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The Rabbit Factory: A Novel

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  795 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
In an ambitious narrative structure reminiscent of Robert Altman's classic film Nashville, Larry Brown weaves together the stories of a sprawling cast of eccentric and lovable characters, each embarked on a quest for meaning, fulfillment, and love -- with poignant and uproarious results.
Set in Memphis and North Mississippi, The Rabbit Factory follows the colliding lives
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 7th 2004 by Touchstone (first published January 1st 2003)
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Salwa
Mar 12, 2012 Salwa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was suggested as a can't-put-it-down read and after reading the first chapter (who wants to read about a 70 year old guy contemplating his need for Viagra?) and putting it down a few times I finally read past the slow start and really enjoyed it. This is not the type of book I normally read---there's not much in the way of literary merit here. And yes maybe the characters are a bit cliche, but they are funny and the plot sweeps you up, and about a third of the the way in I didn't really car ...more
James
Jul 29, 2014 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gritty-reads
When you ask yourself "Should I read this Larry Brown-"

Yes.

It doesn't matter which of his novels it is, the answer is always yes, you should read it. "The Rabbit Factory" is no different, but in terms of Larry Brown books it is a bit different. In this there is a score of different characters each getting there own POV short chapter that weaves in an out of the others. Some of them don't have anything to do with each other, whilst most interact in some creative way or another.

One of complaints
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Lisa
I picked up The Rabbit Factory after it got good reviews from my online book group. It sounded like a good mystery. Imagine my surprise when about 80 pages into the book, I realized this was not the book I expected. In fact, it was the wrong The Rabbit Factory. Go figure. How many authors title their book The Rabbit Factory?

After getting over my initial surprise of reading the wrong book, I realized I was actually enjoying this one. Brown's Southern tale, set in Memphis, is full of quirky, flawe
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Dillon Strange
I'm a huge Larry Brown fan. He was one of the few "Southern" writers that I've run across that could believably capture the self destructive and desperate people of the deep south. Having grown up in the south, his characters were like friends from back home or shady relatives that I had lost touch with. His work was authentic, vividly and truly authentic. That's why this one was such a mild disappointment. It is an episodic sprawling mess of a book about an unfaithful wife, her husband who can' ...more
Dale
Jul 09, 2014 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first few chapters of The Rabbit Factory introduce us to characters who are on the verge: on the verge of something very bad happening, on the verge of finding or losing love, on the verge of losing something very valuable. The tension between the sets of characters starts early: Helen's (maybe) dalliances press hard on Arthur to fix just that. Anjalee casts a spell on Wayne Stubbuck after, in a fit of do-what's-right, she risks what little she has.

And so it goes as the cast of characters gr
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Kirstie
Aug 28, 2011 Kirstie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of police detective paperback fiction.
I was a little disappointed in this one even though I think it's above average for your paperback fiction. I thought it was funny and overall well written but it definitely didn't enrich my life in the long run, teach me anything new, or inspire me in any way. Basically, I would put this novel in the category of books to read when you need something a little smart, a little funny, and quite engaging that will help you fill space in your life if you can't handle anything with a deeper, richer mea ...more
Kierstin Leah
I don't think it's fair that I give this book any stars considering I never finished it, but it still played a key role in my adolescent development. My mom bought this book for me when I was 11 and told me it was about "a crazy family." I hated reading things my family thought I would like, so I waited till I was 12. I can say with confidence that since I hadn't discovered the internet yet, this book was the first time I read the word "fuck." I showed it to all my friends. While the adult theme ...more
Tuxlie
Jul 12, 2015 Tuxlie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Larry Brown's idiosyncratic and powerful Southern novels have earned him widespread critical acclaim. Now, in an ambitious narrative structure reminiscent of Robert Altman's classic film "Nashville, " this "true original" "(Chicago Tribune)" weaves together the stories of a sprawling cast of eccentric and lovable characters, each embarked on a quest for meaning, fulfillment, and love -- with poignant and uproarious results. Set in Memphis and north Mississippi, "The Rabbit Factory" follows the c ...more
Elsbeth
Nov 17, 2008 Elsbeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
wacky, moving, funny, satisfying reading experience. odd characters lives tangle together in Memphis and environs; i will definitely read this again one day!
Clyde Christopher
You would have to be from the south and from north Mississippi, like me, to fully "get" this book. Also, I imagine 99% of the people who've read this book didn't get the Widespread Panic references... That's just one example of how it may be more appealing to Mississippians.

Having been in the USMC infantry, like Brown, I thought it was funny how he portrayed the Navy guy. To fully appreciate a great deal of his section of the story, you would have had to have served in the Marines.

Actually, I v
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Don Kasper
Unfortunately, I had high expectations coming into this book. I had heard about Larry Brown and the gritty Southern tales that he is famous for telling and decided to start first with "The Rabbit Factory". The amount of thought Larry Brown puts into his characters is amazing. The book is all about character development and by the final 100 pages, you are able to not only relate to each quirky character but really put yourself in their head and understand their thought process. Throughout the boo ...more
Johnsergeant
Listened to Audiobook from recorded books.
Narrated By: Tom Stechschulte

Recorded books blurb:
Set in Memphis, Tennessee and northern Mississippi, The Rabbit Factory presents a wildly diverse cast of characters who are looking for love—but not necessarily in all the right places. Helen is a sex-starved alcoholic who combs the local bars looking for the one thing her sugar daddy can’t give her. Arthur, Helen’s aging sugar daddy, is very wealthy, but suffers from severe self-confidence issues. Belie
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Kathy Worrell  ツ
3.5 stars. I enjoyed Joe so much, that I thought I would try another one of his books.

I believe Joe Brown writes similarly to Dave Barry, Carl Hiaasen or Tim Dorsey. They take a bunch of unrelated people with zany, wild, unusual, jobs or personalities and throw them into a pot with a little spice and stir...and viola!
Out comes this unpredictable, interesting, imaginative, slightly dark, tale.





Cindee
Mar 24, 2009 Cindee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Very quirky- reminds me of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiassen.

ETA: Quirky turned into "this is getting old." 'Splain me this, please? WHY do (some) people writing about the South seem to create nothing but a bunch of cliched stereotypes? I really tried to like this book BUT when every character is a stupid redneck (we're not all inbred idiots, honestly)... the deciding factor for me? Nothing to do with rednecks, except insofar as they hit deer on the highway and stood to watch it die, all the while
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Melissa Johnson
Overall, it's not something I'd really recommend - it's not very engaging , the writing isn't magnificent, and the ending was unspectacular. I didn't hate the book, and i don't feel as if i wasted my time reading it, but i wouldn't read it again.

This was, in no way, a bad book; it's just not my favorite kind of book. I didn't take anything away from it, i didn't learn anything from it - i didn't once have to use the dictionary.

I went through the first hundred pages having no idea what this book
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Dee
May 21, 2015 Dee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
lent to me from a friend. Not my normal type of reading. Not sure I liked it when I started reading but it grew on me.
Rachel
Apr 23, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just picked this up at the library out of curiosity. The book didn't disappoint. I had no idea how the book would end, which is a feat.
David
Dec 10, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good one by Larry Brown. Love his development of characters. Didn't want it to end.
Courtney Durflinger
Hilarious book! The characters were awesome, and the story didn't get stagnant or boring!
John
Jan 19, 2016 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
another fun little Larry Brown book. Wanders all over the place like a roller coaster
Andrew Ayers
Jan 03, 2015 Andrew Ayers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best examples of hillbilly noir that you will find.
Sarah Levy
Well, someone doesn't like the happiest place on earth
Amanda
Apr 14, 2014 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I thought about giving up on this one multiple times. And then it was over. I should have quit listening. I'm not sure what the point of this story was.
Rachel
Jul 08, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
good but gritty...typical Larry Brown book
David Joy
Dec 13, 2014 David Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Structurally, I think this is one of Brown's most interesting novels.
Elizabeth
Nov 30, 2010 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: WT folks striving to be more but fail
Shelves: 2010
I read a review of this book which said, 'it's a sprawling mess of a book' and it is but in a good way. It takes place in Memphis and Northern Mississippi with a cast of characters that don't give anyone a good name. Also prevalent are animals, in some of the most bizarro of ways. How can you not give a writer credit for working in maimed lions into the plot? strippers, gangstas, the ducks at the peabody and a pitbull that has seen the light are just a portion of the cast of characters that stru ...more
Michael Klick
Jan 06, 2016 Michael Klick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reminds me of Chuck Palahniuk
Meg
May 10, 2015 Meg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The vivid detail of each character's story was impressive - and lengthy. I was disappointed that several story lines were left too open ended for my taste.
Stacy
Jun 27, 2014 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh candy

slow to start but great story. beautiful ending for Eric. would love a sequel. what happens to them all. Candy? never would have guessed her story!!!
Angie
Apr 09, 2014 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Very quirky characters...
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