Heading Out To Wonderful
January 16, 2013 § Leave a comment
Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick is the first piece of fiction I’ve read for the new year, and I must say it truly is wonderful. This book reminds me very much of The Great Gatsby, which is one of my favourite books of all time.
Charlie Beale, back from WWII, settles down in a sleepy Virginia town and makes a name for himself as a butcher and as the stranger in their midst. He causes the greatest scandal to ever happen in the town when he falls for the enigmatic Sylvan Glass, who really isn’t an enigma at all. As her name says, she’s an illusion and a very frail one, but you can’t help but have sympathy for her and her situation any more than you can help feel Charlie responded in the only way possible. The book is narrated by Charlie’s best friend, a young boy named Sam now grown up looking back.
This book is filled with all sorts of emotions and deals with a great many topics and themes. I highly recommend this title to anyone who likes F. Scott Fitzgerald or The Great Gatsby, or just plain well-written and engaging books.