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We Are The People You’re Talking About – “Revolutionary Road” – Richard Yates

September 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · American, Criticism, Culture, Elitism, Literature

I remember looking at you and thinking ‘God, if only he’d stop talking.’ Because everything you said was based on this great premise of ours that we’re somehow very special and superior to the whole thing, and I wanted to say ‘But we’re not! Look at us! We’re just like the people you’re talking about! We are the people you’re talking about!’ I sort of had – I don’t know, contempt for you, because you couldn’t see the terrific fallacy of the thing.

To be honest, I didn’t really get into this book. It came to me highly recommended and I was enthusiastic, but for some reason it just didn’t click. Maybe I’m too far removed, but I just didn’t buy the protagonists as believable characters. Thought they were a bit cartoonish.That being said – this quote definitely rung true with me.

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