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Rabbit At Rest It S , And Harry Rabbit Angstrom Is Far From Restful Fifty Six And Overweight, He Has A Struggling Business On His Hands And A Heart That Is Starting To Fail His Family, Too, Are Giving Him Cause For Concern His Son Nelson Is A Wreck Of A Man, A Cocaine Addict With Shattered Self Respect Janice, His Wife, Has Decided That She Wants To Be A Working Girl And As For Pru, His Daughter In Law, She Seems To Be Sending Out Signals To Rabbit That He Knows He Should Ignore, But Somehow Can T He Has To Make The Most Of Life, After All He Doesn T Have Much Time Left


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    While the average person may have been conducting online searches for holiday recipes this week, I was doing my own Google search which type of cigarettes did John Updike smokeMy poor, poor children No Waldorf salad or candied yams for you.That query 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 question wasn t answered Which kind of cigarettes did he smoke Do you know I don t But I want While the average person may have been conducting online searches for holiday recipes this week, I was doing my own Google search which type of cigarettes did John Updike smokeMy poor, poor children No Waldorf salad or candied yams for you.That query 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 question wasn t answered Which kind of cigarettes did he smoke Do you know I don t But I want to know And I think about it an unnatural amount Almost every photo ever taken of John Updike features a burning cigarette drooping casually from his mouth or held loosely between his two fingers.And, though I loathe cigarette smoking, I find myself thinking of that mischievous smile and that stupid cigarette hanging from his mouth, and the next thing you know, I m Olivia Newton John in Grease, pulling that damn thing slowly from his mouth, throwing it to the ground to crush under my black heel, and whispering real close like to his face , Tell me about it, stud What follows from there is none of your damn business.WHAT KIND OF A REVIEW IS THIS This is my kind of review My way of informing you that I ve readJohn Updike than, say, 98% of the population, and, though I am not an Updike expert, I ve gone so far as to having elaborate couch fantasies with him as well.And, having inappropriately written all of that, I want you to know that you can trust me when I suggest to you that you ABSOLUTELY SHOULD read the Rabbit series his most famous work , but just quit at Rabbit 3, Rabbit is Rich and call it a day.Despite what Rabbit himself advises his grandson, Roy, in this book, when little Roy explains that he left the movie theatre early because the Dumbo movie had upset him If you don t stay to the end the sadness sticks with you, I respectfully disagree It wasn t worth it to stay to the end The ended sucked This novel was an overly wordy, overly written, tiresome slog Rabbit and John should have both quit while they were ahead.But, don t worry, John This one may not have worked for me, but I ve got a bad case of the feels for you I ve got a hard stack of your work, hovering close to my bed, waiting for my attention.Was it Pall Malls Marlboros


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    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 Angstrom.I 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 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 Angstrom.I 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 s.We 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 too.He 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 plaque filled ventricles he d be able to misbehave as he has in other books But, don t worry, he does as never before.He 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 and sniffing up the profits at Springer Motors like a good son.Rabbit is comfortable, but only medium happy at best With age, it is hard to say that he has acquired wisdom, though his internal monologues still boast his insightful commentary and observations.I 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 unbelievability of one of the main plot points in this book, which I ll have to discuss under a spoiler tag for obvious reasons view spoiler Rabbit 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 theI think about it, thecontrived it seems It goes above and beyond fucked upness that I can take It also treads a weird quasi 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 The book and series end in a heartbreakingly perfect denouement, our hero coming full circle I am so sad to witness Rabbit s never ending human struggle I want him to succeed I want him to be happy I want him to figure it all out I want him to have great sex I want him to find the same freedom as he did on the basketball court in high school, so that he doesn t have to look back so far to find a time where he felt optimism Though, it s through the everyday tragedy of Rabbit s life that we can see our own, and maybe that s where the redemption liesWe are each of us like our little blue planet, hung in black space, upheld by nothing but our mutual reassurances, our loving lies


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    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 equally superb Rabbit is Rich Suffice it to say that there is the same set of characters which we know from the previous books and a nice circular return at the very end An essential read for understanding America on the eve of the 90s.It is an excellent book which explores the themes of aging and 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 equally superb Rabbit is Rich Suffice it to say that there is the same set of characters which we know from the previous books and a nice circular return at the very end An essential read for understanding America on the eve of the 90s.It 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


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    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 understand him though, in a way that I ve never understood anyone aside from myself That, to me, is Updike s true gift chipping away to an unvarnished life to expose the raw emotion and thought upon 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 understand him though, in a way that I ve never understood anyone aside from myself That, to me, is Updike s true gift chipping away to an unvarnished life to expose the raw emotion and thought upon 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


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    Q Where oh where will Rabbit go to rest Where will it all all four decades worth of this, an all American life culminate and how A In Florida and boringly.This 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 Q Where oh where will Rabbit go to rest Where will it all all four decades worth of this, an all American life culminate and how A In Florida and boringly.This 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 encapsulate life, to show how America is as much a part of it as family is I have only one idea as to why the tetralogy is so lauded today and when each individual novel was first published DAMN GOOD prose


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    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


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    What s a life supposed to be asks Rabbit s daughter 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 us another, and it s this terrific shambling asshat of an everyman, a former athlete who goes exactly to seed right before our eyes.Updike 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 What s a life supposed to be asks Rabbit s daughter 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 us another, and it s this terrific shambling asshat of an everyman, a former athlete who goes exactly to seed right before our eyes.Updike 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 does.What 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 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 made up 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 awkwardly.Rabbit at Rest isn t a puzzling disaster like Rabbit Redux, but it s not great The coke and AIDS bits are dumb A parade where 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 unbelievable no matter how desperate his partner was view spoiler It s his kid s wife, in case you forgot hide spoiler Updike is trying to wind the clock backwards the series ends as it begins Rabbit runs Rabbit plays ball He needs one last betrayal as well But it feels dubious.But we re also dealing with mortality, and when Updike just relaxes and gets into Rabbit s head, it s insightful Rabbit has reached the phase of life where friends start to die His own suffocating heart makes him all too aware of his own fragility the terror of being trapped inside his perishing body, like being in a prison cell with a madman who might decide to kill him at any moment As a describer of America, Updike is flawed As a describer of the human soul, he s magnificent For one flash, after Rabbit in full grandpa mode accidentally eats parrot food, he sees his life as a silly thing it will be a relief to discard It is a silly thing, Rabbit s life, and Updike s gotten it all on paper My life is also fairly silly, all things considered, and it makes me feelhuman to have this one to compare it to


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    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 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 is 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 forUpdike to read Always


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    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 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 job in this one, slowly closing the book on this guy In this one he finally runs and almost gets away But like in the first book, he never really knew where to go.There were so many emotions in this one Some parts really made me laugh out loud, while others made me anxious Rabbit is still difficult to empathize with, but at least a lot of that is put into context There are also plenty of the usual cringe worthy moments seriously, the Japanese character has to speak like a Krusty the Clown bit but I feel like there was a lot of wisdom imparted by these books And that is don t be like these people


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