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Revolutionary Road (1961)

by Richard Yates

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In the hopeful 1950s, Frank and April Wheeler appear to be a model couple: bright, beautiful, talented, with two young children and a starter home in the suburbs. Perhaps they married too young and started a family too early. Maybe Frank's job is dull. And April never saw herself as a housewife. Yet they have always lived on the assumption that greatness is only just around the corner. But now that certainty is about to crumble.With heartbreaking compassion and remorseless clarity, Richard Yates shows how Frank and April mortgage their spiritual birthright, betraying not only each other, but their best selves.

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    JuliaMaria: Laut Eva Menasse eine "bewunderswert detaillierte" Biographie zum tragischen Leben von Richard Yates. Zitat: "[...] gnadenlosen Handel: privates Glück gegen künstlerisches Talent, körperliche und geistige Gesundheit gegen Ruhm."
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Romance
  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Five of the seven major characters practiced the religion of self-delusion. Of the other two, one decidedly abstained and one would never be pinned down. Peeking at the movie summary was not a plot spoiler. ( )
  applemcg | Feb 11, 2024 |
The most depressing book ever. Really just bleak and awful. I have to respect the writing though, because he makes you feel a part of the misery. ( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
(8.5) Well I went from a very English book to a very American story. Both set within 5 years of each other, which I found interesting. Has the western world become more cosmopolitan and national identities less defined since the 50's and 60's?
Frank and April Wheeler seem the epitome of the happy successful couple with two young children, a pigeon pair. But how happy are they. Following the dismal failure of the local dramatic societies debut offering in which April starred, the flaws in their relationship start to show. The book reveals the dissatisfaction of both Frank and April with their lives and April comes up with a scheme to sell up and move to Europe where she can work and Frank can find himself. However, Frank soon realises this is not what he wants. The reader watches as their plans and dreams implode with a sense of dread. ( )
  HelenBaker | Dec 25, 2023 |
La mia lettura è stata eccessivamente lenta, penalizzata da troppe soste e inframezzata da molti altri libri. A ogni modo, forse qualche responsabilità appartiene anche al libro stesso, che con la sua struttura che procede per quadri separati invita alle pause. Va comunque detto che la lettura psicologica dei personaggi - e in parte dell'epoca e del mondo del lavoro di allora - è davvero acuta. ( )
  d.v. | May 16, 2023 |
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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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Yates, Richardprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bramhall, MarkNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Emeis, MarijkeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ford, RichardForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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Fiction. Literature. Romance. Historical Fiction. HTML:

In the hopeful 1950s, Frank and April Wheeler appear to be a model couple: bright, beautiful, talented, with two young children and a starter home in the suburbs. Perhaps they married too young and started a family too early. Maybe Frank's job is dull. And April never saw herself as a housewife. Yet they have always lived on the assumption that greatness is only just around the corner. But now that certainty is about to crumble.With heartbreaking compassion and remorseless clarity, Richard Yates shows how Frank and April mortgage their spiritual birthright, betraying not only each other, but their best selves.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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