Rabbit Angstrom: The Four Novels: Rabbit, Run, Rabbit Redux, Rabbit Is Rich, And Rabbit At Rest

Hardcover | October 17, 1995

byJohn Updike

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When we first met him in Rabbit, Run (1960), the book that established John Updike as a major novelist, Harry (Rabbit) Angstrom is playing basketball with some boys in an alley in Pennsylvania during the tail end of the Eisenhower era, reliving for a moment his past as a star high school athlete. Athleticism of a different sort is on display throughout these four magnificent novels—the athleticism of an imagination possessed of the ability to lay bare, with a seemingly effortless animal grace, the enchantments and disenchantments of life.

Updike revisited his hero toward the end of each of the following decades in the second half of this American century; and in each of the subsequent novels, as Rabbit, his wife, Janice, his son, Nelson, and the people around them grow, these characters take on the lineaments of our common existence. In prose that is one of the glories of contemporary literature, Updike has chronicled the frustrations and ambiguous triumphs, the longuers, the loves and frenzies, the betrayals and reconciliations of our era. He has given us our representative American story.

This Rabbit Angstrom volume is comprised of the following novels: Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit is Rich; and Rabbit at Rest.

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When we first met him in Rabbit, Run (1960), the book that established John Updike as a major novelist, Harry (Rabbit) Angstrom is playing basketball with some boys in an alley in Pennsylvania during the tail end of the Eisenhower era, reliving for a moment his past as a star high school athlete. Athleticism of a different sort is on ...

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FROM THE INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR written especially for this edition:“The character of Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom was for me a way in-a ticket to the America all around me … [These four related novels] became a kind of running report on the state of my hero and his nation . . . A some point between the second and third of the series, I...

John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker. He was the author of more than fifty books, including collections of short stories, p...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:1568 pages, 8.3 × 5.3 × 2.2 inPublished:October 17, 1995Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0679444599

ISBN - 13:9780679444596

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Ultimate Anti-hero One of the hardest concepts a fiction writer can capture on a page is the complex texture of everyday life. American novelist, John Updike–athlete of words and images, and impeccable observer of thoughts and feelings–does this with ease. In his epic novel series which includes Rabbit, Run, Rabbit Redux, Rabbit is Rich, and Rabbit at Rest, Updike discusses the themes of normality and mediocrity through his celebrated male protagonist, Harry Angstrom. The Rabbit Series follows the life of Harry Angstrom–an average, American middle-aged man with no interesting qualities about him whatsoever–through the 1960's, 70's, 80's, and 90's. It is through this anti-heroic character that the reader comes to learn much about human nature, and about their own strengths and weaknesses. The novels are not only terrific to read, but also provide for a wonderful learning experience about human life.
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FROM THE INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR written especially for this edition:“The character of Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom was for me a way in-a ticket to the America all around me … [These four related novels] became a kind of running report on the state of my hero and his nation . . . A some point between the second and third of the series, I began to visualize four completed novels that might together make a single coherent volume, a mega-novel. Now, thanks to Everyman's Library, this volume exists, titled, as I had long hoped, with the name of the protagonist, an everyman who, like all men, was unique and mortal.” “Taken together, this quartet of novels has given its readers a wonderfully vivid portrait of one Harry (Rabbit) Angstrom . . . The books have also created a Kodachrome-sharp picture of American life . . . from the somnolent 50s . . . into the uncertainties of the 80s.”—THE NEW YORK TIMES“The being that most illuminates the Rabbit quartet is not finally Harry Angstrom himself but the world through which he moves in his slow downward slide, meticulously recorded by one of the most gifted American realists . . . The Rabbit novels, for all their grittiness, constitute John Updike's surpassingly eloquent valentine to his country.”—Joyce Carol Oates, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW