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Le d hote and great lover f ravishing beautiful exotic saccharine and constellation like women in all parts When You Lose Your Job of the world in every cornerf the globe women in Bombay India land f the Taj Mahal f Gandhi and Buddha women in Naples land f Italian art and Italian fantasy women in the Riviera women at Lake Banff women at Lake Louise in the Swiss Alps at the Ambassador Coconut Grove in Los Angeles California women at the famed Pons Asinorum Huh in Europe this same Arthur Banning etc etc etcThere I couldn t even bear to type in the whole first sentence Although I like some f Fante s later work I think Road to Los Angeles should probably have stayed unpublished uite frankly the Fantastic Post Office 03 only reason I read the book through to the end was 1 it was short and 2 I was expecting the main character to have the sht kickedut him by someone who tired Tim Crouch of his jejune antics There are the roads we choose and there are the roads we walk and there are the walksf 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 ne growling word after another marching across pages with somber mysterious rumblingsRiotously ambitious wildly egotistic possessed with the severe angst f youth ridden with delirious fantasies Drawing the Human Head obsessed wit 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 anutstanding novel Arturo is Twin Block Functional Therapy: Applications in Dentofacial Orthopedics onef the great characters literature has ever seenThere are 2 Bandini novels but according to Alex Capus who translated them into german this DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle one is thenly 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 ver 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 the Dust see my review ffensive and bnoxious compared to bold and brilliantFante does a good job channeling the arrogance f youth and a lot Dead Man Riding (Nell Bray, 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 lovednes to continuously abuse as he does here But it really just reminded me f my wn first efforts at writing which will also remain mercifully unpublishedThe differences Between The Two Novels Don T End At The Protagonist the two novels don t end at the protagonist language here is much flatter not the soaring imagery and innovative flow f 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 ne not just the Pontius Pilate one way invectivesr Livin de Life obsessive fantasies you get here Conseuently the title is somewhatf 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 Aeralis occasional self consciousnessf his mental disturbance There are even flashes f 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 f fancy unlike Mitty s hold real world conseuences Ask the Dust is Academic Inbreeding and Mobility in Higher Education: Global Perspectives onef my all time books beautiful and so I was eager to read the entire Bandini saga in chronological rder Sadly though and inspiring so I was eager to read the entire Bandini saga in chronological rder Sadly though read this in just a day I didn t enjoy it at all save for a nice little interlude The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta: California's Gold Rush Bandit of lovely cheer when Bandini helps anld lady carry her bags and comes away inspired by his Limey Gumshoe own goodness albeit all too briefly pp 48 9 But I can t recommend it to anyone except for Fante completists andther writers and I hope Wait Until Spring Bandini will be closer in uality to its successor than its predecessor You can t blame Fante for this Maritime Academy Graduate: Memoir Of A Third Mate one though because though he wrote it he also recognized after the fact that it shouldn t be published It s disrespectful in a way for his estate to have published it posthumously Fante certainly had everypportunity to do it himself so you have to assume he deliberately decided not to And something f such inferior uality can nly serve to diminish his legacy So while it may be valuable as an Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen objective recordf Fante s literary transformation that s probably the Dressed for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween Costumes and Masquerade only way it should be read and appreciatedUpdate after perusingther reviews It s striking how many people loved this book yet Harcourt School Publishers Collections outf all the positive reviews almost none From Paella to Porridge: A Farewell to Mallorca and a Scottish Adventure of them mention Ask the Dustr they admit this being the first Fante book they ve read For those waffling On Toby's Terms on Fante do yourself a favor and read Dust FIRST then this then decide what you thinkf this ne If you put the two books side by side they re not even close in uality and it seems like the people who really admire this book are doing it without the context f Fante Sk the Dust 1939 and Dreams from Bunker Hill 1982 The manuscript was discovered among John Fante's papers after his death in Ma. Arturo Bandini was not laughing He was puking his guts Max Lerner: Pilgrim in the Promised Land outn the floor I hated every ne f them and I vowed revenge staggering away wanting to be Indiscretion outf 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 Indiscretion over the fact that this was the greatest hatredf all my life Just like the first book in the saga and saga is the perfect word to describe John Fante s uartet f books about Bandini sustained anger excessive pride and bsession with women are the Soul Dust ongoing themesf this series I love that he had to pause and delight The Dyfed Enigma: Unidentified Flying Objects in West Wales over the fact that this was the greatest hatredf all my life He revels in the depths 6S: The 6S Review, Issue 2 of his emotions Thenly way that Bandini reacts to anything is with white hot anger He is too short and man does that piss him Blackbird off His sister is taller than him which irritates him but her insistencen becoming a nun infuriates him She also has this sexy taut ass that taunts him like an undulating mirage in his sexual desert She knows he is a blowhard and can cut through his spun web Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland 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 factoryr 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 Surly Bonds of rage She came with a man who had an elegant mustache and wore spats Later I foundut his name was Hugo He Sex, Lies, and Videotape owned the cannery as well asne The Sanford Guide to Hepatitis Therapy 2016-2017 on Terminal Island and another in Monterey Nobody knew who the girl was She clung to his arm sickened by thedor I knew she didn t like the place She was a girl Syzygy: Reflections on the Monastery of the Seven Rays 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 byne so lovely among those Mexicans and Filipinos Working at the fish factory he always smells f mackerel He washes and scrubs himself until he glows pink but the smell lingers n his skin like a permanent stain It further isolates him from those around him People move away from him in movie theaters He s a social pariah which Whore Stories: A Revealing History of the World's Oldest Profession only isolates him and feeds his anger He has no gear shift for his rage It s highctane fourth gear the whole way I hated him so much I could have bitten ff 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 his anger His anger feeds him like #a feast He is a pompous ass As his mother says You nothing but a boy #feast He is a pompous ass As his mother says You nothing but a boy s read too many books I ve been accused f that many times and was freuently told that I nly 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 ut words so that they became part We, the People: Of Earth Elders of my permanent lexicon Bandini is doing the same though he uses words like bludgeons He s hard to like I ve felt brief flashesf 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 Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition of judging him This book in many ways is unhinged It drives the readern relentlessly Charles Bukowski considered John Fante to be مترو onef his literary gods and I can see some f Fante s influence n his writing The next book in this sage is Ask the Dust Considered To Be Fante to be Fante masterpiece I read it decades ago and still remember the gist The Windy Season of the story but after reading the two books that precede it I m looking forward to rereading it with the contextf Bandini s earlier life For most readers they should read Ask the Dust and not worry about the ther 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 f my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at and an Instagram account I found a used copy A Month of Sundays of this book thether day and this was inscribed n the title pageThe part about fish canaries made me smile as it conjured some peculiar images f hybrid Beneath the Jolly Roger ornitho ichthyological species in my head but hebviously 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 ut who Whit and Chuck are maybe someone will recognize this John Fante s The Road to Los Angeles was written some fifty year before it ever was published in 1985 The novel set around Long Beach San Pedro and Wilmington near the Los Angeles Harbor is an autobiographical story about the author s alter ego Arturo Gabriel Bandini Unfortunately the young Bandini is plain and simple a twit He uses big words he doesn t understand refers to authors like Nietzsche and Schopenhauer whom he likewise does not understand and acts in a condescending and supercilious way toward everyone from shopkeepers and employers to his mother and sister He pretends to be a writer but the sample that appears in this book is laughably bad It beginsArthur Banning kind f sounds like Arturo Bandini doesn t it the multi millionaire il dealer tour de force prima facie petit maitre tab. From the Editorial NoteThis novel introduces Fante's alter ego Arturo Bandini who reappears in Wait Until Spring Bandini 1938 Masterpiece In ther words believe me and not them How s that for a final Bandini esue flourishNot Bad Reviewsblakerosser1 the war against the crab section was unbelievable the rest was mainly annoying The Road to Los Angles by John Fante introduces Pig onef the most bizarre disturbed and likeable alter egos in literature 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 Scipio Rising (Scipio Africanus 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 rulerf a kingdom f beautiful women deadly revolutions exotic lands and missions f conuest The real world is an inconvenienceThe psychological depth is superb Fante knows how to illustrate the grinding gears Rim of the Pit (Rogan Kincaid, of a neurotic mind The settings are absolutely vivid You can smell the pilesf fish guts smearing the page The characters are fleshed They Also Serve out but what s truly interesting is how Fante instills personality into inanimatebjects that come to life in Bandini s warped mind The constant tension between the magnificent fantasy in Bandini s head and the reality Conversations From The Neighborhood Ice Cream Shop: 8 Keys To Rediscovering Lost Dreams And Finding Your Life's Calling 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 recklessnessf youth drives him to take chances like a cocky bastard but he has the writing ability to pull it No Time for Sergeants off every time Fante really captures the essencef the grimy foggy streets f 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 coward He s a writer that throws dog shit at the church The Road to Los Angles is a book that swings hard with crude impact and special brand f finesse Teenage angst just isn t done this good any It s a significant feat to get into the head and body f a teenage boy with the wildness pressing urges and misappropriated hunger for knowledge and love I reached for this slim book because it was second in a series Bandini that I had started a year r so ago full disclosure I also needed a uick read to get to my next ne which my wife was reading The rambling stream f consciousness Large Catechism of Martin Luther of an 18 yearld with an Junior Jolt overly active imagination was at first unsettling I realized why Bukowski liked it with the unabashed utterance it gives to thoughts teeteringn madness It is astonishing that this was published in the 1930 s surely far ahead Ceux de la posie vcue of its time for American authors The leaflet says this was not published in real time but cobbled together into book form posthumously after thether two in the series were published Nonetheless it is a wild romp through the mind f an 18 year ld father less boy in Los Angeles who s wild fantasies bring him much anguish in real life but who stubbornly feeds them and unabashedly follows where they lead At times they were Walter Mitty like where he is the exalted lover savior etc What is truly hilarious about this book is the author s assumption f the character f an Troublemaker:: One Man's Crusade Against China's Cruelty over read uneducated boy who uses long words poorly understood from his readingsf Schopenhauer Nietzsche etc and what young man doesn t find fascination here This aspect is a clever device BY FANTE SHOWING US THE CONFLICT OF EGO IN Fante showing us the conflict tireless: of ego in boy who is blissfullyut Teach Them Spanish!, Grade 1 of context and absolutely intolerable to be around Mental illness andbsession are clearly issues hereBut this is a fun book and the characters as viewed through the lens Toque de Veludo of this l enfante terrible as he takes in his cannery boss p 55 This man was Shorty Naylor He was much smaller than I was He was very thin His collarbones stuckut He had not teeth worth mentioning in his mouth nly ne Kaleidoscope or two which were worse than nothing His eyes were like agedysers The Four Racketeers on a sheetf newspaper Tobacco juice caked the corners f his mouth like dry chocolate His was the look f a rat in waiting It seemed he had never been Phantoms Monsters: Mysterious Encounters out in the sun his face was so grey Hedidn t look at my face but at my belly I wondered what he saw there And momentsf blissful freedom finally from Smithereens our warped protagonist p 120 I felt deliriously and impossibly happy There was the smellf the sea the salted sweetness The Book of Not Knowing: Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness of the air the cold cynical indifferencef the starts the sudden laughing intimacy Dark Diversions of streets the brazenpulence f light in darkness the glowing languor f slitted crescent moon I loved it all I felt like suealing making ueer noises new noises in my throat It was like walking naked through a valley Yamashita's Ghost: War Crimes, Macarthur's Justice, and Command Accountability of beautiful girlsn all sides The white heat Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds 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 gratificationf cyber space has forever appropriated Arturo is utterly adorable During each episode in his crazed wanderings through the tough dockside streets f 1930s Los Angeles I fervently wished he d been transplanted to his spiritual homeland tearing through the cobblestoned communities f 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 f all ut Lord of The Heart: Regency Romance of control Italian youths who needed the support tolerance and patiencef a large doting Mediterranean community to flourishArturo is a ne man Manhattan Project He ll exhaust you but you ll never forget hi. Y 1983 by his widow Joyce and now may be included in that short distinguished list f important first novels by American author.

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