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Rabbit Run

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Rabbit Redux

Comments (5)

Brian Jennings said

at 4:30 pm on Apr 24, 2012

I'm dying to know what you think of this book and Updike's writing in general. I have mixed feelings but I want to hear what you have to say before I vent.

dhenning@affton.k12.mo.us said

at 9:05 am on Apr 26, 2012

It reminds me of Catcher in the Rye for adults. I can identify with and enjoy adult angst more than the adolescent variety. I take it that you are not a fan of Updike. I just finished Rabbit Redux. It was depressing. I plan to read Rabbit at Rest next. Have you read them?

dhenning@affton.k12.mo.us said

at 9:06 am on Apr 26, 2012

How do I update my list?

Brian Jennings said

at 3:50 pm on Apr 26, 2012

So, second question first: On the first page, click on the EDIT icon. This should make the page active which means you can change anything you want on the page. Do make sure you click SAVE before exiting. For my link on the first page, I clicked on EDIT, then highlighted my name and clicked ADD LINK again remembering to click SAVE. When I clicked on the link, following the prompts let me create a new page where I parked the books I've finished this year--more because if I didn't list them I'd forget what I read than anything. That way, as well, this page will still exist out there for anyone interested in Rabbit.
The second question is more complicated. I like your Holden analogy and I think Updike has an incredible mastery of the language. In some ways what really annoys me about him is that he is obviously an incredibly talented writer but after reading a few of the Rabbit books (run and redux I think, and several of his other novels whose titles I'll look over and post later). I can't help thinking his protagonists are almost always narcissistic whiny white guys obsessed with sex whose privilege is their real problem. I read a review of one of his books by David Foster Wallace who said his problem with Updike's protagonists is they never realize the roots of their problems is the fact that they are giant a-holes. I can't help but think I share his view. But Updike makes me feel like that person who slows for a car wreck. Once I pick up one of his books I can't stop reading. So, the short version is I am a big fan of his style and not a big fan of his content.

Brian Jennings said

at 8:03 pm on Apr 26, 2012

Couples, Bech and a Month of Sundays are the other non-rabbit Updike books I've read. I think I'll give him another shot and pick up Rabbit at Rest along with you.

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