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A fantastic writer,
This review is from: Young Hearts Crying (Methuen modern fiction) (Paperback)After reading Yates's Revolutionary Road i was keen to explore his other novels and Young Hearts Crying did not disappoint. This was Yates's penultimate novel but returns to the post war period to explore the failings and breakdown of another young couple's marriage. It is not suprising then that Young Hearts Crying has received much comparison to Revolutionary Road.
While many critics and readers (and even Yates's himself) acknowledged that he suffered from having written his best novel first (Revolutionary Road)his later work remains extremely impressive.
Young Hearts Crying tells the story of Michael and Lucy Davenport. Michael is a struggling writer who refuses to accept financial support from Lucy's sizable fortune and so the couple struggle financially while Michael desperately tries to establish himself and become a published poet.
What i love most about Yates is the way in which he creates characters who are lonely and vunerable and does not hesitate to spare the reader from confronting their lives. In Young Hearts Crying, Michael and Lucy try desperately to fit in with their 'arty' friends but despite their dogged efforts they remain on the fringes of these groups and never feel fully comfortable around them. The manner in which Yates portrays their desperation makes the reader cringe and you want badly for them to suceed but in Yates's fiction this is just not an option.
Yes... Yates can be bleak, and his characters can be desperately sad but he is a fantastic writer and one you will not regret exploring.