Licks of Love: Short Stories and a Sequel,

Licks of Love: Short Stories and a Sequel, "Rabbit Remembered"

In this brilliant late-career collection, John Updike revisits many of the locales of his early fiction: the small-town Pennsylvania of Olinger Stories, the sandstone farmhouse of Of the Farm, the exurban New England of Couples and Marry Me, and Henry Bech’s Manhattan of artistic ambition and taunting glamour. To a dozen short stories spanning the American Century, the author has added a novella-length coda to his quartet of novels about Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom. Several strands of the Rabbit saga come together here as, during the fall and winter holidays of 1999, Harry’s survivors fitfully entertain his memory while pursuing their own happiness up to the edge of a new millennium. Love makes Updike’s fictional world go round—married love, filial love, feathery licks of erotic love, and love for the domestic particulars of Middle American life.

Title:Licks of Love: Short Stories and a Sequel, "Rabbit Remembered"
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780345442017
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    Licks of Love: Short Stories and a Sequel, "Rabbit Remembered" Reviews

  • brian

    no other book i’ve read proves those famous lines more terrible or more true than the Rabbit series: Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor playerThat struts and frets his hour upon the stageAnd then...

  • Alex

    People talk about the Rabbit tetralogy and they rarely acknowledge the fifth coda of a novella, included in this collection. It's called Rabbit, Remembered, and it isn't. This is because it's totally ...

  • Jamie

    Having never read the Rabbit series, I only have this one novella to go on, but the entire collection was wonderful. In the spirit of Irving, there's an East Coast "vibe," even when the stories deviat...

  • Rebecca F.

    After finishing the last novel in Updike's "Rabbit" series, I was a little sad to see the story end, to say good-bye to Rabbit Angstrom. So admittedly, I experienced a feeling of sweet self-indulgence...

  • Joel Lacivita

    These comments are in regard to the novel "Rabbit Remembered" that is part of this short story collection. Updike was 68 when he penned this final story in the Rabbit Run saga. It mainly follows his w...

  • Chris Gager

    I've already read half of it via the novelette at the end: "Rabbit Remembered" now I'll read the stories that preceded it."The Women Who Got Away"... A subject many men are fond of. Heh-heh. This one'...

  • Mizuki

    Mr. Updike is still the grand master of describing the landscapes of American middle class' life, he gives you the every aspect of this middle class' existence. Whenever I read Updike's stories, a sen...

  • Colin

    A triumphant late collection of stories by Updike, and a novella length addition to the Rabbit tetralogy, Rabbit Remembered. The stories cover many familiar Updike themes and some revisit aspects of h...

  • R.

    I selected this from the library's shelves mainly for Rabbit RememberedAnd what's he remembered for? Why, being Rabbit, of course. Rabbit when running, Rabbit when resting... and still messing with po...

  • Alexis

    I was very surprised (and relieved, in a way) to discover this book after finishing what I thought was the last of the Rabbit series. I enjoyed reading what was left of his legacy from the female pers...