Today the Book it Sisters reviewed Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
Published 1961, 324 pages
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In the hopeful 1950s, Frank and April Wheeler appear to be a model couple: bright, beautiful, talented, with two young children and a starter home in the suburbs. Perhaps they married too young and started a family too early. Maybe Frank’s job is dull. And April never saw herself as a housewife. Yet they have always lived on the assumption that greatness is only just around the corner. But now that certainty is about to crumble.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.
|Suzanne Rigby||B||Although this book was well written with great character development and wonderful description, I thoroughly disliked all of them! What a bunch of dissatisfied, high-minded selfish people. I knew the ending was going to be tragic and kept putting off finishing the book. I did finish it!
|Mary Halsey||C++||Many voices, but no understanding of why ending with the realtor...such a minor voice. Every character was so unhappy I found it very difficult to read so many ugly relationships.|
|Judy Bush||B-||What a miserable read. The husband and wife were terrible people. Coulnd't the author have slipped in a few normal people. What is he, a suburb hater? I'd rather be a soccer mom than a bitter would-be urbanite! I was glad the wife died! I hated her!|
|Cheryl Clowes||C||I had a very difficult time reading this book. The characters were not easy to like. I did like the character development and the way you got to see what they were thinking. I wanted to the characters to have a realization or a character enlightenment.|
|Anna McDaniels||B||It was well written. Not likable characters, however, it did give you pause to think about what it means to live an authentic life.|
|Silke Eilsner||A||great character description, nice language, a challenge|