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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,288 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Updike Narrator: Arthur More Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Rabbit Novels Release Date:
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The assumptions and obsessions that control our daily lives are explored in tantalizing detail by master novelist John Updike in this wise, witty, and sexy story. Harry Angstrom--known to all as Rabbit, one of America's most famous literary characters--finds his dreary life shattered by the infidelity of his wife, Janice. How he resolves or further complicates his problems makes for a novel of the first order.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Keith | 2/15/2014

    " I decided to read all of the Rabbit books after hearing a podcast in which Richard Ford's trilogy was compared to Updike's series. While I would say that I prefer Ford, I must admit that I liked them. Given my rather negative impression of most of Updike's essays, I was pleasantly surprised. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Toni | 2/1/2014

    " I am somehow determined to make it all the way through this series, though Updike had better improve his game by the next one. At this step, our ambitious Great White Male Novelist takes on race relations in America, circa 1969, with results that would be funny if they weren't so pigheaded and, well, racist. It's all especially galling because it's evident that he thinks himself quite the adept, progressive social chronicler. Still, the man can write, and I'm curious what the Reagan years will have in store for our small-minded American hero. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kristen | 1/28/2014

    " rabbit is a scumbag and updike makes middle-class ruts come alive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stewart | 1/28/2014

    " What makes Rabbit one of the most compelling characters in American literature? By all objective accounts he is scum of the earth, a man who ought to be jailed for spousal abuse and child neglect, not to mention his serial adultery, drug abuse, racial epithets and harboring of a fugitive. Yet Rabbit remains a sympathetic figure, because through him Updike creates a mirror; Rabbit's considerable flaws do not sink inward, as part of his character, but bounce outward back at the society he chafes against throughout the novel, specifically the hedonism and strife of the civil rights era in which it is set. In the first book, he sought freedom from the drudgery of domesticity. In this second book, we learn that he has acceded to his suburban fate, and the novel concerns the tragic consequences of his misguided (to say the least!) attempts to reinvigorate his life through one hurtful, reckless act after another. Why don't we hate Rabbit? Because by the end of this masterful work we realize that he hates himself more than we ever could. "

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