Sunday, October 3, 2010

Revolutionary Road

I have finished Revolutionary Road and found it a very satisfying read. Although published in 1961 it's story is still relevant today as it traces the demise of a marriage and the disillusionment caused by the realities of life. It is interesting that the person with the most realistic view of life and asks the most compelling questions, is the person who is in hospital for the mentally ill. The book pulls no punches about life behind the white picket fences of 1950's American suburbia and examines infidelities, unwanted pregnancies, childhood neglect and thwarted dreams. On the surface the main protaginists look to be living the American Dream whilst at the same time railing against the demands of conforming to society's expectations. After reading it, it stays with you. Highly recommended.

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