Disturbing the Peace: A Novel by Richard Yates

Disturbing the Peace: A Novel

byRichard Yates

Kobo ebook | October 9, 2013

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Hailed as “America’s finest realistic novelist” by the Boston Globe, Richard Yates, author of Revolutionary Road, garnered rare critical acclaim for his bracing, unsentimental portraits of middle-class American life*.* Disturbing the Peace is no exception. Haunting, troubling, and mesmerizing, it shines a brilliant, unwavering light into the darkest recesses of a man’s psyche.

To all appearances, John Wilder has all the trappings of success, circa 1960: a promising career in advertising, a loving family, a beautiful apartment, even a country home. John’s evenings are spent with associates at quiet Manhattan lounges and his weekends with friends at glittering cocktail parties. But something deep within this seemingly perfect life has long since gone wrong. Something has disturbed John’s fragile peace, and he can no longer find solace in fleeting affairs or alcohol. The anger, the drinking, and the recklessness are building to a crescendo—and they’re about to take down John’s career and his family. What happens next will send John on a long, strange journey—at once tragic and inevitable.

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Title:Disturbing the Peace: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 9, 2013Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307483851

ISBN - 13:9780307483850

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disturbing the Peace by Richard Yates This is typical Yates. The theme is dark. There are no heroes. Alcohol abounds. Spirituality is absent. The prose is sparse and economical. The setting is mainly the early '60s in NYC.I enjoyed this book, but 'enjoy' doesn't always seem like the right word. So much of this stuff just rings true. I often say 'Yeah, I observe that too' when reading this book. Beyond the 'observational fiction', there is a 'meaty story' with a hook to it. There are ups and downs. There are interesting happenings. There is even the 'cool aspect' of a story within a story. I was interested in what is going to happen with our protagonist, even though he is not a guy that I would like. Except for a problem with his reading, our protagonist could be considered the 'anti-Forrest Gump'.
Date published: 2017-10-22