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Cold Spring Harbour by Richard Yates
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Nov 23, 09

Read in November, 2009

I liked this more than Revolutionary Road. It's more finely tuned, more allusive, perhaps sadder (there's nobody who really believes escape is possible). The writing is beautiful, the plot elegant, the characters just the right shade of under-developed (apart from Mrs Drake who is a caricature), allowing the reader to get to know them gently, and intimately. I was shocked to see it was written in 1986 - I can't see how such an elegiac and predeterminist book could have been written in the brash me decade. Yates' writing reminds me of how André Breton described Frieda Kahlo's painting - a ribbon around a bomb. A haunting book.
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