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Rabbit, Run by John Updike
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May 30, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: classics
Read from May 21 to 29, 2011

The main thing I kept thinking while I was reading this was: holy crap am I glad I don't live in 1950s America. Because I would probably kill myself. So depressing! I feel like everyone must have felt so trapped and bored by the traditional roles they were supposed to fulfill and the American Dream they were supposed to be chasing. That's pretty much the situation for the protagonist of this novel, who is in no way a hero because he's basically the worst guy ever. Like, I wish I could reach into the book to punch him in the face. Horrible. The "running" referred to in the title is basically this guy constantly running away from all of his responsibilities and people that depend on him, just doing whatever he wants without any regard for the consequences, because he feels like his life deserves to be better than it is. Needless to say, some of this comes back to bite him in the ass. But the book leaves you wondering how, if at all, he's going to learn from his mistakes.

So much to think about here. I finished it yesterday but am still pondering it. And Updike's writing is way more powerful than I had been expecting. This book totally deserves its reputation as an American classic.
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message 1: by Glee (new)

Glee I often think about my mom's depression during the 1950's. She went from being a vital part of a science team during WWII to being a stay-at-home mom during the 40's and 50's (was there any other kind at that time?) of 5 children with only 8 years between oldest and youngest. And she was trapped and bored. I want to read Updike's stuff, never have. Now I know it will probably be sad, but informative....

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