Rabbit is Rich

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Knopf, 1981 - Fiction - 467 pages
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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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User Review  - SigmundFraud - LibraryThing

Rabbit is Rich by John Updike is a masterpiece. Some think it is his best novel. Not having read much Updike I cannot say. The protagonist, Harry, aka Rabbit, Angstrom is a proxy for Archie Bunker in ... Read full review

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User Review  - AliceAnna - LibraryThing

Yet again, I really don't like this guy, but I could hardly put the book down. Janice comes into her own in this one, but Rabbit is still a weak-willed ne'er do well, and his grown son is now ... Read full review


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John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He was graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year in England on the Knox Fellowship, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker, to which he has contributed numerous short stories, poems, and book reviews. He is the author of sixteen other books of fiction and the father of two sons and two daughters. Since 1957 he has resided in Massachusetts.

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