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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

  • Title: Disturbing the Peace
  • Author: Richard Yates
  • ISBN: 9780385293327
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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. Josh on said:

      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; [...]

    2. piperitapitta on said:

      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 società in cui tut [...]

    3. Tittirossa on said:

      Ormai conosco Yates e non mi prende più in contropiede con le sue storie angoscianti, il ché è positivo per il mio sistema nervoso (non faccio più il tifo perché i suoi personaggi in qualche modo si salvino) ma negativo per l'approccio alla lettura (so già 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, è dichiaratamente votato al fallimento per una psicosi, anche se non si capisce se è [...]

    4. Mad Dog on said:

      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 '60 [...]

    5. Dagio_maya on said:

      “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 più 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 alzan [...]

    6. Cecily on said:

      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 [...]

    7. Fran on said:

      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'ineluttabilità del finale.Revolutionary road rimane il mio preferito.

    8. Ginny_1807 on said:

      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 fragilità, 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” è l’accusa mossa al protagonista, c [...]

    9. Sandra on said:

      Credo che in questo libro Yates raggiunga l’apice della sua inesorabile analisi dell’infelicità 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 capacità, trova facile presa a causa dell’alcoolismo cronico che lo opprim [...]

    10. doug bowman on said:

      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 desc [...]

    11. Celeste - Una stanza tutta per me on said:

      A breve la recensione.Nel mentre: cupo, cupissimo.

    12. Breene on said:

      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 o [...]

    13. Daniel Jon Kershaw on said:

      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 [...]

    14. Armin Hennig on said:

      Komplexbeladener Tunichtgut könnte aus einem Missgeschick einen Erfolg machen, ruiniert sein Leben dann aber derart grundsätzlich, dass er zum dauerhaften Anstaltsinsassen wird. Das Buch gilt wohl zu Recht als schwächster Roman von Richard Yates, der natürlich seinen Tonfall drauf hat und deshalb vielleicht sogar eine bessere Bewertung verdient hätte, aber inhaltlich ist das Buch ziemlich dünn und jedes mal, wenn ein kurzer Hoffnungsschimmer auf eine überraschende Wendung aufschimmert, fo [...]

    15. marco_izner on said:

      *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 così è 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 è il filo conduttore che lega i suoi romanzi, e quando essa viene tirata in ballo è lì che Yates dà il meglio di sé, trascinando il lettore all'intern [...]

    16. Michela on said:

      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 è totalmente inutile), pillole, sigarette e istituti psichiatrici.Tutto già visto e già scritto.Da salvare la scrittura di Yates che è sempre bella, pulita e precisa.

    17. JacquiWine on said:

      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 realise [...]

    18. Dolceluna on said:

      Non è difficile capire perchè 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 è indubbiamente il più drammatico e brutale. E quello che fa più male. Lo stralcio di vita che racconta è quello di John Wilder, un onesto borghesuccio con un discreto lavoro (che, in realtà non lo soddisfa), una moglie graziosa (che in realtà non ama più) e tanti sogni che, come per tutti i personaggi [...]

    19. Patricia on said:

      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.

    20. Christine on said:

      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, [...]

    21. Emma Colpani on said:

      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 è comunque un ripiego. E con un grande attaccamento all'alcol, che non regge. Nella narrazione di Yates non c'è spazio per la speranza o per il lieto fine: Wilder non riuscirà a far tesoro delle esperienze vissute e degli errori commessi, è circondato da persone che fondamentalmente o non sanno aiutarlo o si limitano a infilargli una siringa nel b [...]

    22. Librofilia_it on said:

      La scrittura di Richard Yates è 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 brutalità possibili semplicemente perché Richard Yates è uno scrittore che rompe schemi e convenzioni e non si vergogna di certo a mostrare i lati più oscuri dell'essere umano.Il protagonista di "Disturbo della quiete pubblica" è John Wilder, un uomo apparentemente di successo e appartenent [...]

    23. Gena on said:

      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 [...]

    24. Andrew on said:

      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 ti [...]

    25. Bobparr on said:

      Un tassello in un'opera breve, che è 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 - aldilà dei fatti - possa annotare le abiezioni che accompagnano la chiara disfatta di Wilder con una partecipazione emotiva così chirurgica che rende il testo l'autobiografia della propria caduta.

    26. Chris on said:

      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 more 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 more satisfying book than the latter; one was great, but I found the other to be somewhat dated and shallow.

    27. Steph on said:

      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.

    28. Mary on said:

      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.

    29. Tajma on said:

      This is the only Yates novel that I had to force myself to finish.

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