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The Rabbit Factory
by Larry Brown

Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0743245245

Rating: 10/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


The Rabbit Factory
Larry Brown
Touchstone, Aug 2004, $13.00, 339 pp.
ISBN: 0743245245

In the Memphis area, septuagenarian Arthur worries that his age and impotency will cost him his beautiful younger spouse, Helen. He looks into ways to keep her satiated but has good reason to believe in his nightmare because Helen attempts to seduce pet shop worker teenage Eric, who Arthur treats like his son. However, the lad fled the abuse of his father and his family’s rabbit factory so struggles to relate to people with his best friend being Jada Pickett the pit bull.

Anjalee the prostitute also is an abuse victim survivor, but surprisingly has a devoted follower sailor Wayne. Meanwhile Domino’s illegal drug business is hampered by his murdering boss Mr. Hamburger, who sells meat to a lion owner. The cops remain interested in Domino’s trafficking, making meatballs out of Mr. Hamburger, and Anjalee’s wares. All will interact to a Bacon degree caused in some ways by fate near the Mississippi in a place where a lion, a whale, Jada, Mr. Hamburger’s “guard dog” and others seem saner than these human zanies.

THE RABBIT FACTORY is a weird but interesting character study that looks deep into the interactions of people trying to endure life; some of the cast blames fate and others, but never themselves for their predicament. The story line rotates the third person narrative amongst the ensemble, which adds to increased understanding of the motives of several of the players, but makes it a bit difficult to follow the action especially since stereotypes are stood on their heads in an allegorical way. Readers who appreciate a dark deep look at humanity will want to follow the antics of those destined to visit THE RABBIT FACTORY.

Harriet Klausner


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