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review 2017-02-26 16:19
Eleven Kinds of Loneliness
Eleven Kinds of Loneliness - Richard Yates

My plan is to read all of Richard Yates´ work in chronological order, so next up after Revolutionary Road has been his first short story collection. And as always with short story collections, it has been a mixed bag for me.


The main theme of this collection is loneliness in 1950s America in all its forms and how the characters deal with it. There is the child, who gets bullied in school, the patient in a TB ward, the unhappy spouse in a marriage, the unsatisfied worker of a newspaper and the dreamer, who wants to create but doesn´t have the means to do this himself.


Richard Yates just has that uncanny ability to give his characters a personality and a soul, whether he writes about them on 300 pages or on merely twenty. The stories are quite sad and depressing and especially the first story, "Dr. Jack-O-Lantern", has been a total gut-punch (at least for me). Some stories worked better for me than others, but there hasn´t been a story that I disliked and overall it´s a strong collection of short stories. 

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review 2017-02-01 19:58
Revolutionary Road
Revolutionary Road (Audio) - Richard Yates,Mark Bramhall

I read Revolutionary Road for the first time last year and I was deeply impressed by it. It´s a harsh and devastating look on a dysfunctional marriage and on the lives of two people, who blame each other for their own shortcomings. If you are searching for a book that feels like a gut punch while reading it, you should definitely pick this one up.


After having listened to the audiobook, however, I have to change my rating from five to four stars, because the part in the middle (the whole "moving to Paris" part) has been to drawn out and some narratives of minor characters haven´t been that interesting as well.


The narration by Mark Bramell was pretty good, eventhough his narration of April was too whiney. I like to think that April is somewhat of a fierce character, who is perfectly able to give Frank the hardest time of his life (he certainly derserves that). The narration unfortunately didn´t give me that impression and I would urge you to either read the book and give April a voice of her own in your head or to watch the excellent movie adaption. Kate Winslet gives a sublime perfomance as April Wheeler.



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text 2016-05-21 19:13
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates

I´m pretty bummed out by the things that has happened in this novel and most of the characters are horrible, yet this book is absolutely fantastic. I will definitely read some more of Richard Yates´ other works.

And I have to watch the movie adaption of of this book. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are just the perfect choices for Frank and April Wheeler.



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text 2016-05-20 17:01
Revisiting an old friend
The Easter Parade - Richard Yates

Listening to the audio book again, for both enjoyment and inspiration. What I'm working on currently has a Richard Yates feel to it. Not that I'm complaining!


I cannot stress how much I love this novel.Definitely one of my all-time favorites. It isn't a pleasant story by any means, but sometimes those are the best ones IMO.


I wrote a review a for it a while back

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text 2016-05-19 07:38
Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates


Our ability to measure and apportion time affords an almost endless source of comfort.

"Synchronize watches at oh six hundred", says the infantry captain, and each of his huddled lieutenants finds a respite from fear in the act of bringing two tiny pointers into jeweled alignment while tons of heavy artillery go fluttering overhead: the prosaic, civilian-looking dial of the watch has restored, however briefly, an illusion of personal control. Good, it counsels, looking tidely up from the hairs and veins of each terribly vulnerable wrist; fine, so far, everything´s happening right on time.

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