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Rabbit, Run by John Updike
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Apr 11, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: Writers looking for writing inspiration
Read in July, 2006

John Updike has a very non-traditional interpretation of redemption, and you find that in his main character, Harry Angstrom, also known as Rabbit. In this first Rabbit novel, he is 26, and he finds himself in crisis about where his life is headed. I found myself loving Rabbit and sympathizing with him (mostly), but also hating him and hating his choices. As a friend once put it to me, "He is Holden Caulfield grown up." It is a painful and powerful book. The writing is delicious, and I have never read an author who can see so deeply and so clearly into humanness; not only that, but Updike has the unique ability to articulate truths like almost no one else can.
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message 1: by Sam (new) - rated it 4 stars

Sam Excellent review. I've never put the "He is Holden Caulfield grown up." together. It makes me smile.

message 2: by Rob (new) - rated it 5 stars

Rob I'm pondering what you mean by Updike's "non-traditional interpretation of redemption". I suppose I'll need to read the sequels to find out...

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