Revolutionary Road

revovlutionaryRevolutionary Road
by Richard Yates
1961 / 355 pages
rating – 8 (probably a 10 in 1961) – classic

I guess this is a classic now as it’s older than 50 years – I used to say a classic was older than I am, but there really does come a limit and I passed that marker more than a decade ago.

So here, in the tradition of The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit, The Winter of Our Discontent and The Recognitions  – Revolutionary Road is about the conformity, disillusion and decay of America and its males in the late 1950’s or early ’60’s. Sloan Wilson, John Steinbeck, William Gaddis, John Cheever and Richard Yates were all so dissatisfied with something about America, their jobs, the flighty women
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