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.More
"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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Movie vs Book
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.
Soul-crushing...but in a good way!
- Diana - Audible