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Rabbit Redux by John Updike
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Jan 04, 2009

it was amazing
Read in January, 2009

This is the second novel in the Rabbit tetraology, written in 1971. John Updike is without a doubt one of the best novelists of the past 50 years. Some authors like Updike and Philip Roth write with such ease it is obvious when you read their prose.

Ten years after the first Rabbit novel, this book is about many things - marital infedilty and the challenges of middle-age, the 1960s, Vietnam and of course the furher development of Harry Angstrom, an anti-hero whose best times seem to be behind him. Harry goes through life seemingly uncaring about anything that happens to him.

Some may be repulsed by the anti-hero archtype, wishing they could reach into the book and slap the lead character to get a reaction. If however, you can resist that feeling, you will instead turn each page wondering, hoping, Harry will feel something.

I found this novel better written than the first one, which is easily attributable to Updike maturation as a novelist. I really look forward to the third book in the series - Rabbit is Rich.
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