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

 

The hero of John Updike’s Rabbit, Run, ten years after the events of Rabbit Redux, has come to enjoy considerable prosperity as the chief sales representative of Springer Motors, a Toyota agency in Brewer, Pennsylvania. The time is 1979: Skylab is falling, gas lines are lengthening, and double-digit inflation coincides with a deflation of national self-confidence. Nevertheless, Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom feels in good shape, ready to enjoy life at last—until his wayward son, Nelson, returns from the West, and the image of an old love pays a visit to the lot. New characters and old populate these scenes from Rabbit’s middle age as he continues to pursue, in his zigzagging fashion, the rainbow of happiness.

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John Updike's two Pulitzer Prizes were awarded to him for the last two Rabbit novels, and yet only now is the Rabbit tetralogy appearing in audio form (as indeed is its sequel, the novella "Rabbit Remembered"). A long wait, perhaps, but many of the infelicities of the early days of audio books have thus been avoided. The match between reader Arthur Morey and the life and times of Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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Winner of the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Ten years after RABBIT REDUX, Harry Angstrom has come to enjoy prosperity as the Chief Sales Representative of Springer Motors. The rest of the world may be falling to pieces, but Harrry's doing all right. That is, until his son returns from the West, and the image of an old love pays a visit to his lot....

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About the Author

John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He was graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year in England on the Knox Fellowship, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker, to which he has contributed numerous short stories, poems, and book reviews. He is the author of sixteen other books of fiction and the father of two sons and two daughters. Since 1957 he has resided in Massachusetts.

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lukas, November 5, 2013 (view all comments by lukas)
For the younger reader (let's say under 45), John Updike can be intimidating (or irritating) due to the sheer volume of his output, which includes essays, short stories, criticism and 22 novels. He's the literary equivalent of Woody Allen in that he seems to think that the producing a huge body of work his guarantee his inclusion in the canon. The Rabbit tetralogy is maybe his most famous work and this is the third in the series. The titular character is a dull WASP who eats, drinks, screws (there is a lot of sex) and worries about his car dealership, investments, mortgages and the price of gas. It's well-written, but good luck feeling anything towards the characters. Typical sentence: "But things look up in the afternoon, after a couple of pina coladas and a crabmeat-salad sandwich." I feel he should have either treated them with more sympathy or more humor. It is a pretty dirty book though (pgs. 218, 305, 414). Seriously some of this stuff would make Caligula blush. Followed by "Rabbit at Rest."
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lukas, November 5, 2013 (view all comments by lukas)
For the younger reader (let's say under 45), John Updike can be intimidating (or irritating) due to the sheer volume of his output, which includes essays, short stories, criticism and 22 novels. He's the literary equivalent of Woody Allen in that he seems to think that the producing a huge body of work his guarantee his inclusion in the canon. The Rabbit tetralogy is maybe his most famous work and this is the third in the series. The titular character is a dull WASP who eats, drinks, screws (there is a lot of sex) and worries about his car dealership, investments, mortgages and the price of gas. It's well-written, but good luck feeling anything towards the characters. Typical sentence: "But things look up in the afternoon, after a couple of pina coladas and a crabmeat-salad sandwich." I feel he should have either treated them with more sympathy or more humor. It is a pretty dirty book though (pgs. 218, 305, 414). Seriously some of this stuff would make Caligula blush. Followed by "Rabbit at Rest."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780449911822
Author:
Updike, John
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Middle class men
Subject:
Middle class men -- United States -- Fiction.
Subject:
Angstrom, Harry
Subject:
Angstrom, harry (fictitious character)
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
BP-413E
Publication Date:
19960831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8.38x5.44x.93 in. .76 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Winner of the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Ten years after RABBIT REDUX, Harry Angstrom has come to enjoy prosperity as the Chief Sales Representative of Springer Motors. The rest of the world may be falling to pieces, but Harrry's doing all right. That is, until his son returns from the West, and the image of an old love pays a visit to his lot....

From the Paperback edition.

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