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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,955 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Updike Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Rabbit Novels Release Date:
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The hero of John Updike’s Rabbit, Run (1960), ten years after the hectic events described in Rabbit Redux (1971), has come to enjoy considerable prosperity as Chief Sales Representative of Springer Motors, a Toyota agency in Brewer, Pennsylvania. The time is 1979: Skylab is falling, gas lines are lengthening, the President collapses while running in a marathon, and double-digit inflation coincides with a deflation of national confidence. Nevertheless, Harry Angstrom feels in good shape, ready to enjoy life at last—until his son, Nelson, returns from the West, and the image of an old love pays a visit to his lot. New characters and old populate these scenes from Rabbit's middle age, as he continues to pursue, in his erratic fashion, the rainbow of happiness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The reviewers seemed to be under the impression that the hero was a terrible character. It's incredible! No, I think it's the most interesting American novel I've read in quite a long time"
  • -- Mary McCarthy, interviewed in The Paris Review
  • The power of the novel comes from a sense, not absolutely unworthy of Thomas Hardy, that the universe hangs over our fates like a great sullen hopeless sky. There is real pain in the book, and a touch of awe"
  • -- Norman Mailer, Esquire
  • ...An American protest against all the attempts to impress upon us the 'healthy, life-loving and comic' as our standard for novels. It is sexy, in bad taste, violent, and basically cynical. And good luck to it."
  • -- Angus Wilson, naming three Books of the Year in the Observer
  • And Rabbit Redux
  • Against all odds, Rabbit Redux is a sequel that succeeds; it is in every respect uncannily superior to its distinguished predecessor and deserves to achieve even greater critical and popular acclaim."
  • -- Brendan Gill, The New Yorker
  • I can think of no stronger vindication of the claims of essentially realistic fiction than this extraordinary synthesis of the disparate elements of contemporary experience. Rabbit Redux is a great achievement, by far the most audacious and successful book Updike has written."
  • -- Richard Locke, The New York Times Book Review
  • Winner of the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • Winner of the 1982 National Book Award for Fiction
  • Winner of the 1981 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Blake Brasher | 2/14/2014

    " The Rabbit series continues to entertain. This book is an intimate glimpse into the life of a pretty ordinary American family as the 1970s pass into the 80s. One thing Updike does very well is give you a sense of the times. Reading Rabbit is Rich is kind of like an awkward visit with your aunt and uncle who just happen to live in the past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Roxanne Russell | 2/14/2014

    " While reading this novel, I felt like I got a true illustration of life at the end of the 70s and beginning of the 80s for a middle class white male- especially the small town athletic hero type like my father- made to feel all too important early in life. Rabbit, Harry Angstrom, is the protagonist. I enjoy the detail of his daily life, historical moments and constant objectification of women that seems like a real peek into men's brains. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Serena Vinter | 1/29/2014

    " Of the Rabbit series, this one is my favorite so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by E. Thomas | 1/17/2014

    " Excellent - better, even, than the first couple of Rabbit books. Nearly every sentence is of mouth-watering quality, brimming over with inspiration. "

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