Saturday, January 17, 2009
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
A Review: by Emily Robichaud
Revolutionary Road is not a book you will blithely recommend to your friends over a couple of cocktails at post work happy hour. It is, undoubtedly and without reservation, a masterpiece. But as we know, all masterpieces cannot be loved. (Perhaps it it is their fearlessness of disdain that makes them all the greater.)
Why, you may ask, should I even bother? For starters, you’ll be in sync with the pop culture curve. The book is now rebranded on store shelves with the sticker “Now A Major Motion Picture!” Kate Winslet stars with Sam Mendes (of “American Beauty”) directing. Mendes’ choice to direct Revolutionary Road should be your first clue that the novel is a portrait of dystopian American suburbia. It was published in 1961, but the portrait Yates paints could have been written today.
Frank from La Jolla
January 17, 2009 at 01:57 AM
This is a brilliant addition to KPBS' editorial content. Can we expect more work from this new writer? I hope so.
Kathleen Seward from Somerville, MA
January 21, 2009 at 03:11 PM
This review has convinced me to pick up this book.Thanks.
January 22, 2009 at 02:52 PM
I have just finished reading this book, and it has left me feeling uncomfortable to the point that I dream about the Wheelers. Theirs is a story that is both sentimental and full of dread, and this reviewer nailed it in a few short paragraphs. I hope to see more of Ms. Robichaud's reviews.
January 22, 2009 at 03:07 PM
Yes! Robichaud's piece prompted me to pick up Yates's book, and I'm glad I did. I heartily agree with this fine review. The book is uncomfortable, unsettling, and all the better because of it.
Lucy from Concord,New Hampshire
January 22, 2009 at 05:52 PM
Though one is forewarned that Revolutionary Road will not take one on a pleasant journey, this intelligent and elegantly written review compels one to pick up this book.
Mary Jo from Huntersville,NC
January 26, 2009 at 10:35 PM
Ms. Robichauid's review was amazing. It inspired my purchase of Revolutionary Road. This reviewer has a talent. Looking forward to more.
Adam O. from N. Carolina
January 27, 2009 at 08:08 PM
Ms. Robichaud draws us in, temps us not to read, yet leads us gracefully to wanting more. Her review stunningly mirrors that of the "masterpiece" she so eliquently critiques. We look forward to her next review.