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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2000
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
on 11 March 2002
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
on 6 September 1998
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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on 28 May 2011
No matter how much or little you read, there's a time when you yearn for something new, fresh, rare. Something that none of your friends talk about. Something with no hype.

John Fante is such name and 'Wait Until Spring, Bandini' is a book for you - Fante is hardly (undeservedly so)
a household name, and you're in for a suprise in the magnitude of first time reading JD Salinger back in the high school.

This is prose at it's most compact, yet as passionate as a rare kind of love song. And it is a love song for the time lost, love unfulfilled and opportunities missed.

As with most Fante's characters, they are always two sided: happy/sad, tragic/comic, loving/hating, yet never indifferent.

This is a book to devour in one sitting, breathlessly. But beware, you might get a sudden of blood to your head and heart.
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on 3 April 2013
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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on 26 April 2013
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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on 7 September 2014
not as good as ask the dust, but still a damn good read
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2013
This review is about the formatting for Kindle.
As you can see from the "Look Inside" sample for the Kindle edition of this book, the whole text is printed in italics. Well, almost. Occasionally on my kindle part of a Chapter appears in a normal font, before reverting back to italics. And some pages are in italics and then seem normal and then go back to italics again.
This is very distracting.
It annoyed me so much that I couldn't read it all through and asked for and got a refund.
"Ask the Dust" is my favourite John Fante book and was a wondrous discovery.
If Amazon can sort out the formatting, I'll look forward to an undistracted read of this one too.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2010
I bought this because I heard it reviewed on the BBC Radio 4 Book Programme. There, it was compared favourably with Hemingway and Miller. It is an interesting and very easy read, but I thought it rather humdrum and insubstantial. But then I only have GCE "O" level Eng Lit and am not an arty poerson!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 1998
Hi! I have read this book and thought it was very good. I have to write a report on it for my English class, but was shocked to find out that almost nothing is to be found about this book and its author. I have rummaged the whole library but there was nothing, and I can't find much useful information on the Internet, either. Is there anybody who has read this book and has also written a report or who knows where I can find information. Thanks. Leiah
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