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Rabbit At Rest, John Updike

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    2960 College Ave, Berkeley, CA (map)

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  • John Updike is recognized as one of the great 20th Century American novelists.  Rabbit at Rest, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, is his fourth and final novel about Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom.   Angstrom 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.    Rabbit tries to navigate through his changing world in the late 1980's, with mixed and illuminating results.

    Updike's fiction "is distinguished by its attention to the concerns, passions, and suffering of average Americans; its emphasis on Christian theology; and its preoccupation with sexuality and sensual detail. 


    Updike's highly distinctive prose style features a rich, unusual, sometimes arcane vocabulary as conveyed through the eyes of 'a wry, intelligent authorial voice' that describes the physical world extravagantly while remaining squarely in the realist tradition.[4] He described his style as an attempt 'to give the mundane its beautiful due.'"[5]  Wikipedia.

    Many critics consider Rabbit at Rest to be Updike at his finest.

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