Revolutionary Road by Richard 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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About Richard Yates

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Richard Yates was born in 1926. The author of several acclaimed works of fiction, including Revolutionary Road, Eleven Kinds of Loneliness, Disturbing the Peace, and The Easter Parade, he was lauded during his lifetime as the foremost novelist of the post-war "age of anxiety". He died in 1992.
 
Published July 8, 2008 by Vintage. 482 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Children's Books, History. Non-fiction

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Richard Yates's novel Revolutionary Road was published to considerable acclaim in 1961, just as the complacent Eisenhower years were giving way to the brief Kennedy euphoria that then modulated into that heady period of liberation, experimentation and destruction known as The Sixties.

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Frank and April's dreams were not simply a Chekhovian yearning for Moscow: the plan was not entirely beyond the bounds of possibility, and the likelihood that their marriage would have been just as unhappy in Paris paradoxically reinforces the agonising plausibility of the dream.

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"According to Milly Campbell, who told the story many, many times in the following months, everything worked out as well as could be expected."

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It is the summer of 1955 and Frank and April Wheeler are living what to many at the time must have seemed the American dream: a spacious, suburban house, two cheerful, blond children, wholesome neighbours and, for Frank, a generously paid and gratifyingly undemanding job in Manhattan.

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Rarely are whole non-existent exchanges laid out on the page like this: "He would say - She would say - He would say - ".

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BC Books

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The hollow conformity of suburbia is a pet theme for all kinds of filmmakers and writers, and as a result, this book feels like listening to one of those albums you’ve always heard is an all-time game-changing classic, and hearing it as an all right, but kind of generic work.

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He has no abominable tales, like Carver does, but his best pales to Carver’s….’ Continued on the next page Page 1 — Page 2 — Page 3 — Page 4 — Page 5 — Page 6 — Page 7 — Page 8 — Page 9 — Page 10

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Examiner

"They are clearly in denial, since Frank works in a mindless job (at the same company his father worked for), and April has become the typical lonely housewife, for whom life is one act after another…but they haven’t come to terms with that fact" (thebookladysblog.com) As the family fraught w...

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Suite 101

“I want to feel things, really feel them,” explains Frank Wheeler in Richard Yates’s 1961 novel Revolutionary Road.

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London Review of Books

(His own mother was a failed sculptor, who divorced his father when Richard was three, and restlessly moved her two children around the New York area.) There are at least five of these women in his work, almost indistinguishable from each other: Yates’s unhappy families are unhappy in very simila...

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Pookie, meanwhile, waits at home in New Jersey, "a small, active woman whose life seemed pledged to achieving and sustaining an elusive quality she called 'flair.'" Pookie, with her "air of dazed and vulnerable uncertainty", is the psychological model for her eldest child, Sarah, while thoughtful...

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Boston Review

It is a beautifully structured novel that gets you inside the heads of the characters and moves you—to the point where I wondered, abashed, if I had ever been as craven and self-serving as the male protagonist, who, when wooing April, hears about her childhood and realizes that her tribulations a...

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