Rabbit, Run Criticism

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Many reviewers have been deeply offended by Updike's explicit descriptions of sexual scenes. Eliot Fremont-Smith wrote in the Village Voice,

It must have been the sexuality that so upset the respectable
critics. . . . Their consternation had to do
with what seemed a great divide between John Updike's
exquisite command of prose . . . and the apparent
no-good vulgar nothing he expended it on.



Alfred Chester, one of the earliest reviewers of Updike, wrote, "A God who has allowed a writer to lavish such craft upon these worthless tales is capable of anything," according to Sanford Pinsker in New Essays on Rabbit, Run.

In many cases, these critics seemed to be allowing their disgust with Updike's descriptions of sex to color their perception of his work as a whole. Robert Detweiler wrote in John Updike, "As frequently happens, the furor accompanying the depiction of sexual amorality increased the difficulty of...

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