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The Road to Los Angeles by John Fante
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The Road to Los Angeles (original 1985; edition 2002)

by John Fante

Series: Bandini (1)

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I had a lot of jobs in Los Angeles Harbor because our family was poor and my father was dead. My first job was ditchdigging a short time after I graduated from high school. Every night I couldn't sleep from the pain in my back. We were digging an excavation in an empty lot, there wasn't any shade, the sun came straight from a cloudless sky, and I was down in that hole digging with two huskies who dug with a love for it, always laughing and telling jokes, laughing and smoking bitter tobacco.… (more)
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Title:The Road to Los Angeles
Authors:John Fante
Info:Harper Perennial (2002), Paperback, 168 pages
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The Road to Los Angeles by John Fante (1985)

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  btbell_lt | Aug 1, 2022 |
This was John Fante’s first book (written in 1933 / rewritten in ‘36 / finally published in ‘85), and I was disappointed with it. The book is focused on a single character, and painfully for the reader, that character is too self-focused, angry, and violent, there’s not much positive or interesting about him other than he wants to be a writer. This man’s mind is highly overactive, firing off in all directions that he then fleshes out with a seemingly endless and tiring number of details. After adoring Ask the Dust (often held to be his best) and loving his short stories in The Wine of Youth, my love affair for everything Fante went cold with this book. Even though it’s a very short book, the single dimension of its character just wore me down. It wasn’t until the story’s end that this character started writing, and both his mother and sister told him that it stunk. Our sweet character, then punches out his sister and leaves for Los Angeles to write. The stories of how he quickly got fired from a number of jobs—all rather boring stories—made me think of the people who just don’t fit in anywhere and was overwhelmingly depressing. All of this may be entirely appropriate, as this was all during the Depression. I will definitely return to Fante, but never to this book, because when he’s good, he’s golden, but when he isn’t, he’s …. ( )
  jphamilton | May 25, 2021 |
I agree whole-heartedly with scottcholstad's review (below) - what a patchwork stream of adolescent and sociopathic nonsense - thank god the book was short because it took grit to get through to the end - the little boy who is portrayed in the book has no, absolutely no, redeeming qualities and simply needs a good ass kicking (for starters) - although written back in the 1930s the book accurately portrays the thinking and attitude of today's (2021) "the world owes me a living" children, meaning most everyone under the age of 30. I did not like Fante's other books either - despite the frequent comparisons he is not in a league with Charles Bukowski or Eric Hoffer. ( )
  BayanX | Mar 19, 2021 |
If you have read all the other Fante books, you might as well read this one too. Otherwise just leave it be. ( )
  hvg | Aug 11, 2017 |
One of the few Fante books I haven't read. It's good. Like the other Arturo Bandini books it's tense and tightly wound, the fantasies of a young writer ramming up against the indignities of real life. ( )
  chasing | Jan 18, 2016 |
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I had a lot of jobs in Los Angeles Harbor because our family was poor and my father was dead. My first job was ditchdigging a short time after I graduated from high school. Every night I couldn't sleep from the pain in my back. We were digging an excavation in an empty lot, there wasn't any shade, the sun came straight from a cloudless sky, and I was down in that hole digging with two huskies who dug with a love for it, always laughing and telling jokes, laughing and smoking bitter tobacco.

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