Richard Yates: A Literary Genius
by SteveS on April 15, 2009Upon 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.
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