Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates Reviews
Description:ISBN 0099518627 / Genre: Fiction / Author: Richard Yates / Paperback / 352 Pages / Book is published 2007-12-13 by Vintage Classics
Newest Review: ... feel guilty and concerned for him. April isn't as bad as Frank, but she is still selfish and self-absorbed. Whilst she does ... more
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Richard Yates Revolutionary Road
Originally published in 1961 to great critical acclaim, Richard Y ...
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by - written on 09/02/14 (Very useful, 42 readings)
The plot of Revolutionary Road is quite tricky to describe. This is a book without a lot of action, and is more of an exploration of human nature with the odd event, until the last 30 pages or so when the pages are completely action packed. Revolutionary Road is the name of the street where lead characters April and Frank Wheeler live with their two children. They are in their late 20s and are living the 1950s American Dream - married, house in suburbia, two children, he works and she stays home, friendly neighbours. However, this isn't enough for Frank and April. Frank and April are not likable characters. For me, Frank was worse. He is selfish and ... Read the complete review
by - written on 04/04/10 (Very useful, 62 readings)
I haven't seen the film version of this yet, though thanks to a fellow dooyoo member, I did already know how the story ended before I read the book. Still, despite this, it was still an excellent read. Revolutionary Road tells the tale of a couple in their late twenties, April and Frank Wheeler, and their two children. The pair have already been married for several years when the story begins, and are living the American Dream, which I'm sure is familiar to us all by now- the middle class suburbia with the white-picket fences and the water sprinklers that start up seemingly in synch every evening in the summer. The worriless, carefree lives, with drinks after ... Read the complete review
by - written on 24/12/09 (Useful, 7 readings)
This is one of the best books I've read this year - it is far more than the story of slightly repressed suburban couple. As it has just been made into a mainstream film, I was shocked at how radical it is - this is not only the story of a couple that have not achieved what they imagined for themselves, this is the story of a man controlling his wife through her childbearing. Its fascinating, disturbing and overall excellent. Yates writes the story of Frank and April, a couple that know they are far better than their surroundings, and destined for far more than the pedestrian, suburban life. Of course, they aren't. No, as the reader you quickly work out that ... Read the complete review
by - written on 11/06/11 (Somewhat useful, 11 readings)
This book was recommended (and ultimately given) to me by a friend who claimed that it "changed her life". I'm not convinced I would go as far to say that Revolutionary Road "changed my life", but it does appear to have made a lasting impression on me. The book tells the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a young family living in the suburbs of 1950s New York. Right from the beginning of the novel, it is clear that things aren't as perfect as they seem, and before long you are drawn into their spiralling relationship that ultimately ends in tragedy. A truly touching read that is beautifully written, it opens up a new insight into ... Read the complete review
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