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Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

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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This was a depressing book about depressing people. Given that, I'm almost surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did. Yates wrote to question the accepted middle-class goals of the mid-20th century -- wife, kids, a good job in the city, a house in the suburbs, He uses an abundance of symbols, from the unfinished stone walkway to the dead plants in the basement, to picture the "series of abortions" that the this life has provided for Frank and April. While I don't accept the critique of the American Dream, this book does make you think about how we got to where we are today, given a starting point of post-WW2. Worth reading, even though it means you have to work at it. I prefer books that have characters I want to like; this wasn't that kind of book. (Maybe it goes better with a box of chocolates!) ( )
  TerriBooks | Jul 11, 2015 |
E' un capolavoro? Può darsi, ma non è così evidente. E' tra le righe che si sviluppa la maestria di Y, non nelle parole. Le parole sono semplici, immediate, comprensibili. La tela che tesse con questi pezzetti di quotidianità, invece, è leggera ma vischiosa, trasparente ma oscura, così reale che diventa iperrealista. Hopper ha dipinto le sue opere solo qualche anno prima, e Y. le mette su carta, con il vigore e la semplicità di un maestro zen. E' un capolavoro? Sicuramente lo è. E se fossimo cresciuti in quegli anni, negli States, e non li conoscessimo solo per aver visto Happy Days, avremmo avuto qualche brivido nel leggerci così scoperti e ridicoli. Così ovvi. ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
Good. Moody, dissolution of modern marriage.
This book got me looking for everything she wrote.
Noted during my 1980's attempt to read every book in my small town library. ( )
  juniperSun | Dec 5, 2014 |
This is a 1961 novel which Time in 2001 named as one of the 100 best novels of all-time, though when it first came out in 1961 it sold poorly. The author, Richard Yates, was born Feb 3, 1926, which happens to be the exact date one of my brothers was born. Yates died Nov 7, 1992. I used to think the book was a historical novel dealing with the American Revoluiton, but the title is a road in a Connecticut suburb. Frank Wheeler is a pretty obnoxious person and one can sympathize with his wife, who is also a weak and non-admirable character. There is a time in the novel when one admires Frank for opposing his wife's desire to kill their unborn child. But in general I could not appreciate much in this novel, which reads smoothly enough but is an account of vapid folk. ( )
1 vote Schmerguls | Sep 30, 2014 |
This is a sad, we'll-written novel of a flawed couple that move to the suburbs during the 1950s. ( )
  Amusedbythis | Sep 5, 2014 |
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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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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.
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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