I didn't like Harry. How could I, he ran away from his pregnant wife without a look back and then hooked up with another woman who he refused to let use birth control. Eeks. It made me want to run away from him.
This book is filled with imagery.
The story is set in the neighbouring towns of Mt Judge and Bower. They would have been one town with the exception of Mt Judge splitting the two. Rabbit lives with his wife in Mt Judge and with his mistress on the other side. This separation of the two groups of people in his life shows up frequently. It is a long and diffucult walk from Bower to Mt Judge, when Rabbit choses to undertake it.
Running, always running, whether it's a physical activity or a mental one. Rabbit is never where he thinks he wants to be or where he thinks he should be. He runs away from his wife, from responsibility and from making a commitment to God, or Ruth or even his new job.
The other image that stuck with me throughout was that of Rev. Eccles always wanting/needing a fresh cold cup of water. While he says that he likes Harry and that he feels he's a good man, to me this drinking of water could represent washing away what he finds distasteful.
This is a short book of 255 pages, yet it took me over two weeks to read. It failed to capture my attention. I kept plugging at it optimistic that it would get me; it didn't happen. There are several follow-up books to this: Rabbit Redux, Rabbit is Rich, Rabbit at Rest and the novella Rabbit is Remembered. Will I read any of these. If they happen into my hand, curiousity of whether Rabbit ever gets his act together might drive me to start reading....
The video is a book trailer that was made for Rabbit, Run by IM McClerin.
The John Updike Society
Biography of John Updike found at Wikipedia
This is my 13th book for the Read, Remember, Recommend Fiction Challenge hosted by Bibliobabe.