I must admit that I read this book after seeing the preview for the movie version starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet. I knew I was going to see the movie because I'm a huge Titanic fan. The chance to see them together again was too good to pass up. Plus I think Kate Winslet is one of the best actresses of all time. If I know that a movie is based on a book, I always try to read it before I see the movie. So I read Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates.
Frank and April Wheeler seem to have the perfect life: a good marriage, two children, Frank's good job, and a cute little house in the suburbs. However, all is not as it seems. Their life is full of arguments, boredom, and restlessness. Frank feels he's in a dead end job, and April feels trapped as a homemaker. In a desperate attempt to save their marriage, they make some life changing plans, but something totally unexpected forces them to make some life changing decisions.
Although I did enjoy reading this book, I can't say that I liked either Frank or April. They are both selfish and cold. I don't know if they could have ever been happy.
As I mentioned above there is a movie version of this book that was pretty good starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, but don't watch it expecting a "Titanic type" live story. The characters they play don't allow it.
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