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Reissue of a classic 20th Century Novel.,
This review is from: Ask The Dust (Paperback)
This was the first work of John Fante's I had read, which I picked up after reading Charles Bukowski's introduction in a free book from Rebel Inc Press (who previously reissued this in the late 1990's). It's not a book I've forgotten and fully intend to read again now it has been reissued (my Rebel Inc copy is still, permanently lent out!)- Robert Towne used it as research for his screenplay for the classic Chinatown. Fante depicts the life of Arturo Bandini - who would recur in subseuquent works such as Wait Until Spring, Bandini as he lives below the breadline. This book is funny, heartbreaking and divine- and Bandini is the archetypal alter-ego of Fante, as Harry Chinaski is for Bukowski. This book reminded me of parts of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, various Graham Greene novels and a less bombastic Hemingway (early) and is a definite precursor to writers like Keroauc- though Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer also springs to mind (the bohemian writer life, the talk of food)- so you can't forget books like Hamsen's Hunger or works of Fitzgerald (albeit without the snobbery). Whatever, Ask the Dust is a great novel and if your heart hasn't imploded a little by the end, check for a pulse...