Rabbit at Rest by John Updike

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Howells Medal, and the National Book Critics Circle Award
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.

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. 609 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Harry ``Rabbit'' Angstrom, morbidly depressed, overweight and living with wife Janice in a Florida retirement community, recovers from a heart attack and is led astray by his libido one last time. ``U

Jul 29 1991 | Read Full Review of Rabbit at Rest

The Guardian

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This disjunction Updike and Rabbit at their different work has always been one of the satisfactions of the Rabbit series: Harry, with his vulgarity, his crude simplicities, his clumsy yearning, placed and propelled by Updike's rich prose, its elastic brilliance.

Oct 25 1990 | Read Full Review of Rabbit at Rest

BC Books

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Out of what many American literature enthusiasts call the Big Four (Saul Bellow, Phillip Roth, Norma...Rabbit at Rest is John Updike's masterpiece, a Greek tragedy articulated through the downfall of a flawed nuclear family.

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The American Conservative

In that regard, while a war on the Korean Peninsula would be a disaster, a war between China and the United States would be an unfathomable catastrophe.

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