Rabbit, Run Essay

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In the following review of Rabbit at Rest, Lee analyzes the character of Rabbit Angstrom as presented by Updike through the four "Rabbit" novels.

When Rabbit at Rest was recently published in Britain, John Updike made an appearance on television. Smiling urbanely in a solid tweed jacket, and looking like a priest disguised as a banker, he seemed to identify uncomplicatedly with Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom as a "good person"—"good enough for me to like him." In Rabbit, Run, we were told, he acted out Updike's unfulfilled desire to have been a six-foot-three basketball hero. In Rabbit Redux, he reflected Updike's own "conflicted" conservatism. In Rabbit is Rich, his own happiness. In Rabbit at Rest, his mixed feelings of being worn-out and ill-at-ease and yet still in love with his country.

An epitaph for Rabbit? "Here lies an American man." This neat formulation went unchallenged by his interviewer...

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