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Revolutionary Road (original 1961; edition 2000)

by Richard Yates

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Title:Revolutionary Road
Authors:Richard Yates
Info:Vintage (2000), Paperback, 355 pages
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Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (1961)

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Tried to read this about 6 times before getting married. Read it my honeymoon 4 months after we got married and finished it in a day . . . ( )
  kemilyh1988 | Jan 16, 2017 |
Beautifully written. ( )
  Juliasb | Dec 1, 2016 |
Published in 1961, Revolutionary Road takes us inside the lives of Frank and April Wheeler, a couple who met in New York City, but now lives in the suburbs with their two children. Both Frank and April are deeply discontented, with their lives and with their marriage. As they struggle to make meaning of their lives, their feelings are palpable. It was the realism with which this story was told that impressed me the most. ( )
  porch_reader | Sep 24, 2016 |
What a wonderful book. The time and places are described so convincingly. What struck me was how familiar a lot of the shallowness and selfishness and self-absorption felt. The main characters are so unappealing. Really, the only decent people seem to be the children and it was worrying to think about how they would end up. Great author - should be better known. ( )
  rosiezbanks | Jul 27, 2016 |
I don't know what to say about this... Except that it is a masterpiece.
The way Yates describes the American society of that time with its hypocrisy, materialism and that stupid shallow ideal of life and happiness just gives me chills.
This is a truly revolting story but still a great one. ( )
1 vote FilipaCorreia | Jun 30, 2016 |
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Writing in controlled, economical prose, Mr. Yates delineates the shape of these disintegrating lives without lapsing into sentimentality or melodrama. His ear for dialogue enables him to infuse the banal chitchat of suburbia with a subtext of Pinteresque proportions, and he proves equally skilled at reproducing the pretentious, status-conscious talk of people brought up on Freud and Marx.
 

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Alas! When passion is both meek and wild! -John Keats
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The final dying sounds of their dress rehearsal left the Laurel Players with nothing to do but stand there, silent and helpless, blinking out over the footlights of the empty auditorium.
Ko so potihnili zadnji pojemajoči glasovi generalke, člani igralske skupine Laurel niso vedeli, kaj bi – kar stali so, tihi in nemočni, in mežikali čez odrske luči v prazno dvorano.
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Nobody thinks or feels or cares any more; nobody gets excited or believes in anything except their own comfortable little God damn mediocrity.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375708448, Paperback)

The rediscovery and rejuvenation of Richard Yates's 1961 novel Revolutionary Road is due in large part to its continuing emotional and moral resonance for an early 21st-century readership. April and Frank Wheeler are a young, ostensibly thriving couple living with their two children in a prosperous Connecticut suburb in the mid-1950s. However, like the characters in John Updike's similarly themed Couples, the self-assured exterior masks a creeping frustration at their inability to feel fulfilled in their relationships or careers. Frank is mired in a well-paying but boring office job and April is a housewife still mourning the demise of her hoped-for acting career. Determined to identify themselves as superior to the mediocre sprawl of suburbanites who surround them, they decide to move to France where they will be better able to develop their true artistic sensibilities, free of the consumerist demands of capitalist America. As their relationship deteriorates into an endless cycle of squabbling, jealousy and recriminations, their trip and their dreams of self-fulfillment are thrown into jeopardy.

Yates's incisive, moving, and often very funny prose weaves a tale that is at once a fascinating period piece and a prescient anticipation of the way we live now. Many of the cultural motifs seem quaintly dated--the early-evening cocktails, Frank's illicit lunch breaks with his secretary, the way Frank isn't averse to knocking April around when she speaks out of turn--and yet the quiet desperation at thwarted dreams reverberates as much now as it did years ago. Like F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, this novel conveys, with brilliant erudition, the exacting cost of chasing the American dream. --Jane Morris, Amazon.co.uk

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The devastating effects of work, adultery, rebellion, and self-deception slowly destroy the once successful marriage of Frank and April Wheeler, a suburban American couple.

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