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The Easter Parade

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,218 Ratings  ·  488 Reviews
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
Paperback, 240 pages
Published by Methuen Publishing (first published 1976)
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Jenn(ifer)

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
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Mary
Dec 12, 2015 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2012
"I'm almost fifty years old and I've never understood anything in my whole life."

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
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s.penkevich
Apr 05, 2015 s.penkevich marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Oh look! Here comes the Easter Parade! With plenty of floats!




Oh, the floats!


Eric
Feb 08, 2011 Eric rated it liked it
Shelves: ficciones
I’m not sure what Yates was up to in two-thirds of The Easter Parade. He certainly wasn’t playing to his strength—that is, the deep, layered scene: the slow death of a party; the waning of an afternoon buzz; the polite prolongation of a tense visit; lives told in gesture; and dialogue so perfect you see speakers without description. Two of the novel’s three Parts flash by in what biographer Blake Bailey, I see, grandly dubs “summary narration” which, he goes on to plead, “serves the larger purpo ...more
Michael Hagan
Sep 05, 2010 Michael Hagan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
It's been a few years since I've read "The Easter Parade," by Richard Yates. I read it first in college many years ago, then in my late 20s, and now in my mid-40s. This book simply gets better and better. Not only is the writing flawlessly rendered, the inevitable circumstances of sisters Emily and Sarah are presented with honesty, empathy and tremendous sensitivity by a master realist who knows exactly how alcoholic families live out their lives. What the TV show "Mad Men" reveals about our cul ...more
Mark
Feb 08, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mark by: Mary
Only Johnny Got His Gun can stand toe to toe with The Easter Parade in the unsettling, horrific way it takes one person's life (and in the case of Parade, several other people besides) and makes you ask yourself, Why the hell are we even here?

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
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Rafa
Dec 14, 2015 Rafa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¡Es magnífico! Como una mezcla de Philip Roth y Margaret Atwood (con perdón por las comparaciones).
Mark
Aug 23, 2012 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
" Neither of the Grimes sisters would have a happy life, and looking back it always seemed that the trouble began with their parents' divorce."

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
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Lee
May 18, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
God this ends well, by which I mean it ends with the steady rock of the book shattered in a way I didn't see coming. All through it she's so even-keeled and proto-liberated but then comes the crackup once alone. The dictionary definition of four stars? Loved it with reservations, so accessible and readable, the characters so well-drawn, the dialogue evocative of time and place and person, so much suggested about an insidious preoccuption with semblances, the importance of courage/strength/endura ...more
Claudia
"Keine der Grimes-Schwestern sollte glücklich werden", der erste Satz in diesem Buch.
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
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
4.5 stars

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.
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arcobaleno
Feb 21, 2014 arcobaleno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to arcobaleno by: Ginny_1807
Né l'una né l'altra avrebbe avuto una vita felice...
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
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Sandra
Dec 28, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa
Se leggere un libro può essere paragonato a fare un viaggio verso mete ideali, leggere questo libro è stato per me un viaggio nella steppa caucasica. Luoghi monotematicamente deserti, disabitati, aridi, senza vegetazione se non arbusti e qualche pianta grassa, spinosa. Non ci sono case, non ci sono paesi, non c’è acqua. Tutto è secco, arido e ci vivono solo animali abituati alla lotta per la sopravvivenza, ratti o serpenti.
In questo libro Yates affonda il bisturi, come un bravo chirurgo, nelle
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Abby
Nov 01, 2011 Abby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I missed Richard Yates the first time around, in the 60s and 70s. Unfortunately, so did almost every one else. Despite critical acclaim – Revolutionary Road, his first and arguably greatest novel, was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1962 – Yates never achieved wide popularity. We have the recent movie of Revolutionary Road to thank for finally – long after Yates’s death in 1992 – landing the book on the best seller list and bringing his other works to our attention.

The Easter Parade,
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Roberto
Oct 30, 2014 Roberto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Né l’una né l’altra delle sorelle Grimes avrebbe avuto una vita felice, e a ripensarci si aveva sempre l’impressione che i guai fossero cominciati con il divorzio dei loro genitori”

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
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Nita  Kohli
May be a more like, not sure 2.5

I really wanted to like this book because to begin with the writing looked promising and I felt kind of sure that I would really love it. Going into this book I had some idea that it will be a depressing read but it turned out to be way too grave for my taste. This is a kind of book that could make high spirited cheerful person to cover himself in a blanket and sulk in a corner of a room.
Everything in this book just keeps going wrong; the characters have a pathet
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Brian
Jun 16, 2013 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this sad and rich novel Richard Yates deftly portrays the lives of two women who suffer through decades of experience in this veil of tears. Emily and Sarah may have had some great experiences, laughter and joy - but their author isn't interested in letting us know those moments. Yates begins with this: "Neither of the Grimes sisters would have a happy life, and looking back it always seemed that the trouble began with their parents' divorce." He's warned us: this story will not go well for t ...more
Kaloyana
Apr 23, 2013 Kaloyana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Удивена съм как разказва Ричард Йеитс. Семпло, без никакви напудрени изречения и фрази, но пък много вълнуващо. Историята в тази книга е за две сестри и за техните животи. Те са изключително различни, но и всяка е нещастна по своему. Сара е типичната домакиня, жена, на която животът се случва точно както се очаква - брак, семейство, деца, къща, - но всъщност отвътре всичко е гнилоч. Емили, по-малката никога не се омъжва и няма семейство, но има свободолюбив дух, успява сякаш повече да се наслади ...more
Богиня Книдска
Nov 25, 2013 Богиня Книдска rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Изключително фин стил на писане. Очарована съм от изказа на Йейтс - рядко се среща такава прецизност. С малко думи да кажеш много.
Другата приятна изненада - дълбокото познание и разбиране на женската душа. Изградените женски образи са толкова пълнокръвни, сякаш са автобиографични.





Fran
Aug 02, 2014 Fran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa
Doloroso rovescio della medaglia del mito americano. Nel contempo la famiglia non è sempre un nido accogliente, al contrario può rappresentare un vincolo opprimente.
Scrittura essenziale, ma piacevole.
João Carlos
May 26, 2015 João Carlos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l2014


“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
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Nicole
So, Yates created two tragic characters: one was unlucky at love and the other one was a drunk. The unlucky one meets a guy who has problems getting it up, he tells her to give him a year, after the year they marry, and he's still unable to get it up, so they divorce and she moves on to a slew of lovers ending up entirely alone. The drunk one dies of liver disease. Nobody wins the lottery, nobody leaves the abusive husband, nobody finds true love in the unimpressive stranger, nobody learns a les ...more
Uncle
Sep 05, 2013 Uncle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Sarah looked as pathetic on her bench as Emily had expected-small and dowdy in her wrinkled beige, lifting her soft, bruised face to the sun and almost visibly savoring visions of another time. - Richard Yates, The Easter Parade.

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
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eb
Mar 19, 2013 eb rated it it was amazing
A crushing novel about growing up, belonging to a family, trying to get by in the city, and losing hope. Maybe most of all, it's a novel about money, and how difficult life is for everyone who's not rich. Yates is an incredible feminist who truly understands women; even better, his sentences are unpretentious diamonds. Still, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone but 1) smugly married people who aren't afraid of aging, and 2) readers who enjoy being terrified and saddened.
Veronica
Feb 05, 2016 Veronica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
“Né l’una né l’altra delle sorelle Grimes avrebbe avuto una vita felice, e a ripensarci si aveva sempre l’impressione che i guai fossero cominciati con il divorzio dei loro genitori”

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
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Offuscatio
Jan 24, 2016 Offuscatio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lúcido, bueno, muy bueno.
Cher
Mar 25, 2016 Cher rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, classic
3 stars - It was good.

Yates has such a beautiful way of writing about such miserable things.

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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.
Kent
Apr 02, 2009 Kent rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An engaging enough story, yet another tale of suburban malaise, with that sort of detached, clinical narrative style reviewers like to call "quietly poignant" and "unflinchingly honest". Good for a long train ride. If I lived in a country where long train rides were commonplace, I might read another of Richard Yates' novels. Since I don't, I'll probably just put "Revolutionary Road" on my netflix queue. Or not.
Armin Hennig
Streckenweise unterbelichtet

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
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Vanessa
Feb 08, 2015 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book left me with the question: How can Richard Yates make such depressing material so enjoyable to read?

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
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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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“And do you know a funny thing? I'm almost fifty years old and I've never understood anything in my whole life.” 58 likes
“For a year she found an exquisite pain - almost pleasure - in facing the world as if she didn't care. Look at me, she would say to herself in the middle of a trying day. Look at me: I'm surviving; I'm coping; I'm in control of all this.” 6 likes
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