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Rabbit Redux is the second book of one of the most important author series of amenrican literature: Rabbit novels by John Updike. In Rabbit Redux we meet again with the main character of the series, Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom, now 10 years older, already a middle aged man with a job he really hates, a marriage that doesn't work anymore and a teenage son. His wife, Janice, leaves him to be with one of her co-workers, Stavros. Harry remains with his son, Nelson, also dealing with his acerbic old mother. Incidentally, Harry meets a troubled young woman, Jill, that soon moves in with him and his son. Although Jill has a lot of issues, including addiction to drugs and paying her way with sex, Harry and Nelson get attached to the girl. Harry and Jill develop a strange, twisted relationship where sex is mixed almost paternal feelings from Harry. Through Jill, Harry meets another strange character, Skeeter, an African-American cynical drug dealer that just returned from Vietnam and is very active withing black power movement of sixties and seventies. Harry's life becomes a strange twirl of events that finally lead to Jill's death.
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Best part of story, including ending: I liked the story because is not only the stoy of a man, Harry Rabbit Angstrom, but also a suggestive painting of America's troubled sixties.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene is at the beggining of the book, when Harry and his father leave work and stop to get a drink together. It's a very touching scene, about family ties, the love but also the tension between a man and his son.

Opinion about the main character: I like the character's innocence, the openess towards other, even towards people that are very different from him (like Skeeter)

The review of this Book prepared by Maria Gatea a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Drinking/Drugs problems?    -   drugs Lover is    -   a prostitute (practice makes perfect!)

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   blue collar Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of hetero sex Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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