August 17, 2009

Yates, not Yeats

"It simply wasn't worth feeling bad about. Intelligent, thinking people could take things like this in their stride, just as they took the larger absurdities of deadly dull jobs in the city and deadly dull homes in the suburbs. Economic circumstance might force you to live in this environment, but the important thing was to keep from being contaminated. The important thing, always, was to remember who you were."
--Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road

The thing about reading this book is that it made me lose all desire to watch the movie. Those few bits of comic relief wouldn't translate, nor would the thoughts behind the harsh words spoken. Though I do love Kate and Leo, the beauty of this book is not its storyline, but its ability to attest to Yates' prowess as a novelist.