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
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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 parents 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 w ...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
Richard Yates scrive, con incredibile sensibilità femminile, di due donne, due sorelle, due esistenze, due modi di vivere, di reagire; parla dei loro rapporti con gli uomini nella società americana che, dagli anni Trenta, scorre per altri quaranta, senza cambiamenti sostanziali; in quell’ambiente borghese intriso di superficialità, di convenzioni ipocrite e apparenze da salvare. Ma sopra tutto R.Y. descrive la famiglia, attraverso due paradig ...more
Zwei völlig verschiedene Lebensentwürfe und doch beide zum Scheitern verurteilt. Sarahs und Emilys Lebenslinien berühren sich auf den ersten Blick nicht, zu unterschiedlich entwickeln sich die Frauen. Während Sarah mit Tony aufs Land zieht und Jahr für Jahr ein Kind zur Welt bringt, (insgesamt 3), erhält Emily ein Collegestipendium und arbeitet als Journalistin und Werbetexterin. Sie hat viele Liebschaften, läs ...more
Thus the story began and though I wouldn't say it spiralled down from there, the opening sentence acts as a marvelously clever sword of Damocles which swings in and out of the shadows of the story in a sinister fashion to remind you every time things seem to be going well that Yates has already told us nothing good can come from what happens.
The two siste ...more
In questo libro Yates affonda il bisturi, come un bravo chirurgo, nelle ...more
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
Yates avverte fin dall’incipit: questa è una storia di infelicità. Non c’è scampo.
E' la storia di tre donne. Una madre superficiale e inadeguata e di due figlie, Sarah e Emily, che ripercorrono lo stesso cammino fallimentare della madre.
Il libro parla della mancanza di coraggio e di obiettivi nella vita delle perso ...more
Другата приятна изненада - дълбокото познание и разбиране на женската душа. Изградените женски образи са толкова пълнокръвни, сякаш са автобиографични.
“O Desfile de Primavera” do escritor norte-americano Richard Yates conta a história de duas irmãs, Sarah e Emily Grimes.
Logo na primeira frase do livro o sentido da história fica definido – “Nenhuma das irmãs Grimes estava destinada a ser feliz, e olhando para o passado sempre houve a sensação de que os problemas começaram com o divórcio de seus pais.”
Yates escreve de uma forma brilhante e concisa as vivências emocionais e temporais de duas irmãs, numa narrativa inquietante repleta de tristeza e ...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
Questo libro è un pugno nello stomaco.
La drammaticità che caratterizza la storia delle sorelle Grimes è qualcosa con cui fare i conti pagina dopo pagina.
La disperazione, la solitudine e il fallimento sono palpabili.
Sia Sarah che Emily, figlie di una madre inadeguata ed estremamente superficiale, saranno per tutto il ...more
Yates has such a beautiful way of writing about such miserable things.
Favorite Quote: I was a virgin when I got married and I've been a virgin ever since.
First Sentence: Neither of the Grimes sisters would have a happy life, and looking back it always seemed that the trouble began with their parents’ divorce.
Dem ersten programmatischen Absatz mit der Verkündung der Tatsache, dass keine der Grimes-Schwestern je glücklich werden sollte kommt wenig gleich, überhaupt die ersten beiden Seiten, brillante Prosa vom vergeudeten Leben, die Erwartungen weckt, denen dieser Roman, je länger, desto weniger gerecht werden kann. Die letzten beiden Kapitel im Leben der Emily Grimes mit einer Party und einem Verwandtenbesuch wirken so, als hätte der Autor sein Buch aus lauter Ratlosigkeit ...more
The Easter Parade is probably Yates second most well-known book after Revolutionary Road which I read a couple of years ago and loved. What I liked about this book was that it didn't follow a marriage, but this time followed the lives of two sisters, allowing a glimpse into their very different lives.
The story follows two sisters, Sarah and Emily Grimes, and is told from the younger sist ...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