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Easter Parade

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  4,615 ratings  ·  439 reviews
Vierzig Jahre Einsamkeit – Richard Yates’ großartiger Roman zweier Schwestern

Die Geschichte zweier Schwestern, die darum kämpfen, der Vergangenheit zu entkommen

Die Schwestern Sarah und Emily Grimes wachsen als Kinder geschiedener Eltern in den USA der dreißiger Jahre des letzten Jahrhunderts auf. Beide haben unter den Launen ihrer rastlosen Mutter zu leiden, die nach jeder
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 16th 2007 by DVA (first published 1976)
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Steve Sckenda
“I see,” she said, And when would she ever learn to stop saying “I see” about things that she didn’t see at all?” (344)

“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

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
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!

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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
"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 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
Feb 21, 2014 arcobaleno rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
" 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
Feb 08, 2013 Mark rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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.
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,
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
“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
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 Slavova
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
Senza parole.
Prima di iniziarlo ho letto la biografia di Yates, è stata una premessa importantissima per capire l'autore, capire i perché e i percome.
Dovrebbe essere imposto come manuale di studio laddove il controllo delle nascite è una priorita', credo che farebbe passare la voglia di procreazione a qualsiasi aspirante genitore.
A quelli come me che non possono tornare indietro con la moviola, viene da pensare: Io speriamo che me la cavo!

Aggiungo video, mi si è appiccicato addosso mentre lo l
Богиня Книдска
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.

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

“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
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
Adrian Ma
We are led to thinking that life is composed of an infinite number of branching paths, with each continuously bifurcating into countless others. We’d like to be free to traverse each as we please, and along the way, resonate with those whose paths happen to be intertwined. Perhaps our greatest fear is to find that this illusory sense of freedom inexorably heads towards a dead end; perhaps these countless diverging paths instead coalesce into one linear avenue with our isolation as the inevitable ...more
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
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.
Hurt oozes from every page of this story, more explicitly than in much of Revolutionary Road, although the characters are generally somewhat flimsier.

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
Allan MacDonell
It's dangerous to read The Easter Parade past a certain age, after accumulating a certain quantity of disappointments in circumstances and self. Is it cruelty or uncontainable genius that propels Yates to present life's ultimate and insurmountable frustrations unfolding with the thick, sweet, inevitable smoothness of an ice-cream soda being sucked through a fat straw? The effortlessly decoded dialogue is precise and distinct to each doomed and deluded character. The illusory comforts of pride an ...more
Easter Parade is only the second Yates book I've read (after Revolutionary Road, an obvious classic), but it is more proof of his ability to craft meaningful, frequently painful stories with a pared-down prose style that is immediately readable and deceptively 'simple.' Following the lives of two sisters from childhood on up, it's not a happy tale--but then again Yates gives us fair warning of that right in the first sentence. It moves quicker and covers greater ground than Revolutionary Road-- ...more
Yates has given us the 70’s version of the City Mouse and the Country Mouse, using two sisters doomed to miserable lives. We read about City Mouse Emily’s ‘Sex in the City’ life (all the juicy details and none of the friendships) and get a peek at Country Mouse Sarah’s life a la 'The Honeymooners'.

Like their mother, the sisters continually strive without meeting with success: Sarah can’t support their family the way she’d like and Emily can’t find a man that loves and respects her. Rivers of al
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.
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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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