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Quotes from Young Hearts Crying. Gana dinero con nosotros. Back cover copy 'Yates is a truthful and ruthless writer. He was also a master at handling compulsive talkers. First hundred or so pages generate a conception of ''Revolutionary Road'',''Disturbing the Peace'' and every other Yates drama, however the next three hundred over pages, this is his most extensive book but not the most consuming one settle the ever anticipated tragedy into something
A Little Life Hanya Yanagihara. Paris Echo Sebastian Faulks. Home Fire Kamila Shamsie. Conversations with Friends Sally Rooney. Sea Prayer Khaled Hosseini. Spinning Silver Naomi Novik. The Course of Love Alain de Botton. Back cover copy 'Yates is a truthful and ruthless writer. He intends to spare his readers nothing' Guardian Young, newly married and intensely ambitious, Michael Davenport is trying to make a living as a writer.
And the use of a dialogue heavy narrative works like a dream here. It's without doubt his strongest attribute. That, and looking at the non-fulfilment of others. It's more along the lines of a brother or sister than it is a distant cousin. For Yates, it's quite a long novel, that can looked at in thirds - we have a marriage, and its disintegration, then comes the story of the lives, post marriage, of both partners, Michael and Lucy Davenport, along with their daughter, Laura, growing up in the 60's.
Structurally, its surprising and elegant, but never hides from the fact that most characters are generally unhappy. It treads on a bitter path, rather than a sweet one. Lucy is wealthy, but Michael wants nothing to do with her money, wanting to stay independent, hoping for a bright career as a writer. Lucy has little idea how to play the content housewife, and mingling with neighbours and friends shows the sort of things she is missing out on.
She comes off better once they separate, throwing herself into different artistic pursuits - trying her hand as an actress, a short story writer, and eventually, an amatuer painter. We see now that her need for Michael was based upon this.
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Both of them are drawn to the creative and artistic life, like moths to a flame, but raw ambition on his part, and naked desire on hers. They never quite achieve what they are looking for. She finds solace in therapy, him in drink and drunkenness. We move from the 50's to the 60's, times are a changing, and both embark on endless affairs that don't really get anywhere, for Michael, he can barely get it up.
For Lucy there are sexual highs, her money enabling her to just throw herself in with some man and not be afraid of leaving. For Michael, he needs to be looked after and turns into an emotional wreck. As their daughter grows up, living with a single parent, she becomes more withdrawn, turns to drugs, and joins the hippies in California to her mother's displeasure. The secondary characters play a big role in shaping the novel, and there are plenty of them.
Some hang around for the entirety, whilst others come and go. The big question in Yates's work is whether we are being asked to see around, or beyond, the characters to some kind of symbolism, or just to take them literally. Are we supposed to forgive their shortcomings and their failures, or are they being offered up as intrinsically interesting, without extenuation.
Is his perspective metaphysical or entomological? His characters seem shrunk by realism, robbed of invention and reduced to bleak and repetitive rituals, that appear to be never ending. And that's one of the downers looking at this novel, it drags on too long, through the same scenarios. There is only so much pity one can give, before the lights start to dim. And of all the characters, michael just isn't very likable. Having said that, for readers who want to wallow in other people's misery and misfortunes, this novel hits it right on the money. Ultimately, Young Hearts Crying doesn't have the power of a Revolutionary Road, but I would still view it as one of his top three novels.
For the Richard Yates fan, it might be more of the same, but why change a winning formula? Not many writers can match his observant nature, when it comes to peeking behind the curtains of suburban life. View all 18 comments. Happy happy happy birthday to you. I mean, you kinda had a sad life, and there was that terrifying period when no one was stocking your books, although no one could deny what a kick-ass writer you were—only unkno Dear Richard Yates, I made sure to finish reading your novel Young Hearts Crying in time for your birthday.
I mean, you kinda had a sad life, and there was that terrifying period when no one was stocking your books, although no one could deny what a kick-ass writer you were—only unknown, and on the precipice of being forgotten. And I love you. Young Hearts Crying is your second-to-the-last novel , and there are echoes of your usual subjects. Michael and Lucy Davenport are two intelligent people, with quite a lot of flaws.
Girl's ambitions are in phases, for cripe's sake. I mean, hello dramatic irony. I am loving the depth of the secondary characters. How unassuming Thomas Nelson is, and how the Davenports are so wounded by this fact. Why do you do that? I do appreciate what Laura brings to the dynamics—that part where she has conversations with her imaginary sister was just damned awesome. And you know what I noticed? I see you busting out the technique. It gives the dork in me goosebumps. That made me wistful. Your language gives me goosebumps too. That made me giggle.
Oh, baby pandas are weeping at the thought, Mr. Richard Yates and a happy ending, imagine that. Then again, I might just be projecting, haha. I love Young Hearts Crying, although I am already Swimfan-crazy about you, so that may not come as a surprise to anyone.
Lastly, I apologize for sounding a little drunk. And for my alarming tendency to speak in italics. View all 4 comments. View all 6 comments. Feb 13, Mahima rated it really liked it. Young Hearts Crying is a book that lies somewhere between depressing and kind of cathartic. And if it were just the story itself which was very predictable which I was drawn to, I wouldn't have liked it so much. I read this book for the book club I and my friend have recently started i Young Hearts Crying is a book that lies somewhere between depressing and kind of cathartic.
Yates writes such simple sentences that somehow manage to move you so much that it's like you're in a haze and when you come out, you can't, for the life of you, figure out exactly how he managed to do that. It's probably not in the words but the tone of them. It's very subtle but it does manage to make you feel a certain way. And one of the most important things is probably that he's very subtle with what he's saying.
He doesn't tell us how to feel. He lets us decide that for ourselves, which, I think, is one of the best things about good writing. Yates is also, I discovered, very clever. I really liked this one passage in the middle of the book. We've covered half the story. It's as if just that half is something the author thinks won't work very well, won't really last, and he kind of fits that anxiety in Lucy's idea for a new story.
And not just that. He keeps fitting what might have been his own doubts about this very novel into the characters' criticisms of other works. Somehow this book also seemed very reminiscent of Gatsby, although you always do know that this is a different story, a different age. As far as the characters are concerned, I never could decide whether I actually liked them or not.
Michael Davenport is a minor and forever disappointed with his life poet, and as sad as his life is, it is his very flawed character which makes you pity him. Lucy Davenport is lost, so is Sarah davenport, in a way, but the thing about Yates is that when it comes to his male and female characters if what I've read about him is true , he likes to make sure we can distinctly see the women as the stronger characters.
There were, of course, a few things that were a bit disappointing, but the thing is that it is the ending of this book that holds it together. It would've, for various reasons, fallen apart under any other ending. Dec 09, Bojan Gacic rated it really liked it. The moment they are married Michael and Lucy Davenport are faced with two predicaments: Lucy info ''Young Hearst Crying'' doesn't have one of Yates' most recurring motifs- that of a destructive wife and mother endeavoring to transcend her own mediocre life- yet it exhibits the figure of a home-to-work-commuting husband and father, one whose manhood's been taking a nosedive since the mids.
Lucy informs her husband about the money on the first day of marriage; for what purpose? To emphasize her independence, or simply make her young and insecure husband fell more in secure? I wanna make this clear: Yes, there is the American Dream and its casualties.
Yes, the wives are proper as hell, with abundances of ''thank you'', ''please'' and ''dear'' clustering their sentences. Yes, all the protagonists pour whiskey as if it were on perpetual discount. First hundred or so pages generate a conception of ''Revolutionary Road'',''Disturbing the Peace'' and every other Yates drama, however the next three hundred over pages, this is his most extensive book but not the most consuming one settle the ever anticipated tragedy into something No character is necessarily appalling or morally corroded.
Their lives aren't an inescapable train wreck, the author allowed himself something uncharacteristic, to channel them through the narrative ''deprived of'' a heartbreaking moment at the end. Surprised after closing the book, by no means dissapointed, merely left in a bit of a msigiving.
First part of the novel deals with their marriage, second and third with divorce from each point of view. My mother says that women grow older and men grow mature- an unfair but a biological truth. Men can reinitiate their life well into midife crisis, have kids and simply start over. Women, on the other hand have fewer options as the double digits continue to roll. We've seen it happen on numerous occassions.
This happens to be my own conclusion about what Yates was all about in ''Young Hearts Crying''. Could be wrong, any input is welcome.
Anyway, this makes me a Yates completist, however I'm not through with him, not by a long shot. What was a kid of 18 able to construe from those book at that age? Jan 10, M rated it it was ok. What is with this guy and juvenile, disillusioned suburban couples??? It was moving, with elegant prose that was never pretentious a feat few novelists I've read have evinced and the story was troubling, to be sure, but incredibly moving and deeply felt. YHC has the gorgeous writing, but little else to redeem it, or its characters. There are too many characters with few distinguishing features who keep r What is with this guy and juvenile, disillusioned suburban couples???
There are too many characters with few distinguishing features who keep re-appearing - once again we have a couple whose child seems totally off their radar, let alone ours or the author as in Rev Road, but there it seemed fitting for the characters, here it just seemed strange - we have a whole lot of immaturity and little visible growth - we have increasingly predictable plot changes hm, a new woman is introduced, let me guess, she will be with Michael before the next page - a whole lot of objectification of women - primarily weak and unlikable women to boot - and in general a sort of, what was your point kind of feeling.
I think Yates is super talented and the writing was enough to hold me - but the bottomless pit quality to the storyline was more than I could take. Jan 31, F. The wife even performs in local theatrics. However, when the couple breaks up the novel seems to lose all focus, just drifting along through their post-married lives. Jun 21, Jeremy rated it really liked it. Young Hearts Crying is a novel about failure and hope, examining the lives of an American couple from painful beginning to painful end.
Only 'end' would be an inapt word for a novel that, like Revolutionary Road, doesn't offer a cheerful resolution. Yates's literary canon is known for underlining the quiet despair of middle-class suburbia that is masked by cheerful conformity. As a critique of middle-class life, his Revolutionary Road stands above Paula Fox's Desperate Characters in execution, v Young Hearts Crying is a novel about failure and hope, examining the lives of an American couple from painful beginning to painful end.
As a critique of middle-class life, his Revolutionary Road stands above Paula Fox's Desperate Characters in execution, vision, and characterization. As in Revolutionary Road, Young Hearts cultivates an eloquent show-and-tell narrative, almost with an autobiographical tone for third person. Michael is a poet with high hopes for an artistic future, and Lucy is an heiress eager to prove that her worth is more than her inheritance. Michael penned a critically successful poem that occasionally lulls him out of perennial disappointment. For him, it doesn't matter that he hasn't managed to pull the poetic trigger again in a way that satisfies his own impossible standards - that breakthrough poem, which later lands him a job at a prestigious university, was proof enough that he did, can, and should live up to his lofty ideals, regardless of how illusory they are.
At first, the couple seem content to live a simple, dry middle-class existence. Before long, suburban dreariness curdles Michael's idealistic blood, and then later, Lucy's. His novels are powerful, and passionate; a siren call to the soul, a manifesto of the human spirit, that will search, that will hope, that will yearn, even if it does get destroyed in the process.
I think you can do that with Yates; I read most of his oeuvre over the space of a month. I think you're right — he is depressing but there is passion there too which makes for such a good read.
I love your analogy at the beginning about reading two books by the same author back-to-back. Yates is the kind of author that doesn't appeal to me at all, lol, but I'm glad you're enjoying him. It's been a while since I've read an author's books back to back — so interesting how you can sense a mellowing over time. Must read more Yates…. I've been resisting putting more Yates on my "someday" list because I don't know much about his books that aren't Revolutionary Road or The Easter Parade, but then you review another one, and it sounds so, so good.
It's the only one I've read, unfortunately, but this one sounds really good. I rarely read books by the same author back to back — maybe I should try it. This one sounds good Rachel. I don't know why I haven't read any other Yates after Revolutionary Road! I liked it so much, and I'm enjoying your reviews of Yates's other work. This sounds like another wonderful Yates book.
I will look out for The Easter Parade at the library tomorrow and hopefully they will have it. If not then I heard you might be re-reading Revolutionary Road which I am keen to read and so will definitley join in for that. I love how the book goes off into two parts after the divorce sounds wonderfully interesting. Having a passion for something…anything, is something that I talk about quite a lot with family and friends.
I can't imagine a life without it. I think it's really cool you're reading his novels back to back like this—you really get a sense of how his work has changed and developed over time and what themes he continues on with or discards. I would love to read his work, though I only have Revolutionary Road on hand—and have meant to read him for ages. I've been wanting to do that, read three books by the same author and then perhaps a biography of the author, really immerse myself in their world.
Verity — Did you?