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Go Very Highly Trippingly To And Fro & The Stretch Run
Veteran novelist DeCapite (The Coming of Fabrizze, etc.) writes dialogue-centered tough-guy prose, punctuated with occasional moments of compassion. In this two-for-one offering, he reveals the whole spectrum of urban Italian-American living. The author masterfully captures the details of a culture: gambling and gamboling; "eating, drinking, eating"; Sunday afternoon pinoc ...more
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"stretch run" is a markedly stronger read than "go very highly"; they come from a similar place. both are narrated by young italian-americans in cleveland's tremont neighborhood (in the chronology of the first book, the highway that carved a nasty scar through the residential core of south-near west cleveland is just being built, although it hardly figures into the plot -- the setting is particularly rich because tremont is both more or less intact, as a neighborhood, and also sealed off a bit b ...more
This double book of Raymond DeCapite's writings (1924-2009) is a real winner, and the metaphor of winning plays well for both novels are tied to the betting and gambling scenes of Cleveland...whether taking bets, dealing cards, or playing the horses at the tracks. But both novels are really love stories of friendships and romance. For me they tell a story of how working class people (of his beloved Tremont ares of Cleveland) survive in body and spirit. Ray is a kind of Midwest Raymond Chandler w ...more
Raymond DeCapite was born in Cleveland in 1924. His published novels were The Coming of Fabrizze, A Lost King, Pat the Lion on the Head, Go Very Highly Trippingly To and Fro, and The Stretch Run. He wrote three plays: Sparky And Company, Things Left Standing, and Where The Trains Go. He was a recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Ohioana Award, and the Cleveland Critics' Circle Award.