Rabbit, Run Book Summary and Study Guide

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    Harry Angstrom was a high school basketball star, nicknamed "rabbit". That was only a few years ago, but now he is a married father trapped in the suburbs. His wife is an alcoholic, and his son did not inherit any of his father's athletic ability. So "rabbit" begins to feel that he has only two choices left to him, he can work to make his life better, or he can run like a rabbit. Harry makes the decision to run, and abandon his family.
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    While driving to pick up his young son, Harry impulsively drives from his home in Pennsylvania, to West Virginia. He feels that he deserves a much better life than the one he has now. Unable to go to Florida, he finds his old high school coach, who is now a worn-out man who introduces Harry to a part-time prostitute named Ruth. Rabbit moves in with the prostitute that very night and they begin a relationship which they flaunt openly, humiliating his pregnant wife and both sets of parents. Will he abandon Ruth, the hooker who accepted him as he was but is also pregnant with his child?

The review of this Book prepared by Nathaniel Ford

Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom finds himself running from mostly everything - including his wife, child, job, and himself. He shacks up with a local whore, Ruth, and relates to Ruth really well in the sexual manner, but seems awkward during everyday situations. He inevitable becomes attached to both his wife and Ruth and has a hard time deciding which fate suits him better - or another alternative is neither lifestyle.

The review of this Book prepared by David G. Phillips

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   midlife crisis Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Main char. serviced by prostitute?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   very gullible, like Gomer Pyle

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Boob talk! Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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