Free read ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ô John UpdikeTe life to show how America is as much a part of it as family isI have only one idea as to why the tetralogy is so lauded today and when each individual novel was first published DAMN GOOD prose This last book in the Harry Angstrom cycle by Updike looks at the end of Rabbit s life and disillusionment at the end of the 80s It is worthy of the Pulitzer it garnered Updike s second after the
eually superb Rabbit is Rich Suffice it to say that there is the same set of characters which we know fromsuperb Rabbit is Rich Suffice it to say that there is the same set of characters which we know from previous books and a nice circular return at the very end An essential read for nderstanding America on the eve of the 90sIt is an excellent book which explores the themes of aging and death as well as fatherhood in that intimate prose which only Updike knew how to write According to the Chinese Zodiac 2017 was year of the Rooster but for ME it was year of Rabbit This year I discovered with great glee the brilliance of John Updike and I ve hopped through the four books he wrote about the guy we all love to hate or hate to love Rabbit AngstromI m bidding goodbye to this flawed horndog with misty eyes Somehow from the beginning despite his reprehensible often misogynistic ways and his overuse of the C word I liked the bastard From his family fleeing 50 s his communal 60 s his swinging 70 s to now Rabbit in the 80 sWe re in 1989 the end of the Reagan era when Bill Cosby is still a role model to many Cabbage Patch kids are the rage Melanie Griffiths stars in Working Girl women have shoulder pads in every article of clothing you get the picture Oh and there s AIDS and piles of cocaine tooHe s 56 going on 90 He s got a bum ticker and for the whole book we are painfully aware of each constriction each suffocating breath It s clear this guy s claim on life is tenuous I for one was begging him to stop for the love of god eating dry roasted cashews but he wouldn t listen You wouldn t think that with plaue filled ventricles he d be able to misbehave as he has in other books But don t worry he does as never beforeHe s spending half the year in Florida with Janice chasing the perfect golf swing Meanwhile Nelson the most dislikable annoying character I can remember reading EVER is growing his rat tail perfect golf swing Meanwhile Nelson the most dislikable annoying character I can remember reading EVER is growing his rat tail sniffing p the profits at Springer Motors like a good sonRabbit is comfortable but only
medium happy at best with age it ishappy at best With age it is to say that he has acuired wisdom though his internal monologues still boast his insightful commentary and observationsI loved being back in the Angstrom family s world as dysfunctional as it is This book focusing on mortality has many excellent parts my favourite being a perilous scene on the ocean with Rabbit and his granddaughter However I felt that many parts were really rambling and repetitive I could have done without much of the roadside commentary every single time he got in a car or the very very detailed recollections of Brewer in its hey day The other thing that has stuck in my craw is the nbelievability of one of the main plot points in this book which I ll have to discuss nder a spoiler tag for obvious reasons view spoilerRabbit and his daughter in law Pru have the sex Yep It just stretches the suspension of disbelief for me so much on BOTH sides that the I 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 I didn t expect to be sad at the end of this But after four novels each gradually getting deeper into the character moving from about 300 pages in the first to almost 500 by the last I ve logged in a lot of time with Harry Angstrom And so when this one brought his story around to the end I got a little sad It s an accomplishment to write a character essentially from birth to death And so much of Rabbit s story involves all of the mundane details of small town life watching TV knowing the same people your whole life never really venturing outside of your circuit So I mean Rabbit was kind of a jerk to the very end And that s what got me Updike does a beautiful What s a
Life Supposed To Be Asks Rabbit Ssupposed to be asks Rabbit s in law They don t give you another for comparison But at its best that s what Updike has done with the Rabbit books He s given s another and it s this terrific shambling asshat of an everyman a former athlete who goes exactly to seed right before our eyesUpdike s ability to inhabit such a normal person with sympathy and honesty puts these books taken together in the Great American Novel pantheon He s now covered Rabbit from his awful youth through his midlife crisis and into retirement Rabbit has gained some wisdom along the way but not a lot of it He remains til the end self absorbed self pitying selfish It feels as much like a real life as anything I ve ever read doesWhat s worked less well is Updike s insistence on sending Rabbit Forrest Gump style stumbling through the headlines of each decade In the 60s Rabbit encountered free love and civil rights which Lord Conrads Lady (Conrad Stargard, utterly sank Rabbit Redux In Rabbit is Rich s 70s he explored wife swapping which worked out surprisingly well even though I m 100% sure key parties are madep But if you d like to play Literary Key Party here are the rules Here in the 80s Rabbit deals with what else coke and AIDS It feels forced and superficial Updike gets the details right a kindly comedian named Cosby a flamboyant loudmouth named Trump but Rabbit shoehorns in awkwardlyRabbit at Rest isn t a puzzling disaster like
Rabbit Redux but it s not great The coke and AIDS bits are dumb A paradeRedux but it s not great The coke and AIDS bits are dumb A parade Rabbit is dressed as Uncle Sam is too on the nose And there s a fucking lot of talk about golf which is literally the least interesting thing in the world And Updike s sex can be brilliant a way to actually move the plot forward but he can also just type one handed while masturbating and that s what happens here I found the major sex scene nbelievable no matter how desperate his partner was view spoilerIt s his kid s wife in case you forgot hide spoiler Where oh where will Rabbit go to rest Where will it all all four decades worth of this an all American life culminate and howA In Florida and boringlyThis is a tremendously slow trek through Harry Angstrom s last year and we see the guy eat himself to death and burn bridges with family and friends Eh what s new The sick sad life of the American Male the fourth novel is overkill while it s perfectly nice to revisit some of Rabbit s highlights and mostly low lights how o how can a life be reduced to American history merged so neatly with a deep and personal human experience It doesn t work this attempt to encapsula. In John Updike’s fourth and final novel about ex basketball player Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom the hero has acuired heart trouble a Florida condo and a second grandchild His son Nelson is behaving erratically; his.
Hink about it the contrived it seems It goes above and beyond fucked pness that I can take It also treads a weird asi incestual line that I can safely say I have OD ed on this year in many books and can definitely do without Is this the best we can do Pulitzer Prize Literary Gods hide spoiler Pulitzer Prize winner 1991 Oh my gosh I can t believe I m saying goodbye to Harry Rabbit Angstrom and Janice and the whole family This was the fourth and final book in the Rabbit series I seriously hated to see it end It was so good I just zoomed through 500 pages There s not much to say here that hasn t already been said Updike had an incredible gift for observing life and portraying it in a way that we can all relate to This particular novel was following Harry at age 55 but not in as good of shape physically mentally as the average 55 year old male Lots of moments of reflection on life just like the other 3 novels but with a bittersweet feeling now that most of life is behind him The only reason I gave 4 instead of 5 Stars Is Because There stars is because there one scene toward the end that is so implausible and out of place in this otherwise authentic story I won t give it away but I will say that it is maddening because it s something I ve maybe only experienced from other authors a few other times thank goodness What happened Updike inserted himself and created a scene that was a fantasy for himself personally and not the character or even following the plot I thought it was a cheap move for a cheap personal thrill But all in all I absolutely LOVED this story and found myself immediately involved and absorbed in Harry s life again And Updike s outstanding and skillful writing I will always be looking for Updike to read Always Eat a balanced diet Exercise regularly Avoid excessive drinking Don t fuck your daughter in law Lot of good life style advice in this book I dreaded reading this book and I have to admit that it took me two weeks to get through the last 50 pages I miss Harry Angstrom not as if a dear friend has died but as if I have died myself and yet somehow remain around to mourn my own loss What s odd is that I didn t really like Rabbit I did nderstand him though in a way that I ve never The Affair of the Blue Pig understood anyone aside from myself That to me is Updike s true gift chipping away to annvarnished life to expose the raw emotion and thought pon which we pile layer after layer of the every day I m having a difficult time not going back and re reading the Rabbit series again Right now the only thing that stops me is the hope that I ll find another
book that will touch me as deeply XXXXXXX While the average person maythat will touch me as deeply XXXXXXX While the average person may been conducting online searches for holiday recipes this week I was doing my own Google search which type of cigarettes did John Updike smoke My poor poor children No Waldorf salad or candied yams for youThat ery provided me with information that I already knew that Mr Updike died from lung cancer as a result of his nasty smoking habit but my actual The Experiment (Saving Caeorleia uestion wasn t answered Which kind of cigarettes did he smokeDo you know I don t But I want to know And I think about it annnatural amount Almost every photo ever taken of John Updike features a burning cigarette drooping casually from hi. O 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 southwestern Pennsylvania and Deleon in southwestern Florid.