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Young Hearts Crying

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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 an
Kindle Edition, 434 pages
Published (first published 1984)
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Lara I don't think a teen would understand this novel. It's about adult relationships, and explores sexual and psychological complexities. There's no way a…moreI don't think a teen would understand this novel. It's about adult relationships, and explores sexual and psychological complexities. There's no way a teen could relate to anything about these themes.

That being said, there is nothing "bad" about this book. There are a number of sex scenes, but they're not graphic, and they're important to what is going on with the characters. (less)
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João Carlos
Dec 28, 2014 João Carlos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l2015

“Hotel Room” (1931) de Edward Hopper

O norte-americano Richard Yates (1926 – 1992), é um dos meus escritores preferidos: os seus livros “O Desfile da Primavera” (1976) – 5 estrelas, “Perto da Felicidade” (1986) – 4 estrelas e “Onze Tipos de Solidão” (1962), um livro de contos - 4 estrelas, revelaram-se excelentes opções literárias.
“Jovens Corações em Lágrimas” (1984), no original “Young Hearts Crying”, tem na edição portuguesa da “Quetzal” uma magnífica capa com o quadro “Hotel Room” (1931) de Ed
Sasha Martinez
Dear Richard Yates,

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
Feb 13, 2017 Mahima rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Young Hearts Crying is a book that lies somewhere between depressing and kind of cathartic. There is an undertone of sadness running throughout the book, but you wouldn't think of calling it either of those things at first, but by the time you’re done with it, that’s the only bracket you can put it in. And if it were just the story itself (which was very predictable) which I was drawn to, I wouldn't have liked it so much. I read this book for the book club I and my friend have recently started i ...more
Bojan Gacic
Dec 09, 2013 Bojan Gacic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
''Young Hearst Crying'' doesn't have one of Yates' most recurring motifs- that of a destructive wife and mother endeavoring to transcend her own mediocre life- yet it exhibits the figure of a home-to-work-commuting husband and father, one whose manhood's been taking a nosedive since the mid-40s.

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
Jan 10, 2010 M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What is with this guy and juvenile, disillusioned suburban couples???

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
Jan 31, 2010 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently Richard Yates thought that one of his biggest problems as a writer was that his first book – ‘Revolutionary Road’ – was his best book. And certainly the most successful part of ‘Young Hearts Crying’ is the opening hundred or so pages, which closely echo his debut novel. There’s the ambitious couple living in the suburbs, propelled by thoughts of art but falling out of love with each other. The wife even performs in local theatrics. However, when the couple breaks up the novel seems to ...more
Mike Uva
Aug 21, 2013 Mike Uva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book I feel like I might have handed out the "5 stars" too easily to some of the other books on my list. This is one of Richard Yates's last books and much like The Easter Parade and Revolutionary Road it's about ordinary people looking to discover what they are good at, figuring out what to do with their lives and how to be happy. There were a few passages I read last night over and over, and I was reminded how reading a certain book at a certain time can change your life. Totally ...more
Bob Peru
Jun 14, 2016 Bob Peru rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
yates is as good as, or better than, updike and cheever.
Jun 21, 2012 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Young Hearts Crying is a novel about failure and hope, examining the lives of an American couple from painful beginning to painful end. Only 'end' would be an inapt word for a novel that, like Revolutionary Road, doesn't offer a cheerful resolution.

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
Patrick McCoy
There's more realistic heartbreak and misery in Richard Yates' sixth novel Young Hearts Crying (1984). The novel is organized into three parts. In the first part he shows the coupling and slow uncoupling of would-be poet Michael Davenport and his wealthy art-loving blue-blood wife Lucy. This section of the book is reminiscent of his greatest success, The Revolutionary Road. They decide to live off Michael's modest salary as a commercial writer despite the fact that Lucy has millions of her own m ...more

I ‘Young Hearts Crying’ forelsker poeten Michael og den rige Lucy sig og bliver gift. Men de lever absolut ikke lykkeligt til deres dages ende. Michael er ambitiøs, men nægter at lade Lucys rigdom give ham frihed til at skrive. I stedet tager han forskellige jobs som skribent, bl.a. i reklamebranchen. Michael oplever en snert af succes med en digtsamling, men opnår aldrig rigtig anerkendelse. Lucy flakker rundt mellem forskellige grene af kunst – fra teateret til skrivemaskinen til malerier – u
Jul 14, 2016 Kirsty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much admire Richard Yates’ work. Young Hearts Crying, published in 1984, is his penultimate novel, published eight years before his death. The New Statesman describes his work as follows: ‘Bad couples, sad, sour marriages, young hopes corroded by suburban life’.

Here, Yates presents not just a married couple or a family to us, but a whole community; we are given a feel for how intrinsically individuals fit into a particular place or setting. The protagonists of the piece, regardless, are a
Yates' nastiest novel, and all the more appealing to me for that--a sort of spewing-forth of accumulated venom against art, poetry, theater, academe, sex, drugs, men, women, hippies, Bob Dylan, you name it. When Michael Davenport flies to San Francisco to rescue his runaway daughter--thereby proving he isn't a complete bastard--it has somewhat the same impact as Dr. Kennicott driving through the snow to deliver the baby in MAIN STREET. After that the mood changes, becoming a little more nuanced. ...more
Simon A. Smith
Wow. Bad title, amazing read. I can't say it enough... Richard Yates is an unbelievable writer who always gets it right. This is the second or third best book in the Yates collection, imho. Rev Road is his masterpiece, and then you have the short story collection(s) and a very close third is this book. I can't believe it took me this long to read it. If you like realistic dialogue and spot on reactions, emotions and motivations this is for you. If you're an aspiring writer, this'll learn you som ...more
Mar 13, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
Guess my biggest problem with Yates is that, however fun and fast-paced all of his novels are, none of them is as good as Revolutionary Road. Perhaps that's also because the ones I've read so far are basically the same novel written over and over again.
Let's see what my feature reading of Yates will bring me...
Jan 02, 2016 Rafa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lleno de esos momentos en los que las relaciones personales se diluyen.
This starts in the 50s when Michael falls in love with Lucy at university. Michael marries her “without being fully aware of how it had all come about” and is stunned when he discovers how wealthy she is. He is determined to support them as a writer and would rather make ends meet writing for Chain Store Age than be tainted by touching her trust fund. Money is the big issue they can never discuss – that and the fact that neither of them have ever felt they fitted in (as when “fear of seeming to ...more
Bo Abeille
Jun 04, 2013 Bo Abeille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, 2013-novels
Young Hearts Crying feels like one of those stories about children growing up. The stories usually begin with a cast of characters in elementary school and we watch them grow and change through high school, college and into adulthood. This story portrays our cast beginning in college, in their early 20s, and as they grow into middle-age, we see how each character chooses to change and evolve. The times change around them; some adjust, some resist. Success and failures in relationships, career, a ...more
Adam Floridia
It's been a while since I've read Yates, who I do consider one of my favorite authors. Like all of Yates' work, this is not a novel driven by fast-paced action. It is an examination of normal human interactions and, in typical Yates fashion, the turbid ebb and flow of human misery. However, there's really a lot more flow than ebb in Yates and, unlike Arnold's "Dover Beach," there isn't a final sense of hope, of survival in a awful world made possible by connecting to another human. On the contra ...more
Feb 14, 2016 Geof rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Young Hearts Crying" deals with the same themes as the far superior "Revolutionary Road." An artistic young couple coping with the disappointment of their normalcy. Strivers whose ambitions and expectations exceed their talents. They flail through life, lashing out, dulling their feelings with alcohol. The style reminds me of Holden Caulfield grown up. He still wants to be a catcher in the rye, but he has to get a job and he's got marital problems to boot.

In "Revolutionary Road," the feminist m
Charles Adkinson
Dec 26, 2012 Charles Adkinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of reviews I've read compare this book unfavorably to Revolutionary Road, but having read both I see Young Hearts Crying as at least it's equal. In fact, I might even like it better. This book was split into three main sections, detailing first Michael and Lucy's courtship and marriage, then Lucy's life following their divorce, then Michael's.

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
Justin Evans
Oct 02, 2009 Justin Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A longer, more structurally adventurous version of Revolutionary Road, I suppose, with a more engaging wife, and a longer time-frame. The couple in question really age in this book, and actually learn something! Remarkable. I think this might be a more English department book than RR as well- lots of interlinking irony and formal trickery. I'm fine with that, some people probably aren't. In fact, I think I could eventually be convinced that this is the better novel. In any case, I hope people st ...more
just sarah
Feb 03, 2010 just sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If it wasn't Yates, I might say it's the same old, same old. This guy though, he could tell virtually the same story over & over and have you turning pages like crazy all the way up to the last every time. I especially liked how he tells the story of one family by alternating between male & female perspectives. Subtle & brilliant approach I think. It's not a Revolutionary Road, but it's definitely worth the read.
Jun 23, 2012 GL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Richard Yates and have been rationing out his books for a few years as I will be gutted once I've read them all. Decided to treat myself and take this one on holiday with me this year. Expected to love it and it didn't disappoint. Richard Yates has such a succinct way of getting his points and the mood across and I think he was an absolutely amazing writer. The story is what I expected as it covers very similar themes and feelings to his other books, but that's part of the charm. Brillian ...more
Apr 08, 2011 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so awful it doesn't deserve a long tirade explaining its failures. There were no "icebergs" or understatements between the vapid interactions of the two monotonous, utterly annoying characters. Simply put, avoid this book at all costs. I left it on a bookshelf in a hostal somewhere and will have to live with the thought that it may sentence another reader to hours of boredom and frustration.
Samson Martirosyan
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Michael Davenport ontmoet Lucy als hij studeert aan Harvard. Als hij is afgestudeerd trouwen ze. Michael heeft de ambitie om schrijver te worden. Na hun bruiloft blijkt dat Lucy miljonair is. Als hij het wil, hoeft hij niet te werken en kan hij zich volledig richten op zijn schrijfambities. Maar dat is zijn eer te na. Hij wil niet afhankelijk zijn van haar. Michael wil laten zien dat hij een succesvolle schrijver kan worden en dat hij met haar kan leven van zijn boeken.

Voorbije liefdes is opgede
Bleh. I did not dig this one at all - and this is coming from someone who LOVES Yates. This novel doesn't go anywhere; there is no drama, no climax, no story, no anything - it's really just a series of vignettes of Michael and Lucy each having empty, vacuous affairs with empty, vacuous people over and over and over. I enjoyed the Lucy section (for the most part), but Michael might be the blandest character Yates ever wrote. He's stupid, but not even in an interesting or entertaining way. He does ...more
Mar 04, 2017 Qiong rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved Revolutionary Road.

I loved The Easter Parade.

But I hated Young Hearts Crying.

So I spent 4 days reading how Michael and Lucy got married, moved, met friends, got a divorce, then how Lucy tried stuff, got involved with a couple of men she grew tired of soon enough, then again how Michael went crazy for a while, remarried Sarah but screwed that, too. And the book ended with them meeting again in Boston.

It was a pretty long and drab story, really. I hate to say it. Yet I said it anyway. I
Mark Walker
Feb 23, 2017 Mark Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great novel from Yates. His style of writing and the way his techniques for moving the story along are well evidenced in this book. Not quite as good as Revolutionary Road or Easter Parade - but my quibbles are minor and shouldn't detract from a novelist who is miles better than most. My quibbles are just that it sags in the middle during the repetitions of various relationships - I would have personally preferred stripping some of that out. Nevertheless, part of the joy is that he takes ...more
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“Know what we did, Lucy? You and me? We spent our whole lives yearning. Isn't that the God damndest thing?” 24 likes
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