Rabbit at Rest by John Updike

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Rabbit at Rest by John Updike
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Rabbit at Rest by John Updike

In John Updike’s fourth and final novel about Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, the hero has acquired a Florida condo, a second grandchild, and a troubled, overworked heart. His son, Nelson, is behaving erratically; his daughter-in-law, Pru, is sending him mixed signals; and his wife, Janice, decides in midlife to return to the world of work. As, through the year of 1989, Reagan’s debt-ridden, AIDS-plagued America yields to that of the first George Bush, Rabbit explores the bleak terrain of late middle age, looking for reasons to live and opportunities to make peace with a remorselessly accumulating past.

“Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, morbidly depressed, overweight and living with wife Janice in a Florida retirement community, recovers from a heart attack and is led astray by his libido one last time. “Updike is razor-sharp and mordantly funny,” said PW. “If this novel is in some respects an elegy to Rabbit’s bewildered existence, it is also a poignant, humorous, instructive guidebook to the aborted American dream.” The book took a Pulitzer Prize.” Publisher’s Weekly

Rabbit at Rest by John Updike is one of Ian McEwan’s favorite novels.