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Rabbit Run Free download Ç 6 í 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 instinctAn 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 sexual gratification and family duty even in a sense human hard h. “Rabbit Angrstrom drives too fast down Joseph Street and turns left ignoring the sign staying STOP He heads down Jackson to where it runs obliuely into Central which is also 422 to Philadelphia STOP He doesn’t want to go to Philadelphia but the road broadens on the edge of town beyond the electric power station and the only other choice is to go through Mt Judge around the mountain into the thick of Brewer and the supper time traffic He doesn’t intend ever to see Brewer again that flowerpot city The highway turns from three lane to four lane and there is no danger of hitting another car; they all run together like sticks on a stream” John Updike Rabbit RunAll of us at one time or another has felt the urge to drop everything and run away Perhaps you have felt this notion multiple times or perhaps multiple times during a single day I certainly have at least On particularly tough days it is gratifying to imagine yourself sprinting away from your troubles like Forrest Gump heading for the hills or the hills beyond the hills to escape the relentless everyday responsibilities job; bills; student loan debt; the leaking faucet; the crab grassy lawn I mean in the time it took me to finish this first paragraph three separate kids burst into my office with two ridiculous reuests and one vague troubling pronouncement “I didn’t drop mommy’s earing in the toilet” It is exhausting The fantasy is to start fresh somewhere else with none of the world’s weight on your shoulders It’s not for nothing that there are actual firms that will help you fake your own death not that I’ve um checked or anything It should go without saying that this is not something you should actually do especially if you have a family and friends and serious obligations Simply dropping all these burdens onto others would be the height of selfishness Moreover it takes a certain kind of low person to walk out on those who love them John Updike’s Rabbit Run is about just such a man Harry “Rabbit” Angrstrom is a familiar type a 26 year old man who peaked in high school as a basketball star and is now caught in the drudgery of the suburbs with a wife he doesn’t love and a young child who annoys him and a job selling an appliance called the MagiPeeler that is as unfulfilling as it sounds One day Rabbit hops into his car and just goes However being a somewhat remarkable dud he uickly gets lost and ends up returning to his hometown where – after some contrivances – he ends up living openly with a prostitute named Ruth Distraught his wife Janice goes back to live with her well off parents while a young Episcopal priest named Jack Eccles attempts to coerce Rabbit into a reconciliation That is pretty much the plot of this famous – indeed classic – Updike novel Rabbit Run was first published in 1960 and it is firmly set in that era This is a snapshot of small town America in the Age of Eisenhower with a character chafing at conservative strictures regarding sex and religion while attempting to forge his own identity If this all feels a bit too premeditated a bit too self consciously important well it sort of is There are a number of on the nose dialogues especially between Rabbit and Eccles that definitely call attention to themselves Certain pages transported me back to English class even though I was never assigned Updike in either high school or college Nevertheless I really liked this Rabbit Run is absorbing for the simple reason that Updike is an extremely talented author I don’t know for sure the state of Updike’s reputation today Suffice to say he was prolific during his career and whatever his place in the firmament his literary ability is first rate Rabbit Angstrom is an awful person but he is also completely drawn and fully imagined When you think of great fictional characters the ones that pop instantly to mind tend to have obvious dramatic heft Rabbit though is mostly pathetic the kind of post high school loser who manages to hold onto his narcissism in the face of all evidence to the contrary At first glance he does not seem the type to be called unforgettable But he is Even in the best of fiction most characters are static They are characters in the definitional sense with a particular role and a plot functional purpose Not Rabbit He is dynamic and erratic and a bundle of competing impulses You never uite know what he is going to think or say or do next which makes him feel real Not likeable mind you or even sympathetic But real None of the other characters in Rabbit Run achieve this level of depth which is not surprising Updike also has a tendency to draw these supporting actors with reference to their physical traits especially the ones he finds repulsive That said there are glimmers of humanity in both Ruth and Janice once you wade through their surface struggles with weight and alcohol respectively At the time this was published Rabbit Run was notorious for its depiction of sexuality Apparently this was toned down uite a bit by the editors and nothing in these pages felt even mildly risué by modern standards Of course my barometer is a little skewed having just finished Outlander Indeed there is something almost uaint in what ualified as controversial at the start of the 1960s For instance there is a scene involving fellatio that is given – a bit laughably – near earth shaking ramifications What struck me here was not the sex but Updike’s unbelievable attention to detail and his ability to mold that detail into beautiful prose It’s just flat out stunning There is a throwaway seuence in which Rabbit and Ruth go on an outdoor hike and Updike’s effortless capacity to switch from his deconstruction of a failing marriage to a picture accurate description of everything they see on their walk is uite amazing Without spoiling too much Rabbit Run makes a hard third act swerve that abruptly and totally changes the tone and tenor of the book It is a bit jarring like being catapulted into a novel by Andre Dubus III where small bad things often lead to big bad things When it first happened I wasn’t sure how I felt about Updike’s sudden curveball Upon reflection though it works and allows Rabbit to remain true to his unfortunate nature in the starkest way imaginableThere is an inclination especially when dealing with famous authors to inflate their work so that it comes to symbolize a certain generation or time period Having come so late to the Updike game he died in 2009 I read this with a virtuous ignorance the pages unencumbered by any broader meaning Rabbit Run of course is only the first novel in what became a tetralogy following the arc of Rabbit’s life as set against the background of a changing America Despite the fact that Rabbit’s story continues Rabbit Run works perfectly well as a standalone Instead of the broad scope and boundless ambitions exhibited in many classics Updike gives you a precise powerful and lacerating character study that – page for page – delivers uite the punch

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Eartedness and divine Grace Though his flight from home traces a zigzag of evasion he holds to the faith that he is on the right path an invisible line toward his own salvation as straight as a ruler’s edg. 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 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 in the short story collection Licks of Love Back to Rabbit Run Harry Angstrom is a tall man of his times About 23 years old and married to an alcoholic woman The outlook is rather grim no spoilers but it is so well written and realistic that the characters really leap from the pages and you want to root for Rabbit even when he is acting like a prick which he does a lot The descriptions of life in the US for this everyman character are priceless and continue to capture the uniueness of each era in every volume What is striking in Updike is how closely his descriptions of human relationships reveal the fissures and cracks that will ultimately lead to rupture or in rare cases reconciliation He albeit male perpective of sexuality is incredibly realistic the characters feel like you just sat next to them on the bus or crossed them at the Five and Dime if those even exist any The evocation of America at the end of the 50s in Rabbit Run feels very real the moral strictures of Eisenhower are still there the wounds of McCarthyism are still fresh and the Korean War is just over The Cold War is certainly present as well Another striking aspect is the frustration of Rabbit and at the same time his resignation to fate against which he feebly rattles his chains from time to time Despite being a deeply tragic story in many ways it introduces us to Updike's Everyman who will later takes us through 3 decades of radical change for him for us and for AmericaI would highly recommend this book for those who wish to discover Updike who while perhaps not up in the Roth Pynchon echelon of late 20th C writers is certainly very very close with two Pulitzers for the 3rd and 4th books It is a fun and exciting read EnjoyFrom a comment I made in a reading group on GR discovering Rabbit for the first timeIn Rabbit Run I think that it is not a mid life crisis that Harry is having it is that he is realizing that his actions have conseuences During his life as the high school star he did not have to actually think about anything he could get away with coasting and boasting and bullying Enter Janet and the unplanned pregnancy Both of them are too young and too irresponsible to be parents Janet drowns herself in alcohol unable to deal with the screaming baby and Rabbit well Rabbit runs I think the book was trying to put the lie into the stereotypical Eisenhower era's idyllic 50s family in demonstrating how the lack of education on birth control and the authoritarian methods of parenting popular at the time only reproduce the same or worse behavior in the generation that follows Each of the other Rabbit books does this kind of counter example against the 60s70s and 80s respectively If Updike were alive he would probably point to Rabbit Redux and Rabbit Run and say THIS is why Drumpf is in the White House meaning that the Rabbit half of the country you will see that Rabbit remains an Angry White Man like my dad and like the cornerstone of Drumpf's support hated their weak mothers like Janet at least subconsciously and would never ever conceive of voting for HRC and so have to double down on their bad choice by convincing themselves that his lies are truth and truth is alternative fact because otherwise they would be forced to see the rot that forms the core of themselves Rabbit Runs demonstrates that in fact actions do have conseuences and that irresponsibility snowballs sorry no spoilers and Rabbit running away does not solve his fundamental uestions because he is blaming his circumstances rather than looking inside himself for answers because that is too painful for him Does anyone see what I mean here The danger of posting on FB or GR so close to waking up

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Rabbit RunRabbit 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. I'm sorry I think I might have to pause before the start of this review and scream discretely into a pillow AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHPhew that's better very cathartic This is yet another book from the 1001 books list which has made me uestion 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 amusementThe review will now proceed in the style of Harry Rabbit AngstromHello everyone I'm Harry Angstrom but you can call me Rabbit The name is totally applicable in two ways in high school basket ball games I was a sporting ace don'tcha know a rabbit is a runner who sets the pace and since leaving high school I appear to be breeding in a way which is prolific and almost rabbit like too Some might say I also have a tendency to bounce from thing to thing without really thinking about it No twitchy nose or whiskers thoughSo I had this girl since high school Janice Springer and I knocked her up and well damn it I'm a fan of the idea of domesticity so I made an honest woman of her and her old man hooked us up with an OK place to live and all and no one was too suspect when little Nelson was born 7 months after the wedding After all I'm Rabbit I'm a breeder that's what we doBut y'know how it is Maybe I'm just not ready to be tied down Janice drinks man oh man she drinks and she can be a misery Nowadays she's so busy looking after the kid she's not interested in me ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME not like she should be I mean I'm great a regular swell the cats pyjamas sewn up around the bees knees I'm a catch and any woman would be lucky to have me So one day I decided that rather than go home to my pregnant wife and two year old kid I could pretend that I was still the Rabbit of old and set out to remove myself a suitable distance from adult responsibility Turns out that a suitable distance involves moving about ten blocks away in the same town and setting up home with a retired hooker with chunky ankles while reacuainting myself with a load of people who thought I was great ten years ago When alls said and done its a nice little ego boost Don't get me wrong I think I love her I mean I am pretty sure I do and she lets me talk about myself a whole lot Plenty in fact and really that's what it boils down to self indulgence on a grand scale I'm a bit uncertain about my direction in life possibly because of an immature shallow perspective which doesn't allow me to appreciate other peoples outlooks maybe I'm a Sociopath I have no empathy I like to please myself End of Obviously poor old Janice went and had the baby and man did it cut me up to think that I might miss out on a whole extra helping of double domesticity so off I went back to Janice without a thought for chunky ankles and my newest domestic set up After one short night I realised that when the going gets tough then rabbit gets going and promptly bailed again this time with disastrous conseuences Still I manned up and came home to face what was coming to me but really I didn't enjoy that much and now I've strapped on my running shoes and am sprinting off into the sunset again as fast as my lucky rabbits feet can carry me You can catch me in the seuels Rabbit Redux and Rabbit is Rich if you feel like playing with the boundaries of your own sanity but the subtext will always be that I'm a selfish loser with low self esteem and the attention span of a kitten filled with e numbers