Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

Revolutionary Road

byRichard Yates

Kobo ebook | July 8, 2008

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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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Title:Revolutionary RoadFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 8, 2008Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307456277

ISBN - 13:9780307456274

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking and beautiful I have loved this book ever since I read it many, many years ago. I remember when the movie came out, I asked a friend if he wanted to go see it, and he said "I don't know, the book is so devastating". That sounded like a good description. (Incidentally, the movie is, in my opinion, one of the greatest film adaptations of all time). The story is that of the Wheelers. A young couple who on the outside are living the 1950's American dream, but feel deeply disillusioned and unfulfilled. Sounds like a downer, and it is at times, but it's so beautify written and relevant.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates This is definitely an "it's not you, it's me" book. The writing was lovely. I thought he captured the setting, tone, etc. extremely well. And I can imagine for its time, this book was pretty groundbreaking, and I can see why it's had a resurgence of popularity in the last decade or so.ut honestly the storyline and theme of disillusionment in America, for me, is overdone. . My main issue with this book is that it didn't have any characters I could root for; not ones I could love or hate. They just sort of existed.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very well done It is probably not going to ever be my favorite book, but it is definitely an excellent piece of writing. It perfectly explores the strange wasteland that was the American suburbs and general culture when the classic American Dream and the bohemian lifestyle were often clashing together and falling apart.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful The book about young revolutionaries who end up doing the opposite of what they set out to do is simple but rich. I don't think it's a depressing book as people think. A beautiful book with painful insights.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read A deep, moving book that explores the dynamics of expectations people have for their lives and how often reality falls short. You will need to read this book with a tissue.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Devastating Book. This book is incredibly depressing, even macabre at times, but incredibly moving and so well told. The story of the Wheelers, a bright young couple unable to reach the high aspirations they have for themselves leaves one feeling bleak, almost empty. By no means a feel-good book, but one that is uncommonly insightful and brave in it's choice of subject matter.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very touching! Reading this book really makes me want to see the movie. Its such a realistic, yet extremely emotional story. I loved it. A classic.
Date published: 2010-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Depressing, but Brilliant Here's a warning for anyone planning to read Revolutionary Road: don't come to it for entertainment. Richard Yates' meditation on '50s era, suburban America is not enjoyable. It is challenging, beautifully written and achieves a moment of true brilliance in Chapter Seven of Part Three, but that one victorious moment is bittersweet at best. Revolutionary Road is full of banal people (with the exception of two), and those banal people are the people we know in our real lives, the people we meet every day. They are so banal they are awful, and those awful people could very well be us. They are self-absorbed, worn down by the need to keep up appearances, afraid to do even the smallest things to change their stultifying circumstances, and they are all living with delusional ideas of what love is and should be. April Wheeler and John Givings are the only two who stand outside of this banality. They are the only characters who see the prison they are in and do something to escape it, but her attempted abortion costs her life, and his schizophrenia (a state that naturally rejects the banality around him) puts him in a mental hospital permanently. They are tragic figures who struggle through the morass of their suburban existences and pay dearly for feeling more, wanting more, seeing the possibility for more, and refusing to settle for less. This novel has been called brilliant, and I agree with that assessment. It is brilliant, but I won't ever be going back to it. The mirror it holds up to our today is too clear. Forty-eight years have passed since [book:Revolutionary Road] was written, fifty-four years have passed since the time in which [book:Revolutionary Road] was set, and its the same old North America. Now that...that is depressing.
Date published: 2009-09-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pass Maybe it's too much like life currently where you go throught the motinos of your job and the emptyness- but this one didn't resonate with me. I was reading it to see what it was about before the movie comes out, but based on what I read- I don't think I'll be seeing the movie either.
Date published: 2008-02-08