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Disturbing the Peace by Richard Yates
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May 14, 13

Recommended for: any yates fan
Read from June 16, 2012 to May 14, 2013 — I own a copy

richard yates was a true discovery. as was raymond carver. i found out about them both a few months apart, and while the style is so different, the subjects, rawness, and sadness is the same.

i picked up "disturbing the peace" the other night. it's the first time i've come across it, and any time i come across a book of his i haven't read, i know i probably won't see it again for a long time, so i grabbed it. i plan on finishing the last three quarters of the book tonight (i'm reading "the corrections" right now, and i have the bad habit of reading like four or five books at once, but this one will be a quick book in between the larger one) and continue on with Franzen.

on one hand, yates never got very adventurous with his writing. never switching up his style a flicker, but remained consistent in all his novels delivering a heart wrenching line at the end of all his chapters. i never cried before while reading, but "revolutionary road" taught me how much books can move me. as was "easter parade" one of my top five favorite books, and with his books that "aren't so good" he still shows the mastery of story telling. i compare him to douglas sirk films.

"disturbing the peace", while not as strong as some of his others, it is still a great read. knowing that he actually lived through what he is writing about makes it more poignant and his details with the rooms of bellevue, the colors, the doctors, and what he thinks of his wife and his friends wives - they are all probably how he felt somewhere at some time, deep inside that troubled and confused mind of his.

i recommend this book if your'e a fan of yates. even as "young hearts crying" was a slight rehash of some other works, this one is not, but is told in similar matters, with similar people living similar lives in all the rest of his books, but this one takes on mental disease and what a normal man, living a normal life, - well the bough can break and down comes baby and all, crashing in broken gin bottles of do you get up? or stay down?


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