In The Easter Parade, first published in 1976, we meet sisters Sarah and Emily Grimes when they are still the children of divorced parents. We observe the sisters over four decades, watching them grow into two very different women. Sarah is stable and stalwart, settling into an unhappy marriage. Emily is precocious and independent, struggling with one unsatisfactory love a...more
“Isn’t it time somebody started talking straight around here?” (414)
The Easter Parade is about two women searching for happiness in New York during the period from 1930 to the early 1970's. At the first sentence, Yates warns us that, "neither of the Grimes sisters would have a happy life...."
Sarah Grimes is the virgin who marries a man with whom she has three kids and who lives...more
If you are a girl and your parents get divorced when you are very young, you will either become promiscuous and incapable of real intimacy OR you will marry some abusive asshat and live your life quietly drinking yourself to death.
All right so maybe that’s not the take home message Yates was going for. After all, Yates himself came from a broken home; his parents divorced when he was just three years old. And he was twice divorced himself, so I guess you could say the man knows a thing or two a...more
Are we all destined to go insane? Are we all doomed by the damage our parent unwittingly inflicted on us? Do we never ever learn a damn thing at all? Many of us go through life not realizing until the final hour that history does indeed repeat itself, and our parents -- our well meaning but ill equipped and broken parents -- ruined us.
This is certainly the case for Emily and Sarah, two sisters from a broken home wh...more
The last twenty pages made me feel very emotional. The novel is very tight. I like it. I like it more than Revolutionary Road. The Easter Parade is very sad, but then you look at the main character's life and you see that her life was not very sad, really, but much better objectively than most people's lives.
Everyone around her was fucked.
Poor, poor Emmy. She's never understood one single thing in her entire life. Poor Emily. If only she could have learned. Hopping right into the sack will get you the man, sure. But it's better to find out first if he's even worth having. Sadly, I've known far too many women who were so much like Emily. And far too many men who were just like the dorks she wasted her life on.
Easter Parade is another dead-on perfect portrayal of mid-20th century middle-class American life from Mr. Yates....more
The Easter Parade,...more
With the case Yates brings to the table, you can't refute him. You can't even begin. You can stick your fingers in your ears and close your eyes and babble I can't hear you, I can't hear you but this perfectly crafted novel will be waiting. It has time. It...more
The story follows the lives of two sisters,Sarah and Emily Grimes,who are products of divorced and eccentric parents.Sarah embraces conventionality and settles down early for what she hopes is an idyllic life with Tony. Emily goes the way of the progressive, modern woman with a career, leaving marriage and children out of her plan for the most part.She aspires to be independent and s...more
The family in the book (the Grimes family) is like so many families. The continued lack of communication, the akwardness, the isolation: these problems are all there.
This book did go a little slow for me in the beginning, but the momentum does build and the poignancy increases. And the main character (Emily) is quite likeable. I have also read Rev Road and Good School by Yates, and I really enjoyed those too. Good School...more
In the American postwar old advertising prints (especially from 50's) were always portraying impeccable faces or small families in moments of perfect happiness.
A sublime happiness that catches at first glance, but carefully fixing them you think that happiness is unreal, impossible to achieve, it's only a peak fleeing as a flash time. It's an illusion we all sometimes have pursued in life. So it's the happiness expressed by the picture of Sarah and Tony at The Eas...more
Letto a cavallo tra il pomeriggio e la serata di oggi, tutto d'un fiato.
Le parole di Richard Yates scorrono come l'acqua di un fiume in piena e trascinano a fondo, portando con sé malinconia, inadeguatezza, disagio profondo, rassegnazione, che aumentano progressivamente con l'aumentare delle pagine sul lato sinistro del libro.
L'altra faccia del sogno americano è il correttore di bozze anziché il giornalista di successo, la donna sola anziché libera ed emancipata, la famiglia che è se...more
The first line is the novel tells you that the sisters, Sarah and Emily, won't have happy lives. Then the next 200 or so pages chronicles the next 40 years of their unhappiness. I sped through this in about two sittings, so it's pretty compelling, but at the end I felt like it was hollow. Their lives are bleak, truly terrible thi...more
I’ve been wanting to read Yates quite a while. I was in a bookstore trying to chose between his books, and I picked up The Easter Parade. I was intrigued. I’d wanted to read Revolutionary Road, but I had recently seen the movie and I wanted to shake it out of my head before I read the book. So The Easter Parade it was.
The novel follows two sisters, Emily and Sarah, throughout their lives. The opening line...more
At first, I felt uncertain about The Easter Parade because there seemed to be this underlying assumption that if their vacillating, favorite-playing dad and social-climbing mom had not gotten divorced, the Grimes girls would ha...more
The revival of interest in the novels and stories of Richard Yates has been an unmistakeable recent literary phenomenon. I am ashamed to admit, however, that I had never even heard of him until earlier this year. I am grateful to those online book reviewers, mostly on Y...more
This is the story of two sisters who were 9 and 5 when their parents split up in 1930, after which they move around New York environs with their mother at regular intervals, always chasing “flair”, but without the means to achieve it. Sarah, the older one, grows up to lead a conventional life (early marriage and children, long term domesticity), wh...more