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Short Dog: Cab Driver Stories from the L. A. Streets

by Dan Fante

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Blurb........"A running commentary on the truth behind Los Angeles' gleaming façade - a life of brief encounters, desperation addiction and the chasm-sized distance between people - Corksucker digs into the dark landscape of the real America. In eight brutally-honest short stories Dan Fante takes the traditional cab driver 'knowledge' to a deeper place fuelled by raw emotion, wine guzzling existentialism and fleetingly hopeful poetic epiphanies. Here, the City of Angels' halo has definitely slipped..." Ben Myers
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My take.....

Eight short stories about a cab driver in Los Angeles. A bleak, grim existence; terminal drudgery interspersed by joyless sex, alcohol abuse and domestic discontent.
Not much to envy in this hack driver's American dream.

I've been interested in reading Fante, after some web-browsing threw up his name alongside the likes of father John, Charles Bukowski and Hubert Selby Jr.

Dan Fante - an authentic literary outlaw says The New York Times.

He has written a series of 4 books about an alcoholic writer cum alter-ego Bruno Dante, that I'm looking forward to reading;

1. Chump Change (1998)
2. Mooch (2000)
3. Spitting Off Tall Buildings (2001)
4. 86'd (2009)

On the whole; sad, amusing and entertaining and I'm looking forward to his full-length work.

4 from 5.

I borrowed this reading copy from Leighton Buzzard Library.
As a further aside, Corksucker was the title of the UK edition, Shortdog is the US equivalent.

Read and obviously briefly reviewed back in December, 2012
http://col2910.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12... ( )
  col2910 | Apr 17, 2014 |
At its best Fante's writing is my absolute favorite kind of stuff: clear, no nonsense prose with an internalist narrative focus, and stories revolving around the flawed, oddball characters that populate most of everyday America.

The one piece that didn't impress, THEBOBBY, was written as play-like dialogue. The dialogue seemed rather stilted and was sometimes repetitive. However, 4-and-1/2 stars rounds up to 5 stars in my book. ( )
  trivigo | Aug 2, 2010 |
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Fiction. In this collection of 8 short fictions the author of A-GIN-PISSING-RAW-MEAT-DUEL-CARBURETOR-V8-SON-OF-A-BITCH FROM LOS ANGELES and CHUMP CHANGE gives "a running commentary on the truth behind Los Angeles's gleaming fa‡ade--a life of brief encounters, desperation, addiction and the chasm-sized distance between people. Dan Fante takes the traditional cab driver 'knowledge' to a deeper place fueled by raw emotion, wine-guzzling existentialism and fleetingly poetic epiphanies. Here, the City of Angels' halo has definitely slipped"--Time Out Magazine. The work of Dan Fante, son of author John Fante, has also been praised by John Fowles and likened to "the genius of Bukowski and Hubert Selby, JR."--Elle.

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