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The Easter Parade

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  6,782 ratings  ·  631 reviews
Children of divorced parents, sisters Sarah and Emily Grimes are observed over four decades, and grow into two very different women. Sarah is stable and stalwart, settling into an unhappy marriage. Emily is precocious and independent, struggling with one unsatisfactory love affair after another.

Richard Yates's acclaimed novel is about how both women struggle to overcome th
Paperback, 226 pages
Published April 3rd 2008 by Vintage Classics (first published 1976)
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Steven Godin
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: america, fiction
Had someone passed me a copy of The Easter Parade without me knowing who wrote it, I would have come to two conclusions after finishing. It was either written by a depressed female writer, or if not, then Richard Yates, in fact the very first sentence of "Neither of the Grimes sisters would have a happy life", basically gave the game away. I can imagine him sat there, with alcohol running through his veins, ready to inflict more downheartedness upon the literary world. And if there is one thing ...more

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
João Carlos
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Liron Kroll - Composed photographs inspired by Richard Yates Novel The Easter Parade


“O Desfile de Primavera” do escritor norte-americano Richard Yates (1926 – 1992) conta a história de duas irmãs, Sarah e Emily Grimes.

Liron Kroll - Composed photographs inspired by Richard Yates Novel The Easter Parade

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 sempr
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nord-america

Madri e figlie

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 vi
Apr 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2012
"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 parents 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 w
Aug 25, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Oh look! Here comes the Easter Parade! With plenty of floats!

Oh, the floats!

Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Apr 16, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ficciones
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Senza pelle

Letto a cavallo tra il pomeriggio e la serata di oggi, tutto d'un fiato.
Le parole di Richard Yates scorrono come l'acqua di un fiume in piena e trascinano a fondo, portando con sé malinconia, inadeguatezza, disagio profondo, rassegnazione, che aumentano progressivamente con l'aumentare delle pagine sul lato sinistro del libro.
L'altra faccia del sogno americano è il correttore di bozze anziché il giornalista di successo, la donna sola anziché libera ed emancipata, la famiglia che è sem
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, it is really sad. Some say this is too dark, the characters so failed and unaccountably gloomy to be worth reading. But I enjoy these types of stories, not because they uplift, but because they seem to help me understand what is inexplicable in my own life. I feel empathy for people who are their own worst enemies, and Yates’ book surely describes a number of these. It is a story of two sisters who are damaged by divorce and time spent with a deeply flawed mother, who never could figure it o ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dopo il bellissimo Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates mi ha inebriata con un'altra storia di autodistruzione e fallimento. Una storia tutta al femminile, stavolta. Le protagoniste sono infatti due sorelle, le sorelle Grimes, che, cresciute in una famiglia disgregata e spinte da una madre vacua ed eccentrica, falliscono miseramente nei loro obiettivi di vita: Sarah, la maggiore, tradizionalista e tranquilla, insegue il sogno di una vita matrimoniale serena, e sposa un uomo d'affari apparentemente ...more
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana
Niente è come sembra
Dopo Revolutionary road in cui aspetti per tutto il libro che una pentola a pressione scoppi da un momento all’altro e tiri il fiato quando finalmente questo avviene , in Easter Parade tutto sembra già predestinato per le sorelle Grimes, nate sotto una cattiva stella e cresciute da una madre vacua e irresponsabile. Ma qui, fino all’ultimo, speri che almeno Emmy si salvi, che ce la faccia, perché da una famiglia disfunzionale si può anche uscire riscattandosi, no? Magari con l
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa
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
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it
" 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
Evi *
Romanzo autobiografico come tutti gli scritti di Richard Yates che girano e rigirano sempre attorno agli stessi temi: rapporti famigliari difficili, la solitudine, l’alcool come soluzione ai problemi.
Yates ci racconta, nell’arco di un cinquantennio, le vite di Emily e Sally le due sorelle protagoniste di Easter Parade, le loro sono vite vissute in superficie, dolori, drammi, falle, imperfezioni dell’esistenza descritti come se fossero in fondo sopportabili, mi piego ma non mi spezzo, come se si
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¡Es magnífico! Como una mezcla de Philip Roth y Margaret Atwood (con perdón por las comparaciones).
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quasi 5 stelle
Che tristezza, che spreco! Buttare via così la vita nell'ignavia e nell'insoddisfazione, nell'alcool e nelle illusioni. Difficile scordarsi le 2 sorelle.
E quanto autobiografico è questo romanzo. Yates è di un pessimismo cosmico, non c'è speranza, si nasce soli e si muore da soli. Nel frattempo ci si raccontano balle, ben sapendo che sono balle.
Mi era piaciuto di più RR, ma caspita, anche questo che bel libro!
Nita Kohli
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once in a while comes a book for which you are not able to decide your feelings even when you turn the last page. Or it so happens that you are left confused to an extent that you make a wrong conclusion. This is exactly what happened with The Easter Parade when I read it a few months back.
I don't know if others do this, but I often think back about a book (or the books) that I read sometime back (months/years back). And it was during such few contemplations I realised that I actually indeed lo
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Mientras Leo
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro magnífico, de esos con poso que mejoran al cabo de los días
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yates è implacabile nell’annullare qualsiasi illusione, qualsiasi speranza e qualsiasi possibilità di salvezza. In questo romanzo fortemente autobiografico, l’autore svuota poco a poco i suoi personaggi da qualunque apparenza essi abbiano voluto assumere in prima persona o che sia stata loro attribuita da altri.

Così, lo status di brillante giornalista del padre viene ridimensionato nel mero correttore di bozze pieno di rimpianti; la madre in cerca di “finezza” e di gratificazioni professionali
Claudiu D.
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literatura
- Iubito, am discutat lucrurile astea de sute de ori. E unul din lucrurile pe care nu le vei afla niciodata. Viata e plina de lucruri de acest fel.
- Ai dreptate.
- In legatura cu ce?
- Viata este plina de lucruri de acest fel.
(pag. 207.)

Cand citeam acest roman in care nu se intampla nimic, m-a izbit acelasi sentiment pe care l-am avut cand citeam Stoner de John Williams. Un sentiment acut de viata, de viata vie, viata-viata.

Acesta este un roman despre doua surori si vietile lor - vieti
I really love Yates, and this book had all the hallmarks of his usually great stuff--bleak family drama, characters' inability to cope or help themselves, the ennui of the modern corporate job. And it's shot through with snappy, realistic dialogue and credible eccentricities.

But this was also the first time that Yates' ending seemed lazy to me. The writing process is nothing to belittle or underestimate, but the more I read of Yates the more I believe that predominant bleakness has less artisti
Leonardo Aboim Pires
Este romance, de estrutura tripartida, percorre quarenta anos da vida e da sociedade norte-americana, pautando-se por uma prosa crua e austera, porém ainda é visível uma profunda sentimentalidade, constituindo um “romance elegante, comovente” segundo The Washington Post. Resta dizer que esta obra magistral faz uma incrível radiografia ao american way of life, com uma mestria a que Yates nos habituou.
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.

Nataly Anastasova
С жалост бих казала, че американският писател Ричард Йейтс е не само забравен от много поколения, но и неизвестен на много хора в днешно време. Неговият роман „Великденското шествие“ привлича със своя реализъм, с начина по-който авторът му не се страхува да изрече и най-болезнените истини за живота. Йейтс буди съчувствието ни към жените, чийто живот не е лесен, правейки романа същевременно тъжен, но и красив, трогателен, но и реалистичен. Йейст е определен от критиците като един от най-значимите ...more
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa
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.
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le sorelle Grimes, Sarah ed Emily, rimangono scolpite nella memoria. Anche perché si tifa per loro fino alla fine, si spera che quel flebile raggio di luce e di speranza che sembra illuminare ogni tanto gli eventi si rafforza e almeno una ce la faccia.
E invece no, se mestizia deve essere che mestizia sia! Yates non riesce a sottrarsi al proprio destino di scrittore di perdenti e così Sarah fa una fine ingloriosa e pure Emily. Però la narrazione è superlativa.
Un negativo fotografico
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book left me with the question: How can Richard Yates make such depressing material so enjoyable to read?

The Easter Parade is probably Yates second most well-known book after Revolutionary Road which I read a couple of years ago and loved. What I liked about this book was that it didn't follow a marriage, but this time followed the lives of two sisters, allowing a glimpse into their very different lives.

The story follows two sisters, Sarah and Emily Grimes, and is told from the younger sist
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah ve Emily..İki kız kardeşi izliyoruz anne babalarının boşanmalarının ardından.Farklı yollara gitmeleri ya da kişiliklerinin tamamen zıt olmaları küçük birer ayrıntı olarak kalıyor çünkü çok daha derinlerde başka şeyler var.Kadınlık,aşk,parçalara ayrılıp çözünen hayaller ve bir türlü dikiş tutturamama hali~
Büyük olaylar yok bu kitapta ama her detay fazla gerçek,fazla yalın.Süslemiyor yazar yaşananları.Sarah kadar Emily için de üzülüyoruz,Pookie’nin bitmek tükenmez enerjisine hayran kalıyoruz
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
Marcello S
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gran libro.
Da mettere nel cestone del Novecento americano che conta.

A trovargli un difetto, direi che per i miei gusti è un po' monotematico, quasi semplice nel suo svolgimento lineare. Ma alla fine sono le mie solite paranoie.
Non fidatevi e andrà benissimo. [74/100]

Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this short novel years ago and I found it very sad yet emotionally powerful. It made me think of Henry David Thoreau, who said, "Most people lead lives of quiet desperation and go to their graves with song still in their heart."
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-heart
This book was absolutely not what I was expecting. I'm not actually sure what I was expecting but this was not it. My only experience of Richard Yates is the Sam Mendes film of Revolutionary Road which I thought was excellent and harrowing. I found Kate Winslet's performance to be the best I have ever seen her deliver and it broke my heart. So really I should have known.

Richard Yates is often referred to as one of the most under-valued great American authors of all time and The Easter Parade is
☽ Sono sempre vissuta nel castello Chiara
Che libro triste. Non c'è un altro modo per vita dei personaggi più va avanti più diventa peggio. È una caduta verso un destino di pazzia, morte, solitudine...persone mediocri, non sanno reagire, non sanno difendersi, non sanno cambiare. Ma d'altronde Yates lo dice dall'inizio " nessuna delle due avrebbe avuto una vita felice", il libro si legge velocemente perché scritto in modo scorrevole, semplice, un resoconto della vita di due sorelle infelici appunto. La disperazione della n ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
cam 3,5 ca sa fiu mai precisa.
Maria Stancheva
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Книгата е страхотна. Стилът на Йейтс е простичък, без претрупване, но докосва душата.
Докато я четях направо се бях пренесла там, в живота на двете сестри. Цялото отчаяние и безнадеждност сякаш се просмукват от страниците именно чрез простичките разговори, а на места и чрез това, което е останало ненаписано и само загатнато.
Хареса ми и че книгата някак неминуемо кара читателя да помисли и за собствения си живот.
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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
“And do you know a funny thing? I'm almost fifty years old and I've never understood anything in my whole life.” 68 likes
“For a year she found an exquisite pain - almost pleasure - in facing the world as if she didn't care. Look at me, she would say to herself in the middle of a trying day. Look at me: I'm surviving; I'm coping; I'm in control of all this.” 10 likes
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