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 ...
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 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?
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.
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!
Very Good in Very Good jacket. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1981. First edition. Hardcover. 467 pp. Very good, in very good price clipped jacket. Faint spotting to text block edges. Small colored pencil notation on front free endpaper. Jacket spine and front flap have faint creasing. Spine and edges of panels toned.
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.
Near Fine. Franklin Center, PA: Franklin Library, 1985. Pulitzer Prize Classics edition. Leather bound. 467 pp. Near fine. Bound in full, gilt stamped, red leather; all edges gilt with marbled endpapers. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1982.
H. F-/F. 1st edition, 1st printing. Winner of the 1981 National Book Critics Circle Award, the 1982 Pulitzer Prize and the 1982 National Book Award (Fiction). Book has slight slight and owner name on front fep. We offer a LIFETIME GUARANTEE. Contact us for.
James Campell. Fine. 1985 Franklin Library. Leather Bound with gilt title and ribbon marker. Fine condition. Light shelf wear. A few slight scratches to gilt on page edges. No markings. Includes illustrations. Leather Bound Edition of John Updike's Classic Book, "Rabbit is Rich", Published by Franklin Library 1985 1985 Franklin Library. Leather Bound with gilt title and ribbon marker. Fine condition. Light shelf wear. A few slight scratches to gilt on page edges. No markings.
Very good in very good dust jacket. 1981. Hardback. Very Good. First Edition. First Print. This book was awarded the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Dust jacket is protected with a Mylar cover. Books are packed and shipped in boxes.
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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