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  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd; New edition edition (5 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862419786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862419783
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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"Fante was my God." Charles Bukowski "If you haven't yet discovered John Fante, you're in for a wonderful treat." Evening Standard "Fante's writing has a freshness that should shame many of today's scribblers." Sunday Herald "An excellent rites of passage tale, infused with all the gory humiliation, rich humour and treacherous hormones of adolescence." Buzz" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Wait Until Spring, Bandini is the turbulent story of a young Arturo Bandini trying to break out of the suffocating, prison-like confinements of family life, poverty and religion in small-town Colorado during the Great Depression.

With its powerful and evocative account of tragic love affairs, grinding poverty and adolescence in turmoil, John Fante's first published novel is a much-neglected masterpiece of modern American literature.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Oct 2000
Format: Paperback
John Fante started out in the thirties as a short story writer and a novelist. This is his earliest published novel. The chief character, Bandini, is obviously autobiographical. It is based on the time immediately before he moved to California in 1930, it was first published in 1938. This edition has a useful introduction by his son Dan.
Why should you read him? Well, it's the classic American tale of a writer's adolescence. All Fante's later work mined the same vein, gradually getting older.
Why haven't you heard of him? Well, in Hollywood he did this and that and neglected his career. Before Charles Bukowski mentioned that he was his favourite novelist he was almost forgotten.
Read him because he tells great stories in clean pure prose. This is the first sentence I read when I open the book at random."He fell to wondering about her, his eyes bulging with curiosity for her protected world, so sleek and bright, like the rich silk that defined the round luxury of her handsome legs. " HONEST, THE FIRST RANDOM SENTENCE. Four, or five, worse American writers have got the Nobel prize.(*)
You don't read stuff like this, it sucks you in and lets you off at the other end.
(*) Three are Sinclair Lewis, John Steinbeck and Pearl S. Buck(!). I don't dare mention the fourth. Over the majority of his career, weighed book by book he is better than Hemingway. Not sure how that counts in the balance.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Greyhound on 11 Mar 2002
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An interesting foreward to this edition by the author's son, explaining how his father ended up a golf-playing screenwriter in LA, rather than a Nobel prize-winning author in a million.
If you haven't had the pleasure of Fante or Bandini yet, then indulge yourself. This is a wonderful story of the confused and passionate lives of the two males Bandinis. It contains classy touches of humour, and is about human life in all its glory and squalor.
The only problem with Fante's books is that once you've read one, there's one less to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Sep 1998
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Do this for me, try the saga of Arturo Bandini, if you will get to the end without being in love for his style, his light but penetrating prose, without being eager for the next book, just tell me. We will try to find your problem ! :)
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By Dave on 26 April 2013
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The early days of Arturo Bandini and family as they battle poverty, religion, matrimonial problems and the unforgiving Colorado winter. WAIT UNTIL SPRING, BANDINI is a power, moving, lyrical example of how and what literature can be when it's handled by someone with all the right tools. Incredible.
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By J. Craven on 3 April 2013
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A great book and a great writer. Fante was proclaimed by Time Out as one of America's "criminally neglected writers', and I would agree with this. One person who didn't neglect him was Bukowski, who found Fante a great inspiration. The only writer writing today that I can think of who can be compared to Fante is Morton Bain (Psychopath!). I recommend this and all Fante's books...
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