Rabbit, Run

Rabbit, Run

eBook - 2010
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"Contemporary in setting and tone, and brilliant in its evocation of everyday life in America, the novel is about Harry Angstrom ('Rabbit'), a salesman who, on an impulse, leaves home, his alcoholic wife, Janice, and his child, Nelson, to find freedom. After several escapades and a liaison with an ex-prostitute, he returns to his wife and child and attempts to settle down again. In this novel, Updike conveys the longings and frustrations of family life. Rabbit's malaise is not so much a yearning for freedom as, perhaps, a yearning for guiding spiritual values and meaning. At the end, still dissatisfied and guilt-ridden because of the responsibility he feels for the death of his second child, he begins running again." Reader's Ency. 3d edition.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2010]
ISBN: 9780307744074
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Sep 07, 2016

Miserable characters, but amazing prose. Not sure how I missed John Updike all these years.

Nov 28, 2014

Right, so Updike is NOT for me, that's clear. I found Rabbit's views and comments on the world depressing and anger-inducing (not rage-inducing because I couldn't raise enough sympathy for the victims of his contempt to get that upset about what he thought of them) and couldn't continue reading those thoughts past page 50. At least I know now and won't continue to wonder whether I'd enjoy the story of 'Rabbit' Angstrom.

Oct 15, 2014

This copy of Rabbit, Run fell into the river. Please charge my account for my being unable to return this book. Thank you.

Nov 07, 2013

I think this book should come with some kind of disclaimer. My son is a huge fan of rabbits, and I thought this would be a great book for us to read together. But there are no rabbits in it! It's just about some jerk named Rabbit. Once again, there are no rabbits in a book called "Rabbit Run." What a sham!

Feb 13, 2013

I'm halfway through this AMAZING novel. I'm really enjoying it! Updike is such an astounding writer...I imagine the story swimming around in my head as I read his words on the page....such vivid language and top-notch storytelling. Recommend.

Sep 19, 2012

A companion to Revolutionary Road in showing how 60s suburban America was the most luxurious of oppressive prisons for anyone that was slightly above average. I picked this up for $1 at the library book sale because it’s on the Radcliffe 100 Best Novels List.

Marriage before living together is a formula for unhappiness, and when Rabbit runs it’s not so hard to understand why. But when he essentially only runs next door, and stays away but not out of sight, sympathy thins. Rabbit’s wife Janice doesn’t get a voice in the story except for when she is drunk. Rabbit is that much of a dick that he allows his minor-character hooker a voice in his story but not his major-character wife.

Updike pours out gorgeous unpunctuated sentences that lead you on a trail – a trail where you must force yourself to read slowly so you don’t get lost. He can’t keep it up forever though, and the style becomes average right around the same time I start getting tired of Rabbit. A vigorous start, and while I’d like to find out what happens to Rabbit in the next three books, I don’t think I could read about that asshole any more.

debwalker Sep 30, 2010

One of the great characters of 20th century American literature, Harry Angstrom stumbles through life and relationships, starting here in 1950s suburbia.

Apr 28, 2010

A classic of 20th century American literature. Entertaining on a superficial level but also an intriguing look into 1950s middle-America. Updike uses complex metaphors to link sex and religion in a wholly unique way. Highly recommended, thought not for those with prudish tendencies.

Aug 15, 2008

Updike won a Pullitzer prize so I had great expectations. I was disappointed - really not a hugely entertaing or intelligent book I thought. The question of who to blame for the tragedy is perhaps the key point. That does make you think.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

Apr 28, 2010

JPearce thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


Add a Quote

Apr 28, 2010

"How far can you go on dates and still love Jesus"


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Subject Headings

OPL owns a similar edition of this title.

View originally-listed edition

Report edition-matching error

To Top