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Publisher's Summary

The hero of John Updike's Rabbit, Run (1960), 10 years after the hectic events described in Rabbit Redux (1971), has come to enjoy considerable prosperity as Chief Sales Representative of Springer Motors, a Toyota agency in Brewer, Pennsylvania. The time is 1979: Skylab is falling, gas lines are lengthening, the president collapses while running in a marathon, and double-digit inflation coincides with a deflation of national confidence.Nevertheless, Harry Angstrom feels in good shape, ready to enjoy life at last - until his son, Nelson, returns from the West, and the image of an old love pays a visit to his lot. New characters and old populate these scenes from Rabbit's middle age, as he continues to pursue, in his erratic fashion, the rainbow of happiness.
©1996 John Updike; (P)2009 Random House
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Critic Reviews

"The power of the novel comes from a sense, not absolutely unworthy of Thomas Hardy, that the universe hangs over our fates like a great sullen hopeless sky. There is real pain in the book, and a touch of awe." (Norman Mailer, Esquire)
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By L. Berlyne-Kovler on 02-27-09

Brilliant Writing

I loved this book dearly. We find Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom a decade later in 1980, having settled down again with his wife Janice,and now running his father in law's business Springer Motors. Rabbit is enjoying his middle class life - he has finally made it! The only thorn in his side is his son Nelson...
Don't expect an exciting storyline to this book; it's more like a snapshot of middle class, middle age life for the American 'Everyman'. But it's a picture created in fine prose with vivid metaphors, explicit almost clinical sexual descriptions and rich language that is a feast to the senses. Add to this Updike's great insights into interpersonal relationships, middle age and the complexities of parenting, and there you have it, a modern day classic.
You can listen to this book even if you haven't read the previous two in the series. Just close your eyes, sit back and slide into the world of Harry Angstrom and friends...

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By Michael on 07-05-15

Rabbit dealing with the end of the seventies

This is some of the best John Updike and one of my favorite stories of the rabbit series. I read this when it came out in hardback in this is the second time I probably listen to it in the last 20 years. This is a book that gets better and better with age. Updates ongoing saga of Harry angstrom it's a book that's impossible not to relate to and laugh at. He is an oddish euro but I found myself rooting for him just to get through all the experiences that life kept throwing at him and his reactions to them . would recommend this book highly.


Mike S.

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