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Rabbit At Rest
Rabbit At Rest
Author: John Updike
2 cassettes / 3 hours — Read by the Author — John Updike, a genius at creating uncannily vivid mirror images of American life, is at his best in this final episode of the extraordinary "Rabbit" saga. — Here is a last look at a character followed by millions through four decades of his existence - a story that reflects the complexities of contempora...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780394589527
ISBN-10: 0394589521
Publication Date: 12/18/1990
Pages: 512
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.

2.8 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Knopf
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
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In this book Rabbit is aging in Florida, his wife wants to start a new career in real estate. Issues of aging, infidelity, failing children, loss of power are all well described. Very reality based.
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Sad to read a book about a man who has finally reached a point in his life where things are pretty good only to see it all taken away within the course of a few months. In the first two books, Rabbit, Run and Rabbit Redux, Rabbit is a pretty unsympathetic character. But in this book, Rabbit has mellowed somewhat and now it seems as if the deck is stacked against him this time. Still, Rabbit is a pretty selfish guy but he has settled down now, ready to moulder away into comfortable old age, but it is not to be. Technically, Rabbit has heart disease but it seemed like that last heart attack was really his own heart breaking from seeing his world fall apart and dealing with it all on his own, having estranged himself from his wife and family. In the end, jerk though he was, I was sorry to see Rabbit go.

I really enjoyed Updike's descriptions of Florida, of Rabbit's last drive south, and of Rabbit's experience with heart disease. It just felt like the real deal, almost as good as being there. Updike really has an amazing eye for descriptive detail, he really captures it. Excellent novel.