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Preview — Young Hearts Crying by Richard Yates
Young Hearts Crying (Vintage Classics)
Young, newly married and intensely ambitious, Michael Davenport is trying to make a living as a writer. His adoring wife, Lucy, has a private fortune that he won't touch in case it compromises his art. She in turn is never quite certain of what is expected of her. All she knows is that everyone else seems, somehow, happier.
In this magnificent novel, at once bitterly sad a
I made sure to finish reading your novel Young Hearts Crying in time for your birthday. It’s now the February 3, and dude, if you were alive, you’d have been 84. 84, man, ain’t that swell? Anyway. Happy happy happy birthday to you. I hope you’re having a grand ol’ time wherever you are. You deserve it. I mean, you kinda had a sad life, and there was that terrifying period when no one was stocking your books, although no one could deny what a kick-ass writer you were—only unkno ...more
The moment they are married Michael and Lucy Davenport are faced with two predicaments: his ambition to become a poet and her private fortune he will not touch for fear of compromising his art. Lucy info ...more
'Young Hearts Crying' has been re-issued by Vintage Contemporaries with a pile of lousy editing errors (come ON, guys!!) and some stunning cover art direction, and thank heaven for it. I was having trouble finding Yates in used bookstores, and now, because of 'Revoluti ...more
Yates's literary canon is known for underlining the quiet despair of middle-class suburbia that is masked by cheerful conformity. (As a critique of middle-class life, his Revolutionary Road stands above Paula Fox's Desperate Characters in execution, v ...more
When I read Revolutionary Road I felt I had never in my life encountered so perfect a novel. It was moving, with elegant prose that was never pretentious (a feat few novelists I've read have evinced) and the story was troubling, to be sure, but incredibly moving and deeply felt.
YHC has the gorgeous writing, but little else to redeem it, or its characters. There are too many characters with few distinguishing features who keep r ...more
I found myself intrigued throughout the first section and wary of where the story would go after that. However, the last two-thirds were too good to ...more
Young Hearts Crying is essentially about peoples' inability to be satisfied with life. It follows two people from their early tenties to their early fifties. Inevitably they start off with high hopes for achieving some deeply satisfying 'thing' in their lives, whether through art or the friends they allow i ...more
Who am I to defend a writer lik ...more
The recurring theme of futile dreams, shattered expectations and the loneliness ...more
I think Yates captures life in the 50's and beyond well. In particular, ...more
Richard Yates may have said his first novel, Revolutionary Rd, was his best and that everything went downhill after that however I don't think his other works are inferior versions of this. They are still incredible examples of writing and dissections of human relationships.
This novel begins on the same way as Revolutionary Rd: a young couple with bright hopes for their future and for one another slowly become disillusioned with the world and each other as their dreams turn out to be made of s ...more
I suppose the book is rather gloomy, but that's Yates for you. Young Hearts Crying clearly portrays that in the end "Everybody's essentially alone." The Boston Globe praised Yates for his penchant for dialogue. I think his true feat is his ability to produce startlingly accurate inner dialogue.
I also think that the ...more
Pero también para los envidiosos, los mediocres, los que solo han escrito un par de poemas en su vida y se van llamando a sí mismos "escritores" en los bares, los copiotas, los salidos, los borra ...more