Sunday, April 26, 2009

Revolutionary Road

This will be a short blog about my suburbia paranoia.

Revolutionary Road is a gut-wrenching novel written in 1961, long before mainstream criticism of the White Flight to the suburbs. Richard Yates' character development is impressive. At once, you simultaneously detest, empathize with and cheer for both Frank and April Wheeler. The fights between these two harbor an intensity that speaks to a long history of misplaced resentment.

In short, it's terrifying.

More terrifying than any sci-fi, thriller or horror novel I've read.

If you've lived in a metropolitan area, ever, you know what I'm talking about. Suburbia Paranoia. In DC, living in NOVA means convenience, strip malls, moving into a rich man's house in the middle of nowhere, a long commute, staying home with the kids, and eventual death by suburbia.

We're waiting for the movie to come to Netflix, but if you've seen it, let me know if it's any good.

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