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John Fante (1909–1983)

Author of Ask the Dust

41+ Works 8,208 Members 147 Reviews 57 Favorited

About the Author

Includes the names: John Fante, Dzon Fante, am John Fante

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Series

Works by John Fante

Ask the Dust (1939) 2,957 copies
Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1938) 1,204 copies
The Road to Los Angeles (1985) 664 copies
The Brotherhood of the Grape (1977) 561 copies
Dreams from Bunker Hill (1982) 506 copies
1933 Was A Bad Year (1985) 405 copies
Full of Life (1952) 338 copies
Full of life (1952) 297 copies
The Bandini Quartet (1998) 209 copies
My Dog Stupid (1990) 189 copies
The Big Hunger (2000) 171 copies
The John Fante Reader (2002) 96 copies

Associated Works

Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology (2002) — Contributor — 233 copies
Ask the Dust [2006 film] (2006) — Original book — 13 copies
Continent's End: A Collection of California Writing (1944) — Contributor — 12 copies
Tales for Males (1945) — Contributor — 11 copies
Post Stories of 1941 (1942) — Contributor — 5 copies
Groot zomerboek (1993) — Contributor — 1 copy

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This one goes in the "I'm glad I read it as part of my ongoing literary education, but I didn't actually enjoy it" pile. For fans of Beat writers, existential SoCal noir (Ross Macdonald, Raymond Chandler), and books featuring whiny protagonists who think their genius is unrecognized by idiots who are out to get them (Catcher in the Rye, Confederacy of Dunces).
 
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sansmerci | 66 other reviews | May 26, 2024 |
Very dated. I can see how this was exciting when it came out, and the connection to Chinatown and other noir stories and films, but it just feels a bit boring today
 
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danielskatz | 66 other reviews | Dec 26, 2023 |
 
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hk- | 66 other reviews | Apr 12, 2023 |
I did not enjoy spending time with Arturo Bandini as a young near-destitute author in depression era Los Angeles. Everything he relates is so filtered through a self with the emotional intelligence of a gnat and only enough residual honesty to know when he is lying. His assumption that how he treats women is what they deserve is particularly distasteful, yet something in the language and the stuttering grasps at connection is compelling.
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quondame | 66 other reviews | Feb 3, 2023 |

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Works
41
Also by
9
Members
8,208
Popularity
#2,948
Rating
3.9
Reviews
147
ISBNs
372
Languages
23
Favorited
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