Hailed as a masterpiece from the moment of its first publication, Revolutionary Road is the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright, beautiful, and talented couple whose empty suburban life is held together by the dream that greatness is only just round the corner. With heartbreaking compassion and clarity, Richard Yates shows how Frank and April mortgage their hopes and ideals, betraying in the end not only each other, but their own best selves.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 04 / 2008
- 129 x 198mm
Frank and April Wheeler are dreamers trapped by the social mores of suburban America in the 1950s, struggling to maintain interest in the stability of their current married life as it moves further away from the adventurous hopes and plans created during their idealistic youth. The conventions of their time are drowning them, and Yates’s depiction of their attempts to break free for some air is brutal, tender, funny, and heartbreaking. The claustrophobia of Frank and April’s lives seeps through every sentence as they struggle to understand themselves and each other. One of the most beautiful books I have ever read. - Madeleine (QBD)
It's called a cult classic for a reason
Incredibly real and disturbing novel which is a truly engaging read. A young married couple trying to live the American dream in Connecticut are not content in their existence. You find yourself able to relate to aspects of the various characters as they muddle through life in a failing marriage, make plans to move overseas, being stuck in an unfulfilling job, falling into extra-marital affairs, and dealing with loss and tragedy. Written over 4 decades ago yet you could easily believe it was written last year. I strongly recommend this novel and I can't wait to see it as a movie.