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Revolutionary Road O Primeiro Romance De Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road, Tornou Se Um Cl Ssico Logo Ap S A Sua Publica O Em 1961 Nele, Yates Oferece Um Retrato Definitivo Das Promessas Por Cumprir E Do Desabar Do Sonho Americano Continua Hoje A Ser O Retrato Da Sociedade Americana Um Casal Jovem E Promissor, Frank E April Wheeler, Vive Com Os Dois Filhos Num Sub Rbio Pr Spero De Connecticut, Em Meados Dos Anos 50 Por M, A Apar Ncia De Bem Estar Esconde Uma Frustra O Terr Vel Resultante Da Incapacidade De Se Sentirem Felizes E Realizados Tanto No Seu Relacionamento Como Nas Respectivas Carreiras Frank Est Preso Num Emprego De Escrit Rio Bem Pago Mas Entediante E April Uma Dona De Casa Frustrada Por N O Ter Conseguido Seguir Uma Promissora Carreira De Actriz Determinados A Identificarem Se Como Superiores Crescente Popula O Suburbana Que Os Rodeia, Decidem Ir Para A Fran A Onde Estar O Mais Aptos A Desenvolver As Suas Capacidades Art Sticas, Livres Das Exig Ncias Consumistas Da Vida Numa Am Rica Capitalista Contudo, O Seu Relacionamento Deteriora Se Num Ciclo Intermin Vel De Brigas, Ci Mes E Recrimina Es, O Que Ir Colocar Em Risco A Viagem E Os Sonhos De Auto Realiza O.

10 thoughts on “Revolutionary Road

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    I let out a whoop of laughter on about page 180, when I finally figured Frank Wheeler out You see, Frank spent most of his youth a scattered, bashful schmuck Then after WWII, as a Columbia student and Village dweller, he started getting laid all the time, thanks to a theatrically brooding pseudo intellectual schtick Nevermind that Frank is essentially a glib blowhard, talented in no artistic way he s one of those tiresome people who whine about Conformity as if America invented it, threaten expatriation, etc , but the sexual success of his hip, disaffected persona was the only success or strength he had ever really known, so it became the core around which he wrapped his entire being and identity That s fine, we all need illusions, and if they get you laid, even better but the hitch is that April, his wife and the last of his conquests, and the woman with whom he now lives in the suburbs, actually half believes him, thinks that he s a noble soul who needs the rarefied air of foreign capitals in order to flower This is hilarious because Frank is nothing if not the standard guy, L homme moyen sensuel his dissatisfaction with his life, which he pretentiously blames on the conformity and boredom of 1950s America, is actually pretty well mollified once he gets a promotion at work and starts screwing a secretary the idea of moving to Paris the better to become a nicotine stained, Jean Paul Sartre kinda guy vanishes once h...

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    Revolutionary Road Set in 1955, portrait of American suffocating, grinding conformity Author Richard Yates on his novel I think I meant it as an indictment of American life in the 1950s Because during the Fifties there was a general lust for conformity all over this country, by no means only in the suburbs a kind of blind, desperate clinging to safety and security at any price Republished as part of the 1980s Vintage Contemporaries series, Revolutionary Road is, for my money, the Great American 1950s Novel Richard Yates at his finest, a true classic In the spirit of freshness, I will shift the focus from the story of main characters Frank and April Wheeler to various ways the novel depicts 1950s American society and culture THE ALMIGHTY AUTOMOBILE Once their cars seemed able to relax in an environment all their own, a long bright valley of colored plastic and plate glass and stainless steel Yates description here after those 1950s cars are off winding, bumpy, narrow streets and onto the spanking new wide highway Back in 1955 there still existed a contrast between narrow dirt roads and car friendly highways and...

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    For the longest time I just wanted a family, kids, a decent job, and a happy life in suburbia That was all I wanted That s it It seemed so simple, predictable, and reliable It was my ideal image It seems that society has done a good job of putting that thought in everyone s head The best thing for a young man is for him to go to college, get married, get a reliable job with a steady company, have babies 2 or 3, of course , make friends with neighbors, have birthday parties for the kids, do little cocktail parties with the adults Then he needs to tell his kids to do the same thing And the cycle continues.That s just what you do I know that mindset isn t as prevalent now as it was when this was written in the 50s And I haven t a doubt that the aforementioned lifestyle was is the best life for many people No doubt at all.I think the problem lies in rushing into that lifestyle, before really knowing what you re getting into, without really knowing your spouse, without even knowing who you are, and what you really want, and what would really be best for you People get trapped and don t even know they re trapped caught inside their anger, not even knowing what they re angry at Trappe...

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    Imagine my surprise when I came across Stephen King s Best Books of 2009 List one not condescending enough to include solely those published this year , saw that 2nd place belonged to Revolutionary Road Glad I am not alone in feeling a deep sad empathy for this book The story is EXTREMELY well told The story, about young revolutionaries who end up doing exactly the opposite of what they ve set out to do, is quite simple but rich It has different P.O.V.s, which deviates from the outstanding film, the ending is shattering bitter than the one presented on the silver screen.Academy Award winning director Sam Mendes made a wise decision in giving April Wheeler a brighter limelight to contend with Frank s, the husband sole protagonist of the novel In the film, there is a constant wrestling match which is underlined by the fact that THESE ARE JACK AND ROSE from Titanic and we must instantly feel for them Mendes is a genius, too, in the casting of his ex wife Kate Winslet, who is arguably the best actress of our generation So while Mendes has the ability to play sly film director, almost auteur, Richard Yates has much to contend with His meditation on the cost of real freedom is basically flawless He plays with dialogue in the same awesome way that a dedicated playwright lik...

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    Really Tough LoveYates has a reputation as a chronicler of the smug years of post WWII America Perhaps But as an artist, he is much than a period sociologist Yates s understanding of the folie a deux which we call marriage is profound The reasons two people find each other attractive are buried in experiences of which neither is conscious much less rationally able to think about To call such attraction love is euphemistic It may be, at best, an attempt to redeem or complete oneself that might eventually develop into love but only if the underlying reasons are resolved sufficiently and replaced Subsequent decisions to bring children into such an indeterminate situation are likely based on equally fatuous thinking It seems amazing therefore that the survival rates of marriage are as high as they are and that of us are not functionally psychotic.Yates raises the perennial if not eternal question of the nature and implications of commitment I recall the distinction made when I was in the services between making a contribution and making a commitment in one s breakfast of bacon and eggs, the chicken has made a contribution the pig is decisively committed Does this anecdote express the reality or essential ethics of commitment Are the reasons for making commitments, misguided or not, relevant to a continuation of a commitment Do changed circumstances, including improved awareness of motives, abrogate the demands of...

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    watching this movie last night made me want to read the book immediately after and it s not a terrible movie, it s just a little hammy, and the tone is uneven whether these people are meant to be seen as victims of the stultifying, euthanizing effects of suburbia, or if they are at root unlikable people who deserve to be taken down a peg for their arrogance and their conviction that their involvement in this thing we call suburbia is just playacting, not to be taken seriously the book doesn t waver, not to me i always read it as a story of awful people poisoning each other and blaming their wasted lives on each other instead of taking responsibility for their own shortcomings, which, being a generally unsympathetic person, i can applaud and his writing absolutely wonderful the real character in this novel of course, is suburbia soul sucking, dream gutting suburbia that neutralizes all its inhabitants and blandifies the pointy, interesting bits this isn t the lynchian or music for torching view of the suburbs small town charm, where the beneficence of suburbia is compromised by i...

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    What a wise book Many rate it as depressing, and yes, it tells a very tragic story But at the same time, it s also a tremendously funny book It s just that its humor stings because it s based in the most human of weaknesses Self rationalization.Frank and April Wheeler are the prototypical post WWII suburban couple happy on the outside, endlessly frustrated on the inside But author Richard Yates isn t interested in just dissecting the suburbs Frank and April are painfully aware of their shallow surroundings, but they ve always tried to convince themselves that they re better than this life Their frustration mainfested in arguments that are painfully realistic and bitter comes from a sense that they should be doing , that they should accomplish something with themselves But, as the failed local theater production that opens the story points out, they re also haunted by the fact that perhaps not only were they not meant to be great, but they were never on the road to greatness in the first place.Scene after scene crackles with familiarity There s the conversation with another couple that leads to awkward silence until the neighbors troubles provide a desperately needed topic of discussion There s the description of how Frank came to get his job, a dead on commentary on college graduates looking for financial stablity with little output And there s Apri...

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    I read this in anticipation of seeing the film It is a grim tale The primary characters are April and Frank They both hold a rather lofty opinion of themselves, but fail to actually do anything with their gifts, real or imagined They find themselves stuck in a classic suburban nightmare of disenchantment with their circumstances and resentment of each other The affection they do feel for each other comes and goes, mostly goes, as they wallow in their narcissism She imagines a wondrous life for them in Paris He comes to realize that maybe he is, really, ordinary, and not the extraordinary person he has convinced himself and many around him that he is There are themes here about character being revealed in how we cope with stress, with self awareness Ultimately April opts out, unable to cope Frank attempts to adjust to his opportunities in the world when it becomes clear to him that his loftier, esoteric leanings were a form of self delusion All the characters here are pained Perhaps the most overtly pained person is the institutionalized, violent son of a real estate agent His role here is as truth teller.This book was written in the early 60 s about the 50 s It has surprising relevance today, particularly if one sees it as a character study The s of those times have hopefully passed Abortion, while still frowned upon, is not illegal or as deadly as it was then The characters here are also skewed a bit, with de...

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    Rightfully a classic and will forever be one of my favorites Damn, that s good writing

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