Rabbit, Run (Rabbit Angstrom #1)
Rabbit, Run is the book that established John Updike as one of the major American novelists of his—or any other—generation. Its hero is Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, a onetime high-school basketball star who on an impulse deserts his wife and son. He is twenty-six years old, a man-child caught in a struggle between instinct and thought, self and society, sexual gratification an...more
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This is the first book by Updike I've read, and his reputation as a writer was well-earned. I'd had a vague idea that this story was about a former hot shot basketball player struggling to adjust to a regular life. I was completely unprepared for th ...more
Phew, that's better, very cathartic. This is yet another book from the 1001 books list which has made me question whether or not the people who write the list actually like people who read books or if they are really secretly intent on torturing us all for their own amusement?
The review w ...more
Man, John Updike just has this way of making the most mundane, ordinary stuff extraordinary. He takes pages and pages to set a scene or describe the inner thoughts of one of his main characters, and all of it is awesome. I mean there were paragraphs that went on for pages ...more
all of 'em (bellow, mailer, roth, updike) found themselves as ...more
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Rating: 2.5* of five
The Book Description: Penguin's bumf--Rabbit, Run is the book that established John Updike as one of the major American novelists of his — or any other — generation. Its hero is Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, a onetime high-school basketball star who on an impulse deserts his wife and son. He is twenty-six years old, a man-child caught in a struggle between instinct and thought, self and society, sexual g ...more
Sure, it would backfire, it would reveal your prejudices and narrow-mindedness, your circle of friends might become a lot less varied and interesting. On the other hand, you'd never have to fake a conversation about football again, and you could easily avoid the total assholes like Rabbit Angstr ...more
The book is very interesting, but mainly held my attention t ...more
"On The Road" bears a comparison in its obvious Grownass-Young-Man-Seeking-Escape motif. The time-frames are also relatable. But this is closer akin to the intrepid tale of '50s S ...more
But first, I must explain why my rating is only 3 stars (or, 3 and a half, really ...more
I hate John Updike right now.
I hate him as an idealistic dreamer, for making me remember how ugly we are – all of us humans with our selfish hearts and boring thoughts, our fractious flaws, and our suffocating sense of doom and exceptionalism.
I hate him as a woman, for cringe-worthy moments of misogyny, for the distancing male sexual fixation, and for making me wonder ...more
Here's the thing about Updike: he's such a good writer. He's a pure natural. His sentences are incredibly good. (Here in Rabbit, Run, sometimes you can feel the effort a little; by the third book, Rabbit is Rich, he's flawless.) His characterization is brilliant: Rabbit most of all is one of the great real people in literature, and the supporting cast - his wife and child, among others - are also real individuals. And, listen: some writers are good at writing but not good at boo ...more
The CCLaP 100: In which I read for the first time a hundred so-called "classics," then write reports on whether or not they deserve the label
Essay #48: Rabbit, Run (1960), by John Updike
The story in a nutshell:
(Much of today's recap was culled from Wikipedia, for reasons that are explained below.)
Never have I read a book with a more unlikable main character. Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom is a married man with a toddler son who despises his wife and (view spoiler)[one evening gets into his car and simply leaves them (hide spoiler)]. At least, that’s as much as I know. Maybe (view spoiler)[he eventually comes back, and they live happily ever after (hide spoiler)]. This book is so insufferable I abandoned it at page 134 (out of 264 pages), and I have no regrets about doin ...more
"Corre, Coelho" pode ler-se como um livro/crónica da vida americana de meados do século passado.
A escrita de John Updick tem todas as virtudes que faltam à personagem, Harry Coelho Angstrom.
Coelho reconhece apenas a sua "grandeza", deixando de lado o reconhecimento da sua miséria. É imaturo, cobarde, monstruosamente egoísta, assustado, medroso,, não confiável, indeciso, mas há, não obstante, um reverendo que acredita na sua salvação.
" Decide dar a volta ao ...more
We grow up, we marry, we work, we have children and one day we see that our life became a drab routine and total disappointment. And we wish to return to the days of our youth when everything was new and the world shined. And we revolt and run away… But is there a place to run to?
“His idea grows, that it will be a monster, a monster of his making. The thrust whereby it was conceived becomes confused in his mind with the perverted entry he forced, a few ho ...more
Okay, that didn't last long. I refuse to finish this book. I find the prose self-indulgent, the understanding of human nature self-serving, and the protagonist impossible to empathize with. Would reading this book help me understand individuals I find narci ...more
I'm a big fan of American literature and gobble up books by Auster, Roth, Wolfe, Franzen and even Salinger, as well as any number of contemporary thriller writers. In fact, I've struggled with the work of very few authors from the States, with only DeLillo springing readily to mind. So I was confident I ...more
Foi a bela prosa de Updike que não permitiu que, levianamente, eu abandonasse este livro no início por não conseguir sentir qualquer empatia com as personagens e ser, até, um pouco aborrecido. Mas, no decorrer da leitura, a minha visão das personagens ...more