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my introduction to richard yates,
This review is from: Disturbing the Peace (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)
i saw revolutionary road at the cinema, and to be honest before this i had never heard of mr yates or been familiar with his work.the idea that people leading comfortable lives are not necessarily any happier than the less fortune of us seemed an interesting idea.so i decided to further explore the fiction of Richard Yates. Being familiar with revolutionary road through the cinema i decided to read Disturbing the peace. i found this a very good read. John Wilder a man with a good, well paid job, a devoted and loving wife and a small son. seemingly in an ideal position in life.To me it showed me how mental illness and addiction can happen to the best of us. This book had very good characterisation, i found that i could picture the people and the environment they inhabited very clearly in my mind. i found John Wilder despite all his faults to be a sympathetic character underneath his mental illness. As i said the appeal of Richard Yates work to me was how we can view other peoples lives against our own when we see them on a very superficial level and not see the pain that these people can possibly be in.There are John Wilders all around us and his story is probably more relevant now in the twenty first century, then when it was written.
For me the book lost something when he became involved, albeit unsuccessfully with Hollywood. i found that John Wilder lost a bit of that everyman quality he had about him. that said i was very impressed with this book and the simple but effective ending will stay with me for a very long time. i look forward to catching up with the further works of Richard Yates in the future.