Friday, January 2

Revolutionary Road

I'm not into the new smaller-sized printing of Revolutionary Road with the movie cover--those special editions bother me when the original covers are so striking. But the book, by Richard Yates, is the same inside, of course. And it's glorious.

Last fall, I was sad because the second fantastic season of Mad Men was over, and someone suggested I pick up the novel that inspired parts of the show. "Which novel is that?" I asked.

I've long been obsessed with the time period around the 50s and 60s--the glamorous dresses, crystal decanters, silver cigarette cases and perfectly curled coifs. And all this gloss meets intense racial strife and huge questions about women's rights and the changing American society. It's a fascinating time. Revolutionary Road is not a cheery book, but it is a beautiful one.

Plus, it's the vehicle that's reuniting Leo and Kate! Yes, I'm one of those crazies who saw Titanic more than once in the theater. I can't wait for this one. A preview, plus a look at two more of the book's covers, below:





So, anyone going to see it? (It gets way more dramatic, btw, I just wanted to show a sweet, if slightly ominous, clip.)

PS-Since it's movie week, I'll point you guys to my blog, where I'm giving away 3 copies of AMERICAN TEEN on DVD this week (contest ends Weds 1/7).

19 comments:

Sara Z. said...

I read the book a long time ago, and when I was watching Mad Men (LOVE...I wish it were on every day, like a soap opera) there were moments and lines that I swear were VERBATIM from the book. Can't wait for the movie!

Gerb said...

I haven't read the book, but love Mad Men. I should pick it up! And THEN I'll go see the movie.

Alyson Noel said...

Definitely planning to see this one! Love those American Dream- not quite what it seems- stories!!

Lauren Baratz-Logsted said...

This is one of the few recent movies that I'm dying to see, but am I the only one who thinks the still vid you've posted makes it look like Kate Winslet has a white carrot nose growing out of her face? Distorted shades of Monty Python here! "This isn't my real nose - it's a false one!"

Melissa Walker said...

i hear you, lauren! i've actually considered kate's nose lately. is it the pulled-back hair that gives it more... depth?

Amanda Ashby said...

I would go and see Kate Winslet in anything - she is just so amazing.

Sara Hantz said...

I definitely want to see this one. I love Mad Men. We've only had series one so far.

Shelly Quade said...

Thanks for this post. Now, I know I want to read Revolutionary Road.

stargirlreads said...

might just have to see that

Wendy Toliver said...

I love Mad Men too. It's fun to see how far we've come in some respects. Love the styles and the attitudes and the advertising angle. All the smoking makes me want to cough, though. Will have to see and/or read Revolutionary Road, thanks for the preview

Derek Knows said...

The movie is pale in comparison with the book.

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