Rabbit, Run

4 thoughts on “Rabbit, Run”

  1. Nice review, and that’s interesting about Kerouac’s On the Road. I didn’t know that. Makes total sense now that I think about it. Rabbit, Run was a difficult book to read, at least for me. Not because it was a difficult storyline to follow or that it wasn’t written well. It’s just, well, Harry. I wanted to, excuse the term, bitchslap the guy and tell him to man up. As a husband, that sort of thing just bothers me. Books like that. But reading your review gives me a different perspective since your research shows this was Updike’s purpose behind the book, it being a response to On the Road, that you can’t just up and leave and nothing matters but yourself, but the journey.

  2. My thoughts exactly on this being a difficult book in respect to the content. As a newly minted husband at the time of reading Rabbit, Run, I hurried myself through the text. Had I known this book involved infidelity, truth be told, I probably never would have bought it. I just have an uneasy feeling when reading stories about cheating spouses and the like. Not my cup of tea; but alas, I’m glad I did read it (even though it was nothing like what I was hoping or expecting) and that I did a little digging up of the background to learn about this being Updike’s response to Kerouac’s hit. And what a well written response. That’s what I’ve always found amiss in the celebration of On the Road. On the Road is a book and will always be a book for those in their early 20s, those not tied down, those without obligation. Rabbit, Run is what happens when Sal Paradise enters the read world. You can’t just up and leave without consequence.

  3. Thank you for the review. Ive been thinking of checking out this book at my local library. Believe I will now. Never read any Updike before. Apparently, he’s one of those guys some people love and others hate. I try to tune both out so I can make up my own mind. I was curious of the themes in the book. That is a fascinating parallel with On the Road.

    1. Enjoy. Updike has his critics. I can’t attest to reading a great deal of his work but I find the prose in RABBIT, RUN beautiful — the flow, the words. I gravitate to that style of writing.

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