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One sexually mortifying scene that centres on the word 'manipulating' I won't spoil it for you had me laughing so hard and loud for about ten minutes that I had to stifle myself so my family wouldn't think I was weeping inconsolably in the next room.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, one scene had me taking five minute breaks between paragraphs so I wouldn't vomit I can handle tons of violence - Cormac McCarthy is one of my all-time favourite authors after all - but I'm squeamish about slow, detailed cut-and-bleed scenes. And some passages made me feel nearly as depressed as the protagonist felt. If you can get past the 'dirty' tone of the novel, this is a tremendous and enlightening read. It gives away a few plot developments that would have shocked me much more if I'd not known they were coming.
Thankfully, they still retained a punch even though I kept anticipating them. The same goes for Wakefield's own foreword if you have that edition.
These are much more meaningful when read afterward anyway and provide a nice 'cool down' from the emotional impact of the novel. Mar 09, Kelly Carter added it. So far, I can't stand the main character, but it's fascinating to read about what Indianapolis was like in the s. Mar 30, Mike Cuthbert rated it liked it. This is a curiously skewed piece of sexual Americana, set in post-Korean War Indianapolis. Sonny and Gunner are out of the service and investigating things to do next.
Mostly, given the lack of ambition of both of them, they look for sexual conquests, easier for Gunner than Sonny. It was assumed by all that Gunner was sleeping with the girl of his choice and he usually was; Sonny more often slept alo This is a curiously skewed piece of sexual Americana, set in post-Korean War Indianapolis.
It was assumed by all that Gunner was sleeping with the girl of his choice and he usually was; Sonny more often slept alone. The time isthe summer of their release.
Gunner is returning from Japan, enjoying geishas and a good life for a soldier. They meet on the train going back to Indianapolis to their parents and their futures. She is also a fervent member of the Moral Re-Armament Movement though she still has her hair done regularly.
After weeks of not getting a break with women, Sonny meets a delicious young thing at a party and everything proceeds as it should until time for consummation. The result of the failure is dire as the plot takes a very dark turn.
But time is running out. Decisions must be made. Gunner and Sonny have their own crises to deal with as the novel winds to a conclusion and summer ends. Going All the Way may be the title of the novel but it is hardly an apt description of the events.
There is a lot of beer-drinking and horseplay the year is when horseplay was still in fashion but not much growth. The tone is genial, the characters sympathetic and even pathetic at times, but Wakefield does not compel us to care very much for his two main characters. That nobody else does either may suggest some possible remedies for the author, a distinguished writer later in his career.
Nov 17, Luke rated it really liked it. I read this because the forward to the book was included in Kurt Vonnegut's book Foma, Wampeters, and Grandfallons, a collection of his non-fiction writing. Being a big fan, I trusted K. Vonnegut's judgment, Were Going All The Way. After the first few pages I was disappointed that it read nothing like Vonnegut.
I was also disappointed that I didn't find any of the "belly laughs" Kurt Vonnegut so gleamingly wrote about. However, once I was 3 or 4 chapters deep I started to really like the characters and care what happene I read this because the forward to the book was included in Kurt Vonnegut's book Foma, Wampeters, and Grandfallons, a collection of his non-fiction writing. However, once I was 3 or 4 chapters deep I started to really like the characters and care what happened to him.
The main character is a hapless, sex crazed yet sexually unfulfilled young man with low self-esteem. Though I don't readily identify with this character, I think he resonates with in ways that I'm not quick to admit to myself; and I'd wager he also resonates with any person who has been a 15 year old boy.
Recommended if you have some time to kill and would like an interesting easy read Nov 25, Paul rated it really liked it. A book by an Indianapolis bred author, about Indianapolis in the '50s. Two recent veterans of the Korean War, former high school classmates, hook up together. One a noted athlete, the other a bit of a nerd.
I read the book because the person upon whom the athlete is based, a college classmate of mine, told me about it. The ex-athlete is a painter and film producer who has lived in Greenwich Village for many years and was in Shortridge with the author. The preface is by K. Vonnegut, another Short A book by an Indianapolis bred author, about Indianapolis in the '50s. Vonnegut, another Shortridge guy they both hung out with while he lived. I've read several Wakefield novels, and find him a good craftsman with an ear for spoken language.
His characters live as distinct individuals. My one, ongoing criticism of this book is the visual similarity of the names of the two protagonists, Sonny and Gunner. For me, it was easy to confuse the dialogue tags after a while.
Something like Norman and Max would have been better. Mar 23, Mark rated it really liked it Were Going All The Way fiction. I read this just out of high school or very close to then anyway- a ridiculously silly half-memoir of a guy growing up in dull old Indianapolis Vonnegut said the book ought have been titled "Getting Laid in Indianapolis" - Funny for me since I had no problems of the like at the time, living in the bay area, about a decade after this book is set- in the greaser years of the late-mid 50's when car jocks trying to be cool nursed deep neuroses beneath the sweat and swagger- like these guys!
I don't I read this just out of high school or very close to then anyway- a ridiculously silly half-memoir of a guy growing up in dull old Indianapolis Vonnegut said the book ought have been titled "Getting Laid in Indianapolis" - Funny for me since I had no problems of the like at the time, living in the bay area, about a decade after this book is set- in the greaser years of the late-mid 50's when car jocks trying to be cool nursed deep neuroses beneath the sweat and swagger- like these guys!
I don't want to spoil anybody on this, only to say it's more or less a period piece and probably inspired more "nostalgia culture" than Sha Na Na, American Graffiti and "Happy Days" will ever care to admit to. May 17, Rosie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: fiction fans.
Shelves: fiction. A sex-filled book that isn't actually about sex. I really liked the Indianapolis setting! At the end of the audiobook, Kurt Vonnegut Indy native and friend of the author weirdly trashes Indianapolis. His estimation of the city is clearly based on decades past. I took the author's view of life in Indy as being told by a twenty-something eager to escape the city of his birth - a universal sentiment.
Vonnegut makes it sound like the author meant for the characters to be running from the Midwest. I found that really odd - a bizarre, elitist take on where the majority of the country leads fulfilling lives. I enjoyed the book, but Vonnegut's speech was off-base and says more about him than it does the book.
Jan 29, Bill rated it really liked it. May 24, Sarah Wagner rated it liked it Shelves: classics. I really want to quip about this book being a page discussion of sexual dysfunction. The main character, Sonny Burns, is a soldier returned from the Korean War although he never left the US during his service to his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana.
As a resident of Indiana, I really enjoyed the local references throughout this book and the historical period it evoked. I could sympathize with Sonny to a degree, but one of his problems in his failed relationships is a focus on women as bed I really want to quip about this book being a page discussion of sexual dysfunction. I could sympathize with Sonny to a degree, but one of his problems in his failed relationships is a focus on women as bedroom partners and not people, which I suspect contributed to his dysfunctions throughout the book.
Apr 06, Joy rated it did not like it. This book is a look back to the ideals of the 50s. It's about a young man waiting for the real world to hit him. Unfortunately, I could not bring myself to connect with the main character. I found him an utterly pathetic and stagnant character. His sexual confusion is supposed to be funny, but you end up pitying him and then finding him absolutely revolting. At the end, I think Wakefield intends for Sonny to have a dramatic shift, but the reader really can't tell any difference.
This is an endin This book is a look back to the ideals of the 50s. This is an ending that makes the book very sad and depressing. May 03, Surreysmum rated it did not like it Shelves: general-fiction Catchy title, eh? And probably about the best thing going for the book, although it has a certain easy style and captures in an almost painfully accurate way the mundane goings-on of reg'lar folks in the reg'lar Mid-West Canada or the U. But what it chronicles - and in chronicling, celebrates - is precisely that sort of late-teen masculine befuddlement, that incessant drive after sex, and the amazing?
Maybe I would've enjoyed it when I was Sep 13, Brad rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction. Despite the title this is a book, fundamentally, about the angst of youth. For many, that period of college after you graduate and before you get a career.
The suspended animation of thinking that "real" life has not yet begun and wondering what it will be like. The whole story takes place in the summer of and centers around the narrator Sonny and his friend Gunner. Dan Wakefield does a great job of capturing the feelings of drift and how it feels for everyone no matter what your age or condi Despite the title this is a book, fundamentally, about the angst of youth.
Dan Wakefield does a great job of capturing the feelings of drift and how it feels for everyone no matter what your age or condition. Aug 01, Tina rated it it was ok Shelves: book-club. Our book club chose this book because a park in Indianapolis was recently named after Dan Wakefield and we had never read the Hoosier author.
I enjoyed reading about Indiana landmarks and picturing the actual locations he referenced in the book. I enjoyed it as a period piece. I haven't read much set in the s. The main character was not very likable, which might have been Wakefield's point.
As a mother of a teenage daughter, I am now leary of all teenage boys, if they are anything like the b Our book club chose this book because a park in Indianapolis was recently named after Dan Wakefield and Were Going All The Way had never read the Hoosier author.
As a mother of a teenage daughter, I am now leary of all teenage boys, if they are anything like the boys in the book. Jan 12, Kirsten rated it liked it. The best reason to read Going All The Way is not because it is fabulous writing or even that great of a story. In fact, the main character isn't even very likeable.
But if you grew up in the Midwest, especially Indianapolis, you really ought to read it. It is a portrait of the city in the s which was at the time controversial enough here that Wakefield couldn't come back for thirty years.
Feb 16, Grant Talabay rated it it was amazing. If you are from the Midwest and desire a great coming of age story that is more sultry than sweet, this is the book for you! Set in Indianapolis, the story holds true to the geography of the city.
The characters visit real landmarks, drink in real bars and attend real colleges and institutions. I can't recommend this book enough, especially to my Midwestern friends!
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