These things need to be said again*. ." Symbols of harmlessness and innocence, these furry and appealing animals are, on one level, almost universally beloved (except, perhaps, by the gardeners whose plants they eat); they are icons in cartoons and children’s books. In 2008, we published the article “The Rabbit: Poster Child for Animal Rights.” It began: —“I should be the poster child for animal rights. I am the object of blood sports. Updike uses this rather feckless working-class man in small-city Pennsylvania as a foil to the upheavals sweeping the United States during the late 1960’s. It is a gentle, herbivorous, unassuming, and relatively silent creature. The second novel in John Updike's "Rabbit" series, Rabbit Redux reintroduces former high school basketball star Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom in his middle age. The method of killing can be bludgeoning with an iron pipe, cutting the throat and hanging the rabbit to “bleed out,” decapitation, or shooting. These much-abused animals deserve to be treated in accordance with their value. What is he trying to do in this book? The racial and cultural turmoil that he sees on television literally comes into his home, and Rabbit is forced to be a student of his times. The use of rabbits in biomedical and product testing is a longstanding and well-known practice. The authors of Stories Rabbits Tell are experienced rabbit caregivers and rescuers, and their expertise is on display in this close look at rabbit behavior and natural history. I am tortured by vivisectors in their ‘labs.’ I am the third most commonly ‘euthanized’ companion animal. In Rabbit Redux, Rabbit believes that the whole United States is doing what he did ten years earlier. First, Rabbit Redux is the title character, but Updike refers to him as Harry. Wonder if she knew the difference” (Updike 290). John Updike died from lung cancer in January 2009. The author reveals her early squeamishness about eating roast bunny, which she quickly got over in order to appear sophisticated, and, in the process, found the meat to be delicious. When the terrible house fire happened, Skeeter did nothing to help Jill, and instead ran for his own life. Ian McEwan, quoted above, described Updike’s “Rabbit” novels as his “masterpiece”. Images: Flemmie—courtesy of RabbitWise; fur-farmed rabbits in transport cage and dead rabbits at fur farm in Portugal—© ANIMAL/EcoStorm Productions; laboratory rabbit whose ears are used to feed tsetse flies—© Robert Patrick/Corbis Sygma. Pollution is one of the most serious yet easiest problems to overcome because it relies on human actions. Rabbits are also bred as pets by small-scale breeders and in rabbit mills (equivalent to puppy mills), and then sold privately or in pet stores, or given away as prizes at carnivals and fairs. Couples (1968); Bech: A Book (1970); The Witches of Eastwick (1984). His experience in Vietnam has convinced the veteran... During his college years John Updike was a graphic artist, especially adept as a cartoonist and draftsman, and this very literal sense of style has been the most distinguishing factor in his novels an... John Updike was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania. The inaccuracy of the Draize test has been recognized for many years.”. In a very hypocritical act, she told him that “I don’t want to hear her, or see her, or even hear about her. Her personality fluctuates, going from spirited to subdue. (He works at a trade, however, that is soon to be replaced by a new technology.) While his stature as a short-story writer may be perpetually overshadowed by the novelistic achievements of the Rabbit tetralogy--Rabbit, Run (1960), Rabbit Redux (1971), Rabbit Is Rich (1981), and Ra... A reader would be hard pressed to name a contemporary author other than John Updike whose work is more in tune with the way most Americans live.  Other works of literature using the same word in the title include John Dryden's Astraea Redux (1662), "a poem on the happy restoration and return of His Sacred Majesty," and Anthony Trollope's Phineas Redux (1873). Okay, so I am confused. Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Redux. Americans have gone about as far as they can, and they must now return home and make the best of things here. Take this quiz to test your knowledge. I am hunted and snared. Let me give you just one random example: Jill's mother—rich, ripe spoiled—feels, when she finds out what happened to her daughter, "a grieved anger seeking its ceiling, a flamingo in her voice seeking the space to flaunt its vivid wings. " Anatole Broyard, writing for The New York Times, opined, "In Rabbit Redux, Updike's ear is perfect and he has finally put together in his prose all the things that were there only separately. I can’t describe to you, Harry, the disgust that I feel at just the thought of that person” (Updike 161), while referring to Jill. She also quotes a Sicilian rabbit hunter describing to her how a rabbit is skinned: A rabbit’s skin comes off with its soft coat when it’s butchered, in two tugs. Janice is the free spirit of the story, she represents freedom. Rabbits are exempt from the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act (1958), which requires that animals killed at federally inspected slaughterhouses must be rendered unconscious before they are killed, usually through a quick blow to the head.