Rabbit at Rest

Rabbit at Rest

Book - 1996
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Random House, Inc.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Howells Medal, and the National Book Critics Circle Award
 
In John Updike’s fourth and final novel about Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, the hero has acquired a Florida condo, a second grandchild, and a troubled, overworked heart. His son, Nelson, is behaving erratically; his daughter-in-law, Pru, is sending him mixed signals; and his wife, Janice, decides in midlife to return to the world of work. As, through the year of 1989, Reagan’s debt-ridden, AIDS-plagued America yields to that of the first George Bush, Rabbit explores the bleak terrain of late middle age, looking for reasons to live and opportunities to make peace with a remorselessly accumulating past.

Publisher: New York : Fawcett Books, 1996, c1990
ISBN: 9780449911945
0449911942
Characteristics: 465 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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