An enjoyable modern classic,
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Revolutionary Road is a page-turning, cracking-good novel that is one of the most insightful books ever written about contemporary American culture. I was initially reluctant to read it because of negative connotations attached to it stemming from the film, but I am very glad that I overcame that reluctance and gave it a shot. Yates is a brilliant writer - he writes with real clarity, with crisp language and deft sentences and dialogue. There are a number of comical scenes in the story (which are brilliantly done) but Yates strikes a perfect balance between irony and the seriousness of the story. While Revolutionary Road is known as a critique of American suburban culture, to me it is more broadly a novel about human emotions, ambitions and relationships, with themes and messages that are relevant to any time period or geographical context. The story clearly has a dated feel based on the smoking, drinking/driving, sexism, etc. and in that sense could be considered a historical novel about 1950s America, but the the messages are still highly relevant to today's culture.