Publisher: Andre Deutsch
Length: 429 pages
About: 1970’s Car Salesman’s Mid-Life Crisis
Style: 3rd person
Where: US (Brewer, Pensylvania)
Harry Angstrom AKA Rabbit is heading his wife,s family business, selling fuel efficient Toyotas in oil crisis-torn 1979 America. Everything is going fine until his 23 year-old son, Nelson, drops
out of college and returns with a pregnant girlfriend, whilst his mother-in-law insists Harry give Nelson a sales job at the dealership. Nelson proceeds to crash cars and speculates on old fuel
guzzling American convertibles... Rabbit is not best pleased.
Why would I laugh at him? The same thing happened to me.'... 'He doesn't know that Harry.'... 'How could he not? His birthday keeps coming around seven months after our
Rabbit Is Rich, the third of John Updike's romances with his favorite hero, Harry Angstrom (and with Harry's and our acceleration from discontent to dismay), is a brilliant performance.....
The New York Review of Books, Alfred Kazin 1981
Not so good:
Someone once said that reading a John O'Hara novel is like reading the Sears catalogue. Updike can be like that too, since once he starts on the country club, or the creperie, or the Murkett's
medicine chest, or the way it was, he usually goes until exhausted. So the book is too long.
New York Times 27th September 1981
About the author
John Updike was born in 118 March 1932 in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He was graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year in England on the Knox Fellowship, at the Ruskin School of
Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker, to which he has contributed numerous short stories, poems, and book reviews.
Updike married Mary E. Pennington, an art student at Radcliffe College, in 1953. She accompanied him to Oxford, England, where he attended art school and where their first child, Elizabeth, was
born in 1955. The couple had three more children together: writer David (born 1957), Michael (born 1959) and Miranda (born 1960). They divorced in 1974. In 1977 Updike married Martha Ruggles
Bernhard, with whom he lived for more than thirty years in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts.
He died of lung cancer at a hospice in Danvers, Massachusetts, on 27 January 2009, at the age of 76.