Revolutionary Road

Kobo ebook | July 8, 2008

byRichard 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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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 assump...

Format: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 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