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Revolutionary Road (Minimum classics) (Italian Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Yates , A. Dell'Orto , A. Lombardi Bom
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Amazon.co.uk Review

Originally published in 1961 to great critical acclaim, Richard Yates's Revolutionary Road subsequently fell into obscurity in the UK, only to be rediscovered in a new edition published in 2001. Its rejuvenation is due in large part to its continuing emotional and moral resonance for an early 21st-century readership. April and Frank Wheeler are a young, ostensibly thriving couple living with their two children in a prosperous Connecticut suburb in the mid-1950s. However, like the characters in John Updike's similarly themed Couples, the self-assured exterior masks a creeping frustration at their inability to feel fulfilled or happy in their relationships or careers. Frank is mired in a well-paid but boring office job and April is a housewife still mourning the demise of her hoped-for acting career. Determined to identify themselves as superior to the mediocre sprawl of suburbanites who surround them, they decide to move to France where they will be better able to develop their true artistic sensibilities, free of the consumerist demands of capitalist America. However, as their relationship deteriorates into an endless cycle of squabbling, jealousy and recriminations, their trip and their dreams of self-fulfilment are thrown into jeopardy. Yates's incisive, moving and often very funny prose weaves a tale that is at once a fascinating period piece and a prescient anticipation of the way we live now. Many of the cultural motifs now seem quaintly dated--the early evening cocktails, Frank's illicit lunch breaks with his secretary, the way Frank isn't averse to knocking April around when she speaks out of turn all seem to belong to a different world--and yet the quiet desperation at thwarted dreams reverberates as much now as it did 40 years ago. Like F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, this novel conveys, with brilliant erudition, the poverty at the soul of many wealthy Americans and the exacting cost of chasing the American Dream. --Jane Morris

Amazon Review

Originally published in 1961 to great critical acclaim, Richard Yates's Revolutionary Road subsequently fell into obscurity in the UK, only to be rediscovered in a new edition published in 2001. Its rejuvenation is due in large part to its continuing emotional and moral resonance for an early 21st-century readership. April and Frank Wheeler are a young, ostensibly thriving couple living with their two children in a prosperous Connecticut suburb in the mid-1950s. However, like the characters in John Updike's similarly themed Couples, the self-assured exterior masks a creeping frustration at their inability to feel fulfilled or happy in their relationships or careers. Frank is mired in a well-paid but boring office job and April is a housewife still mourning the demise of her hoped-for acting career. Determined to identify themselves as superior to the mediocre sprawl of suburbanites who surround them, they decide to move to France where they will be better able to develop their true artistic sensibilities, free of the consumerist demands of capitalist America. However, as their relationship deteriorates into an endless cycle of squabbling, jealousy and recriminations, their trip and their dreams of self-fulfilment are thrown into jeopardy. Yates's incisive, moving and often very funny prose weaves a tale that is at once a fascinating period piece and a prescient anticipation of the way we live now. Many of the cultural motifs now seem quaintly dated--the early evening cocktails, Frank's illicit lunch breaks with his secretary, the way Frank isn't averse to knocking April around when she speaks out of turn all seem to belong to a different world--and yet the quiet desperation at thwarted dreams reverberates as much now as it did 40 years ago. Like F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, this novel conveys, with brilliant erudition, the poverty at the soul of many wealthy Americans and the exacting cost of chasing the American Dream. --Jane Morris

Review

"The literary discovery of the year... It's as brilliantly nuanced as Updike's Rabbit sequence, and as sad as anything by Fitzgerald" (Nick Hornby Guardian Books of the Year)

"Here is more than fine writing; here is what, added to fine writing, makes a book come immediately, intensely and brilliantly alive...a masterpiece" (Tennesse Williams)

"I hand out copies of Revolutionary Road to anyone who will take them...one of the most moving and exact portraits of suburbia in all of American literature" (David Hare Observer)

"The Great Gatsby of my time... One of the best books by a member of my generation" (Kurt Vonnegut)

"The best novel ever written about the death of the American dream" (Kate Atkinson Daily Telegraph)

Review

'It's worth revisiting Yates's original 1961 novel...an author only now receiving just acclaim'

'The book is oppressively grim and very funny, in a cruel almost gloating way'

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'Brilliant. Without exaggeration one of the best novels of the last century'

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`Ruthlessly accurate'.

Book Description

CHOSEN BY LIONEL SHRIVER AS HER ORANGE INHERITANCE - Vintage Classics has partnered with The Orange Prize for Fiction to ask recipients of the prize which book they would pass onto the next generation.

Daily Mail

`The exquisite precision with which Yates depicts the anguish and longing of small lives has led to comparison with Chekhov.'

The Irish Times

'By all means buy your popcorn and book your seat, but pick up the paperback first'

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«Se nella letteratura americana moderna ci vuole qualcos’altro per fare un capolavoro, non saprei dire cosa»: questo il giudizio di Tennessee Williams su Revolutionary Road, uno dei classici dimenticati della narrativa americana del secondo Novecento, che minimum fax è orgogliosa di riportare nelle librerie italiane dopo più di trent’anni. Frank e April Wheeler sono una coppia middle class dei sobborghi benestanti di New York che coltiva il proprio anticonformismo con velleità ingenua, quasi ignara della sua stessa ipocrisia: nella storia della giovane famiglia felice la tensione è nascosta ma crescente, il lieto fine impossibile, ma l’inevitabile esplosione avviene solo dopo trecento pagine fra le più intense e penetranti della narrativa americana degli ultimi cinquant’anni. La scrittura realistica, cristallina, spietata di Richard Yates ha fatto epoca, ispirando generazioni intere di scrittori e dando vita al realismo sporco di Raymond Carver e Richard Ford (vincitore del premio Pulitzer per Il giorno dell’indipendenza e autore dell’introduzione a questa nuova edizione del romanzo).

From the Back Cover

THIS ORANGE INHERITANCE EDITION IS PUBLISHED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION

Books shape our lives and transform the way we see ourselves and each other. The best books are timeless and continue to be relevant generation after generation. Vintage Classics asked the winners of the Orange Prize for Fiction which books they would pass onto the next generation and why. Lionel Shriver chose Revolutionary Road.

Frank and April Wheeler are a 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 Yates shows how Frank and April mortgage their hopes and ideals, betraying in the end not only each other, but their own best selves.

'I can't think of a better novel to hand on to readers growing up today' Lionel Shriver

See also: Life and Fate

About the Author

Richard Yates was born in 1926 in Yonkers, New York.After serving in the US Army during the Second World War, he worked as a publicity writer for the Remington Rand Corporation, and for a brief period in the sixties as a speech writer for Senator Robert Kennedy. His prize-winning stories first appeared in 1953 and his first novel, Revolutionary Road, was nominated for the National Book Award in 1961.He is the author of eight other works, including the novels A Good School, The Easter Parade and Disturbing the Peace, and two collections of short stories, Eleven Kinds of Loneliness and Liars in Love.Richard Yates was twice divorced and the father of three daughters. He died in 1992.

Lionel Shriver was born in the United States and now lives in London. She is the author of The Female of the Species, Checker and the Derailleurs, The Bleeding Heart , Ordinary Decent Criminals, A Perfectly Good Family, Double Fault, The Post-Birthday World, So Much for That and The New Republic. Her seventh novel, We Need to Talk About Kevin, won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2005.

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