Rabbit Redux

Rabbit Redux

Book - 1996
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Random House, Inc.

In this sequel to Rabbit, Run, John Updike resumes the spiritual quest of his anxious Everyman, Harry &;Rabbit&; Angstrom. Ten years have passed; the impulsive former athlete has become a paunchy thirty-six-year-old conservative, and Eisenhower&;s becalmed America has become 1969&;s lurid turmoil of technology, fantasy, drugs, and violence. Rabbit is abandoned by his family, his home invaded by a runaway and a radical, his past reduced to a ruined inner landscape; still he clings to semblances of decency and responsibility, and yearns to belong and to believe.

Publisher: New York : Fawcett Columbine, 1996
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books trade ed
ISBN: 9780449911938
Branch Call Number: F UPD
Characteristics: 353 p. ; 22 cm


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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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