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Buzz Book Club: Revolutionary Road, Section One


Welcome back, members of the Buzz Book Club! Last week I announced the title of March's book selection: the classic novel Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates.

As I mentioned before, every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in March). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.

The first assignment was to read from Part One, Chapter One to the end of Part One, Chapter Four. Of course, you are welcome to read beyond the weekly chapters, but please don't spoil anything in the comments! After the jump you'll find some questions that struck me as I read this first section.

The next assignment: Read from Part One, Chapter Five to the end of Part One, Chapter Six

Ready to discuss the first section of Revolutionary Road? Well, then read more.

  1. While the story thus far is told mostly from Frank's perspective, no one has really emerged as the protagonist, or the person we connect emotionally with and want to root for wholeheartedly. How do you feel about this?
  2. The failure of the theater company's production seems significant. What do you think this failure represents?
  3. Yates' use of imagery is absolutely masterful. I was struck over and over by this, but one section I found particularly impressive is the description of Milly Campbell lighting up when she recalls a piece of gossip to share with the Wheelers:

    She was off again, but this was a wholly different kind of monologue: everyone was listening. The urgency of her voice and the eager way she leaned forward to tug her skirt down over her wrinkled knees had galvanized them all with the promise of a new theme, and Milly savored the capture of her audience, wanting to let the revelation come out as slowly as possible.

    Are there any moments in this section that you found particularly striking?

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