[BOOKS] ✯ Rabbit, Run By John Updike – Anguillais.us

Rabbit, Run.

[BOOKS] ✯ Rabbit, Run By John Updike – Anguillais.us
  • Paperback
  • 397 pages
  • Rabbit, Run
  • John Updike
  • Persian
  • 22 August 2017
  • 9789643117535

    10 thoughts on “[BOOKS] ✯ Rabbit, Run By John Updike – Anguillais.us


  1. says:

    God, do I hate Rabbit Angstrom How much do I hate him If I was in a room with Hannibal Lector, the Judge from Blood Meridian, the Joker from Batman, and Rabbit Angstrom, and someone handed me a gun with only 3 bullets, I d shoot Rabbit three times This is the first book by Updike I ve read, and his reputation as a writer was well earned I d had a vague idea that this story was about a former hot shot basketball player struggling to adjust to a regular life I was completely unprepared for this spoiled, impulsive, selfish guy who really only cares about himself and his whims and manages to completely destroy almost everyone around him and still refuses to accept any responsibility for it.It s obvious that Rabbit isn t meant to be a hero, or even an anti hero Updike does a masterful job of tricking you into initially liking Rabbit, even after he leaves his pregnant wife and son and takes up with a sorta prostitute, but then slowly sh...


  2. says:

    I m sorry I think I might have to pause before the start of this review and scream discretely into a pillow AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Phew, that s better, very cathartic This is yet another book from the 1001 books list which has made me question 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 amusement The 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 though.So 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...


  3. says:

    This is the best book I ve read this year Period Maybe last year, too Maybe I don t know But this book is amazing I just looked up synonyms for amazing , and all of them are adjectives you can use to describe this book Man, John Updike just has this way of making the most mundane, ordinary stuff extraordinary He takes pages and pages to set a scene or describe the inner thoughts of one of his main characters, and all of it is awesome I mean there were paragraphs that went on for pages to depict every single aspect of a scene, and I ate it all up like a beautifully crafted Caesar salad before the filet and baked potato arrived That steakhouse analogy seems appropriate because this is like the Ruth s Chris of literature There is so much I want to do with this illustration, but I m gonna stop myself and move on When I consider the plot of this story and imagine myself describing it to someone, it doesn t feel like an easy sell at all I mean, here I am giving it five stars, and I feel like breaking down the story for someone will make them think I m crazy Like, Alright, alright, check this out This guy, Rabbit, yeah, not his real name Long story Anyway, dude has this wife and a kid and stuff and he has this boring job and then one day he ju...


  4. says:

    bellow s writing blows my mind but rarely touches my heart a handful of mailer s essays and novels are essential, but it s his guts and brain and balls and heart and the ferocity with which he lived life that s the real inspiration roth well, i ve made my views on roth very well known in bookface world and the few updike short stories i ve read only convinced me that his elegant writerly style really bugs the shit out of me all of em bellow, mailer, roth, updike found themselves as the right people at the right time white dudes in america when america was the shit and white dudes were kings of the shit but they knew that their kingdom of shit, of course, owed much to the disenfranchisement of non dudes and non whites and fools have always found em to be racist and or sexist, not realizing that a post war examination of racism and sexism was much of the point that this conflict, that life as guilty royalty , lies at the heart of much of their work i ve always found mailer and roth to be wait for it, wait for it amongst the most compassionate of any and all writers and they re hardasses they accept no preconceived notions they want to know, they NEED to know, even if they find themselves branded self loathing jews or repressed homosexuals or shouted down by an angry panel of feminists well nobody catches shit than updike and nobody gets sucked off and i, of course, found myself in the former c...


  5. says:

    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 uniqueness 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 ...


  6. says:

    Get over it Pull up your socks and get on with it Sheez.Book Circle Reads 96Rating 2.5 of fiveThe Book Description Penguin s bumf 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.Ballantine s is a little better To millions of Americans, Rabbit Angstrom is like a member of the family They have followed him through RABBIT, RUN, RABBIT REDUX and RABBIT IS RICH We meet him for the first time in this novel, when he is 22, and a salesman in the local department store Married to the second best sweetheart of his high school years, he is the father of a preschool son and husband to an alcoholic wife The unrelieved squalor and tragedy of their lives remind us that there are such people, and that salvation, after all...


  7. says:

    You know what would be nice, is if there was a wikipedia for life, and every time you met someone, you could just give it a glance and see if, you know, you really want to be associated with that person Sure, it would backfire, it would reveal your prejudices and narrow mindedness, your circle of friends might become a lot less varied and interesting On the other hand, you d never have to fake a conversation about football again, and you could easily avoid the total assholes like Rabbit Angstrom.I didn t finish this book I read 30 or 40 pages and I can t even remember the writing because never before have I hated a character so much I am someone who never notices the annoying characters in books or movies mostly, you have to reach a Bella Swan level of idiocy before I ll start hating you Rabbit did it within a few pages I can decide what it was was it when he berated his wife for being too fat and unkempt after giving birth to and caring for his child Was it when he kept thinking about how dumb she was Was it how he pulled that whole, See you honey, I m going to the store forever trick, and ran off to sleep with his mistress and mope about his sad excuse for a life But this is an Important Book by a Famous Author, and who wants to admit defeat So I went to wikipedia and I read the plot synopsis Disgusted, I read a...


  8. says:

    Have you ever seen something noted because it is a representation of a specific thing For example, a building might be marked with a plaque as a perfect representation of a type of architecture Well, this book should be marked with a plaque as a perfect prose example of America in the late 50s early 60s The thoughts, ideas, acceptable social standards, treatment of women, etc are so vivid and strongly represented, but soooooo dated The book is very interesting, but mainly held my attention the way a trainwreck would I spent most of the book exclaiming NO, Rabbit, NO , Why would you do that, Rabbit , How can anyone put up with you, Rabbit , Do you really feel like none of this is your fault, Rabbit , etc Needless to say, Rabbit is a guy that needs some serious help This is not a book for everyone especially if you don t like uncomfortable relationships I spent some of the book thinking it is great and some of it thinking it...


  9. says:

    I m kinda speechless My mind is spinning from being held hostage by John Updike for the last two hours of reading this book, which is equal parts disturbing, relatable, repellant, tragic AND one of the most amazingly written books I ve read.Harry Angstrom Rabbit is 23 He was a one time great basketball player in high school Now, our tall protagonist is waking up to his real nightmare he s married to an alcoholic with whom he has little in common besides their two year old son and the baby she is carrying , he has a mindless job selling vegetable peelers, and he is trapped One night, with no premeditation, he does the despicable he runs.Yeah, he abandons his pregnant wife and little boy Rabbit, as an astute Goodreads friend of mine said to me, is a Pig Tis true, he s often acting like a jerk But somehow John Updike, this literary craftsman extraordinaire, makes us understand him, feel his disappointment in his 1950 s suburban hell, and hope for some kind of release.There are stretches of this book where not much happens but Updike captures the interior world of the characters so well He depicts their thoughts and feelings in such a way that I am glued to the page Despite the 1950 s setting and his excellent depiction of this time, I am astonished at how modern thi...


  10. says:

    I ve read three or four Updike novels and I can t recall a damn thing about any of them Never a good sign I was fifty pages in before I realised I d already read this one That in itself to spend money on a book I d already read was irritating Updike s novels seem like misplaced objects in my life He s one of those writers I feel I ve underappreciated and yet every time I give him another go I m left underwhelmed This isn t a bad novel by any means But I was relieved to finish it because it s not what I would call an enjoyable novel It s rather humourless and lacking in vitality for a novel written by such a young man In terms of its scope it often felt like a short story or a novella that had been fattened up for consumption Updike is writing about the blindfolding tyranny of male vanity but I often felt he himself was guilty of it in the register of this novel s voice I couldn t help thinking of our English young literary prot g Martin Amis Like Updike s Amis first novel was a sexy, cynical affair about a self centred misogynistic young man Except Amis gets us to like his hero by not asking us to like him Updike, on the other hand, I always felt wants us to like Rabbit He knows he shouldn t but he can t help himself He s trying to work Rabbit s for me inexistent charm on us the reader as if he is a reflection of the writer himself I never felt Updike wa...

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