Licks of Love: Short Stories and a Sequel, "Rabbit Remembered" by John Updike
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.
John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker. He is the father of four children and the author of more than fifty books, including collections of short stories, poems, essays, and criticism. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize (twice), the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Award, and the Howells Medal. He lives in Massachusetts.
Date of Birth:
March 18, 1932
Date of Death:
January 27, 2009
Place of Birth:
Place of Death:
Beverly Farms, MA
A.B. in English, Harvard University, 1954; also studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford, England
Licks of Love: Short Stories and a Sequel, "Rabbit Remembered" 4.7 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
I am not much for short stories, but what a great thrill to go back and mingle with the Angstroms, Harrisons, et.al. I read all 4 Rabbit novels in the last couple of years and the novella Rabbitt Remembered was the perfect ending to the saga. Actually, it would be great if another novel came out and we continued on with Nelson, Pru, Janice, all of them. Anyone who has not read all the Rabbitt novels is sorely missing great literature that defined the times, and continues to with this new novella. John Updike is probably the greatest American novelist alive.
More than 1 year ago
This collection is a well-written short story anthology centering on the foibles of loving someone more than one love oneself. In addition to the dozen tales, the legendary John Updike includes a novella about the Rabbit family. That tale, ¿Rabbit Remembered¿ is worth the ¿steep¿ price of admission by itself. The short stories are enjoyable, but Mr. Updike has plowed no new ground. Perhaps it is this reviewer at fault as a rabid Rabbit fan, but the fantastic novella clearly owns the book. Fans of the previous four books will want to read this posthumous story while new readers will scramble for the four novels that have made Mr. Updike a well deserved award winning author. Without giving away the plot, the deceased Rabbit¿s illegitimate daughter meets the rest of the family in a humorous but, often melancholy way. This clearly enables the tying up of the previous stories into a fabulous complete package worth reading. Harriet Klausner