Rabbit Is Rich



It S 1979 And Rabbit Is No Longer Running He S Walking, And Beginning To Get Out Of Breath That S OK, Though It Gives Him The Chance To Enjoy The Wealth That Comes With Middle Age It S All In Place He S Chief Sales Representative And Co Owner Of Springer Motors His Wife, At Home Or In The Club, Is Keeping Trim He Wears Good Suits, And The Cash Is Pouring In So Why Is It That He Finds It So Hard To Accept The Way That Things Have Turned Out And Why, When He Looks At His Family, Is He Haunted By Regrets About All Those Lives He Ll Never LiveRabbit Is Rich

John Hoyer Updike was an American writer Updike s most famous work is his Rabbit series Rabbit, Run Rabbit Redux Rabbit Is Rich Rabbit At Rest and Rabbit Remembered Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest both won Pulitzer Prizes for Updike Describing his subject as the American small town, Protestant middle class, Updike is well known for his careful craftsmanship and prolific writing, havin

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  • 545 pages
  • Rabbit Is Rich
  • John Updike
  • English
  • 07 May 2017

10 thoughts on “Rabbit Is Rich

  1. says:

    When Harry Rabbit Angstrom begins to weep at his son Nelson s wedding, the ladies stare at him with surprise and become wistful, witnessing these unlikely, raw emotions Aw, heck, ladies would you just look at Rabbit, mid life, becoming a big softie One woman quickly hands him her grubby handkerchief The poor dear Oh, if only they knew that, as the 46 year old Rabbit stares at the page of his prayer book, which he thinks looks as white and blank as the nape of Nelson s poor mute frail neck, he is not weeping over how bittersweet and wonderful it all is, that his baby boy is growing up, marrying the woman he has impregnated and is taking his marriage vows Nope He s thinking how his son is becoming as trapped as he perceives himself to be And, he s thinking Run, Nelson, Run You see, Rabbit s got a bad case of creeping middle itis, and he wants his son to run from the car lot that belongs to their family, wants him to run from the marriage he is entering, and wants him to run from the responsibilities of impending parenthood, too.And why wouldn t Rabbit want his son to run Running s what Rabbit does best He did it in Rabbi...

  2. says:

    Ah, you bad, bad boy, Mr John Updike.It s 1979, Jimmy Carter is president, and it s a good time for selling Toyotas Rabbit is head salesman at his late father in law s car dealership He s still married to Janice He s buddies with Charlie, his wife s former lover And, he s rich He belongs to a club, he drives a nice car, he s buying a house, he s taking vacations, he s well, he s having a swinging old time.Sounds good, right Well, the fly in the ointment is always there for Rabbit, whether it is his constantly wandering eye, his college dropout son causing all kinds of commotion, or the apparition of a girl who looks like she might be his daughter, the fruit of his three month affair almost two decades before The reality is that despite everything, he s still caught in life His wife and mother in law still call the shots at Springer Motors His riches are all hinged on his marriage.This was a HUGE improvement on Rabbit Redux Updike does a phenomenal job of placing us in a time, with bell bottoms, soap opera watching and LeCars Rabbit is still as compelling a character as ever, making astute internal observations in his sex soaked brain The writing is still encroyable, that distinctive poetic prose that flies to the heavens and also swoops into the mire, not afraid to get dirty.Speaking of which, we get real down and dirty in this book It s as raunchy as Rabbit s mind The good, the bad, and the ugly ar...

  3. says:

    Glib Capsule Review Rabbit cracks wise Rabbit talks about cars Rabbit scrutinises female anatomy Rabbit bawls out no good lowlife son Rabbit s actions receive entirely undeserved Harvard strength descriptive torrent Rabbit screws his wife Rabbit fantasises about screwing his friend s young wife Rabbit makes racist or sexist remark Rabbit thinks about daughter or dead Skeeter Rabbit goes into four five page thought stream with no paragraph breaks Rabbit wants very much to have sexual intercourse with another lady Rabbit isn t really rich Randomise these sentences for 423pp, that s Rabbit is Rich Additional The third number in Updike s tetralogy is a deliberately overweight, exhausting mess, centred almost entirely on Rabbit s misadventures in opulence For me, this is the novel s greatest flaw in Rabbit, Run, Updike wrote so eloquently from several POVs, notably from Janice s, but here, aside from one or two swings to Nelson s Rabbit s son perspective, we re trapped in Rabbit s head for the long haul Updike s prose has gotten saggier and baggier since the 1950s no writer but Nabokov can really sustain hyper stylised prose over a 423pp novel Ada being a bad example , so the marshy swamps of description tend to blur into one...

  4. says:

    Watching Rabbit Angstrom at almost my age was fascinating The text is deliciously Proustian and I love the perspective on the 70s The world microcosm Brewster is alive fascinating as a study of America in the waning years of the 20th century s hangover after the 60s His descriptions of human relationships are among the most realistic I have ever read A must.A much better book IHMO than Redux, Rabbit is never really rich, but the ...

  5. says:

    This third decade of Rabbit s shenanigans is incredibly dull Didn t the 70 s include all that Disco outrageous fashion and pre 80s outrageous vapid opulence It does exist in Rabbit s albeit OUR America, but Rabbit has become such an old man at the age of 46 that he cannot enjoy his monetary glory at all He worries still, not for the well being of his family, no, but mostly over his own selfish hide, his manly desires fulfilled though mostly not I hated the dialogue between the main couple and the country club bunnies I hated that most of the time Rabbit and son talk about cars and materialistic stuff This is the longest and least compelling of the novels thus far To complete the tetralogy I myself prefer the term quadrilogy the final Angstrom novel, Rabbit at Rest...

  6. says:

    Rabbit is the great American schlub He s perfectly mediocre He s one of those guys whose best days were as a high school athlete and now he s growing a beer gut He s got an okay job, he s a pretty shitty father, he s a pig, he loves Consumer Reports, he s racist but not so racist that he thinks of himself as racist He s an everyday asshole Updike has managed to neither love nor hate him, just describe him But he gets you deep enough into him that you find yourself feeling bad for him when he does...

  7. says:

    La vita si dissolve dietro di noi mentre siamo ancora viviLeggere un romanzo nel momento adeguato determinante per apprezzarlo A trent anni troppo tardi per leggere kerouac e troppo presto per leggere Updike, questo pensavo prima di trovare nella postfazione Updike aveva spiegato che Corri, Coniglio era in parte una risposta a Sulla strada di Kerouac e inteso come una dimostrazione realistica di cosa accade a un giovane padre di famiglia americano quando prende la strada Ho letto senza saperlo il terzo episodio di una tetralogia 1 , e l ho letto nel momento adeguato Se penso alla definizione Grande romanzo americano dico che io lo intendo cos La vicenda narrata abbraccia un numero limitato di giorni, ma lo fa in modo totale, tanto che sembra di essere a fianco del protagonista che li narra, Harry Rabbit Angstrom Chi volesse affrontare Updike bene che faccia un po di palestra con Richard Ford, chi ha gi letto Ford e l ha trovato prolisso, passi oltre Cinquecento lunghe pagine in cui Harry diventato il mio coniglio da compagnia Non sempre ero in sintonia con lui, ma se anche voi avete superato il mezzo del cammin di vostra vita, le sue considerazioni non vi lasceranno indefferenti Harry non risparmia niente a chi lo legge, con lui si entra nelle toilettes degli amici, si finisce sotto le coperte ho gradito le pagine erotiche, l ossessione per la carota Cindy e la sorpresa dell erba medica Thelma ci si sente feticisti e guardoni ma se volessimo unirci alle critiche ch...

  8. says:

    Rabbit is Rich won a pocketful of awards, most notably the Pulitzer Prize for fiction That doesn t mean I have to like it, and I certainly didn t It s not that Updike s writing isn t great no writer can do a better job of placing you uncomfortably inside a character s brain as Updike can, and no book made me want to find a plain brown wrapper to cover it like this book did It s not that I m unfamiliar with Harry Rabbit Angstrom s life journey to this point, having read the first two Rabbit volumes And it s not that I find Rabbit s progress or lack of through life any surprising or disagreeable than any number of people I know or have known in my life, as a person slightly older than Rabbit himself in this book At some point a reader has to ask him herself, why am I reading about this What s the point of reading every unfiltered thought of a 1970 s vintage middle aged man who seems to be mostly obsessed with 2 things oral sex, and the fate of his illegitimate daughter Maybe it s the same compulsion that draws us to stalk Facebook pages of high school acquaintances, to see what s happened to so and so we barely knew or could hardly stand decades later I certainly didn t ...

  9. says:

    He s rich, and in the third volume he miraculously manages not kill anyone while looking for some quick sex Who says you can t learn from experience

  10. says:

    From BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime John Updike s masterful Rabbit quintet established Harry Rabbit Angstrom as the quintessential American White middle class male The first book Rabbit, Run was published in 1960 to critical acclaim Rabbit Redux was the second in the series, published in 1971 and charted the end of the sixties featuring, among other things, the first American moon landing and the Vietnam War.This third book finds Rabbit in middle age and successful, having inherited his father in law s car business selling newly imported Toyotas to the mass American market But his relationship with his son Nelson was severely compromised by Rabbit s affair with Jill and her subsequent death has left them both wary of each other.Published in 1981, Rabbit is Rich won Updike, among other awards, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and it s extraordinary how many ...

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