Dawn O, October 3, 2013 (view all comments by Dawn O)
I'd seen the movie, and maybe that's why I hadn't read this until now. In any case, the book was so powerful and perfectly written that now I want to read the other works by Ricard Yates, who, it seems to me, is vastly underrated and deserves a place in the canon right next to Fitzgerald. The characters here are compelling and unforgettable, and the pace is inexorable. Brilliant.
Ava Sennett, January 21, 2011 (view all comments by Ava Sennett)
This book is incredibly lyrical and haunting. It traces the marriage of two individuals, and follows how their own insecurities and frustrations eat away at their union. I am yet to see the movie, but I don't know how it could capture the writing style Yates uses.
I really loved this book. It is extremely sad, so read with caution.
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Danielle Tinker, December 26, 2008 (view all comments by Danielle Tinker)
The foundation of the story is the development of American suburbs. The characters demonstrate the status and image that suburban life brought to its residents, and brings to light the new conflicts and struggles facing American suburban families. The dynamics of relationships change with the shift to suburbia, and a new American family life evolved. The writing is incredible, and the story keeps the readers interest. It explains the side of the evolution of American suburbs not commonly explored. A great story, and a great look into America's suburban life.
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shaw, October 18, 2006 (view all comments by shaw)
Revolutionary Road tells the story of Frank and April Wheeler fighting to keep the hounds of boredom at bay and failing in their own miserable and compelling ways. Ricard Yates takes the lid off marriage in the suburbs and reveals the rot under the surface.
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by Christopher Hitchens, The Atlantic Monthly,
"The achievement of Richard Yates's Revolutionary Road was to anatomize the ills and woes of suburbia while simultaneously satirizing those suburbanites and others who thought that they themselves were too good for the 'burbs." (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)
by Kurt Vonnegut,
"The Great Gatsby of my time...one of the best books by a member of my generation."
by William Styron,
"A deft, ironic, beautiful novel that deserves to be a classic."
by Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times,
"Beautifully crafted...a remarkable and deeply troubling book."
by Library Journal,
"It is reminiscent of the popular film American Beauty in its depiction of white-collar life as fraught with discontent. Others have picked up on this theme since, but Yates remains a solid read."
"A deft, ironic, beautiful novel that deserves to be a classic." —William Styron
From the moment of its publication in 1961, Revolutionary Road was hailed as a masterpiece of realistic fiction and as the most evocative portrayal of the opulent desolation of the American suburbs. It's the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright, beautiful, and talented couple who have lived on the assumption that greatness is only just around the corner. 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.
In his introduction to this edition, novelist Richard Ford pays homage to the lasting influence and enduring power of Revolutionary Road.
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