Rabbit at Rest

Rabbit at Rest

Book - 1990
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In John Updike's fourth and final novel about ex-basketball player Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom, the hero has acquired heart trouble, a Florida condo, and a second grandchild. His son, Nelson, is behaving erratically; his daughter-in-law, Pru, is sending out mixed signals; and his wife, Janice, decides in midlife to become a working girl. As, through the winter, spring, and summer of 1989, Reagan's debt-ridden, AIDS-plagued America yields to that of George Bush, Rabbit explores the bleak terrain of late middle age, looking for reasons to live. The geographical locale is divided between Brewer, in southestern Pennyslvania, and Deleon, in southwestern Florida.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, c1990.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780394588155
0394588150
Branch Call Number: FIC UPDIKE
Characteristics: 512 p. ; 21 cm.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 18, 2013

Updike brings his Rabbit series to an unimpressive, uninspired conclusion with "Rabbit at Rest." It's an appropriate title as it might make you sleepy. I know Rabbit is supposed to be an everyman, but is everyman synonymous with a bland, unlikable character? This is considered possibly his crowning achievement and maybe it was a big deal when it came out, but these books have not aged well at all and are due for reassessment.

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GrumpyDave
Dec 11, 2010

1991 Pulitzer Prize - Fiction

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