Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Go Very Highly Trippingly To And Fro & The Stretch Run” as Want to Read:
Go Very Highly Trippingly To And Fro & The Stretch Run
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Go Very Highly Trippingly To And Fro & The Stretch Run

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  9 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
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
Paperback
Published by Sparkle Street Books
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

Be the first to ask a question about Go Very Highly Trippingly To And Fro & The Stretch Run

Community Reviews

(showing 1-17)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Pete
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
"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
Larry Smith
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Tom McDade
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Second novel better than the first. Makes the reader want to go to Thistledown race track and bet a trifecta, drink a shot of Echo Spring, chase it with Genesee Ale.
Laura Nazimiec
rated it it was amazing
Sep 23, 2011
Thomas Baughman
rated it really liked it
Apr 18, 2010
Mick Stepp
rated it it was amazing
Sep 25, 2009
Laura
rated it it was amazing
Nov 23, 2011
Carol
rated it it was amazing
Jul 24, 2007
Brian
rated it really liked it
Mar 31, 2010
Melisa
added it
Nov 09, 2009
Lindsay
marked it as to-read
Jun 17, 2011
Charles White
marked it as to-read
May 14, 2013
Catherine
marked it as to-read
Sep 01, 2013
microlith
marked it as to-read
Oct 24, 2014
Michael
marked it as to-read
Oct 20, 2016
Cheryl
marked it as to-read
Oct 30, 2016
Zack Hansen
marked it as to-read
Jan 25, 2017
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
3 followers
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.