Saturday, 14 July 2012
A Rabbit Omnibus - John Updike (1)
Rabbit Run then, from 1960. The story of a twenty-something who can't quite come to terms with adult responsibility. He runs away, literally, three times. Such a simple story with a handful of characters yet executed with such minute detail that it's like a compressed War and Peace. There are no stereotypes here, no good guys or villains. Everyone, down to Nelson the toddler, is three-dimensional, drawn with empathy and compassion. Thus the tragedy, when it comes, is shattering. I don't do plot spoilers in this blog, so let's just say I have never, in half a century of reading, come across that particular tragedy in any other novel. It is one of those everyday catastrophes that we simply don't talk about - and here too, once it has happened, nobody really talks about it.
A stunning read. A genius at work.