Author Topic: Richard Yates  (Read 2168 times)

Richard Yates
« on: June 19, 2019, 08:15:12 PM »
He's so good. Such horribly sad books containing fucked-up and cruel people. Revolutionary Road is probably his most famous book but I think others (Easter Parade and Cold Spring Harbor) are better. I like this quote from the Goodreads review of CSH: "But if there is no better chronicler than Yates of the quiet tragedy of thwarted suburban lives, Cold Spring Harbor is a testament to the absolute necessity of dreaming; for Yates's protagonists, hope may be all there is. "

Re: Richard Yates
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2019, 02:47:00 PM »
Boringly, I do think Revolutionary Road is his masterpiece, as good as The Easter Parade is. My favourite Yates could possibly be Eleven Kinds of Loneliness though, as I can't think of a better short story collection off the top of my head.

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Re: Richard Yates
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2019, 11:18:45 AM »
Boringly, I do think Revolutionary Road is his masterpiece, as good as The Easter Parade is. My favourite Yates could possibly be Eleven Kinds of Loneliness though, as I can't think of a better short story collection off the top of my head.

I boringly agree. I tried Cold Spring Harbor on this recommendation and I couldn't get on with it. It just seemed to slip and slide about the place, and lacked the propulsive direction of RR. I'm not saying it was a BAD OR WRONG book of course but it was less for me than it was for the op

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