Ything is with white hot anger He is too short and man does that piss him off "His Sister Is Taller Than "sister is taller than which irritates him but her insistence on becoming a nun infuriates him She also has this sexy taut ass that taunts him like an undulating mirage in his sexual desert She nows he is a blowhard and can cut through his spun web of lies like a wise reverend mother Women don t pay attention to him except when he is heaving his guts up at the fish factory or doing something strange and unsettling To say he is sexually frustrated is like saying the pope is CatholicThere is this humbling moment as he works the line at the fish factory that is like an arrow finding the chink in his armour of rage She came with a man who had an elegant mustache and
wore spats Later I found out his name was Hugo He owned spats Later I found out his name was Hugo He owned cannery as well as one on Terminal Island and another in Monterey Nobody America Lost and Found: An English Boy's Wartime Adventure in the New World knew who the girl was She clung to his arm sickened by the odor Inew she didn t like the place She was a girl of not than twenty She wore a green coat Her back was perfectly arched like a barrel stave and she wore high white shoes Together she and Hugo walked away At the door the girl turned to look at us I put my head down not wanting to be seen by one so lovely among those Mexicans and Filipinos Working at the fish factory he always smells of mackerel He washes and scrubs himself until he glows pink but the smell lingers on his skin like a permanent *Stain It Further Isolates *It further isolates from those around him People move away from him in movie theaters He s a social pariah which only isolates him and feeds his anger He has no gear shift for his rage It s high octane fourth gear the whole way I hated him so much I could have bitten off his finger and spat in his face He revels in his anger His anger feeds him like a feast He is a pompous ass As his mother says You re nothing but a boy who s read too many books I ve been accused of that many times and was freuently told that I only used unfamiliar words to make people feel stupid but what it really was was me trying to apply what I read to my real life I wanted to try out words so that they became part of my permanent lexicon Bandini is doing the same though he uses words like bludgeons He s hard to like I ve felt brief flashes of the anger he feels all the time I understand his frustrations but as he swings wildly at the world he is childishly prejudicial against the people around him He is as judgemental as the people he accuses of judging him This book in many ways is unhinged It drives the reader on relentlessly Charles Bukowski considered John Fante to be one of his literary gods and I can see some of Fante s influence on his writing The next book in this sage is Ask the Dust considered to be Fante s masterpiece I read it decades ago and still remember the gist of the story but after reading the two books that precede it I m looking forward to rereading it with the context of Bandini s earlier life For most readers they should read Ask the Dust and not worry about the other three books in the uartet but the unflinching honesty with which Fante presents his alter ego Arturo Bandini in the earlier books is inspiring As he gives us Bandini he is berating himself as well If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at and an Instagram account I found a used copy of this book the other day and this was inscribed on the title pageThe part about fish canaries made me smile as it conjured some peculiar images of hybrid ornitho ichthyological species in my head but he obviously meant fish canneries which figure strongly in the book This stolen inscription will serve as my review because it s probably better than anything I would write I d like to find out who Whit and Chuck are maybe someone will recognize this John Fante s The Road to Los Angeles was written some fift. Sk the Dust 1939 and Dreams from Bunker Hill 1982 The manuscript was discovered among John Fante's papers after his death in Ma. The Road to Los Angles by John Fante introduces one the most bizarre disturbed and likeable alter egos in Arturo Bandini The book takes place in 1930 s Los Angles primarily the rough neighborhoods around the harbor docks We are put in the mind of a young man suffering from the world s worst grandiosity complex Bandini is convinced he will go down in history as the world s greatest man Unfortunately he s from a dirt poor family and works a fish cannery His megalomania is severe to the point where it becomes absolute comedy He is the ruler of a American Pronghorn: Social Adaptations and the Ghosts of Predators Past kingdom of beautiful women deadly revolutions exotic lands and missions of conuest The real world is an inconvenienceThe psychological depth is superb Fantenows how to illustrate the grinding gears of a neurotic mind The settings are absolutely vivid You can smell the piles of fish guts smearing the page The characters are fleshed out but what s truly interesting is how Fante instills personality into inanimate objects that come to life in Bandini s warped mind The constant tension between the magnificent fantasy in Bandini s head and the reality of living in a ghetto is done to great effectJohn Fante wrote this in his late twenties The youthful energy is apparent throughout the whole book The recklessness of youth drives him to take chances like a cocky bastard but he has the writing ability to pull it off every time Fante really captures the essence of the grimy foggy streets of Los Angles and the blue collar lifestyle Charles Bukowski has been uoted saying Fante was my god Fante is writer that goes straight for the jugular even when it comes to being a cowar It s a significant feat to get into the head and body of a teenage boy
WITH THE WILDNESS PRESSING URGES AND MISAPPROPRIATED HUNGER FOR the wildness pressing urges and misappropriated hunger for and love I reached for this slim book because it was second in a series Bandini that I had started a year or so ago full disclosure I also needed a uick read to get to my next one which my wif The white heat of a sex starved creative Italian teenager scorches every page A blinding magnesium flare an elemental torchsong to precocious youth that for all its down and dirty honesty and frustrated libido manages to retain a charm and innocence that the instant gratification of cyber space has forever appropriated Arturo is utterly adorable During each episode in his crazed wanderings through the tough dockside streets of 1930s Los Angeles I fervently wished he d been transplanted to his spiritual homeland tearing through the cobblestoned communities of Southern Italy But it wasn t to be Cooped up in a coldwater flat with his mother and sister struggling to survive the most Italian of all out of control Italian youths who needed the support tolerance and patience of a large doting Mediterranean community to flourishArturo is a one man Manhattan Project He ll exhaust you but you ll never forget him Arturo Bandini was not laughing He was puking his guts out on the floor I hated every one of them and I vowed revenge staggering away wanting to be out of sight somewhere I leaned against the wall and got my breath But the stench charged again The walls spun the women laughed and Shorty laughed and Arturo Bandini the great writer was heaving again How he heaved The women would go home tonight and talk about it at their houses That new fellow You should have seen him And I hated them and even stopped heaving for a moment to pause and delight over the fact that this was the greatest hatred of all my life Just like the first book in the saga and saga is the perfect word to describe John Fante s uartet of books about Bandini sustained anger excessive pride and obsession with women are the ongoing themes of this series I love that he had to pause and delight over the fact that this was the greatest hatred of all my life He revels in the depths of his emotions The only way that Bandini reacts to an. From the Editorial NoteThis novel introduces Fante's alter ego Arturo Bandini who reappears in Wait Until Spring Bandini 1938
review Ù eBook or Kindle ePUB Õ John FanteY year before it ever was published in 1985 The novel set around Long Beach San Pedro a There are the roads we choose and there are the roads we walk and there are the walks of lifeOh Spengler What a book What weight Like the Los Angeles Telephone Directory Day after day I read it never understanding it never caring either but reading it because I liked one growling word after another marching across pages with somber mysterious rumblingsRiotously ambitious wildly egotistic possessed with the severe angst of youth ridden with delirious fantasies obsessed with the maniacal desire to become a writer Arturo
turns his life into a bitter burlesue But erratically he continues to move to h Well deserved 5 stars This was Fante s first Bandini book which got to be published first in the 80s after Fante s death due to Charles Bukowski In the 30s when written it was refused by all publishers This book is Arturo Bandini at his best he is mean he is raw he is spoiled he has the mimimi syndrome he wants to conuer the world to write the perfect novel and get the nobel prize and all the womenThis Bandini reads Nietzsche und Schopenhauer speaks using all the latest neologisms hates the catholics and is a dreamerFante wrote this book at 25 and with 25 he wrote an outstanding novel Arturo is one of the great characters literature has ever seenThere are 2 Bandini novels but according to Alex Capus who translated them into german this one is the only book where Arturo is completely raw and unpolished He also swears a lotDefinitely a must Greatly translated into german by Alex Capus An ugly little debut with First Novel written all over it It s not difficult to see why it remained unpublished during Fante s lifetime The most surprising and disappointing aspect is how unrecognizable *bandini is here compared to the glorious ask *is here compared to the glorious Ask Dust see my review offensive and obnoxious compared to bold and brilliantFante does a good job channeling the arrogance of youth and a lot of the discrepancies between the two Bandinis could probably be chalked up to just that in addition to his isolation in the later work ie he has no loved ones to continuously abuse as he does here But it really just reminded me of my own first efforts at writing which willBANDINI TURNS HIS LIFE INTO A BITTER BURLESUE BUT
Also Remain Mercifully UnpublishedThe Differences Between The Two Novels Donremain mercifully unpublishedThe differences between the two novels don end at the protagonist The language here is much flatter not the soaring imagery and innovative flow of Dust Again First Novel understandable But there s also little to nothing that happens here and while that was somewhat similar in Dust there were still various interpersonal connections in that one not just the one way invectives or obsessive fantasies you get here Conseuently the title is somewhat of a misnomer in all but the metaphorical sense You don t see Bandini physically making his way to Los Angeles you just see the precious few events that lead to his decision to go there But Bandini himself stays largely the same from first page to last literally psychotic at times even displaying occasional self consciousness of his mental disturbance There are even flashes of Walter Mitty here though a sinister Mitty with Bandini s tendency to convert the mundane into the self aggrandizing fantastical interestingly Mitty wouldn t be published until three years after this was written But Bandini s flights of fancy unlike Mitty s hold real world conseuences Ask the Dust is one of my all time favorite books beautiful and inspiring so I was eager to read the entire Bandini saga in chronological order Sadly though I read this in just a day I didn t enjoy it at all save for a nice little interlude of lovely cheer when Bandini helps an old lady carry her bags and comes away inspired by his own goodness albeit all too briefly pp 48 9 But I can t recommend it to an the war against the crab section was unbelievable the rest was mainly annoying. Y 1983 by his widow Joyce and now may be included in that short distinguished list of important first novels by American author.