Yulia’s review of Rabbit, Run (Rabbit Angstrom #1) > Likes and Comments

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message 1: by Ruth (new)

Ruth His writing just glides along, doesn't it?

message 2: by Ruth (new)

Ruth Maybe you had to have lived through those times.

message 3: by Yulia (new)

Yulia I am sorry to have changed my opinion so forcefully, but I knew there might be a problem from the beginning, when I read some of the comments on the Constant reader discussion of it before getting a copy and found others asking, "What's up with Updike and women?" I guess I have to agree with them and add, "What's up with Updike and men?"

message 4: by Kelly (new)

Kelly I understand how you feel about Rabbit ... he is a very difficult character to keep reading about. But Something BIG happens toward the end of the book that really changed my opinion about it all. I hope someday you'll be able to finish it.

message 5: by Yulia (new)

Yulia Hmm, you have gotten me curious now. I may have to read the darn thing after all.

message 6: by Marco (new)

Marco Yes, a number of BIG things happen. It enters into issues of family and religion.

message 7: by Yulia (new)

Yulia Marco wrote: "Yes, a number of BIG things happen. It enters into issues of family and religion. "

Oh dear, I was interested in the family issues, but if Rabbit runs to religion, the book isn't for me.

message 8: by Marco (new)

Marco He doesn't TURN to religion, but it does play a role in his inner-struggle. Are you turned off by all stories with religious characters, or perhaps that that just wouldn't solve that sort of troubled marriage?

message 9: by Yulia (new)

Yulia I just hate when religion comes up as a deus ex machina, so to speak, at the end of a story to solve a character's problems. It's a cop-out, for me, at least, and doesn't resolve the inherent causes of the person's problems. It's like putting makeup on a scar.

So no, I don't avoid books that deal with religion, but I dislike books where religion is the "answer."

message 10: by Joseph (new)

Joseph Weyek I agree with you that the prose is self indulgent with his gratuitous similes and metaphors. I find it painful.

message 11: by Caroline (new)

Caroline I think we may overuse the word "waste of time" to describe books we didn't like, but RR is one instance of a book that genuinely is an utter waste of time. You've missed out on nothing by abandoning it. There's nothing wrong with unlikable narrators--I've enjoyed many--but there does need to be something readers can sympathize with, something to explain why a jerky character would behave the way he does. There's no understanding this man. He's just a jackass, plain and simple.

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