Rabbit Redux

Rabbit Redux

Book - 1996
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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
0449911934
Branch Call Number: UPDI
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.

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lukasevansherman
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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