Monday, November 2, 2009

A Little Easter in the Fall

A while ago I read and loved Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates. Just recently I read and liked another of his novels, The Easter Parade.

It's kind of like Revolutionary Road meets The Best of Everything, only much more depressing. Not that Revolutionary Road was a happy book itself, but at least only one main character dies. In the Easter Parade, almost all of the main characters die, become alcoholics, or become alcoholics and then die. It explores what seems to be a recurring Yates theme of a conventional suburban life vs. a free-spirited urban life (spoiler alert: both can leave you miserable). I may be overemphasizing the depressing aspects a bit. It's definitely a good book and worth reading, just be prepared to be left feeling a little bleak at the end.

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