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I felt this was the weakest of the Rabbit books It covers the 60s and has a particularly reprehensible co star There is lots of violence and hate in this book the hideous underside to the sexual revolution Obviously, Updike was not taken in by all the peace, love and happiness rhetoric and instead looked at the damage that unbridled sexuality and drug use could have on society here focusing on how it affects Rabbit and his family Still a great read and a must before finishing the cycle with Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest.It was very full of violence and hate and is a turn off to many readers Like I said, it is kind of the violent hangover after free love and drugs A conservative and pitiless view of American society No wonder most of his books focus on the later 70s inidyllic New England or Pennsylvania settings this one is literally a barn burner and it is truly hard to root for Rabbit all the way through Fortunately, Updike wrote Rich and At Rest to redeem Rabbit to some extent. This book is where the Angstroms became the Osbournes, without the cracking heavy metal catalogue Or, as other reviewers have pointed out, it s where Updike tackles Big Questions of American politics and culture within his sexy literary soap opera framework I also see I was wrong in attempting to empathise with Angstrom he s clearly being set up as a Great White Dope, where racist and sexist poison accumulates and infects those unfortunate enough to fall under his sway So we open with Rabbit s domestic downfall Janice has started an affair with a tachycardic Greek and his son Nelson has come to despise pop s casual racism Then the book veers into political and social territory as Rabbit picks up teenage prostitute Jill and installs her in his home as a live in whore A hippie child spurned by her parents, she is the only likeable character in the whole shebang And this makes the Skeeter section infuriating to read Skeeter is a Vietnam vet and drug pusher who tries to educate Rabbit in black history over a series of after dinner talks Rabbit lets Skeeter stay in his front room , who shoots Jill up on mescaline when Harry s not looking and spits out the vilest misogynist trash in front of the kid So we re sucked into this 150 page spiral, knowing Jill is going to perish at the hands of these imbeciles, screaming at the book GET THIS POOR JUNKIE TO HER MOTHER, but alas, she meets the grizzliest end Updike can imagine, leaving me frazzled with indignation and confusion Is this scabrous social comment, or a piece of callous authorship Veering towards the latter Rabbit s utter indifference to Jill s death is also completely ludicrous his character withers a great deal in this book, which is compelling but oh so deeply flawed I could sayI ll spare you Moira has some good analysis here. A year ago I vowed to myself and you, if you had read my review of Rabbit, Run that I d read a Rabbit novel annually until I m done with the four novel series the idea being that I could look back and see how I d changed in the past year, comparing the changes in my life with those incurred by Rabbit But it s the same shit different day for me over here, ya hear And I m not turning this into some kind of self centered review about me me me Instead, I m going to eventually talk about the me me me mindset that we re all guilty of All of us.So it s the 60s, man, and Rabbit s crazy ass isn t any smarter he still goes through life taking things as they come with little self reflection And if he s wiser, it ain t by much but the people around him have actually grown His wife, Jancie, tired of not getting the peter from her husband the past decade, finds some Greek douche bag to sleep with But despite this or at times it even seems because of it Janice is actually growing and starting to enjoy and appreciate life And since it s been 10 years since Rabbit, Run, Rabbit s son, Nelson, is no longer a bebe he s now 12, and kind of thinks and acts like a little hippie which of course the Vietnam War supporting and ex jock, Rabbit, can t stand.So, yes, it s indeed the 60s there s the Pill, lots of good and bad drugs and there s threats of getting blown up by the Russians and there s the Vietnam war where kids are dying for no fucking reason, and everyone knows someone that s had to go, or is in fear of going himself and with all the civil rights stuff going on, there s still blatant, despicable racism So things are pretty fucked up And this novel is well written Updike is someone everyone should read at least once Aspects of the writing are remarkable, and the novel manages to have heart without delving into kitschy notions of love But at times the book is ridiculous and silly Updike swung for the fences he wanted to represent the 60s in one novel but it was like he didn t really immerse himself in it like he was trying to write about it from the outside, as an observer Novels written by the observer writer can work, of course but typically, I think, this needs to be from a time scope many years later, when the vision can be clear.So the result is that the novel often feels forced We end up with lots of sex, drug use, a ridiculous black character, fights about Vietnam, racial angst, and a young hippie chick, who of course, sleeps with Rabbit Totally forced, because it was clear he was trying to capture the era But like I said, when you try to force that kind of thing too early, as an outside observer, it s never going to work even if you re John Updike.Now let s get back to the issue of selfishness I used to think it was worse with the baby boomers My thinking was that the generations before them won wars, and worked hard, and focused on their kids and family, and basically focused on doing the right thing And then I thought that all these hippies basically showed up and that all they wanted to do was party and act like children, never taking responsibility and only thinking about themselves Utter selfishness And then, to make it worse, this whole generation the Baby Boomers pulled a 180 from some of their few admirable qualities those of spurning materialism and having an open mind and loving heart to buying a bunch of crap they didn t need, going into debt, divorcing like crazy, and acting like they could live that way for the rest of their lives All this while think financial crisis the following generations foot the bill So you see, I thought, they re still as completely selfish as they were in the 60s, just in a different way a way that just happens to be better suited to their current stage in lifeWhat a shitty generationI used to say to friends.But in recent months I ve changed my thinking about the Boomers Just look at the kids these days talk about self obsessed, with their facebook and video games, and constant text messaging But they do thank goodness show signs of idealism And idealism was something that the young generation of the 60s had plenty of We need youthful idealism because let s face it if it weren t for the idealism of the Baby Boomers, we would never have gotten out of Vietnam, or improved race relations as we did, or improved women s rights as we did Really, without the Boomers, we probably wouldn t have escaped the general close mindedness that had previously pervaded so much of American society.No, the Boomers didn t keep their idealism or, if they did, they turned it inside out, fucking it all up, turning it into something nasty the culmination of which was the financial crisis But we re going to dig out of that hole In fact, I think the young people, in their own selfish ways, have already started to help us progress maybe not so differently from the way the Boomers did in the 60s But I wouldn t know for sure it s too early to tell these things as an outside observer. Or Rabbit Gets Woke, in which Rabbit is turned on to and back off of the hippie movement with the convenient help of a barely legal teenager who shows up like I love blowjobs, can I live with you and a crazy black guy who will not shut up Rabbit Redux is Updike s Go Ask Alice, a bizarre, racist rant about Vietnam and the dangers of marijuana that culminates with the black guy jerking off as Rabbit reads Frederick Douglass out loud to him In Rabbit, Run, the plot moved forward largely in sex scenes, enormous chunks of the book that described and deepened the characters as they tried to connect with each other Many of the pages in Rabbit Redux are also about sex, but now Updike s just spanking to fantasies of pulling interracial Eiffel Towers It s weird and it s bad.At least the sex scenes are just bad and not boring, like much of the rest of the book Speech after speech about Vietnam and the Merovingians and the nature of the universe, delivered by what Updike, who is neither, imagines a pot addled black guy might sound like It s so weird that I wonder whether anyone else has ever read this book at all, because shouldn t this be mentioned whenever anyone talks about Updike Remember Rabbit Redux, where he reads Frederick Douglass while a guy jerks off in front of him That was a weird fuckin disaster, huh When Updike died in 2009 there was all this debate over whether he was the greatest writer of the 20th century David Baddiel or a penis with a thesaurus David Foster Wallace I feel like every article should have led with John Updike, who once wrote a scene where a dude reads Frederick Douglass while another guy whacks off That was a weird fuckin disaster, huh DNF 49%Sorry Rabbit, you just aren t interesting enough for me to continue. As part of the PopSugar Challenge, I opted to listen to 2 in Updike s Rabbit series, which takes place in 1969 while Harry Rabbit Angstrom is a supposedly responsible adult enjoying the fact that America is fighting the Viet Cong, and lamenting the fact that his wife Janice is leaving him for a guy she works with and is opposed to the war Harry is the Everyman in his opinions and lifestyle It was like a walk down memory lane to hear his arguments about politics and race, and he is very opinionated Although this grew tiresome, eventually I think even Harry begins to see the error in some of his thinking and allows himself to be influenced by a young woman and black militant he takes into his home because they have no where else to turn Some of the spouting off held tremendous shock value, and with that plus the very weird middle sections of the book, I thought about abandoning it But I seldom do that, so I decided instead to finish this and then not to read anyof the Rabbit 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De Masini Iata Punctul De Cotitura In Viata Lui Rabbit, Care Declanseaza O Serie De Reevaluari Capitale Rabbit Incepe Din Nou Sa Riste O Cunoaste Pe Jill, O Adolescenta Dependenta De Droguri, Careia Ii Refuza O Vreme Avansurile Jill I L Prezinta Pe Skeeter, Amicul Ei Negru, Un Chibit Perfect, De Un Straniu Tragism, Care Ii Revolutioneaza Lui Rabbit Cateva Dintre Ideile RasisteFara Sa Si Dea Seama, Rabbit Lasa In Urma Conservatorismul Inchistat Al Clasei De Mijloc Americane Si Avanseaza Treptat Spre Altceva O Mai Buna Gestionare A Deziluziei, A Ratarii, A SuferinteiIntoarcerea Lui Rabbit Este Un Roman La Fel De Paradoxal Ca America Anilor , Maturata De Vantul Schimbarii, Rupta Intre Grandioasa Reusita A Lui ApolloSi Tragedia Vietnamului Fascinat De Limbajul Astronautilor, De Vechile Expresii Care Deservesc Explorarea Unei Lumi Cu Totul Noi, John Updike Reuseste Sa Si Insemineze Textul Cinematic, Pus Sub Semnul Prezentului, Cu Aluzii La Un Dincolo Care Ramane De Explorat Nu Numai Rabbit E Mai Matur In Acest Roman, Ci Si Updike, Care Scrie Cu Pofta, Cu Setea De A Largi Perspectiva Si Cu Neasteptata Compasiune This is actually cut and pasted from a long comment on someone else s review It focuses primarily on this book, altho there are some sentiments in it I d apply to all the Rabbit stories warning terribly tl drBen said Updike swung for the fences he wanted to represent the 60s in one novel but it was like he didn t really immerse himself in it like he was trying to write about it from the outside, as an observer Novels written by the observer writer can work, of course but typically, I think, this needs to be from a time scope many years later, when the vision can be clear I think this is a really important point I also think sadly this side of Updike is typical, and maybe was brought to the forefront by his working up essay reviews on books and other topics for various newspapers and magazines The idea is you have a smart mind lots of books ton of research You Are There, but it winds up looking like one of those cheezy network television retrospective specials His forays into historical writing that awful play about Buchanan, the dreadful In The Beauty of the Lilies, the tepid Seek My Face are usually bad, because he lacks both the analytic and philosophical skills necessary to draw broad social networks, and the intense psychological absorption necessary to portray another human consciousness convincingly His writing is at once deeply personal it s all about himself and impersonal the patterns of language are almost abstract in this I think he served himself ill by taking Nabokov for a master, but anyway.The characters of Jill and Skeeter in this book are disastrous worse than inept, I d argue, they are fundamentally dishonest I don t think an author necessarily has to personally empirically experience everything they write about hello, Wuthering Heights and so on , but Updike s later cringe inducing absolute misfires, all the way from The Coup to the dreadful, dreadful Terrorist in the acknowledgements he thanks Islam for Dummies, IIRC indicate not a failure of experience but empathy That bad sex passage everyone quotes with a kind of cringing grin something in the Widows of Eastwick about how the woman just loves giving herself a facial with fresh ejaculate isn t just badly written, it s badly imagined. Who could think an actual woman might actually react like that Does he actually know any women Yes, his writing rushes to assure us, oh yes, yes he does Oh yes Most intimately And thoroughly From the outside The portrayal of Janice through all the Rabbit books and stories is really a triumph of unconscious misogyny The sad thing is Updike apparently thinks he s presenting her sympathetically When Updike is on, his typical oh my god the revelation in these pigeon feathers that golf stroke those women s asses over there minute observations can make you feel indeed that he is giving the reader the gift not of seeing something for the first time but of re seeing it freshly, which is really rare, especially in popular fiction But the technique also reminds me of Pre Raphaelite landscapes every blade of grass, every veined leaf, is luminously, maddeningly outlined, and as a result the slavish depiction of reality becomes almost surreal So I personally think Updike is actually at his worst in his naturalist Americana writing like the Rabbit books, and it boggles me why they were awarded prizes and are frequently the most assigned and most read of his novels I think judging him by them does him a real disservice When he writes about his own swingin seventies going barefoot, eating lobster, Martha s Vineyard, fucking the neighbours, c c it s at least halfway interesting and well done When he tries to project his own personal visions of liberation and loss onto AMERICA IN GENERAL as THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL, I just wind up irritated and confusedfrom yet another commentI should add I found the central eponymous figure of Rabbit himself a failure as a character Rabbit is Updike s idea of what a Big Dumb Jock type might be, so he is simultaneously patronizing has Rabbit ever read a book No, right and way too articulate observant the book is limited 3P but there are lovely lyrical bits, like Sun and moon, sun and moon, time goes, which are so totally Updike Not Rabbit they throw me right out of the book BUT, I think Ruth is an amazingly well developed female character I really did like her She might be one of my favourite Updike characters. Like the decade of the 60s, Rabbit Redux is a bit tricky Wee complications arise in so liberal a landscape, especially if the everyman in the novel is absurdly conservative Add then a haze proliferated by drugs weed and alcohol and pills in the mix, and what you have left over is Harry Rabbit Angstrom, older but none the wiser This time around, ten years after the first Rabbit novel, Janice, Harry s sad, insipid wife runs away, leaving Rabbit with the kid Add then too the elements that made the first book so harsh affairs, racism and a wholelotta mysogeny to the national and personal events in that aforementioned decade and RR is sick, hilarious and very real employing streamofconsciousness the 3rd person present tense.Basically another tragedy befalls Rabbit as he gives shelter to a young hippie ish ho and her black escort, a modern revolutionary who s way into drugs Confusion in the middle portion of the book basically mirrors the trio s stupid, selfish drug trance They all do these drugs with the twelve year old kid present an American tragedy.Are all women in Updike simply stupid They Janice, Jill, Peggy, Mrs Angstrom, Mim are quite forgiving, ever tolerant of their other sexed counterparts many mistakes The Man s World is glorified thoroughly.And Gosh Americans are soooooo selfish The FOUR NOVELS in the tetralogy seem intent on validating this pervasive misogyny and this hybrid form of macho entitlement Like Fellini in Dolce Vita, one practically expects a woman any one to be exhibited and made to perform in front of a drunken crowd, all the while being violently humiliated and feathered All in good fun Updike readers will forgive the complicated themes and enjoy the truly great writing. I wrote this review a few years ago for a different site I called it Rabbit s A Reactionary Racist It s been edited a little bit from it s original context What is the novel about Well it s about Harry Rabbit Angstrom a man in his early thirties, with a wife, a son and a job on the verge of being made obsolete by technology In the first novel, Rabbit ran away from his wife and young child The novel dealt with the way he is pulled between his freedom and responsibility In Rabbit s second appearance on the literary scene he is at the other end of the estranged spouse paradigm Rabbit s wife leaves him to live with her smooth talking car salesman boyfriend After being cuckold by his wife Rabbit feels sorry for himself, blames his troubles on others, shacks up with an 18 year old hippie, lets an African American criminal on the run move into his house, works through 400 years of racial injustice through his discussions with the hippie and the criminal, has his house burned down by racist neighbors and ultimately gets back together with his wife This all sounds sort of familiar if you ve read the first novel Many of the incidents have just been changed slightly and the novels overly peppered with events from 1969 to make sure the reader never forgets that the action takes place as man first walked on the moon, Laugh In and the Mod Squad played on the telly and movie goers were packing theatres to see Kubrick s cerebral 2001 A Space Odyssey The actions similar to the first tale of Rabbit but the times are a changing Poor Rabbit though isn t changing with the times though Maybe if Updike could have written Rabbit as adapting better to the turmoil of the 60 s this novel would have beenenjoyable or at least less offensive.I might be wrong but I don t think the word cunt was generally used to describe women in 1969 I don t think the word experienced much of a mainstream vogue in America, but if I took Updike s picture of the cultural terrain of America at this time as an example then I d believe that good Americans, Conservative Americans at the time believed that women could be reduced to this term Not just reduced but defined as just being walking cunt s with interchangeable faults attributed to them Updike uses this termoften that Irvine Welsch does The word is used constantly to an annoying degree Added to the excessive use of this word as catch all for all women except for poor Rabbit s mom is a good healthy dose of racism Rabbit believes it s not worth his son caring too much about a girl he likes being dead because there are a few billioncunt s in the world Rabbit doesn t like blacks on the bus with him because they smell Rabbit doesn t like hippies because they don t love the country Rabbit likes the idea of bombing Vietnam into the pre historic age Rabbit s a good American trying to raise his son but only thinks twice before joining his counter culture housemates in smoking dope in front of his kid Rabbit s a total hypocrite.One might try to argue that through his talks with the on the lam criminal, Skeeter, that Updike shows the way that even the close minded archetype of middle America can learn to empathize with Civil Rights One might if they were ignoring the way that Updike treats all of his minority characters There are three African American characters One if a drunk co worker part time pimp, the second is a pot smoking alcohol swilling lounge singer prostitute, and the third is Skeeter a small time pot dealer irrational revolutionary who thinks his the living incarnation of Jesus Christ The first two characters are presented for color and for Rabbit to have masturbatory fantasies about The third argues the case for Black Power in the most schizophrenic, irrational and flat out moronic manner possible who discredits all of Civil Rights leaders in favor of some acid induced logic Rabbit starts to agree with him at times, which makes no sense except to prove that Rabbit s a moron I don t know what Updike was trying to do with this Especially because he wastes almost half of the book involved in these discussions between Rabbit and Skeeter.This novel left me feeling kind of offended Aside being offended I felt nothing The prose is nice and clean but I have hundreds of books that are well written I know that I m going to read the last two novels with clenched teeth because I am unable to not finish a book or a series no matter how much I hate it I don t recommend entering into Rabbit s world, or if you do read the first novel and then use your imagination about what he would be doing ten years down the road.