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characters Revolutionary Road

characters Revolutionary Road ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Í From the moment of its publication in 1961 Revolutionary Road was hailed as a masterpiece of realistic fiction and as the most evocative portrayal of the opulent desolation of the American suburbs It's the story of Frank and April Wheeler a bright beautiful and talenIth heartbreaking compassion and remorseless clarity Richard Yates shows how Frank and April mortgage their spiritual birthright betraying not only each other but their best selve. 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 rationalizationFrank 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 placeScene 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 April's heartbreaking lament about the validation she hoped to find for herself in the real world and what she's found insteadIt's not that the Wheelers are unjustified in their decisions their backstories flesh out Frank's need not to be his blue collar father and April's desperate desire for a loving family But their attitudes toward facing the world are hopelessly compromised by their insecurity Neither is truly happy with themself and April's harebrained idea about moving to Paris is just an excuse to avoid the real issue It's not the suburbs that's draining the life from their marriage it's them In the end April realizes they were never really in love with each other just the idealized images they created for each other REVOLUTIONARY ROAD has enjoyed a cult reputation for decades but has often had a hard time gaining widespread acceptance I think the reason for this is because it's filled with truth the kind that makes people nod in recognition and wince in embarassment It achieves one of the highest goals of fiction It makes you uestion yourself and the world you live in It's not without hope even after the climactic tragedy life goes on It's just up to you to try and understand the book's lessons and figure out if there's anything you've learned

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From the moment of its publication in 1961 Revolutionary Road was hailed as a masterpiece of realistic fiction and as the most evocative portrayal of the opulent desolation of the. 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 conuests 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 he starts having sex; he affects a snooty disdain for his job but he's actually uite good at it and in heartbreaking scene toward the end when it's all too too late demonstrates that he kind of likes it But getting back to my whoop of laughter That laughter didn't diminish my esteem for the novel regardless of his characters Yates is a godlike stylist but for a while there I felt it played as a macabre farce than as a Tragic Laying Bare Of The Hollowness Of The American Dream Then the tragic gravity of the characters came rushing back in chapter 7 of part 3 when the narration switches to April's point of view and Yates starts hitting you where the last pages of 'The Great Gatsby' hit you I ended up with compassion for Frank I saw that his pose of superiority rises at least partly out of a desperate fear of ending up like his wilted used up working stiff of a father Frank and April were drifting lonely people who initially thought that one another looked like the kind of person the 'golden' boy the 'really first rate girl' who could whirl their lives into effortlessness and perfection and a final salvation from lifelong feelings of dread and inadeuacyjust as everyone else in the book thinks that the Wheelers LOOK LIKE that golden couple with the world at its feet and all problems solved Stendahl said 'beauty is the promise of happiness' That's it merely 'the promise' Yates is so elouent on how easy and how dangerous it is to theatricalize our lives He knows all the little gestures and poses with which we briefly and delusionally elevate flawed creatures into romantic figures

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Revolutionary RoadAmerican suburbs It's 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 W. 45 stars “Intelligent thinking people could take things like this in their stride just as they took the larger absurdities of deadly dull jobs in the city and deadly dull homes in the suburbs Economic circumstance might force you to live in this environment but the important thing was to keep from being contaminated The important thing always was to remember who you were”Richard Yates takes a well honed surgeon’s blade painstakingly dissects a marriage examines its tortuous viscera and leaves it fully exposed for all to observe The reader becomes a surgical assistant of sorts a witness to the searing scrutiny of all that has been laid bare As increasingly sueamish as I became I was still held captive by the spectacle The I realized what Yates had accomplished the weak in the knees I became the impressed by his genius The attractive and promising young couple Frank and April Wheeler and their two children are the perfect image of a suburban family You can almost see them standing there in front of the proper white house with the big picture window and the neatly manicured lawn The illusion is burst however right from the start We know it’s going to disintegrate when Yates draws an analogy by use of an amateur play that turns into a flop April once an aspiring actress is at the center of the stage and Frank the adoring husband in the audience The play begins on a high note and uickly goes downhill from there By the end of the evening both cast and audience depart with an air of humiliation “ time and again they read the promise of failure in each other’s eyes in the apologetic nods and smiles of their parting and the spastic haste with which they broke for their cars and drove home to whatever older less explicit promises of failure might lie in wait for them there”As things spiral downward and Frank and April’s marriage takes a turn for the worst April steps in with a grand plan to move to Paris and begin a new life there They know they don’t belong in the suburbs Frank doesn’t deserve a tedious job at the company where his own father once worked and April has her own lofty ambitions They are a couple marked for success Or are they The marriage suddenly seems to be on the right path once again They are hopeful for the transformative dream they plan to realize by the end of summer Never before had elation welled powerfully inside him; never had beauty grown purely out of truth; never in taking his wife had he triumphed completely over time and space The past could dissolve at his will and so could the future; so could the walls of this house and the whole imprisoning wasteland beyond it towns and trees He had taken command of the universe because he was a man and because the marvelous creature who opened and moved for him tender and strong was a womanYates not only gets inside his characters and reveals their most private ruminations many of them uite arrogant self serving and callous he also writes some of the most convincing dialogue between couples and among friends and acuaintances that I have ever read No doubt he was either an active participant or a keen observer of than one marital altercation that had escalated to a feverish pitch There’s really not a single likeable character in the entire novel I think this was done with purpose Richard Yates wanted to expose not just his central characters but also the superficiality of the entire lot If there is one person with whom one could align it would have to be the son of the Wheeler’s real estate agent John Givings has been institutionalized following a breakdown much to the embarrassment of Mrs Givings who has her own image to uphold as real estate agent for this perfect suburban neighborhood When her grand plan to introduce him to the Wheelers as a form of ‘therapy’ is put in motion we realize that John is the mouthpiece for all that has gone wrong in this grand illusion of Revolutionary Road He says what everyone wants to say but won’t as a matter of propriety He than anyone else points out what has gone wrong with the American dream With no filter whatsoever John blurts out one brazen opinion after another But even these truisms have a ring of sarcasm to them We may not like this young man either but he sure as hell offers a refreshing honesty that no one else seems to have “ maybe it does take a certain amount of guts to see the emptiness but it takes a whole hell of a lot to see the hopelessness And I guess when you do see the hopelessness that’s when there’s nothing to do but take off If you can” Revolutionary Road was written in 1961 and portrays the life of a 1950s young suburbanite couple but it could really take place at any time The fantasy and dissolution of the American dream is astutely sketched Yates explores the illusion of marriage as a way out of a less than ideal childhood as a way to achieve your independence and aspirations and as an institution to be upheld no matter what the conseuences He places these fictions under the microscope and then dismantles them This is a book that will make you uncomfortable; I suirmed throughout However I believe this is Yates’s intent and he fully succeeded in achieving his goal I couldn’t help comparing this book to John Updike’s Rabbit Run which I finished just a day before starting this one Both are scathing portraits of marriages gone wrong but Updike left me a bit of hope for Rabbit that aggravating bastard Frank Wheeler can take a hike and never come back for all I care “It depressed him to consider how much energy he had wasted over the years in the self denying posture of apology From now on whatever else his life might hold there would be no apologies”