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This review is from: Rabbit Redux (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
Compared to 'Rabbit, Run', the second book in the Rabbit tetralogy is a lot harder to love. For a start, it's infused with casual misogyny and racism, which probably reflects the time it was written as much as the time in which it was set. The character of Rabbit is morally ambiguous to a much greater extent than in the first book, although as the story develops this moral ambiguity becomes more or less the point - he's a weak character as well as a product of his time, yet he does manage to transcend these limitations, at least part way.
I loved this book, found it utterly absorbing, and lived inside it in a way I haven't with a novel for some time (I've probably been reading too much science fiction recently). John Updike was an incredible writer, even if his sexual politics can appear suspect to your average, 21st century Guardian-reading liberal. There are just so many unforgettable characters and vividly drawn scenes in this book - the politics, sexual or otherwise, are beside the point. In summary, an intense, sometimes disturbing, but unforgettable read. Highly recommended, and then some.