I think that the last two are better because Updike had 30-40 more years of maturity and writing under his belt but this book grabs you and doesn't let you go and makes you beg the the next one. What brought this once-happy couple to this point? When he leaves to get his car and his son, Rabbit decides he has lost himself. Amis is a whole lot more subtle in creating his male monsters. The father does not care about the actions that are taking place around him, or his sons begging will for his father to fight off death and live. But I honestly didn't think his books would speak to me.
So this is an interesting story, because Updike can write, and he pulls it off. Janet drowns herself in alcohol unable to deal with the screaming baby and Rabbit, well, Rabbit runs. They both are known for their various works that they have produced in their lifetime. All in all, I think it's well worth listening to and am now wondering whether to wait for the audioversion of the sequel 'Rabbit Redux' or just to read the printed version. I'm the hero of my own story only by default, which makes me neither heroic nor interesting. This is especially so with Updike's use of the present tense, a brilliant choice.
Yet, Updike is so elegant in his word choice as he shines the light of truth on these characters and their stories that you cannot help but relate. Some might say I also have a tendency to bounce from thing to thing without really thinking about it. Here John Updike does everything I fail at: telling a story that feels completely un-forced and real in an unpretentious style that is both engaging and easy to read. I liked the music, and felt it served the film. Rabbit is doomed to be punished - severely - for thinking he can escape his responsibilities.
I was completely unprepared for th God, do I hate Rabbit Angstrom! The death of the dog brings heartache and sadness to the loving family. John Hoyer Updike was an American writer. A Tootsie Roll commercial comes on, which sickens Rabbit. The style of these two poems is very different. The first, which is something like 20 pages long, is Rabbit's first encounter with Ruth, and it reads something like if Lena Dunham were John Updike. Untoasted white bread spread with Miracle Whip, topped with limp outer leaves of iceberg lettuce and slices of weak-kneed, pale-pink winter tomatoes, with one piece of undrained, undercooked bacon in the middle. With no plans, he hops in the car with nothing more than the clothes on his back.
Updike is a master, and his stories are real and believable. He refuses to cut down on his junk-food diet or respond to his heart pains. But I never read any of Updike's Rabbit Angstrom novels. It's obvious that Rabbit isn't meant to be a hero, or even an anti-hero. Anyway, dude has this wife and a kid and stuff and he has this boring job and then one day he just decides to run away from it all.
Sure, it would backfire, it would reveal your prejudices and narrow-mindedness, your circle of friends might become a lot less varied and interesting. The color and types of friend's cars, the outer appearance of houses. He has this need to solve things -- to make things right. I loved the book and promised myself I'd read all four novels and start from the beginning. I walked outside into the damp air of downtown Portland. He is twenty-six years old, a man-child caught in a struggle between instinct and thought, self and society, sexual gratification an Rabbit, Run is the book that established John Updike as one of the major American novelists of his—or any other—generation.
Not that it was a pleasant read, necessarily; it may be the only book I've ever read where all the major characters had serious flaws. Despite the 1950's setting and his excellent depiction of this time, I am astonished at how modern this reads. Now in his mid-20s, his work is unfulfilling, his marriage is moribund, and he tries to find happiness with another woman. After the second world war, our society moved past just living to exist and actually had a chance The best I can figure is it's a product of its time. Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest both won Pulitzer Prizes for Updike. John Updike shows us how a simple life of a dog can mean so much more.
He gets back in to the car, feeling low. Updike showed absolutely none of their rocky history. His life seems a sequence of grotesque poses assumed to no purpose, a magic dance empty of belief. Even though each poem is different in its own meaning, they are relatively similar in comparison with the inevitable end, which is death. He was a one-time great basketball player in high school. Bigger adjectives and more pretentiousness and whatever.