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Liars in Love

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  622 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
With his second collection of short stories, Richard Yates continues to extend his range as a writer of stunning power and eloquence."Liars in Love" is concerned with troubled relations and the elusive nature of truth: Hope, dread, disorder, and a nervous entangling of separate lives in Greenwich Village during the Depression, as seen by a child, in 'Oh, Joseph, I'm So Tir ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Vintage Classics (first published January 1st 1981)
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Jul 04, 2012 PMP rated it liked it
It took a second Yates book for me to realise: this man writes about the impossibility of two things: unconditional love and acceptable real estate.
I feel like climbing up to a rooftop and shouting into a very loud microphone: “READ RICHARD YATES!” I would of course get stared at and cursed at and my appeal would probably have the precisely opposite effect on anyone who heard it. So alas, I am left to try and muddle through my mind and work out just why it is that I think this brilliant author is quite so brilliant.

It struck me with “Liars in Love” that reading him is something akin to therapy, not because he makes you laugh (he doesn't, a
Sep 21, 2014 Ruby rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories, here, 2012, 2013
[2012]The number of themes Yates uses is rather limited, but he knows what he's doing with them. The people in his stories are always such messes, and there's never any hope, and the love is never happy, and nobody is ever satisfied. And although the stories tend to blend together a bit after a while, it's all rather brilliant. Saying Goodbye to Sally and Liars in Love were my favourites, I think.
Aug 30, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love me some Richard Yates
Neelakshi Chakraborty
Every short story is a jewel - finely-chiseled and precious, its luster almost vulnerable. Richard Yeats at his best, his crisp style offset by a soothing delineation of passion, sadness, melancholy and tenderness. The warped and twisted frailties of human beings emerge at every point but there is no over-riding sentiment here.
The economic style Yeats uses is indicative of one of contemporary fiction's strongest talents.He is a humanist at heart, who can write about failed marriages, disastrous
Stephen Curran
Oct 01, 2015 Stephen Curran rated it really liked it
Richard Yates: the AC/DC of mid-twentieth century literature. Every song is the same, but it's a great song, so who cares?

Take the first story in this collection: 'Oh, Joseph, I'm So Tired'. With its wannabe sculptress mother, ashamed son and deceitful English lover, it's practically a rewrite of the novels and stories that came before it, with the addition this time of a commission from President Roosevelt (a commission which inevitably leads to disappointment). The sculptress mother returns ag
Justin Evans
Dec 10, 2011 Justin Evans rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Am I officially burned out on Yates? Perhaps. This couldn't get much more than a 'meh' out of me, mainly because the stories seem like re-runs of other stories/novels by Yates. Sculptress mother? Check. Cowardly soldier? Check. TB? Check. Middle class suburban life? Check. Alimony? Divorce? Creative writing? Soul crushing? Check by four. Also odd is how much these stories fly in the face of all advice given to short story writers. Most of them are basically 20 page novels, rather than short stor ...more
Feb 16, 2016 Librofilia_it rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una raccolta di racconti s-t-r-e-p-i-t-o-s-i e ve ne potete benissimo rendere conto già a partire dal titolo "Bugiardi e innamorati".
Non a caso, i protagonisti dei sette racconti contenuti in questa raccolta sono quasi sempre persone ingabbiate in un legame – sentimentale, familiare, sociale o professionale – che è pronto a crollare da un momento all’altro ed è proprio a causa di questo senso effimero, volubile e preannunciato, che desiderano con grave urgenza tutto ciò che non hanno. Un po' com
Claire Lehmann
Apr 13, 2013 Claire Lehmann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Through this collection of short stories, Yates explores the crushing nature of dysfunctional relationships with poeticism and black humour. If you want to read about protagonists getting caught up in relationships defined by histrionics and drama (like the soldier who is on leave from WWII caught up with a young prostitute with borderline personality disorder) then these are the short stories for you. But be warned - they can be bleak. Notwithstanding this darkness, Yates' writing is highly ori ...more
Mike Ingram
Apr 09, 2011 Mike Ingram rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to fairly judge any of these stories--some of which are maybe a little rambly and loose--because I find myself completely and totally enthralled by the prose, and by the narrative voice, which isn't particularly "voicey" or even all that dramatic, just very clear-eyed and exacting and kind of enviable. This is the kind of book I want to read a couple pages from every morning before I start writing.
Jun 09, 2014 verbava rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
прості оповідання, часом із повторами на рівні образів чи ідей, але хороші.
основне відчуття від них – "з нами нічого страшного не станеться". бо не станеться ж, правда?
Oct 25, 2007 Kera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, Richard Yates eloquently reminds us just how miserable relationships can make us.
Edward S. Portman
Mettiamolo subito in chiaro: questo Bugiardi e innamorati non è, a mio avviso, il miglior Yates. Forse non è neppure un libro da consigliare, se il destinatario del consiglio non è un estimatore dell’autore, non di Revolutionary road ma di Eastern parade (chi coglie la leggera differenza è capace di capire senza altre parole quale sia per me il suo libro migliore). È un libro per chi preferisce i racconti ai romanzi, per chi magari ancora non conosce Yates e ha “paura” di approcciarlo per la pri ...more
Oct 24, 2014 Piperitapitta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E basta, perch il "felice e contenti" Yates lo lascia agli altri.
I protagonisti di questi sette racconti la felicit l'hanno inseguita, l'hanno perduta, la stanno forse ancora cercando, oppure si sono rassegnati a non incontrarla mai ma non vogliono ammetterlo.
Ed per questo che Helen (scultrice e mamma divorziata), Susan (studentessa e figlia anaffettiva), Elizabeth (mamma di due bambini che decide di condividere casa con un'amica), Warren (marito abbandonato all'estero dalla moglie), Paul (giov
May 09, 2014 Mari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non c’è un perché. Non si smette di amare qualcuno, così come non si ama per un motivo. Non lo capiscono quasi tutte le persone intelligenti, questo?

Sette racconti che non sprizzano certo di ottimismo questi di Yates, al contrario, le vite che lo scrittore mette a nudo davanti ai nostri occhi rappresentano dei falliti, dei mediocri, coppie alla deriva, genitori inadatti al proprio ruolo, aspiranti artisti dal dubbio talento. In comune sembrano avere solo l’incapacità di riscattarsi, la passione
May 28, 2012 Bob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
(This is for both Eleven Kinds of Loneliness and Liars in Love, which I read as a single volume.)

The first couple stories are fantastic, but then themes and characters and events start repeating. Not as part of some connected whole, but like he is recycling things that he used in other stories. I'm not opposed in principle, but it really takes me out of the moment when I see a characters that bears strong similarities to one from another story (or another book of his) that is doing the same thin
Aug 13, 2013 Goodcarr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: front-page
Yates ha la capacità di inventare storie particolari, che solleticano la curiosità di chi legge, ma soprattutto sa descrivere gli stati d’animo delle persone e riesce a farci vedere come sono dentro, nel loro animo.
Fra le righe si percepisce molto di più di quello che si legge, perché la nostra mente viene spesso richiamata alle esperienze che abbiamo vissuto.
La stabilità, o la tranquillità, è uno stato che per Yates non è naturale. Ogni uomo o donna da lui raccontati sono alla continua ricerca
Oct 14, 2014 Cosimo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Precipitando in vulnerabili inganni, i personaggi di Yates intrecciano lievemente le loro storie, cercando nell'altro un modo per allontanarsi da una solitudine che avvertono pericolosa. Questo scrittore ha il dono di ritrarre figure indomite e infedeli, che non si stancano mai di rinnovare le proprie menzogne né di inseguire una sincera illusione. Solo nel fondo della ricerca credono di trovare se stessi e di migliorare le proprie condizioni, di elevarsi da un destino di disperazione e perdita. ...more
Jun 26, 2012 Elisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Richard Yates: un nome, una garanzia.

Questo libro di racconti è come una medicina: la bevi, è amara, ma poi ti senti subito meglio.

Forse perché i personaggi dei racconti di Yates hanno in loro qualche frammento di noi, ma al loro confronto ci sembra di essere meno meschini, meno tristi, meno sfortunati, meno infantili.
Yates riesce a muovere i suoi personaggi magistralmente sulla scena, facendoti rimanere con il naso incollato alle pagine fino alla fine, anche se ti sta raccontando di gente qualu
Mar 14, 2015 Camille rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nouvelles
J'ai voulu lire Richard Yates après avoir vu l'adaptation cinématographique de "Revolutionnary Roads". J'ai choisi le livre au hasard, ne souhaitant pas aborder son oeuvre par un aspect précis. Je dois dire que j'ai été plutôt déçue.
Si les histoires retranscrivaient de manière assez réaliste, et intéressante, le quotidien du passé américain, le style semblait faible - mais doit-on se dire que c'est la faute de la traduction française, plutôt faible, pleine d'erreurs grammaticales ?
Peut-être. J
May 19, 2014 Ramonz rated it liked it
Purtroppo credo di non aver apprezzato abbastanza questa raccolta di racconti e ho la sensazione che nomi e situazioni si diluiranno in fretta in quel buco nero che è la mia memoria; si vede che con Yates ho bisogno di lunghe storie e pochi personaggi, godere della lenta erosione fisica e morale a cui lui li sottopone per poi ritrovarmi quella ormai famigliare sensazione di vuotezza e aridità che accompagna sempre la fine dei suoi romanzi.
Jul 14, 2013 Judyarzt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Richard Yates is a phenomenal writer who draws you in. This book of short stories focuses on groups of families and friends and where and how love has gone astray. Yates is excellent at depicting characters and making the most despicable of characters evoke some empathy. A good number of the stories focus on families where love is absent and characters and trying to find their way in life.
Jun 02, 2015 Lostaccount rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as Yates' other collection, Eleven Kinds of Loneliness, but still great reading. The stories in this collection are all about relationships that fizzle out and die. I love this guy's writing style and his characters are always interesting.
Marie E.
Nov 27, 2012 Marie E. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't crazy about one story, the rest were the Yates I know and love- everyday people thinking life should be better than it really is. Equally sad and poignant, especially the compassionate leave story.
Pam C
Mar 11, 2013 Pam C rated it liked it
Liars in Love is my favorite story of them all. Human frailty... it's more like cowardice and irresponsibility
Nov 08, 2012 Irina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cборник - 7 рассказов и повестей. Оптимистичны с переменчивым успехом. Очень жизненно, детально, с упором на переживания и мысли героев. В целом, понравилось.
Jan 02, 2015 Sean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The characters and Yate's narrative voice have begun to feel repetitious, and every story is now a blurry monotone of quiet tragedy.
Gareth Evans
Dec 05, 2010 Gareth Evans rated it it was amazing
Yates has a very limited number of plots and scenarios, but somehow they give unfailing entertainment
Hannah Messler
Nov 08, 2011 Hannah Messler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well sometimes I hate everything all the time always, too, Mr. Yates. We can agree on that sometimes.
Jan 18, 2013 Tara rated it really liked it
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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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