Rabbit at Rest

Rabbit at Rest

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Howells Medal, and the National Book Critics Circle Award
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In John Updike's fourth and final novel about Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom, the hero has acquired a Florida condo, a second grandchild, and a troubled, overworked heart. His son, Nelson, is behaving erratically; his daughter-in-law, Pru, is sending him mixed signals; and his wife, Janice, decides in midlife to return to the world of work. As, through the year of 1989, Reagan's debt-ridden, AIDS-plagued America yields to that of the first George Bush, Rabbit explores the bleak terrain of late middle age, looking for reasons to live and opportunities to make peace with a remorselessly accumulating past.
Publisher: New York : Fawcett Columbine, 1996
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780449911945
0449911942
Branch Call Number: UPDI
Characteristics: 466 p

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lukasevansherman
Dec 18, 2013

Updike brings his Rabbit series to an unimpressive, uninspired conclusion with "Rabbit at Rest." It's an appropriate title as it might make you sleepy. I know Rabbit is supposed to be an everyman, but is everyman synonymous with a bland, unlikable character? This is considered possibly his crowning achievement and maybe it was a big deal when it came out, but these books have not aged well at all and are due for reassessment.

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GrumpyDave
Dec 11, 2010

1991 Pulitzer Prize - Fiction

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