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In een Amerikaanse buitenwijk anno 1955 onderneemt een jong echtpaar een poging hun huwelijk uit het slop te halen..
323 pages
Published (first published 1961)
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Eric
Jul 07, 2008 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, ficciones
I let out a whoop of laughter on about page 180, when I finally figured Frank Wheeler out. You see, Frank spent most of his youth a scattered, bashful schmuck. Then after WWII, as a Columbia student and Village-dweller, he started getting laid all the time, thanks to a theatrically brooding pseudo-intellectual schtick. Nevermind that Frank is essentially a glib blowhard, talented in no artistic way (he's one of those tiresome people who whine about Conformity as if America invented it, threaten ...more
Ben
For the longest time I just wanted a family, kids, a decent job, and a happy life in suburbia. That was all I wanted. That's it. It seemed so simple, predictable, and reliable. It was my ideal image.

It seems that society has done a good job of putting that thought in everyone's head. The best thing for a young man is for him to go to college, get married, get a reliable job with a steady company, have babies (2 or 3, of course), make friends with neighbors, have birthday parties for the kids, d
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Glenn Russell
Feb 26, 2016 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FINAL REVIEW

Revolutionary Road -- Set in 1955, portrait of American suffocating, grinding conformity. Author Richard Yates on his novel: "I think I meant it more as an indictment of American life in the 1950s. Because during the Fifties there was a general lust for conformity all over this country, by no means only in the suburbs—a kind of blind, desperate clinging to safety and security at any price." Republished as part of the 1980s Vintage Contemporaries series, Revolutionary Road is, for my
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Zack
Sep 04, 2008 Zack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wise book. Many rate it as depressing, and yes, it tells a very tragic story. But at the same time, it's also a tremendously funny book. It's just that its humor stings because it's based in the most human of weaknesses: Self-rationalization.

Frank and April Wheeler are the prototypical post-WWII suburban couple -- happy on the outside, endlessly frustrated on the inside. But author Richard Yates isn't interested in just dissecting the suburbs. Frank and April are painfully aware of their
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Ellen
Jun 24, 2010 Ellen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My father, who'd like Frank Wheeler
Shelves: novels
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On my fling-o-meter scale, Revolutionary Road is a well-traveled book, having been flung (why does this past participle sound so ungainly?) across the room several times. The initial trip occurred when Richard Yates gratuitously threw in this bit of over-writing in the first chapter:
At first their rehearsals had been held on Saturdays—always it seemed, on the kind of windless February or March afternoon when the sky is white , the trees are black, and the brown fields and hummocks of the earth
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karen
Nov 29, 2009 karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sad-burbia
watching this movie last night made me want to read the book immediately after. and it's not a terrible movie, it's just a little... hammy, and the tone is uneven - whether these people are meant to be seen as victims of the stultifying, euthanizing effects of suburbia, or if they are at root unlikable people who deserve to be taken down a peg for their arrogance and their conviction that their involvement in this thing we call "suburbia" is just playacting, not to be taken seriously. the book d ...more
Will Byrnes
I read this in anticipation of seeing the film. It is a grim tale. The primary characters are April and Frank. They both hold a rather lofty opinion of themselves, but fail to actually do anything with their gifts, real or imagined. They find themselves stuck in a classic suburban nightmare of disenchantment with their circumstances and resentment of each other. The affection they do feel for each other comes and goes, mostly goes, as they wallow in their narcissism. She imagines a wondrous life ...more
Fabian
Sep 20, 2016 Fabian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Imagine my surprise when I came across Stephen King's "Best Books of 2009" List (one not condescending enough to include solely those published this year), and saw that 2nd place belonged to Revolutionary Road. Glad I am not alone in feeling a deep sad empathy for this book. The story is EXTREMELY well told. The story, about young "revolutionaries" who end up doing exactly the opposite of what they set out to do, is simple and rich. It has different POVs, which deviates from the outstanding film ...more
Peter Boyle
Sep 18, 2016 Peter Boyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“That’s how we both got committed to this enormous delusion—because that’s what it is, an enormous, obscene delusion—this idea that people have to resign from real life and ‘settle down’ when they have families. It's the great sentimental lie of the suburbs...”

This incisive, crushing portrait of a crumbling marriage stirred up a lot of emotions in me - heartbreak for the characters' plights, awe at the brilliance of the writing. But most of all it made me feel happy (and relieved!) to be single.
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David
Nov 16, 2007 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Revolutionary Road is a masterpiece of a genre that’s largely considered played out—the novel of suburban malaise. It’s a social novel about The Way We Live Now, only in this case Now is over 40 years ago and Yates’ take on the plight of the poor souls marooned in corporate/suburban America has long since been digested and superseded. It still persists to some degree—in films like American Beauty, novels such as Tom Perotta’s Little Children, and the brilliant TV show Weeds. But, American Beauty ...more
Cecily
Don't read this if you're in a long term relationship that is in difficulties, especially if you are stuck in a dull job as well: it may be too pertinent. That caveat aside, it's not a depressing book: as with all his books (which all have strong autobiographical elements) there is cold beauty in the pain of struggles with work, relationships, drink, and money.

It is the painfully insightful story of a youngish couple, with two small children, living in New England in the 1950s. Both have lingeri
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Michelle
Jan 04, 2009 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
I've been putting off reviewing this book. I didn't enjoy reading it, and it wasn't because the characters were unlikeable, which they were. There are authors who can write great books about people the reader hates. This wasn't one of them.

I get the whole 1950s values/suburbia/trap that Frank and April found themselves in. I just didn't care. He was a whiny, immature, alcoholic. She was a bored suburban housewife whose only sense of identity was tied into how successful Frank may/may not be in l
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Jason Pettus
Mar 02, 2009 Jason Pettus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As any lover of the arts knows, an artist's reputation depends not only on what society thinks of their work, but also what they think of it over the passage of time, with many creative professionals' careers dipping up and down over the decades based on changing trends and tastes. Take American author Richard Yates for an excellent example; celebrated by the academic community when he first started writing in the early 1960s, he was considered in the vanguard of the nascent "postmodern" movemen ...more
Katie Schmid
Sep 10, 2008 Katie Schmid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suicides and the homeless.
Recommended to Katie by: David Henson, the jerk.
Oh sweet barbequed jaysus--why does anyone ever get married? And why do I keep listening to my boyfriend when he recommends books to me?

Because he has good taste. Good, horribly morose and depressing taste.

This is an excellent book. Richard Yates has a preternatural ability to divine and pick apart the artifice we assume in everyday life with our loved ones and coworkers. The young couple of the book, Frank and April Wheeler, are bougie suburbanites who aspire to be artistic interesting people,
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Margitte
Frank Wheeler, once a rebellious seeker of alternative choices, a young social vagabond, the nicotine-stained, Jean-Paul Sartre kind of guy, testing his boundaries and prospects, and being regarded as 'a veteran' (of WWII) and 'intellectual', finds himself getting married to April Johnson, once an aspiring actress, a graduate from drama school. Whatever happened in her life, she was always ready to take flight whenever she felt like it.

For April he was 'The Golden Boy', the 'terrifically sexy g
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brian
Jun 03, 2009 brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
well, i read the book ages ago and it left such an impression that when i signed up for bookface i stamped the sucker with a fiver. the gothsissy promises if i re-read it i'll knock off a few stars. whatever.

i saw the movie last night and a word popped into my head:

smimsicholy: a specific combination of smug-whimsy-melancholy seen in the work of certain 'important' artists and/or entertainers.

yeah. if sam mendes is the cinematic anti-christ than this movie's his mastercheese. it's a laughable
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Carmo
Jul 26, 2016 Carmo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Revolutionary Road - "...um lugar onde viviam pessoas - um lugar onde o difícil e intrincado processo de viver pode, às vezes, dar origem a incríveis harmonias de felicidade e, às vezes, ser a fonte de uma desordem quase trágica "

Revolutionary Road é a antítese d'O Grande Gatsby. Se o segundo é a ascenção do sonho americano em toda a sua grandiosidade, o primeiro é o ruir de todos as aspirações e a consequente frustração por não corresponder aos exigentes padrões sociais, ou por não querer simpl
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Arwen56
Jun 12, 2016 Arwen56 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Avete mai letto Stoner, di John Edward Williams?

Bè, punto primo, se non l’avete già fatto, fatelo, perché merita, a mio modesto avviso.

Punto secondo, Revolutionary Road è lo straordinario e puntuale contraltare di Stoner. Frank Wheeler, infatti, è tutto ciò che, fortunatamente, William Stoner non è .

Intendo dire che la collazione tra i due romanzi propone e suggerisce, in modo estremamente efficace, l’esatta, precisa e fondamentale differenza che intercorre tra “essere” e “apparire”. Sebbene
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Helle
This was by no means a feel-good book, but it was a well-written, well-told story. Think Madame Bovary meets American Beauty meets the Laura Brown character from The Hours – all portraying various mixtures of suburban spleen (or ennui) and personal and marital deroutes.

Written in 1961, the novel describes how two people within a marriage deal with (or rather don’t deal with) various issues in 1955, some of which are society-induced, like the post-world war economic boom in the United States and
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RandomAnthony
I found myself reading Revolutionary Road through dual lenses. The first lens framed the novel through what I’ve heard about the apparently groundbreaking approach Yates took to controversial subject matter in the early sixties. The second lens framed the novel through the question as to whether or not it would hold up as a great book outside of the controversial context. So what’s the verdict? Nice try, Mr. Yates, you’re a technical virtuoso, but other than feeling that “Oh, God, is this charac ...more
Glenn Sumi
Revolutionary Road is a masterpiece of realistic fiction and one of the most biting, scathing critiques I've ever read of 50s era American optimism and conformity.

Bored with their dull, safe, suburban existence, Frank and April Wheeler – who've always felt they were destined for something great – attempt to carpe their diem, and make plans to move to Europe, where Frank can "find" himself.

Still as sharp and relevant as it must have been when it was published over 50 years ago (!), Yates's book
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Kemper
Feb 09, 2010 Kemper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100, classic-lit
There’s an impression that American manhood took a nosedive in the ‘60s after a generation of manly men beat back the Nazis and then turned their no-nonsense pragmatism and can-do spirit to business and started a huge economic boom. Since those damn dirty hippies ruined the country, and liberal crybabies made being a hetro white male a crime, it’s just been generation after generation of worthless girly-men ever since.

However, after watching Mad Men and reading Rabbit, Run and Revolutionary Road
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Hannah  Messler
Jul 08, 2008 Hannah Messler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh snap, just try and read Yates's bio and then NOT be compelled to go back through his business . . .

This book breaks my heart with such gentle little fingers. I think what kills me even worse than the dreadful big bang on which this little world ends is the fact that Frank and April never say a goddamn word to each other throughout the whole book--in all that time, all that marriage and all those hours and all those years, never a word. And so much talking. Mercy. And how close it cuts to the
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Anastasia
Sep 14, 2014 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-2012
Penso che nel momento in cui parliamo di conformismo/anticonformismo non parliamo di quel senso di vero che ci dovrebbe essere in una persona.

Avete presente la classica coppia dall'aria intelligente, perbene e charming, di quelle che con un bicchiere di vino in mano criticano la mediocrità dei borghesi nelle vie suburbane, senza mai fermarsi a riflettere sulla possibilità di essere esattamente come loro?
Ecco, quelli, proprio quelli, sono April e Frank Wheeler, con le loro illusioni di essere spe
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Books Ring Mah Bell
Yates = good writer. (RIP)
good writer = tackling ballsy topics (for that period in time)

Frank = JERK
April = Mad Bitch
Frank + April + conversation = irritation, madness, bang head on wall.

extramarital affairs = not all that cool
suburbs = zzzzzzzzzzzz
crazy neighbor son + busybody nutjob neighbor = who cares?

Frank's work = ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

horrid abortion scene = GAH!!!!!!!!!!!

Me + Revolutionary Road = wasted time.





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Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates
عنوان: جاده انقلابی؛ کارگردان: سام مندس؛ تهیه کننده: بابی کوهن؛ سام مندس؛ اسکات رودین؛ نویسنده: جاستین هیث؛ بر پایه همین رمان از: ریچارد ییتس؛ بازیگران: لئوناردو دیکاپریو؛ کیت وینسلت؛ کیتی بیتس؛ مایکل شنون؛ موسیقی: توماس نیومن؛ فیلمبرداری: راجر دیکینس؛ تدوین: طارق انور؛ توزیعکننده: پارامونت ونتیج؛ تاریخهای انتشار: 26 دسامبر 2001؛ مدت زمان فیلم: 119 دقیقه؛ محصول: کشورهای آمریکا و بریتانیا؛ زبان: انگلیسی؛
کتاب و فیلم هردو روایتگر زندگی یک زوج خوشبخت است که در دهه پ
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Giovanna
Jun 27, 2016 Giovanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably more like 4.25/4.5 stars. I definitely needed to read a good book like this.
It was a bit predictable, but the writing is something spectacular.

I might write something in English tomorrow, but I feel so lazy I'll probably end up writing a messy comment in Italian.

Italian review (still haven't written anything in English...#lazy)

Revolutionary Road è uno di quei libri. Voglio dire, uno di quei libri che rimpiangi di non aver letto prima. Uno di quei libri che ti fanno innamorare dello stil
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Perry
May 15, 2016 Perry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Infidélité à L'illusion Américaine

Richard Yates' debut novel, published in 1961 and set in mid-50s suburban Connecticut, especially stands out from most novels published in the 1950s for its stark portrayal of infidelity to, and an act of revolution against, the flock mentality of 50s America. Yates said after the novel's publication that he meant it as an indictment of the era's "general lust for conformity all over...--a kind of blind, desperate clinging to safety and security at any price."
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Richard Yates shone bright upon the publication of his first novel, Revolutionary Road, which was nominated for the National Book Award in 1961. It drew unbridled praise and branded Yates an important, new writer. Kurt Vonnegut claimed that Revolutionary Road was The Great Gatsby of his time. William Styron described it as "A deft, ironic, beautiful novel that deserves to be a classic." Tennessee ...more
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