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Rabbit, Run is a 1960 novel by John Updike. The novel depicts three months in the life of a 26-year-old former high-school basketball player named Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom, who is trapped in a loveless marriage and a boring sales job, and his attempts to escape the constraints of his life.


Rabbit, Run contains examples of

  • Everytown, America: Deconstructed. As Updike noted, "My subject is the American Protestant small-town middle class. I like middles. It is in middles that extremes clash, where ambiguity restlessly rules."
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  • Glory Days: Rabbit is a former basketball star who peaked in high school.
  • Soul-Sucking Retail Job: Rabbit works in a department store, selling a kitchen gadget called the MagiPeeler.

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