of friends might become a lot less varied and interesting. On the other hand, you'd never have to fake a conversation about football again, and you could easily avoid the total assholes like Rabbit Angstrom.I didn [...]

I discovered Rabbit Angstrom and John Updike while sitting in the Intensive Care Waiting Room at a local hospital. My mother languished in a coma for one month before she finally found peace, and I spent most of those days and many of my nights in that waiting room. During much of that time I'd blown through typical waiting room crap like books with plots about overthrowing the government, stories about detectives who were psychoanalysts, stories about psychoanalysts who were detectives, etc. On [...]

I’ve read three or four Updike novels and I can’t recall a damn thing about any of them. Never a good sign. I was fifty pages in before I realised I’d already read this one. That in itself – to spend money on a book I’d already read – was irritating! Updike’s novels seem like misplaced objects in my life. He’s one of those writers I feel I’ve underappreciated and yet every time I give him another go I’m left underwhelmed. This isn’t a bad novel by any means. But I was relie [...]

The very precision of words makes this Man-Bad-so-Man-Punished tale oh-so jolting. A writer like this composes a cautionary story out of perfect and incredibly complex sentences. He is undoubtedly a poet, especially in his navigating the traditional ('somnambulent') realm of late '50s idyllic Americana gone to the dogs."On The Road" bears a comparison in its obvious Grownass-Young-Man-Seeking-Escape motif. The time-frames are also relatable. But this is closer akin to the intrepid tale of '50s S [...]

I'm kinda speechless. My mind is spinning from being held hostage by John Updike for the last two hours of reading this book, which is equal parts disturbing, relatable, repellant, tragic AND one of the most amazingly written books I've read.Harry Angstrom (Rabbit) is 23. He was a one-time great basketball player in high school. Now, our tall protagonist is waking up to his real nightmare: he's married to an alcoholic with whom he has little in common (besides their two year old son and the baby [...]

If it's hard to love a book when you dislike the hero, it's harder still when the book leaves you cursing the nature of humanity.I hate John Updike right now.I hate him as an idealistic dreamer, for making me remember how ugly we are – all of us humans with our selfish hearts and boring thoughts, our fractious flaws, and our suffocating sense of doom and exceptionalism.I hate him as a woman, for cringe-worthy moments of misogyny, for the distancing male sexual fixation, and for making me wonde [...]

On the surface, Rabbit, Run is about a guy who runs around on his son and pregnant wife, and ends up living with a prostitute. Real interesting, right? Actually, yes. Because the characters come to life and they’re struggling with their own moral weaknesses and existential problems -- their problems and interactions are truly believable. So this is an interesting story, because Updike can write, and he pulls it off.But first, I must explain why my rating is only 3 stars (or, 3 and a half, real [...]

"If you have the guts to be yourselfother people'll pay your price."--RABBIT ANGSTROM---John Updike, "Rabbit, Run"Down the Cunicular Hole, YoHarry "Rabbit" Angstrom, 26, Mt. Judge, PA, married with a two-year-old son, is a Magipeeler salesman (not what he dreamed in high school basketball glory days). His wife Janice is expecting another child any day, as every night she boozes it up. After another argument with Janice, Rabbit snaps, hit with an existential crisis, trapped by lifeless monogamy c [...]

Guys are like that. Why blame Updike?

The Rabbit SeriesHere's the thing about Updike: he's such a good writer. He's a pure natural. His sentences are incredibly good. (Here in Rabbit, Run, sometimes you can feel the effort a little; by the third book, Rabbit is Rich, he's flawless.) His characterization is brilliant: Rabbit most of all is one of the great real people in literature, and the supporting cast - his wife and child, among others - are also real individuals. And, listen: some writers are good at writing but not good at boo [...]

John Updike has a very non-traditional interpretation of redemption, and you find that in his main character, Harry Angstrom, also known as Rabbit. In this first Rabbit novel, he is 26, and he finds himself in crisis about where his life is headed. I found myself loving Rabbit and sympathizing with him (mostly), but also hating him and hating his choices. As a friend once put it to me, "He is Holden Caulfield grown up." It is a painful and powerful book. The writing is delicious, and I have neve [...]

Something of a masterpiece, this first in the trilogy of five explores the universal themes of domestic humdrummery, fidelity, and the repercussions of discarded dreams. The titular Rabbit is a compelling portrayal of a now somewhat stock character, the coulda-been-a-contender (in this case basketball) bounced into a life of McJobs, dowdy small-town wives, and unwanted children. Updike’s novel is the best depiction of this soap-opera conceit I have read: he transforms every banal scene into so [...]

(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)The CCLaP 100: In which I read for the first time a hundred so-called "classics," then write reports on whether or not they deserve the labelEssay #48: Rabbit, Run (1960), by John UpdikeThe story in a nutshell:(Much of today's recap was culled from , for reasons that are explained below.)Released right at the [...]

For the three days since I've finished this book I've been going back and forth about whether this is 5 stars, or 4, or 3. Part of the problem is John Updike himself. Liking him as a writer somehow feels politically incorrect. Even mentioning him in mixed company gets glances, "you're reading HIM?" The Rabbit books have always had an aura of ho hum who cares to me. I'd hear Rabbit blah blah and tune it out like it's hockey. I knew Updike was competent, certainly anyone picking up a random issue [...]

***ALL SPOILERS HIDDEN***(Full disclosure: book abandoned at page 134 [out of 264 pages].)Never have I read a book with a more unlikable main character. Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom is a married man with a toddler son who despises his wife and (view spoiler)[one evening gets into his car and simply leaves them (hide spoiler)]. At least, that’s as much as I know. Maybe (view spoiler)[he eventually comes back, and they live happily ever after (hide spoiler)]. This book is so insufferable that I a [...]

Rabbit, Run is a book of running nowhere.We grow up, we marry, we work, we have children and one day we see that our life became a drab routine and total disappointment. And we wish to return to the days of our youth when everything was new and the world shined. And we revolt and run away… But is there a place to run to?“His idea grows, that it will be a monster, a monster of his making. The thrust whereby it was conceived becomes confused in his mind with the perverted entry he forced, a fe [...]

If The Catcher in the Rye hit the American literary scene with shock and awe in 1951, then I can't even imagine what happened when Rabbit, Run hit the bookstores in 1960. My guess is that it wasn't exactly circulating amongst factory workers and housewives (remember when we used to have those here??), which is ironic, because it's largely about them.This novel is very disturbing. I can't quite recommend it to you unless you can look me in the eye and tell me that you've read either Philip Roth o [...]

Damn Updike, I wanted to find an immediate reason to dislike this, but he's so smooth in his text, I have no excuse to not continue reading it: it's very frustrating for us curmudgeons. *********************************************************Okay, that didn't last long. I refuse to finish this book. I find the prose self-indulgent, the understanding of human nature self-serving, and the protagonist impossible to empathize with. Would reading this book help me understand individuals I find narci [...]

To those who gave this book bad reviews because they hate Rabbit. YOU"RE SUPPOSED TO HATE RABBIT!!! He is everything bad about post-modern culture and the American dream. Updike's brilliant novel is supposed to spit in your face. It may seem a little dated now but Updike caught the neuroses and turmoil of middle class 20th century American perfectly. I don't know. Maybe we are not even meant to enjoy this novel. Some great novels are not meant to entertain but to inform and enlighten. This is on [...]

I really didn't like this book. In fact I got to about half way and gave up in despair. I’d really wanted to like it – to love it, in fact – and so I was really disappointed to have to abandon it.I'm a big fan of American literature and gobble up books by Auster, Roth, Wolfe, Franzen and even Salinger, as well as any number of contemporary thriller writers. In fact, I've struggled with the work of very few authors from the States, with only DeLillo springing readily to mind. So I was confi [...]

Num dos ensaios de a herança perdida, James Wood diz que a escrita de John Updike é "de uma liberalidade aristocrática, como se a linguagem fosse uma despesa sem importância para um homem muito rico e Updike acrescentasse a cada frase uma gorjeta."Foi a bela prosa de Updike que não permitiu que, levianamente, eu abandonasse este livro no início por não conseguir sentir qualquer empatia com as personagens e ser, até, um pouco aborrecido. Mas, no decorrer da leitura, a minha visão das per [...]

Since the first time I read this book years ago, I bet I haven't gone 24 hours without thinking about it in some way. It's not my favorite book in the series, but it's the emotionally rawest thing I've ever read. A recurring image in the book is that of things spilling over, appropriate for a novel in which the title character's frustration with his life can no longer be contained. Updike chronicles the caustic results caused by Rabbit's inner restlessness that surfaces, then boils over, when he [...]

Rabbit is one of the most reprehensible characters in literature. Updike is a great writer, and knew what he was doing when he created this jerk. So just what was Updike up to? I'm not totally sure, since I'm still chewing over this. I've seen a lot of comments about Rabbit being some sort of Everyman. I don't see that at all. This guy is as worthless as it gets. He's nearly the complete shit package, though he's oddly fastidious when it comes to smoking and drinking. Maybe Updike did that to un [...]

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