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Publisher's Summary

From the moment of its publication in 1961, this masterpiece of realistic fiction was hailed as the most evocative portrayal of the opulent desolation of the American suburbs. It's the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright, beautiful, and talented couple who have lived on the assumption that greatness is only just around the corner. With heartbreaking compassion and remorseless clarity, Richard Yates shows how Frank and April mortgage their spiritual birthright, betraying not only each other, but their best selves. In his introduction to this edition, novelist Richard Ford pays homage to the novel's lasting influence and enduring power.
©2000 Richard Yates (P)2008 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"The Great Gatsby of my time...one of the best books by a member of my generation." (Kurt Vonnegut)
"Beautifully crafted...a remarkable and deeply troubling book." (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)
"A deft, ironic, beautiful novel that deserves to be a classic." (William Styron)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 01-29-14

Movie vs Book

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This is the perfect example for me of the importance of reading the book before I see the movie. I think if I had read the book first many subtle but important points missed in the movie would have made the story much better. The movie stressed odd scenes and omitted powerful details that developed the characters and their predicaments to a tee. Plus the way a reader pictures the settings and the people never seems remotely the way a casting team will set things up. That said--I liked the book. It depicted a slice of life from that odd time period of the 50's beautifully. It is a sad book but the characters are fully human and the story engages throughout.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Diana - Audible on 04-16-12

Soul-crushing...but in a good way!

Yeah, yeah Kate and Leo reunited on the big screen for the adaptation of Revolutionary Road, and while I enjoyed the movie, please don’t let it put you off or replace your reading of Richard Yates’ tremendous novel. Sure it’s depressing – it’s about realizing your life has become everything you never wanted it to be – but in Yates’ words, in Mark Bramhall’s narration, this is a powerful depressing: the kind of thought-provoking, heart-wrenching literature that we all need every once in a while.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Wosul on 02-15-18

Thought provoking on ordinary life

Was recommended this by my daughter studying it for A level. So great to share a good book and share thoughts from different perspectives on the characters. I'm much more forgiving of the Wheelers because to me imperfection is normal and natural. It's still as current today as it must have been back then, though there are now more ways to avoid working efficiently and make illicit friendships.

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5 out of 5 stars
By John on 12-19-14

Absolute Must!

Undoubtedly the most underrated writer I have ever had the pleasure of reading!

The minute observations Yates presents in this novel are devastating and honest. A timeless tale.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 07-24-17

Best Reader ever!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I was hesitant to listen to an audiobook because I knew it would be annoying if the reader intoned things differently than I would have in my head. How lucky I was to find a book read by Mark Bramhall! He is one of the best readers I've heard in my life, probably THE best American reader! In fact his reading reminded me very much of the way my father would read books when I was a child. He is so skilled that you can actually hear the smallest punctuation marks in his voice- little things like parentheses, dashes, and quotation marks! Such a joy to listen to, I wish I could give him more than five stars!

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