Saturday, January 17, 2009
"Revolutionary Road" by Richard Yates ......
Set in 1955, this novel is about Frank and April Wheeler, a young suburban couple who see themselves as different from their neighbors in the Revolutionary Hill Estates. In an effort to break out of their rut, April convinces Frank that they should move to Paris so he can find himself.
Their plan to leave crumbles when April becomes pregnant and Frank begins to enjoy his job. Their marriage seems to deteriorate along with their plans.
The book presents the idea that you are not as extraordinary as you think. It challenges you to face your mediocrity and be honest about it or else actually fulfill your ambitions.
It took me about 150 pages before I could get into this book. I usually find that films made from books are never as good as the actual book. This may be an exception.