Rabbit, Run by John Updike

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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, sexual gratification and family duty—even, in a sense, human hard-heartedness 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 edge.
 

About John Updike

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John Updike was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania, in 1932. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award, and the William Dean Howells Medal. In 2007 he received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Updike died in January 2009.
 
Published July 23, 2010 by Random House. 337 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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RABBIT IS RICH By John Updike. 467 pp. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. $13.95. RABBIT ANGSTROM keeps coming back, like a song that says ''remember.'' Born deep in the well of John Updike's nostalgia, he summons Updike home. Not to Shillington, Pa., the hometown that Updike left behind some decade...

Sep 27 1981 | Read Full Review of Rabbit, Run

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With this elegiac volume, John Updike's much-acclaimed and, in retrospect, hugely ambitious Rabbit quartet comes to an end.

Sep 30 1990 | Read Full Review of Rabbit, Run

The New York Times

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The time is 1979. The place is Brewer, Pa. Skylab is falling. And America, like Harry, is running out of gas.

Sep 22 1981 | Read Full Review of Rabbit, Run

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Rabbit Angstrom is 10 years older, fatter, softer and settled in this novel by an awesomely accomplished writer at his peak.

Nov 05 1971 | Read Full Review of Rabbit, Run

Zimbio

This certainly must have been what Updike was going for considering 3 other novels followed (Rabbit Redux, Rabbit is Rich, and Rabbit at Rest) in the Rabbit series.

Mar 04 2009 | Read Full Review of Rabbit, Run

The New York Review of Books

It is an unexpected new installment of Updike’s Rabbit series, to put at the end of Rabbit, Run and the next three novels, Rabbit Redux, Rabbit Is Rich, and Rabbit at Rest.

Feb 22 2001 | Read Full Review of Rabbit, Run

When Falls the Coliseum

Of the friends I’ve asked about this, those who have read any of Updike’s four Rabbit books have either read them all, including the novella in the story collection Licks of Love, or they stopped, as I did, with the second book Rabbit Redux.

Mar 16 2009 | Read Full Review of Rabbit, Run

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