It's 1979 and Rabbit is no longer running. He's walking, and beginning to get out of breath. That's ok, though - it gives him the chance to enjoy the wealth that comes with middle age. It's all in place: he's Chief Sales Representative and co-owner of Springer motors; his wife, at home or in the club, is keeping trim; and, he wears good suits, and ...Read MoreIt's 1979 and Rabbit is no longer running. He's walking, and beginning to get out of breath. That's ok, though - it gives him the chance to enjoy the wealth that comes with middle age. It's all in place: he's Chief Sales Representative and co-owner of Springer motors; his wife, at home or in the club, is keeping trim; and, he wears good suits, and the cash is pouring in. So why is it that he finds it so hard to accept the way that things have turned out? And why, when he looks at his family, is he haunted by regrets about all those lives he'll never live?Read Less
Very Good. Firt Int'l Ballantine Books edition, 1982, very good, handwritten name inside front cover, light hinge crease and cover edgewear, slight page toning, no page markings, very clean, tight copy. Satisfaction Guaranteed. Ships next business day or sooner.
Fair. Book is well read but remains a good reading copy with all of the pages and binding intact. The spine has bends and the cover has wear from reading including rubbing and bends. May have writing or highlighting. Quick response.
Fair. Softcover in excellent condition, highlighting, non-smoking home, binding tight, free delivery confirmation on all US orders, West Coast, APO, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico should opt for "expedited" shipping.
Fair. Size: f1-1903; Book is well read but remains a good reading copy with all of the pages and binding intact. The spine has bends and the cover has wear from reading including rubbing and bends. May have writing or highlighting. Quick response.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Collectible. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Cloth, 423 pp.; 21 cm. Topstained red. Near fine. Tight, clean copy. Age toning. Stated "First Edition." Dust jacket, with age-toned flaps, protected in a mylar book cover. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, 1982. "Ten years after RABBIT REDUX, Harry Angstrom has come to enjoy prosperity as the Chief Sales representative of Springer Motors. The rest of the world may be falling to pieces, but Harrry's doing all right. That is, until his son returns from the West, and the image of an old love pays a visit to his lot..../ 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 and since 1957 has lived in Massachusetts. He is the father of four children and the author of more than fifty books, including collections of short stories, poems, and criticism. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the American Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Award, and the Howells Medal."-Publisher.
Good in Good jacket. Stated FIRST EDITION. Very Good overall from private library of prominent NYC publisher. Has dust jacket with shelf wear on front cover / like old sticker residue. We are not only impatient and ship immediately, but we also sprinkle a little JOY on each order!
Like New in Like New jacket. Nicest possible copy of this book, third in the series with Rabbit being enriched by the world of 1979. Jacket professionally protected in mylar. Brand new condition hardcover book in its also mint condition decorative dustjacket. MendoPower Employment Services will immediately and carefully pack this book in high-quality bubble lined, envelopes. Then we send you a confirmation e-mail. We appreciate your business and welcome any questions.
Good in good dust jacket. 467 p. Audience: General/trade. 1981 STATED FIRST EDITION. This book John Updike designed the d.j. Clean endpapers, no marks noticed but the inside d.j. flap is creased. 1981 on title page. full beige quality cloth cover is very nice. If you collect John Updike, this is not a bad book with no noticed marks, no previous owners name, no remainder mark and was/is not an ex-library.
Rabbit Angstrom, the protagonist of John Updike's Rabbit quartet, is repellent in his human frailties--lust, nostalgia, resentment, evasion, abdication of adult responsibility--and can be said to mirror his own country.
Rabbit is Rich finds Harry Angstrom newly rich with his inheritance of his father-in-law's Toyota dealership amid the oil crisis of the 1970s. He and his wife belong to a country club, live with Janice's mother, and their son Nelson who arrives with his pregnant wife-to-be Pru. There is a Caribbean idyll in which wives are swapped, a visit to an old lover Ruth, now gone to seed, and a grandchild.
From these simple plot elements, the author inhabits the fully realized eponymous character, whose perspective dominates the novel, with epic amplitude and scope. Updike's baroque style is best served by being filtered through Rabbit's consciousness in all its crudity. The male gaze is relentless. Yet Updike has created a character who, to me, is quintessentially American in his careless racial epithets, his endless sexualizing of women, his bewildered homophobia, his habitual dwelling in pastness. He is a man who is "a failed boy."
The author's manipulation of time in the novel is masterful and seemingly without effort. It is fair to say that the interiority of the women characters is given short shrift, but these after all are Rabbit's books.
Updike's depiction of marriage, sex, intergenerational strife, aging and American working lives is immensely compelling and persuasive. Paradoxically, the limitations of Rabbit's point of view opens up the author's vision of America over a four-decade span in the four novels.
What major writer would allow his main character to engage in a reverie about the disco queen Donna Summer, as Updike does here? The absorption of Seventies pop culture is quite remarkable. If Rabbit's attitudes are often provincial, sour, constricted and jaundiced, at the same time the novel has a marvelous fullness and a shocking candor, especially about sex.
In Rabbit is Rich, Harry Angstrom is Huck Finn not quite grown, with a wife, a son he resents, and a granddaughter, but with no more territory to light out to. It's all closed off now, and he simply awaits another "nail in the coffin." This is a superb novel.
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