Disturbing the Peace

Disturbing the Peace 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

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 man s psycheHailed 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 man s psyche.To 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 quiet Manhattan lounges and his weekends with friends at glittering cocktail parties But something deep within this seemingly perfect life 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 career and his family What happens next will send John on a long, strange journey at once tragic and inevitable.

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  1. Richard Yates shone bright upon the publication of his first novel, Revolutionary Road, which was nominated for the National Book Award in 1961 It drew unbridled praise and branded Yates an important, new writer Kurt Vonnegut claimed that Revolutionary Road was The Great Gatsby of his time William Styron described it as A deft, ironic, beautiful novel that deserves to be a classic Tennessee Williams went one further and said, Here is than fine writing here is what, added to fine writing, makes a book come immediately, intensely, and brilliantly alive If is needed to make a masterpiece in modern American fiction, I am sure I don t know what it is In 1962 Eleven Kinds of Loneliness was published, his first collection of short stories It too had praise heaped upon it Kurt Vonnegut said it was the best short story collection ever written by an American Yates writing skills were further utilized when, upon returning from Los Angeles, he began working as a speechwriter for then Senator Robert F Kennedy until the assassination of JFK From there he moved onto Iowa where, as a creative writing teacher, he would influence and inspire writers such as Andre Dubus and Dewitt Henry.His third novel, Disturbing the Peace, was published in 1975 Perhaps his second most well known novel, The Easter Parade, was published in 1976 The story follows the lives of the Grimes sisters and ends in typical Yatesian fashion, replicating the disappointed lives of Revolutionary Road However, Yates began to find himself as a writer cut adrift in a sea fast turning towards postmodernism yet, he would stay true to realism His heroes and influences remained the classics of F Scott Fitzgerald, Flaubert and short story master, Chekov.It was to his school and army days that Richard turned to for his next novel, A Good School, which was quickly followed by his second collection of short stories, Liars in Love Young Hearts Crying emerged in 1984 followed two years later with Cold Spring Harbour, which would prove to be his final completed novel.Like the fate of his hero, Flaubert, whose novel Madame Bovary influenced Revolutionary Road and The Easter Parade, Richard Yates works are enjoying a posthumous renaissance, attracting newly devoted fans across the Atlantic and beyond.

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  1. Mental illness wrecks families.It destroys lives, aggravating close bonds, leaving trust in a state of disrepair.Alcoholism wrecks families.It destroys lives, aggravating close bonds, leaving trust in a state of disrepair.Mental illness and alcoholism combined leaves you isolated from loved ones you re living in a world of paranoic hallucination and illusory cognizance.She knew her next question would be a difficult one, but she decided to ask it anyway She might never be in California again she [...]

  2. Volevo uccidere JFKDifficile vivere ai tempi di John Kennedy, in un epoca in cui tutto volgeva alla perfezione e all ottimismo Doveva essere veramente difficile incarnare e rispettare i canoni dell americano perfetto, a quei tempi.Richard Yates, ancora una volta, sceglie di raccontarci l altra faccia della medaglia del sogno americano quello dei perdenti, dei falliti, di quelli che in tutti i modi cercano di tendere e di raggiungere a quell ideale di perfezione umana in una societ in cui tutti i [...]

  3. Ormai conosco Yates e non mi prende pi in contropiede con le sue storie angoscianti, il ch positivo per il mio sistema nervoso non faccio pi il tifo perch i suoi personaggi in qualche modo si salvino ma negativo per l approccio alla lettura so gi che faranno una brutta fine, quindi mi metto il cuore in pace Qui peraltro Yates gioca a carte scoperte fin dall inizio Wilder, il protagonista, dichiaratamente votato al fallimento per una psicosi, anche se non si capisce se psicotico perch alcolizzato [...]

  4. In this book Nobody really gives a damn about any one else Friends really aren t friends Parents are just interested in their children performing a role Work is not fulfilling Psychiatrists can t wait to get rid of their patients This book depicts a world that is not a good place, especially for a mentally ill person.This is typical Yates The theme is dark There are no heroes Alcohol abounds Spirituality is absent The prose is sparse and economical The setting is mainly the early 60s in NYC.I en [...]

  5. Sono soltanto un uomo Aveva trentanove anni e veniva da New York, dove vendeva spazi per l American Scientist, e aveva un lieve odore di merda di cane sul pollice In principio fu la rabbia che non poteva pi contenere L alcool, che fin ora era stato l anestetico, si trasforma in miccia John Wilder crolla sotto il peso di una vita apparentemente senza problemi ma fallimentare nella sua essenza.Un breve ricovero al reparto psichiatrico si rende necessario La voce si sta alzando troppo, il corpo si [...]

  6. This covers Yates familiar and heavily autobiographical themes alcohol, strained relationships, lack of communication, dull job in advertising media, 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 familiar.It starts fairly dramatically, and follows the subsequent ups and downs of John Wilder s 30s a compelling read As well as the usual traumas for a Yates protagon [...]

  7. Ancora una volta il tema dell inadeguatezza e dell insoddisfazione dell uomo, nonostante questi sembri vivere il compimento del sogno americano.Trasmette perfettamente il senso dell ineluttabilit del finale.Revolutionary road rimane il mio preferito.

  8. Magnifico e implacabile cantore delle umane miserie, Yates frantuma irreparabilmente l effimera patina esteriore di spensieratezza, benessere e successo della classe media americana, per portarne alla superficie tutta la fragilit , la disperazione e l inettitudine ad affrontare la vita E lo fa nel tono pacato e quasi indifferente di chi considera la tragedia come il naturale ed inevitabile epilogo del vivere umano Disturbo della quiete pubblica l accusa mossa al protagonista, che d in escandesce [...]

  9. Credo che in questo libro Yates raggiunga l apice della sua inesorabile analisi dell infelicit umana Mai ho letto un altro libro che mi abbia creato disagio in ogni pagina come Disturbo della quiete pubblica Un disagio per l opera di autodistruzione volutamente realizzata dal protagonista, incapace di reagire al malessere esistenziale che attanaglia ognuno di noi, ma che in John Wilder, pubblicitario di buone capacit , trova facile presa a causa dell alcoolismo cronico che lo opprime Ed allora d [...]

  10. This novel, by one of my favorite late 20th century writers, is a compellingly realistic story of the downward spiral of an alcoholic It s power comes from the exacting insights into the mundane existence of the characters trying to survive and thrive in modern society along a view into the mind of a man making a step by step descent into a private hell As Yates draws you into Wilder s mind, you find yourself,like the main character, unable to see the bottom, until you have made the slow descent [...]

  11. 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 the demise of a successful [...]

  12. 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 [...]

  13. Komplexbeladener Tunichtgut k nnte aus einem Missgeschick einen Erfolg machen, ruiniert sein Leben dann aber derart grunds tzlich, dass er zum dauerhaften Anstaltsinsassen wird Das Buch gilt wohl zu Recht als schw chster Roman von Richard Yates, der nat rlich seinen Tonfall drauf hat und deshalb vielleicht sogar eine bessere Bewertung verdient h tte, aber inhaltlich ist das Buch ziemlich d nn und jedes mal, wenn ein kurzer Hoffnungsschimmer auf eine berraschende Wendung aufschimmert, folgt der n [...]

  14. commento del dicembre 2011 sigh Finalmente ho di nuovo finito un libro E per fortuna sono ripartito con il piede giusto sapevo che Yates non mi avrebbe deluso e cos stato Come in Easter Parade e Revolutionary Road , lo scrittore scrive e descrive in maniera spietata e cruda, con una prosa asciutta, semplice ma affilata.La famiglia il filo conduttore che lega i suoi romanzi, e quando essa viene tirata in ballo l che Yates d il meglio di s , trascinando il lettore all interno di false felicit , bu [...]

  15. Non il miglior Yates a mio parere, lontano anni luce da Revolutionary road.La storia sembra un po la stessa di sempre America anni 60, un marito alcolizzato e infedele, una moglie apatica e inconsistente Janice qui totalmente inutile , pillole, sigarette e istituti psichiatrici.Tutto gi visto e gi scritto.Da salvare la scrittura di Yates che sempre bella, pulita e precisa.

  16. Continuing with my aim of working my way through the canon of one of my favourite writers, I recently turned to Richard Yates third novel, Disturbing the Peace Following its publication in 1975, critics considered the book to be something of a disappointment, possibly even his weakest While it may not be as accomplished and as devastating as Revolutionary Road, or as subtle and as melancholic as The Easter Parade, Disturbing the Peace is still a very fine novel It s a brilliantly realised portra [...]

  17. Non difficile capire perch Disturbo della quiete pubblica sia definito, nella sua prefazione, come una freccia scoccata diritto in mezzo al cuore fra tutti i romanzi di Yates questo indubbiamente il pi drammatico e brutale E quello che fa pi male Lo stralcio di vita che racconta quello di John Wilder, un onesto borghesuccio con un discreto lavoro che, in realt non lo soddisfa , una moglie graziosa che in realt non ama pi e tanti sogni che, come per tutti i personaggi di Yates, non riuscir mai a [...]

  18. I enjoy Richard Yates fiction, but this was not my favorite The protagonist is a jerk He gets himself tossed into a mental hospital for a particularly obnoxious episode, and goes into a downward spiral He treats his wife and family like afterthoughts, and is preoccupied with his own narcissistic pursuits The characters were decently crafted but not engaging Not my cup of tea.

  19. In Disturbing the Peace, Yates introduces us to John Wilder, an insecure thirty something ad executive who, we learn right away, is in the middle of a midlife crisis think unhappy marriage, job dissatisfaction, personal dissatisfaction, extramarital affairs, and booze lots and lots of booze But, it quickly becomes clear that Wilder s crisis isn t really of the midlife variety Rather, it s that he is flat out delusional In other words, the man is mad mad as insane, mad as addicted Mad, mad, mad N [...]

  20. John Wilder, sposato con una donna per la quale ha perso interesse, con un figlio che a malapena lo considera, con un lavoro ben remunerato ma che comunque un ripiego E con un grande attaccamento all alcol, che non regge Nella narrazione di Yates non c spazio per la speranza o per il lieto fine Wilder non riuscir a far tesoro delle esperienze vissute e degli errori commessi, circondato da persone che fondamentalmente o non sanno aiutarlo o si limitano a infilargli una siringa nel braccio Per me [...]

  21. La scrittura di Richard Yates chirurgicamente perfetta da risultare quasi asettica seppur in senso buono s intende brillante e totalmente onesta, a tal punto di squarciare veli e mostrare tutte le brutalit possibili semplicemente perch Richard Yates uno scrittore che rompe schemi e convenzioni e non si vergogna di certo a mostrare i lati pi oscuri dell essere umano.Il protagonista di Disturbo della quiete pubblica John Wilder, un uomo apparentemente di successo e appartenente alla middle class a [...]

  22. This one took me a while to get through Sure, it started off well enough, I wanted to know why John Wilder wasn t coming home But then he is committed to Bellevue, and spends the entire book drinking too much in combination with taking anti psychotics, having a run on affair deciding to produce a movie based on his stint in Bellevue He never redeems himself, his wife remains comfortable , civilized and the book winds itself right back to essentially where it began I don t like the feel or textur [...]

  23. Can Richard Yates write crap I haven t found it yet Revolutionary Road and The Easter Parade were realist 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 quite as hard as The Easter Parade, it still hit me pretty bad, and yes, there were times when my jaw slowly dropped at Yates writing skills Slowly, our protagonist loses his mind, time and time and time ag [...]

  24. Un tassello in un opera breve, che quella rappresentata dai pochi perfetti libri di Y Penso che solo un alcolizzato possa conoscere cosi bene il mondo degli AA, delle cure, dei deliri, ma sopratutto aldil dei fatti possa annotare le abiezioni che accompagnano la chiara disfatta di Wilder con una partecipazione emotiva cos chirurgica che rende il testo l autobiografia della propria caduta.

  25. Richard Yates wrote Revolutionary Road , an excellent novel portraying suburban discontent in the 50 s Disturbing The Peace is set in the 60 s and features suburban discontent in the form of a 39 year old advertising salesman who is afflicted with alcoholism and psychosis as he acts out an enormous midlife crisis I found the former to be a much satisfying book than the latter one was great, but I found the other to be somewhat dated and shallow.

  26. Yates s writing is once again perfection, to me As usual the subject matter is heavy, but utterly human I feel most at home reading his words and sometimes I can t tell if it s because of what he says or how he says it Might be both Sad that I ve finished another one of his novels eventually there won t be another first read left to savor.

  27. Such a beautiful and progressively dark read We spend 99% of the book inside the protagonist s scattered head descending into a slow and unreal madness In the final pages we see him as the word sees him Haunting.

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