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Short of his very best...,
This review is from: The Easter Parade (Paperback)
Inspired by the brilliant Revolutionary Road, I looked forward to this book. Compared to that classic, it falls short; viewed on its own merits, it's a good but untidy and uneven book. The sense of period, and the sharp attention to detail are both reminiscent of Yates' other work. His dialogue works well, and the gaps and silences in dialogue also work. Yates understands the reluctance characters might feel to confront, to push, to ask the awkward but necessary question. The relationships he draws feel vivid and lifelike.
The reasons this falls short of Revolutionary Road are twofold. Firstly, the main character (Emily) never quite gets an effective foil. She herself is a strong and colourful character, but she is allowed to drift because she never meets a worthy adversary or partner. This drift is accentuated by the lack of a strong trajectory to the plot - it moves along, but lacks the clarity of purpose that Frank and April Wheeler had - even if this was always downwards.
If you are new to Yates, this gives an idea of how he can draw character and conversation. Revolutionary Road remains, for me, the better book.