Unredemptive, and just sad.
Set in the late fifties Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates is a dissection of a marriage, examination of self concept, and critique of the dominance of corporate mind set in American culture . It should be required for a psychotherapists' book club. The characters' internal action, and speculations about others reactions, as well as their struggles with self actualization, human instinct and social norms makes this book a great choice for literary book lovers.
This is very well written, and certainly pulled me through all the way. But - it's also kinda depressing.... I would have been very interested in seeing more of events from April's POV, instead of primarily from Frank's and even the neighbours and friends - though probably just showing things through her eyes once makes it more powerful. Now I'm curious to watch the movie and see what Hollywood made of it - so much deals with interior life, which is difficult to portray visually.
"In a Connecticut suburb in the 1950s, Frank and April Wheeler feel stifled by their circumscribed lives: April stays home to watch the kids, while Frank works an office job. Frank's boredom and April's frustration with her lot provoke a move to Paris, where they hope they can finally find the good fortune they know must await them. Unfortunately, their discontent proves hard to escape. Published in 1961 (and released as a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in 2008), this story of disappointment and ordinary life is as relevant today as it was back then." April 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=622464
Happiness isn’t a peak, it’s two hills surrounding a valley. On one side, happiness is achievement. On the other side, happiness is conformity. The valley running through the middle is the horrible gap between aspiration and capacity.
This book is incredible, highly recommend the audio and movie version as well. The author captures the underlying tension and angst of married suburban life that is as true today as it was in 1961.
I wanted to read this before the movie came out on DVD. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio star and they are two of my favourites so I was really looking forward to the story.
But I didn't like the book! I didn't care for either character nor the author's style.
I will still rent the DVD but I'm not reading Richard Yates again.
Loved the book - hated the characters of Frank and April Wheeler. There is a rawness about their emotions that makes it painful to read. Here we have people who have intelligence and recognize the fact that there is a bigger better world out there, but they lack the initiative to do anything about it. Instead they simply exist thinking they are superior to their friends and neighbours. Their lives take way too much effort.
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