Richard yates cold spring harbor
Cold Spring Harbor by Richard YatesWhen the Shepards car breaks down in pre-War New York City, a chain of events is set in motion that will transform the lives of the beautiful but stupid Evan Shepard, his doomed lover Rachel, and both their families. Fated to play out the mistakes of their parents, Evan and Rachel quickly discover the betrayal behind the dream, and desperately try every avenue of escape, only to find that all paths lead back to the small Long Island coastal town of Cold Spring Harbor, and to each other. But if there is no better chronicler than Yates of the quiet tragedy of thwarted suburban lives, Cold Spring Harbor is a testament to the absolute necessity of dreaming; for Yatess protagonists, hope may be all there is.
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The Lost World of Richard Yates
In the era that saw Pynchon, DeLillo and Rushdie make their names before storming the bestseller lists , he wrote about the mundane sadness of domestic life in language that rarely if ever draws attention to itself. The surface of his prose is so clear, in fact, and the people and events he writes about so average and identifiable, so much like the world we know, that it seems his books would merit a larger general audience than those of his more difficult literary peers. But that has not been the case. In a business that often champions shoddy and false work over true and beautiful accomplishments, his fate confirms our worst fears and prods us to demand justice. Across his career he was consistently well- reviewed in all the major places, and four of his novels were selections of the Book-of-the-Month club, yet he never sold more than 12, copies of any one book in hardback.
Look Inside. Aug 11, ISBN Oct 09, ISBN In this classic novel Richard Yates, hailed as a preeminent chronicler of the American condition and author of the acclaimed Revolutionary Road, weaves a masterful, unflinching tale of two families brought together by chance, desperation, and desire. Within hours, two families—sharing equally complex and addled histories—will come together. There will be flirtation.
Can any writer, in the world since , write a novel set on Long Island in which automobiles play a significant role and not prompt a comparison with The Great Gatsby?
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But this novel is anything but nostalgic about the summer of ; its portrait of that period is ironic to the point of hostility. It also concerns the family Evan marries into: his wife, Rachel, who attracts him partly by her air of soft helplessness; Rachel's adolescent brother, Phil; and their divorced mother, Gloria Drake, a wretchedly weak and incompetent woman who is always on the verge of hysteria. Evan's marriage to Rachel connects all the characters into a family group, but Evan is not quite the book's protagonist; no one is, because the viewpoints of Evan, Rachel, Phil, Charles and Gloria compete for center stage. One finishes the book without ever having found its human focus. The main action begins in , when Evan and his father meet Gloria Drake and her family by chance, and Evan's courtship of Rachel begins; it ends in the late summer of , with Evan and Rachel married and parents of a baby boy.
Evan Shepard is a young man with a chequered past when he first meets the Drakes, after his car breaks down outside their house. Behind him, he has a troubled adolescence, a failed marriage and a little daughter, but his meeting with the quiet and beautiful Rachel heralds a new start. However, after their swift marriage, things don't work out quite as planned and the stresses of living with Rachel's family, in their shared house in Cold Spring Harbor, begin to take their toll on the new couple. He simply tells the story - in easily comprehensible but perfectly pitched language". Richard Yates was born in in New York and lived in California. His prize-winning stories began to appear in and his first novel, Revolutionary Road, was nominated for the National Book Award in He died in