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message 1: by Amanda (new)

Amanda And then beat him with the gun. Oh, how I hated Rabbit.

message 2: by Kemper (last edited Jul 16, 2009 02:01PM) (new)

Kemper And then pour salt in his wounds...

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message 4: by Ladiibbug (new)

Ladiibbug LMAO @ Kemper's review!! OMG, hilarious -- thanks for starting my day off with a big laugh.

message 5: by Kemper (last edited Apr 26, 2010 11:14AM) (new)

Kemper Ladiibbug wrote: "LMAO @ Kemper's review!! OMG, hilarious -- thanks for starting my day off with a big laugh.


No problem. Nothing gets laughs like discussing the fantasy homicide of a fictional character you despise..

message 6: by Donald (new)

Donald Quist LOL, literally.

message 7: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Donald wrote: "LOL, literally."

Glad you liked it.

message 8: by j (new)

j points for the first paragraph. maybe this book is great, but i shall never know.

message 9: by Erik (new)

Erik Your first paragraph is laugh-out-loud funny.

message 10: by Marija (new)

Marija Great review! I read it way back in the day (high school, 35 years ago) and felt the EXACT SAME WAY! I hated the guy for leaving his pregnant wife. Thanks for the laugh!

message 11: by Paddythemic (new)

Paddythemic glad I wasn't sipping anything when I read this review. would've exploded.

message 12: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Honey I read this book in my twenties and what I got from it was, "never get married."

message 13: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Hannah wrote: "I read this book in my twenties and what I got from it was, "never get married.""

I think that is exactly what Updike was saying in this one.

message 14: by Lily (new)

Lily Funny review and comments.

message 15: by Bryna (new)

Bryna Yes to all of that. Updike is clearly talented and so specific in his style... but Rabbit is difficult stomach and the misogyny is palpable. I had intended to read all the Rabbit novels as well but now am not so sure. I'll need a nice long break before I resume them anyhow...

message 16: by Shawnnita (new)

Shawnnita Damn! I'm only on page 16! I'd better keep reading to see why you all feel the way you do! Hope I don't cry though

message 17: by James (new)

James Thane I'm in the same boat; I detested Rabbit but thought that the books were very well written and a great commentary on the period. I did read the whole series and will refrain from saying anything about the later books, especially given your reverence (NOT!) for a certain class of characters that inevitably appears down the road...

message 18: by Sally (new)

Sally I hated Rabbit so much I couldn't finish the first book. I'm glad I borrowed it from the library and didn't pay for it. Unfortunately, it kept me from ever wanting to read another book by Updike.

message 19: by Greg (new)

Greg Z Kemper, very funny. But am I the only person who sympathizes with Rabbit because he has no idea about himself, and thus no idea what pain he is causing everyone else?

message 20: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Schmieder The funny thing? Rabbit is still not a good guy in the sequels. But I love the books as Americana.

message 21: by Justin (new)

Justin Bennett Great review, I feel the same way. Beautifully written book, but every time a street was mentioned I was hoping Rabbit would be hit by a car. Or that in the end he just killed himself.

Updike is a great writer, I can tell just from this book. Like you though my disgust for Rabbit means I'll never read any other books in the Rabbit series. Or any other book by Updike for that matter.

message 22: by Arthur (new)

Arthur What a character! Also, huge fan of Updike's writing. Keeper, totally agree with you though, I really hated Rabbit's character! ...but then I went and read the other three in the Run series.

message 23: by Joshua (new)

Joshua T s is a good updike book. I hate rabbit, too.

message 24: by Judith (new)

Judith Now I'm wondering why I would want to read about the despicable Rabbit

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