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Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
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Jul 25, 09

Read in July, 2009

I was particularly interested in reading this book as I read it when it was first published in the early 60's. It was clearly written from male point of view, unusual in domestic novels of the time. Richard Ford wrote the introduction; he was a good choice in his observant and almost worshipful overview. The characters are fascinating and memorable. Having seen the movie before my re-reading of it, I couldn't help but picture the actors, but this did not diminish the pleasure or the reading experience. (Pleasure might be misleading as there is actually none experienced by any character in the novel.) The movie was extraordinarily faithful to the book in period detail, dialog, and maintained the pessimistic mood created in the book. Perhaps that was why is was not a wildly popular movie. Beautifully realized and absorbing, this is truly the classic book that cemented Yates reputation.
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Hazel I've been hesitant about reading this because the movie was so dark and depressing. I expect Yates will provide a stark and very realistic picture of spiritual and emotional emptiness and I don't know if I want to face it right now.


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