Plot summary[ edit ] Rabbit Redux finds former high-school basketball star Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom working a dead-end job as a Linotype operator at the local printing plant. Thirty-six, he feels that he is quickly approaching middle age and irrelevance, a fear he sees reflected in the economic decline of his hometown, Brewer, Pennsylvania. When his wife leaves him for an eccentric Greek man named Charlie Stavros, Harry and his thirteen-year-old son Nelson are at a loss. Seeking to fill the void left by Janice, Harry starts a commune , composed of himself; Nelson; Skeeter, a cynical, drug-dealing African-American Vietnam vet with messianic delusions; and Jill, a wealthy, white, runaway teenager from Connecticut. While Skeeter keeps Jill in sexual thrall to him with heroin, Harry and Nelson are both drawn to Jill for the different things she represents to them: lost innocence and sexual conquest for Harry, and first love and coming of age for Nelson.
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Shelves: read-in , romantic-love-and-hate , families , important-message A year ago I vowed to myself and you, if you had read my review of Rabbit, Run that Id read a Rabbit novel annually until Im done with the four-novel series; the idea being that I could look back and see how Id changed in the past year, comparing the changes in my life with those incurred by Rabbit.
But its the same shit different day for me over here, ya hear? And Im not turning this into some kind of self centered review about me-me-me. All of us. 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. 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. 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. I used to think it was worse with the baby boomers. Utter selfishness. All this while — think financial crisis -- the following generations foot the bill.
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.
Ihr Lieblingsdrink sind Old Fashioneds. In dieser Nacht isst Harry zusammen mit Tothero und zwei jungen Frauen, von denen eine, Ruth Leonard, zeitweise als Prostituierte arbeitet. Beide beginnen eine zwei Monate dauernde Beziehung und Harry zieht in ihre kleine Wohnung ein. Harry zwingt Ruth danach, ihn mit einer Fellatio zu befriedigen. Er interpretiert ihre Einladung zu einer Tasse Kaffee als sexuelles Angebot. Janice leidet darunter, dass Harry sie schon wieder verlassen hat. Das will Rabbit aber nicht.
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The 100 best novels: No 88 – Rabbit Redux by John Updike (1971)