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Rabbit, Run by John Updike
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This book was one of the first "hard" books I read. It influenced me because it presents Rabbit, an immoral jerk, without judgement. He is surrounded by other immoral jerks, and he is wanting to escape the yoke of marriage and all of that. His reactions - an extended weekend - are handled without grandure. The people that he's around, are seedy like him, smarmy like him. The relationships he forms when he bolts from his family aren't any better, they are different. That's part of the genius of the series: Rabbit is a jerk, a mean, self absorbed bastard, but Updike makes him rational.
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