by John Updike

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2
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Rabbit, Run, first published in 1960, chronicles several months in the life of Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, a 26-year-old former high school basketball star whose glory days are behind him.  As the novel opens, Rabbit is having trouble coping with grown-up life with his pregnant wife and 2-year-old son and decides, rather impulsively, to run out on them.  So begins a series of selfish decisions made by Rabbit, the least likable character I’ve had to spend 250 pages with in quite a while.  I’m glad I finished this one but would have a hard time recommending it.

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