By John Updike
In John Updike's fourth and ultimate novel approximately ex-basketball participant Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom, the hero has obtained center hassle, a Florida apartment, and a moment grandchild. His son, Nelson, is behaving inconsistently; his daughter-in-law, Pru, is sending out combined indications; and his spouse, Janice, comes to a decision in mid-life to turn into a operating lady. As, although the wintry weather, spring, and summer time of 1989, Reagan's debt-ridden, AIDS-plagued the USA yields to that of George Bush, Rabbit explores the awful terrain of past due center age, searching for purposes to reside.
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He muttered, clenching his I fists. " Turning Street, he stopped in front of a French bar and restaurant called A la Petite Coquette. He looked at the red and green facade, hesitated a moment, then pushed through the door; he wanted to see what kind of face New York's Frenchmen were pulling right into Fifty-sixth today. Inside, it w as T dark and almost cool; the blinds were lowered, the lights lit. was pleasurable to Gomez to find himself in artificial At the far end of the establishment, the restaurant lav swathed in shadow and silence.
Intervention? bewildered. " the old man asked, Gomez with interest. " "The French didn't help us much," Gomez said in a toneless voice. what are the Americans doing? " That old "True. Well, man fell; did not lift a finger to defend Barcelona; Barcelona Paris has fallen, and both that old man and I live in both alike. The bartender rustled up two glasses. They reached for them without for a moment ceasing to look at each other. " said the old man. " between them. It was pitiable: two old broken marionets in a New York bar, drinking to France, Silence fell What a farce!
Said Chariot with a yawn. He got up. Mathieu and Sergeant Pierne got up too. " exclaimed Longin. In his pink, hairless nakedness, with his fresh complexion and his prominent little belly gleaming in the golden light of dawn, Chariot looked exactly like France's number-one baby. Schwartz, as usual, padded along behind him. "You're all gooseflesh," he said, tickling him. " Chariot put on his regular act of squealing and wrigbut this morning there was something half-hearted about the performance.
Rabbit at Rest by John Updike