Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road

Book - 1961
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Hailed as a masterpiece of realistic fiction and as the most evocative portrayal of the opulent desolation of the American suburbs since it's publication in 1961, Revolutionary Road is the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright, beautiful, and talented couple who have lived on the assumption that greatness is only just around the corner. With heartbreaking compassion and remorseless clarity, Richard Yates shows how Frank and April mortgage their spiritual birthright, betraying not only each other, but their best selves.

In his introduction to this edition, novelist Richard Ford pays homage to the lasting influence and enduring power of Revolutionary Road.

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown [1961]
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375708442
Branch Call Number: FICTION Yates, Richard
Characteristics: 337 p. 21 cm


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Mar 30, 2019

Trying to escape the phoniness of life in suburban America, a couple move to France. Well that didn’t work out. The squabbling and bickering continues. Lots of details about a struggling marriage complete with some humor. Perhaps the most important aspect of this book is the look at women’s roles in the 1950’s.

Mar 26, 2019

Keanu Reeves recommended.

Mar 01, 2018

The book and its themes are quite good, I like the realistic feel each character has too, but if you're looking for a gripping story that actually goes somewhere you wont find a plot like that here. All in all a good character study and great commentary on suburban society but I would not recommend to most people because of how slow it feels.

Apr 12, 2017

Unredemptive, and just sad.

Feb 16, 2017

Set in the late fifties Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates is a dissection of a marriage, examination of self concept, and critique of the dominance of corporate mind set in American culture . It should be required for a psychotherapists' book club. The characters' internal action, and speculations about others reactions, as well as their struggles with self actualization, human instinct and social norms makes this book a great choice for literary book lovers.

Aug 21, 2014

This is very well written, and certainly pulled me through all the way. But - it's also kinda depressing.... I would have been very interested in seeing more of events from April's POV, instead of primarily from Frank's and even the neighbours and friends - though probably just showing things through her eyes once makes it more powerful. Now I'm curious to watch the movie and see what Hollywood made of it - so much deals with interior life, which is difficult to portray visually.

ChristchurchLib Apr 15, 2013

"In a Connecticut suburb in the 1950s, Frank and April Wheeler feel stifled by their circumscribed lives: April stays home to watch the kids, while Frank works an office job. Frank's boredom and April's frustration with her lot provoke a move to Paris, where they hope they can finally find the good fortune they know must await them. Unfortunately, their discontent proves hard to escape. Published in 1961 (and released as a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in 2008), this story of disappointment and ordinary life is as relevant today as it was back then." April 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter

Jan 03, 2012

Happiness isn’t a peak, it’s two hills surrounding a valley. On one side, happiness is achievement. On the other side, happiness is conformity. The valley running through the middle is the horrible gap between aspiration and capacity.

Jan 06, 2011

This book is incredible, highly recommend the audio and movie version as well. The author captures the underlying tension and angst of married suburban life that is as true today as it was in 1961.

Mar 16, 2010

I wanted to read this before the movie came out on DVD. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio star and they are two of my favourites so I was really looking forward to the story.
But I didn't like the book! I didn't care for either character nor the author's style.
I will still rent the DVD but I'm not reading Richard Yates again.

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