Hailed as a masterpiece from the moment of its first publication, Revolutionary Road is the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright, young couple who are bored by the banalities of suburban life and long to be extraordinary. With heartbreaking compassion and clarity, Richard Yates shows how Frank and April's decision to change their lives for ...Read MoreHailed as a masterpiece from the moment of its first publication, Revolutionary Road is the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright, young couple who are bored by the banalities of suburban life and long to be extraordinary. With heartbreaking compassion and clarity, Richard Yates shows how Frank and April's decision to change their lives for the better leads to betrayal and tragedy.Read Less
This is the best book I've read in a long time. Even though it was first published in the '60s, Richard Yates explores the still-relevant concepts of gender roles, individualism vs. married life, and doing what's expected of you as a man or as a woman. He writes about trying to be happy while maintaining the status quo, sometimes overtly and sometimes subtly, but it's all beautifully written and very moving. I recommend it very highly.
Jul 19, 2009
I loved this book! Then I rented the DVD and loved the movie. Kudos for a great story of post-war, mid fifties Americana. I grew up during that era and knew many families like the characters in this book. Richard Yates did a fantastic job of bringing them "to life" on every page and I'm looking forward to reading more books by this late author!!
Apr 16, 2009
I couldn't read it!
I read the first chapter...boring. I set it aside for a week and tried again...made it through one more chapter.
I didn't like the characters, found the setting contrived, and have too many good books to read without wasting my time reading this.
I tried to give it away but found no takers so I donated it.
Apr 15, 2009
Richard Yates: A Literary Genius
Upon the first lines of Revolutionary Road written by Richard Yates, I was taken aback by his moments of rich literary language and passionate discourse of the American condition. Much like F. Scott Fitzgerald's lyrical imagery, Yates tells a story of lovers caught in the anquish of the American Dream that is as relavent today as it was when first written. The agony of reality juxtaposed against the ecstacy of dreams is display in a brutally honest manner making the protagonists Frank and April as memorable and more belivable than doomers love of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchannan. This work is a masterpiece of American fiction that should sit between the works of Fitzgerald and Updike. The reader that understand the lost generation, the painful reality of the artistic mind, and a longing for more from life will be haunted by this beautiful couple caught in the chasm of their childhoods and identitites as American citizens.
Jan 2, 2009
Didn't appreciate or understand the author's premise of soulless, boring, stifling life in the suburbs. Maybe it was unrealistic expectations or unpursued goals but these were two really unhappy people that made each other miserable. I know that life is what you make it; don't make choices contrary to your goals & then complain that you are unfulfilled. As if it's someone else's fault.
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