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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Rabbit, Run : John Updike

Partly predictable, partly shocking with a wholly unlikeable and emotionally empty protagonist whose story I devoured like watching a train wreck while reading an US Weekly magazine. Updike's writing is at such a high level though, he could write about porridge and it would still be fascinating. I recommend this one if you haven't read it, but I am not sure if I want to know the rest of this Rabbit guy's stories in the subsequent books.

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  • I can barely tolerate Updike's New Yorker stories, so I don't think I'll ever make it through the Rabbit series. Maybe if they put them in hotel rooms like Gideon bibles...

    By Anna, at 8:51 PM  

  • Hee! Yeah, well, I've never stuck with any Updike either. I'm not sure why -- stylistically or thematically or chronologically or what -- but Updike is near Mailer in my mind. I recall being not so fond of how either one of them treats women.

    By lillygog, at 9:18 PM  

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