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Revolutionary Road
Revolutionary Road | Richard Yates
In the hopeful 1950s, Frank and April Wheeler appear to be a model couple: bright, beautiful, talented, with two young children and a starter home in the suburbs. Perhaps they married too young and started a family too early. Maybe Frank's job is dull. And April never saw herself as a housewife. Yet they have always lived on the assumption that greatness is only just around the corner. But now that certainty is about to crumble.With heartbreaking compassion and remorseless clarity, Richard Yates shows how Frank and April mortgage their spiritual birthright, betraying not only each other, but their best selves.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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This book destroyed me. An unflinching look at the boredom of a suburban 1950s marriage, Frank and April Wheeler find themselves unsatisfied with how the romantic dreams they once envisioned for themselves haven‘t materialized. Both are trying to regain the youthful passion they had for life and each other in innocent and devastating ways. An incredibly emotional novel with still something to say about the fallacy of the American Dream. 4⭐️

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BarbaraBB
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#TBT

I‘ll join in @ChaoticMissAdventures initiative to recommend a book from your backlist reading each Thursday.

I‘ll post quotes from my favorite books and believe me, you should read those books😊!

“It‘s a disease. Nobody thinks or feels or cares any more; nobody gets excited or believes in anything except their own comfortable little God damn mediocrity.”

Ruthiella This book was rough to read emotionally but very good. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I agree. It was the first book I read on this subject and I was young and I felt hit hard by the ordinariness of life, the boredom adults felt… 2mo
Cinfhen We read this for bookclub a few years ago- I really liked it!! 2mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures oh I have never read this! A modern classic for sure. 2mo
vivastory This is a good idea! I think I'll join. BTW I like the new profile pic! 2mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory Thank you! And please do join, I am sure that will add some books to my wishlist! 2mo
KarenUK Seen the movie, but never read the book. I think I should! And this is such a good idea! 💕 2mo
Megabooks Great quote! 2mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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My #bookspin list for August! I have some catching up to do from July, but excited to see what the new picks are!

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The brutal honesty of who you think you are and what you are. Frank presented his world and it simply collapses. Reading how this couple fails each other is heart wrenching. Frank portrayed himself as a French speaking world traveler to his wife. They dreamt of leaving this white picket fence world and keeping up with the Jones. Turns out he doesn‘t mind the world and in my view fails his marriage or at least lies time and again. Picture for fun

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Cinfhen
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Somehow this novel still seems very relevant 50+ years after its first publication. I believe that speaks to the truth of the story & writing. Told through a male perspective, we get a glimpse of a 1950‘s marriage that is fracturing. Behind the beautiful suburban facades of pastel homes live ugly secrets. I really enjoyed both print and audio. #Classics2020 #BookClubWorthy

Megabooks I think I‘ve decided to do the single best book of nonfiction and fiction of each month, but I still have to get my sh!t together! 2y
Cinfhen Oh wow!! That seems like a lot of work to sort through @Megabooks but I‘m sure the final list will be fabulous 💖💖💖 2y
Megabooks Just posted, and yes because I‘m at 330+ books and counting!! 2y
Reviewsbylola I read this one years ago and remember liking it. 2y
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Cinfhen
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Still engrossed with this #classic 🥰I believe it stands the test of time. Does not feel dated or irrelevant. I really like the writer‘s voice. It‘s vey authentic. The narration is really well matched. I‘m using this for book 12 of #ReadingClassics2020

AlaMich At first I thought there was a cat‘s tail in the middle of your picture! 😻 2y
Cinfhen Hahaha @AlaMich I TOTALLY see that 😹😻😸 2y
Freespirit I need to read this 2y
Cinfhen I‘m just about done @Freespirit somehow the story still seems very relevant 40 + years later... that‘s upsetting to me but I believe speaks to the truth of the novel 2y
Freespirit 👍🏻💕 2y
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Cinfhen
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Up next/ IRL bookclub pick 😊

AmyG Very good book. Enjoy. 2y
Cinfhen I‘m definitely hooked @AmyG 2y
BarbaraBB Loved this book! And I‘m sure you will too! 2y
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Cinfhen I‘m LOVING it @BarbaraBB it‘s definitely my type of “dark” 2y
TrishB One of the very few times I‘ve seen the film but not read the book! 2y
Cathythoughts Loved this book too 2y
Tanisha_A Ooh I have seen the movie, liked it 2y
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From: BlindDateWithABook.com
Tagged: What‘s love got to do with it - Dysfunctional family - Affairs - Modern classic

Frank and April Wheeler move to the suburbs in search of a starter home and the American dream. What they end up with is an American nightmare. Brilliantly written.

Cathythoughts I read it years ago & it‘s a great read .. upsetting but very good 2y
suvata @Cathythoughts I‘m very glad that I got it. And, yes, it was rather upsetting. 2y
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Christoffer
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Mehso-so

This is difficult to assess earnestly. In recent decades, suburban ennui has sprawled beyond a genre to a cliché. The storyline, then, is easy to anticipate. Even still, it has enough particulars to make it readable, if not surprising. As this is more of a recommendation than an evaluation, it‘s ultimately more of a question of the reader‘s feeling about this realm. Lacking linguistic brilliance but having competence, it did not dazzle or dull me.

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alisiakae
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I‘ve updated my #bookspin list for March! Still hoping to get to my #doublespin book this week, so I kept it off the list.

I tried to make at least 1/2 of this list books that have been on my TBR shelves for YEARS. 😄

canbku Oooh, that Istanbul cover! 3y
BarbaraBB I loved Revolutionary Road and Seven Types of ambiguity ❤️ 3y
TheAromaofBooks Great list! Last of the Mohicans is one of those classics I always think I should read but still haven't! 3y
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JenGrigg
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Bailedbailed

Couldn't get in to this, didn't finish ut

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#LMPBC #Round7 #GroupC here are my picks! I originally thought I was leaning toward the tagged book, but now I'm torn lol. I have a mix of modern and traditional classics. Let me know your thoughts! Books tagged in the comments.

lele1432 Contemporary classic centered on women living in an inner-city housing project. 3y
lele1432 Classic crime mystery during Kennedy era in Arizona 3y
lele1432 Historical fiction classic about the Roman Empire 3y
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lele1432 A dissection of a suburban 1950‘s turbulent marriage 3y
lele1432 Another John Williams but I couldn‘t resist the description of this melancholy classic of an academic from rural farming roots 3y
lele1432 He‘s not everyone‘s favorite, but I really like Dostoevsky‘s writing style and his analysis of the human condition. The translation I have in mind has been said to capture more of his intended humor than some others. 3y
Bookwormjillk Stoner has been on my TBR forever but really I would be happy with any of these 3y
lele1432 @Bookwormjillk I think you have swayed me. 🤔 I'll wait to see if the others have a preference, but I think Stoner would be a good one! 3y
BarbaraBB Such good choices you made 💜 3y
TheAromaofBooks Any of these sound fine with me!! :-) 3y
lover.of.the.classics 🤔 what to choose? Augustus sounds interesting. 3y
lele1432 @BarbaraBB thanks!! 😊 3y
lele1432 @TheAromaofBooks @lover.of.the.classics I think I'll sleep on it and try to decide tomorrow lol 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz Hi Kaleah! Your book is finally headed back to you! Shd arrive on Thursday (tomorrow). So so sorry once again for the delay! 😔 3y
lele1432 @Jee_HookedOnBookz no problem Jee! Thank you! 😊 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz @lele1432 😘and happy fall, Kaleah! I really enjoyed reading books with you and getting to know your thoughts! Thank you so much! ❤️ 3y
lele1432 @Jee_HookedOnBookz thank you Jee! Happy Fall and I had so much fun reading with you as well!! 🤗 3y
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Cinfhen
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#SoaringScores #WhenTheRingGoesSouth I‘ve heard this is a dark story of a marriage imploding #BonusCoverCrush

TrishB This is a rare instance where I‘ve seen the film and not read the book! It‘s dark and depressing! 3y
Cinfhen That‘s probably why I haven‘t read the book yet @TrishB 😬 3y
CrowCAH Hmm, a nice interpretation of a “ring going south”! 3y
LeahBergen I like that cover! 3y
BarbaraBB I loved the book, though it‘a dark and depressing indeed. 3y
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Ruthiella
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If anyone had #groundsfordivorce it was April Wheeler IMO. If only she‘d had access to reliable birth control...

#RedRoseSeptember

arlenefinnigan God bless birth control m 3y
Cinfhen I own this book but haven‘t read it yet 🙄 3y
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Ruthiella @Cinfhen It‘s a good book but sad! 3y
Anna40 I loved this book! 3y
Ruthiella @Anna40 It was very well written I thought. I need to try some of Yate‘s other titles!😀 3y
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bookaholic1
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Bailedbailed

Not a book that I could get into, had to bail

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sarahjane1077
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Up next! #tbr #amreading

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻 4y
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Samplergal
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Such a good book. Very dark at the end, but a wonderful story of flawed characters.

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I‘ve been enjoying this one this weekend. I had started it years ago and for some reason, put it aside. I‘m loving it. It‘s such well written, sad, and despondent book.

DefLeppard I have seen the movie and bought the book as I enjoyed the film but haven't got around to it yet, need more hours in my day. 😉 4y
Samplergal @DefLeppard I‘ve seen the first part of the film. Again, life happened I suppose. I‘m almost finished with the book and it‘s so sad. I think it‘s a strong feminist novel in many ways. Not just the death of a dream that wasn‘t based in fact. Just sad for women. 4y
Ruthiella One of the takeaways for me from this book is how revolutionary and important birth control is. What a difference it would have made in April‘s life! 4y
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Samplergal @Ruthiella Truth! Why I give to planned parenthood monthly. 4y
DefLeppard @Samplergal so true, was a totally different era back then too. This has made me really want to read it now, I so need to get around to it. 😊 4y
cynswanauthor One of my all time favorites, despite how sad the story is. So well written... 4y
Coleen Agree with all the above. So depressing, but so well written. 4y
Landslide I also started it a few years ago, but couldn't get into it. Maybe it's time to try again? 4y
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TheBookHippie
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Sarah83 Yeah. 😍 4y
Cinfhen Congrats 🎉🎉🎉 4y
Rachbb3 Yay! I've got 2 more. 🤞 4y
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TheBookHippie @Rachbb3 SO MUCH FUN!!! I feel so accomplished 📖 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Congratulations. 🎉 Good for you!! 4y
Soubhiville Yay, that‘s awesome! Congratulations! Isn‘t that a great feeling?! 4y
TheBookHippie @Soubhiville yes!!!! I want a certificate now 😂😂😂😂 4y
Leftcoastzen That is awesome! 4y
jenniferajanes Congratulations! 🎉🍾🎈 4y
Freespirit Wow that's amazing. Congratulations 😃 4y
GingerAntics 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4y
Savedbygrace What a good idea! Congrats! Think I will have to borrow this list :) 4y
Kaye Wow, good for you ! Completed right on schedule. Did you have a favorite from the list ? 4y
TheBookHippie @kaye WAR AND PEACE!!! But many of them were so wonderful. This was lyrically beautiful 4y
TheBookHippie @kaye also this was so intriguing 4y
Kaye You certainly chose a wide variety of favorites. That‘s the great thing about books. You can travel to different times and places without leaving your chair. War and Peace is a whopper, isn‘t it ? Maybe one of these dats I‘ll try to tackle it. Are you going to do this again this coming year ? 4y
TheBookHippie @kaye war and peace: I read 27 pages a day starting January first last year. It was the perfect way. I ended on Valentines Day. I'm doing my own #childrensclassicread2019 and am going to research more classical literature to read. 4y
Kaye Good idea to split up such a big book a bit each day. It‘ll be interesting to see what books you choose for the coming year. 😊 4y
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JenniferP
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Certainly well-written, but I just couldn‘t connect to this book. The purposeful choice to stay in the mind of sexist, full-of-himself, clueless Frank Wheeler worked for the point of the book but not for my reading pleasure.

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Clevercactus
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If you thought watching Frank and April Wheeler suffer through a dying marriage in the movies was painful wait til you read the book! #litsyatoz

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Clevercactus
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R is for Revolutionary Road, keeping the Books-into-film streak alive and well. #litsyatoz #litsyatoz2018

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Clevercactus
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Current snapshot #litsyatoz #litsyatoz2018

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kspenmoll
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SheReadsAndWrites I love this! ❤️ 5y
SheReadsAndWrites I'm California. 😎 East Of Eden. ❤️ 5y
corycatelyn The lovely bones for PA? Who made this list? 😂 5y
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kspenmoll @corycatelyn Written for Tech Insider by Melia Robinson. Actually, it is a list of well known books that take place in each state. Apologies; I was not clear. (edited) 5y
corycatelyn @kspenmoll ohhhh...that makes more sense 🤦‍♀️ it was a good book though 😊 5y
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But he knew better than to interrupt her now. She must have spent the morning in an agony of thought. She must have spent the afternoon in a frenzy of action at the shopping center, racing in and out of stores to buy the birthday gifts and the roast of beef and the cake and the cocktail apron. Her whole day had been a heroic build-up for this moment of self-abasement; now it was here, and she was damned if she‘d stand for any interference.

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JenReadsAlot
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Well that was depressing....

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JenReadsAlot
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Thanks for the awesome giveaway @TheLibrarian This is my old man Cosmo! #50kgiveaway2

tammysue 😻😊 5y
TheLibrarian 😻😻😻 5y
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This is one of those book that breaks your heart because it feels incredibly realistic. The suburban setting is very common, which makes the tragedy of this story all the more tragic and devastating. It‘s a hard read, for sure, but also a necessary one.

Becca95 I loved this book! I read it back in October and have never been able to get it out of my head, such a heartbreaking story ❤️ 5y
BeckyK I‘ve yet to read this. My sister bought it me as a gift and it‘s been sat on my bookcase! I‘ll try and get to it! :) 5y
tricours I recently bought this one! 5y
wormkim First Yates I read. Certainly not the last! 5y
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GidgetsTreasures75
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From 1-10-18: #scenesfromabook Watch a Movie. One of the rare occasions that I loved both!!! 📖💖 @JoeStalksBeck

JoeStalksBeck 👏👏👏👏👏 5y
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Bambolina_81 Great book!!! 5y
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Booksnchill
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Thanks so much to @ReadingEnvy I am the lucky recipient of one of her 100th episode giveaways and I received my lovely package and note today! I actually listened to the crossover podcast episode with the ReadingWomen and so enjoyed your book selections! Thank you again and Congratulations on 100 episodes!!👏👏👏👏🎉🎉🎉

readordierachel Congratulations! 🎉 5y
britt_brooke How awesome! 5y
ReadingEnvy Yay I'm glad they arrived safely! 👾 5y
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Booksnchill @readingEnvy so nice of you- thanks again! 5y
EvieBee Nice! Enjoy! 5y
Booksnchill @EvieBee 👍❤️ 5y
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ValerieAndBooks
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Such a well-written novel — but to see into the mind of Frank is often crushing. His wife April somehow knows. It‘s obvious from the start this story will not end well 💔. I definitely want to read more by Yates. Read this for Letter Y for #LitsyAtoZ. One more left and I‘m done!

Yeah_I_Read I really liked this movie. Their struggle is all too real 5y
Hollie Woohoo! What is your last book for your A to Z challenge? 5y
ValerieAndBooks @Yeah_I_Read I want to watch the movie now but think I‘ll have to mentally steel myself when I do! 5y
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ValerieAndBooks @Hollie I‘m glad to be almost done 😊! it‘ll be 5y
kspenmoll I still have K,Y,Z to read- !! 5y
ReadingEnvy The men in this book! 5y
ValerieAndBooks @kspenmoll you‘re getting there 👏!! 5y
ValerieAndBooks @ReadingEnvy I know right! I wanted to wring their necks. The only one I sympathized with was the mentally ill adult son of their neighbors. 5y
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Moving along to #LetterY for #LitsyAtoZ. Almost done with this challenge 🎉🎊! So far this novel seems good. The movie tie-in cover is the only cover I‘ve ever seen of this, and that probably has kept me from reading sooner (have not seen the movie yet either; not crazy about Leo 🤷‍♀️)

CoffeeBooksRepeat Omg! I forgot about this challenge until seeing this lol. I have defiantly strayed from this lis lol 5y
BarbaraBB It is a great book! 5y
Bookzombie I'm not crazy about Leo either. 🙂 5y
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Michael_Gee I love this book! 5y
ValerieAndBooks @CoffeeBooksRepeat it‘s the only real challenge I‘ve been doing this year lol! In between whatever else I‘m reading. 5y
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB @Cat.snores.and.classics I think it‘s great so far. “Enjoying it” would not be how I‘d describe this b/c of the characters, but the writing and portrayals are amazing. 5y
ValerieAndBooks @Bookzombie I‘m glad I‘m not the only one! I couldn‘t really say why. 5y
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Becca95
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I‘m trying to introduce a wider variety of genre‘s into my life and I was not disappointed by this, considering it was published in the early 60‘s, it tackled subjects that would‘ve been quite controversial at the time, which is what made me love how raw and unapologetic Richard Yates made his characters.

5 stars all the way 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

#richardyates #revolutionaryroad

Cathythoughts ❤️👍👍 5y
Centique That cover is amazing! 5y
Becca95 @Centique if you‘re from the UK, you can get it in Waterstones! Not sure about the rest of the world 😂 5y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Day 25 #awesomeautumnbooks #troubledrelationship
The Wheelers dream of escape from their mundane suburban lifestyle and go to France to start a new way of life, but their attempts meet unexpected complications and their relationship deteriorates.

Cathythoughts Read this a few years ago. Very good , also chilling ( in a scarey way) 5y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I don't know why, but this one was #notforme
I tried reading it years ago and just couldn't get into it...

#jubilantjuly

peaknit The people are ugly inside for sure! 6y
chapter_fifty2017 I found it heart breaking very sad !! And for its time very true 😔 6y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @chapter_fifty2017 maybe I should try it again... 6y
chapter_fifty2017 Its not an easy read, for sure !!! Give a try but if its not for , its just not 😉😁 6y
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Devastating in its anti feminist masculinity, although the focus is usually placed more on suburbia. Only the men are allowed imperfections or inner lives ... I wish I knew if the author was trying to make the reader uncomfortable in pointing out these issues or is immune to them. My rating gives him the benefit of the doubt. Book 6 finished during #24in48

HardcoverHearts So devastating!! 6y
ReadingEnvy @HardcoverHearts awful. And her husband is the WORST. 6y
LiteraryinLawrence Good point! 6y
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merelybookish I just read this and was annoyed in the end by how much I had sympathized with Frank. When really April the desperate one. 6y
HardcoverHearts The absolute worst. I read it with my heart in my throat, watching her dreams crushed over and over again. I do blame patriarchy and capitalism (in very reductive terms)- they were both crushed but she has nothing else to cling to in that society so it was so much worse for her. 6y
ReadingEnvy @HardcoverHearts and the only moments he is affirming of her is when she gives up her power and lets him flounce around as the manly man ... they want to leave the suburbs because they are too emasculating whaaaaat .. phew. 6y
ReadingEnvy @merelybookish oh good point ... do you think the author is intentionally keeping the reader from empathizing for her by only showing her in relation to frank? 6y
MandaChittles Have you seen the film with Kate & Leo?? 6y
sprainedbrain Great review! 6y
ReadingEnvy @MandaChittles a while back... I don't remember being as gutted watching it as reading it but I have a serious block when it comes to Leo. 6y
vivastory Yates was apparently the inspiration for Elaine's father in Seinfeld. 6y
ReadingEnvy @vivastory oh really! 6y
merelybookish @ReadingEnvy I don't know. I wonder if he's just not good at writing the interior lives of women. I do feel he shows and somewhat understands April's desperation and I didn't feel like he was unsympathetic to her decision to abort the baby. But because the book is written from Frank's perspective, I felt like I tended to see things from his side. 6y
ReadingEnvy @merelybookish makes sense. I guess he made an accidental point that it's hard to empathize with voices that are left out! 6y
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ReadingEnvy
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Hmm maybe I shouldn't have used an ice cream scoop for the cookies. 🤣
I've noticed our piles and reading corners get messier as #24in48 goes on. Mine too!

MrBook Iiii like it! 😁👏🏻 6y
Ashley_Nicoletto The cookies look perfect sized to me. 😂😂😂 6y
Kristy_K Yes! My pile is now scattered all over. 😆 6y
drbethandherkindle No, you should always use an ice cream scoop and then make the leftovers into ice cream sandwiches!! 6y
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ReadingEnvy
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A reminder that Book of the Month goes way back!! (This book was published in 1961.)

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wow!! I didn't know that! 🤔 6y
EllieDottie That is so cool!! 6y
brilliantglow Very cool. Yet that's even more years they could have been available to Canadians and yet still aren't. Which is disappointing. 6y
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HardcoverHearts Good catch. And btw- That book broke me. 😢 6y
underthebelljar I saw BOTM mentioned in this book too, first published in 1974 6y
ReadingEnvy @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BookishJess I think it had a similar reputation to the music clubs where you'd order by mail. The internet makes it easier for sure! 6y
ReadingEnvy @HardcoverHearts it's pretty intense. I know I saw the movie but there is so much subtlety that it seems better in words. 6y
ReadingEnvy @brilliantglow I remember when BirchBox listened and went Canadian and people were so thrilled! I wonder what the setback is. 6y
HardcoverHearts The book is so much better. 6y
brilliantglow I wonder too. I would love to subscribe to BOTM. 6y
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Second book finished during #24in48

This book is beautifully written, but so dark and sad. It's hard to really like any of the characters, but at the same time I just felt bad for all of them.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

kaitlyn One of my favorite books 6y
Coleen My feelings exactly on this one. 6y
ReadingEnvy I'm probably going to read this tomorrow, 6y
Lcsmcat I felt the same way about this one. I just couldn't root for any of them. 6y
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sprainedbrain
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I always find these early-morning #shelfies of myself for #24in48 incredibly flattering after very little sleep and lots of reading in the dark. 😳😜

That's a shelf of some of my favorites, though, and they look nice! 😍

Lacythebookworm 😂Love it! 6y
CaitZ That's why I decided to skip that challenge 💤💤 6y
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sprainedbrain
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It's far too hot to go anywhere or do anything this evening, so I will just sit here in the air conditioning and start a new book. This was one of my summer solstice gifts from the lovely @quietjenn ❤️

It is also set in Connecticut, which is my next state to visit on the #readingroadtrip. 😃

cathysaid I love his style of writing! Great book. 6y
quietjenn Sounds like a lovely plan! 6y
ReadingEnvy I have this on my tbr to check off Connecticut for my usa challenge. I've seen the movie so feel less motivated to read the book 6y
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sprainedbrain @ReadingEnvy it's been a long time since I saw the movie, so I'm hoping I can get in to it. 😃 6y
JenP I need to get a move on it. I've been stuck in Georgia for too long. 6y
sprainedbrain @JenP I felt like I was stuck in my first two states forever... I picked some long books! 😬 6y
Caroline2 Ohhhh I loved this movie! Mega dark tho!!! 😳 6y
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merelybookish
Revolutionary Road | Richard Yates
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This is a bleak view of middle class life in mid-century America that still speaks to today. Frank and April Wheeler seem particularly lost, and Yates exaggerates the dire hopelessness of conventional suburban life and all it entails, but his critiques are valid. It's a life that can lead one to wonder what's it all for? (This book may have hit close to home.)
A few heavy-handed passages but mostly the writing is beautiful. And the ending is 👌

Lola This movie gutted me. I really wanted to read the book after I saw it but haven't gotten to it yet. I thought the film was excellent. 6y
merelybookish @Lola I'd like to see the movie but may wait until some memory of the book fades. The book is brutal too, but I went in knowing it's considered pretty depressing. 6y
Lola @merelybookish I knew nothing of the story when I saw the movie which likely contributed to how it affected me. It also made me very grateful to be born when I was; thinking about it now, it worries that things for women might backslide to that darker time of no real choices. 😑 6y
merelybookish That makes me want to see the movie because in the book we see things mostly through Frank's viewpoint. April is the less known, more desperate, and in a way, easier to condemn. 6y
BarbaraBB Great review about a great book! 6y
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Michael_Gee
Revolutionary Road | Richard Yates
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I LOVED Book 2/5 and devoured it. Well-crafted characters suffering from frustration & "hopeless emptiness" show us the devastating effects of marital unhappiness (with its "promises of failure") and the fragile male ego. Set in candy-colored suburbia of 1955 (our neighborhood of New Town, in Saint Charles, MO pictured).

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merelybookish
Revolutionary Road | Richard Yates
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"being always the first one athletically up and out of bed in the morning, so that she might never see his face lying swollen and helpess in sleep"

Whoa, you know your marriage is effed up when...?

This book offers a pretty depressing view of marriage and life in the suburbs...but I can't look away.

cathysaid Love his writing... 6y
TrishB This book was massively depressing!! 6y
merelybookish @cathysaid Writing is great! @TrishB So depressing! 6y
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