Disturbing the Peace (DOWNLOAD)
Moments of happiness in the other novels and stories that I ve read where there s always an awesome foreboding doom I can t recommend Yates highly He s not even in the genre that I typically like I m inclined to like maximalists but his high level of crafted and sophisticated story telling seems to HIT NERVES AND BONES AND HEART EVERY TIME WHICH nerves and bones and heart every time which all I can really ask for from an author This covers Yates familiar and heavily autobiographical themes alcohol strained relationships lack of communication dull ob for from an author This covers Yates familiar and heavily autobiographical themes alcohol strained relationships lack of communication dull ob advertisingmedia amateur dramatics time in the army depression etc and takes it to new depths the descent into madness Yet as ever he finds a new slant so the story is simultaneously fresh and familiarIt starts fairly dramatically and follows the subseuent ups and downs of John Wilder s 30s a compelling read As well as the usual traumas for a Yates protagonist issues arising from the church parental expectations and physical inferiority are also thrown into the mix John Wilder wants to find order in chaos and glimpses the redemptive power of self esteem yet is always striving for something of which he is not uite sure sometimes exacerbated by a compulsion to say the worst about himselfThe strength of this book is in the plot and slightly less in the language than some of his others a spindly Christmas tree is too obvious a metaphor though the slope of his back must have been elouent was a striking image Nevertheless this is polished than Young Hearts Crying and certainly has layers Yates analysing himself through the story of a character undergoing analysis and unburdening himself by writing about it Charlie Kaufman should film it Yates Mastery at Mounting the Malaise as the Reader Barrels Toward the Raw Knuckled ReckoningJust like Revolutionary Road this Yates novel is a marvel in melancholy An amalgam of assholes and alcoholics engaging in adultery and yet the characters are largely identifiable aside from their noncha. N’s psycheTo all appearances John Wilder has all the trappings of success circa 1960 a promising career in advertising a loving family a beautiful apartment even a country home John’s evenings are spent with associates at uiet Manhattan lounges and his weekends with friends at glittering cocktail parties But something deep within this seemingly perfect lif.
Richard Yates È 8 READ & DOWNLOADCan Richard Yates write crap I haven t found IT YET REVOLUTIONARY ROAD AND THE EASTER PARADE WERE yet Revolutionary Road and The Easter Parade were masterpieces that everyone who enjoyed Mad Men should pretty much be forced to read at gunpoint and his short stories reach high peaks indeed And while Disturbing the Peace didn t hit me uite as hard as The Easter Parade it still hit me pretty bad and yes there were times when my aw slowly dropped at Yates writing skills Slowly our protagonist loses his mind time and time and time again The depictions of mental illness are at times painful to read and they re horrifically accurate and yet there is no tedium Each loss each failure still hurts This is Thomas Hardy level bleak people but twice as good I know Richard Yates novels are very similar I know he has posthumously become the poster boy of hipster kid literature but I don t care because he writes so well I am actually really happy he is back in fashion because at the time of his death in the early 90s his books were out of print I didn t enjoy this title as much as Eleven Kinds of Loneliness or Revolutionary Road but it was still a great read I m sure Yates could turn the act of making a cup of tea into a dark tense discussion of middle class malaise About a week or two ago the guy I intern for passed down a copy of Yates Revolutionary Road which absolutely hooked me on Yates writing He s incredibly economical and precise while also being almost gymnastic a term my old man gives for his favorite writers but I find it fitting here too I read Easter Parade following Revolutionary Road then a few of the short stories from The Collection and now Disturbing the Peace It s strange to say since this is a story about Peace It s strange to say since this is a story about demise of a successful man into bleak and oppressive insanity but this is by far the most fun of Yates work that I ve read so far There is a ubilation in the insanity and a real sense of pleasure when John Wilder regains his composure where there isn t the same. Hailed as “America’s finest realistic novelist” by the Boston Globe Richard Yates author of Revolutionary Road garnered rare critical acclaim for his bracing unsentimental portraits of middle class American life Disturbing the Peace is no exception Haunting troubling and mesmerizing it shines a brilliant unwavering light into the darkest recesses of a ma.
inexorably as you all but hear a timer tick toward a terrible reckoning John C JC is a successful but bored ad sales man After a trip to a distillers convention he makes a veiled threat to ust end it all for him his wife and son His friend Paul is called by John s wife Janice to head to the tavern to check on John In a memorable seuence John complains to Paul I m not even 36 and I feel old as God Tell me something why do you suppose we both married homely women John continues I guess I settled on Janice because she had these wonderful big tits when she was younger Figured I could forget the rest of her the short legs the fullback shoulders and the face and The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes just bury myself in those tits foreverbut to Paul what s your story How come you ended up with an alligator like NatalieAfter the threat John C ends up for about 4 days in Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital He is released tries AA a psychiatrist has affairs tries to patch up things with his wife for the benefit of his teenage son his silver spooned paramour gets him involved in a screenplay about his Bellevue visit and he leaves his wife to head to Hollywood with his young paramour to get the story produced All downhill from thereAs Blake Bailey Yates biographer said in noting that Yates books have never been commercially successful Yates has long been considered a writer s writer but not because Yates writing is esoteric or inaccessible it s not but because his books are too damn depressing for the general reader While I m probably a better reader and writer for my experience with two Richard Yates novels I d be lying if I said it was not hard as hell pressing on toward the conclusion of each due to the malaise mounting from what I d read already. E has long since gone wrong Something has disturbed John’s fragile peace and he can no longer find solace in fleeting affairs or alcohol The anger the drinking and the recklessness are building to a crescendo and they’re about to take down John’s family and his career What happens next will send John on a long strangeourney at once tragic and inevitabl.stands inexorably as you all but hear a timer tick toward a terrible reckoning John C JC