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Living and dying with each minor victory and defeat Open Preview See a Problem? The dancing Mexican, his Mayan princess. I’m astonished that I’m even capable of reading my e-mails lately. While we do hear echoes of the Romanticist poet who is tortured by a white page, and suffers from hunger, madness and one or two debilitating diseases, the substance of the book is untouched by this.

Bukowski, who befriended the older author towards the end of Fante’s life, wrote a foreword to this novel for the Black Sparrow Press fantf edition.

He is always greatest writer in the world voice-over in the aftermath of the kicked dog tail under tow. I’d read more of Fante’s ugly understuff any day. He strikes fnte almost perfect balance between Holden Caulfield, for relatability, and Ignatius Reilly, for despicability.

InBlack Sparrow Press brought Ask the Dust back into print, and the year-old author at last achieved some measure of the recognition that was his due. The humor and the pain were intermixed with a superb simplicity. He spends too much time alone.

When he returns, she’s gone. Fante fit comfortably alongside Bukowski and Miller in my youthful pantheon of literary bohemians. Apr 02, Mariel rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This has got to be the best movie of the year.


Later, I felt sad she was gone forever. There isn’t really anything more to Ask the Dust than a few banal observations about the human condition, a masochistic relationship with a bar waitress, and an appalling amount of exclamation points.

Ask the Dust

View all 30 comments. In addition to critical praise, the book has also found popular success, appearing on bestseller lists in both the US and Europe. Show 25 25 50 All. Send me comments, requests or suggestions either below or via email cf.

Order by newest oldest recommendations. This article is about the novel. Maybe pot was stronger in the thirties. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Un giovane innamorato di una ragazza selvaggia, tanto diversa da lui, e con la quale si lancia in un disperato gioco di tira e molla, che non fa che lasciarlo solo e ferito.

We registered and then we had cocktails and then we danced awhile, and then we had another cocktail and I recited some lines of Sanskrit, and the world was so wonderful, because every two minutes some gorgeous one aks at me, the great author, and nothing would do but I had to autograph her menu, and the silver fox girl was very jealous.

Fante also knows the tempests brewing under the skin of both the aspiring artist and the amorous, socially awkward male–often one and the same–and conveys the life and times of both demographics memorably.

In his blind spot he’s a part time racist. Sep 28, E. His fannte is level with the hillside, and through this opening that he comes and goes. Want to Read saving…. I bet he could get afraid of going out in public with a smile on his face lest some jerk sees him and decides to turn it upside down. Bandini struggles with his own poverty, his Catholic guilt, and with his love for an unstable and deteriorating Camilla.


View all 7 comments. An ex-con with a reputation tries to go straight by working as a handy man for a reclusive actress but this is unfortunately not the wish of London’s underground crime lord.

Learn how your comment data is processed. After a stint in a mental institution, Camilla goes out there to be with Sammy, who turns her away.

Ask the Dust by John Fante: Post Road #9

Throwing his book into the desert is both an affirmation of his art and a rejection of it: Destitute, he wanders into the Columbia Buffet where he meets Camilla Lopez, dush waitress. Rob Sternberg is a writer and post-secondary teacher based in Toronto. In Search of the Great Hollywood Novel.

Colin Farrell’s Best to Worst Movies. I took the steps down Angel’s Flight to Hill Street: And how shall I prevent that paralysis of thought, and that inundation of blood making my senses reel?

Sep 29, Alex V. I also like Antonio Bandini’s general insanity. Fante writes an exquisitely calibrated prose that is perfectly tailored to the subject matter, mood and register of the book.