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The Easter Parade by Richard Yates
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Jul 10, 11

Read from July 01 to 03, 2011

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An enjoyable if ultimately quite disheartening read. The lives of the two sisters are expertly drawn and throughout he contrasts their natures and choices well to give an overview of the, rather limited, options available for women at that point in time, until you hit a turning point when you realise that a bond between them has been broken and that ultimately neither one will find any kind of answer or satisfaction. Or maybe just that they found some moments of it along the way in amongst a load of pain.

Yates makes you feel his characters pain extremely well, that of the people his leads encounter as well as the girls themselves, but by the end you have just experienced a wide variety of pain with little to constrast it with other than other slightly different flavours of pain.

I guess thats what Yates does, and he does it well, but despite how emotionally powerful a lot of this is there is an element of 'I get it now' to extended sections of it.
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