July Meetup [Love]: Richard Yates: Revolutionary Road (1961)

It was close but the winner is....:


Richard Yates' Revolutionary Road (1961)


Many thanks to Charlotte Levin for the nomination :) Here's why she picked it for our reading pleasure:


"I would like to nominate Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates.

Although I joined this group to ideally be introduced to books I haven't read, I have read this and when people ask me what my favourite book is Revolutionary Road is the one that always comes to mind. I have only read it once however and tend not to re-read books but I would like to again to see if I still love it as much as I think I do. I have given it to people I know to read however, and some think it amazing and other didn't like it, so in a way I think that makes a good book for discussion.

This is what the Guardian say about it:

Outwardly successful young suburbanites Frank and April Wheeler go from mutual tolerance and boredom to violent loathing as their lives of unquiet desperation begin to unravel. It is hard to think of a more unlikeable couple, or a more depressing novel, but this corrosive portrait of 1950s American suburbia and the death of the American dream is brutal and beautiful in its appalling honesty. Hailed as a masterpiece on publication in 1961, and rediscovered by a new generation of critics and writers, Revolutionary Road has achieved a hallowed status (Tennessee Williams, Richard Ford, Kurt Vonnegut and Nick Hornby are just some of its devotees) in modern fiction."


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Happy Reading Everyone :)

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  • Graham

    Good, friendly discussions as usual. Really enjoyed the book, which i otherwise would not have read. So thank you, 1000BC(C)

    July 10, 2013

  • iain

    It was a hot, humid night in the suburbs, the heady mixture of Valium and Pimms was a dangerous one.One minute it was learned conversation-the next it was townies versus burbs.A dystopian nightmare of barricaded roads and burning pubs-the helicopters flew low over the horror.Yes, it was another Chiswick Book Club Night ! :-)

    July 9, 2013

  • Lorraine

    Fun chats - interesting debates

    July 9, 2013

  • Rhian W.

    It was my first time at the meetup and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Great, stimulating conversation and varied opinions on the book..just what I wanted!

    July 9, 2013

  • Ben H.

    Really enjoyed tonight - thanks to everyone who made it and one book that should definitely be in anyone's top 1,000. Ben

    July 9, 2013

  • Stephen H.

    Sorry, something came up at work and kept me there late this evening. Such a shame, because it's an interesting book.

    July 9, 2013

  • Jennifer

    sorry I can't get away from work, boo:( I was looking forward to discussing how annoying the main characters were aswell!

    July 9, 2013

  • Tiranth

    Apologies, but will be working late this evening. Shame, I was really looking forward to discussing this book. Enjoy!

    July 9, 2013

  • Laura S.

    Sadly, there is no way I'm going to get away from work in time to come this evening. See you all next month!

    July 9, 2013

  • Anne

    Read the book weeks ago & really looking forward to the meetup but stuck on a late shift & can't swap :( Not missing next month though :)

    July 8, 2013

  • Jane B.

    Sorry, I can no longer make it tomorrow night - hopefully someone waiting can take my spot!

    July 8, 2013

  • Helen L.

    Have to babysit now, catch you in August!

    July 2, 2013

  • Richard I.

    Sorry folks, my attendance record is really bottoming out, but on the upside, at least someone else gets to go!

    June 28, 2013

  • yoyo y.


    February 23, 2013

  • Charlotte L.


    February 22, 2013

  • Claudia

    Which ones are the nominated books? I clicked on the link but it only shows previous posts. :D

    February 8, 2013

    • Anne

      Hi Claudia, Apologies, there seems to be a glitch you need to follow this link & then click on the July Poll to vote: http://www.meetup.com...­. You can also find the poll by clicking on 'More' on the menu bar at the top of the page & then 'Polls' in the drop down. I hope that helps, let me know if you have any other problems :) Anne :)

      February 8, 2013

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