Rabbit Is Rich

Rabbit Is Rich

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Harry Angstrom, now middle-aged and the chief sales representative of a Toyota dealership, attempts to cope with such problems as inflation, governmental ineffectiveness, the return of his prodigal son, and a chance encounter with an old girlfriend.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2006, c1981
ISBN: 9780394520872
Characteristics: 467 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: , - Former owner


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Nov 22, 2017

Having just finished the entire Rabbit series I should say something. Updike's detailed descriptions of place and time are amazing. Reading them out of order created a slight challenge to the development of character. Rabbit's thoughts and feelings concerning the other characters were primary to the total effect of his seeming neuroses. Updike covered a lot of American history along the way: wars, the economy, presidential politics. Most of the characters were presented sympathetically, and Rabbit charmed them all, except his son. As the novels progressed, I found myself becoming more understanding of him, and his inner struggles.

Nov 05, 2013

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."

Apr 28, 2011

John Updike is a great writer. That being said, I really didn't like the "Rabbit" books, mostly because I couldn't muster up any sympathetic feelings for any of the characters. It seemed like all the books contained a never-ending stream of horrible behavior and endless justification and blaming of others. Not enjoyable to me.

Dec 11, 2010

1982 National Book Award - Fiction

1982 Pulitzer Prize - Fiction


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