Books: A Crisis of Confidence RABBIT IS RICH by John Updike

Knopf; 467pages; $13.95

RABBIT IS RICH by John Updike; Knopf; 467pages; $13.95

Compared with Rabbit, Run (1960) and Rabbit Redux (1971), this third novel about the life and times of Harold C. ("Rabbit") Angstrom seems, at first, uneventful. No infants drown in bathtubs, no houses burn down, leaving innocent dead behind. The year is 1979. Skylab is falling, gas prices are rising, and Rabbit, 46, sells Toyotas for Springer Motors, the firm founded by his late father-in-law. His on-and-off marriage to Janice is on again, glumly and apparently for good. They live with her mother and sock...

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