Rabbit, Run

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Rabbit, Run

John Updike

Rabbit, Run is the book that established John Updike as one of the major American novelists of his generation. Its hero is Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom, a one time high-school basketball star who on an impulse deserts his wife and son. He is twenty-six years old, a man-child caught in a struggle between instinct and thought, self and society, sexual gratification and family duty--even, in a sense, human hard-heartedness and divine Grace. Though his flight from home traces a zigzag of evasion, he holds to the faith that he is on the right path, an invisible line toward his own salvation as straight as a ruler's edge.

Themes: 1960s, Decadence, Sexism