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Ask the Dust by John Fante: Post Road #9

I liked about Fante how I felt sorry for the charitable Japanese fruit dealer when Arturo bypasses his stall to blow an unexpected windfall weeell, a deadbeat returns fifteen cents so he can get it adds up later on two dozen cookies. Fifteen and fifty cents loaned to a man who was so not good for it.

The fear and the poverty at the time bred a racist response to newcomers asl it always does and Bandini, in his interactions with the beautiful waitress, reproduces it. InBlack Sparrow Press brought Ask the Dust back into print, and the year-old author at last achieved some measure of the recognition that was his due.

I started reading this book knowing little more about it than that it was one of Bukowski’s favourites. Hackmuth himself, decides to cut off the salutation at the beginning and the end and print the rest askk it is.

I was transported back in time. Sep 28, E.

They’ll sell, some day, one day bright blind. More examples of repetition can be found in the uses the book makes of characters who mirror other characters, and in the way that racism makes an appearance. As it should be. Dec 05, Fantte rated it liked it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I would recommend this book to, like, everyone. Un personaggio buffo, sanguigno, che a vo Arturo Bandini, ovvero lui, John Fante. Le donne lo amano. It won’t shake the world, it won’t kill a soul, it won’t fire a gun, ah, but you’ll remember the book.


Notice my eyes, as. Bandini takes it, but man can he dish it out. You’ll then be redirected back to LARB. With all these things going for him, Fante was poised to take his place alongside Steinbeck as one of the era’s most important Californian writers when his incendiary sophomore novel hit the stands.

Ssk remember when I was fourteen, reading Catcher in the Rye. It’s rare that I buy a copy of a book I’ve already read, if I didn John Fante was Bukowski’s god, and “either you adore him or you’ve never heard of him. An ex-con with a reputation tries to dudt straight by working as a handy man for a reclusive actress but this is unfortunately not the wish of London’s underground crime lord.

Bandini’s aimless adventures; far more important. Blindfolded I could have acknowledged the place, for her odor possessed it, her fevered, lost existence proclaimed it as part of a hopeless scheme. She belonged to the rolling hills, the wide deserts, the high mountains, she would ruin any apartment, she would lay havoc upon any such little prison as this.


Esta es una las primeras novelas de John Fante que fue publicada en He tracks her down to the desert home of Sam, who is ill and dying. It hurt me when he peeled off two dollars, three and eight. He is a shrieking lunatic mostly because it is possible that he is the only living person all earth, that the rest of us are either dull shades or occasional fellow lost souls.

Ask the Dust – Wikipedia

Sep 09, Imogen rated it did not like it. Ask The Dust is an excellent work of art, well made and moving. For the film, see Ask the Dust film. Un giovane innamorato di una ragazza selvaggia, tanto diversa da lui, e con la quale si lancia in un disperato gioco di tira e molla, che non fa che lasciarlo solo e ferito.

How Ask the Dust nearly missed greatness

The more one ponders the book, the more it unfolds like a precious flower. Maybe he wanted to remember her where he liked himself, wild beach hair blowing ancient temptress. Ask the dust on the road and the falling leaves, ask the mysterious God of life; for no one knows such things. It could fanye been worse.