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Rabbit at Rest by John Updike
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Jan 30, 08

Read in January, 2008

** spoiler alert ** Updike's Rabbit series ends - suprisingly - softly. Despite a tumultuous 60 years full of controversial life decisions by the main character Rabbit, Updike decides, perhaps NOT suprisingly (since Updike himself was in his own later years when writing this book), that things should wind down gracefully. Updike did an amazing job in this series making plot and theme connections between books, and here in his waning days, Rabbit's character comes full-circle, with echoes of Book 1, Rabbit Run, and final revelations about the essence of Rabbit's identity, relieved of all that superficial mid-life garbage. I'm not sure I buy that a deviant like Rabbit would have been so oblivious to his own son's cocaine habit. I'm not sure I buy that Rabbit's daughter in law was bonkers enough to sleep with him. But throughout the book, most of Updike's observations about human nature and the way most American's lived in the late 80s are, as usual, very keen.
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