This year marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of Ask the Dust, by John Fante. Today it’s widely regarded as a classic of American. Ask the Dust [John Fante] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Ask the Dust is a virtuoso performance by an influential master of the. Rob Sternberg on the pleasures of rereading John Fante.

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For Bandini is a tragic figure, and his novel is a tragic love story — about the love he has for himself, for the city, and for Camilla.

Rereading John Fante’s “Ask the Dust” – Los Angeles Review of Books

Fifteen and fifty as, loaned to a man who was so not good for it. I’d read more of Fante’s ugly understuff any day. Passion and ambition drive two dreamers in s LA. Then a great deal of time passed as I stood in front of a pipe shop and looked, and the whole world faded except that window and I stood and smoked them all, and saw myself a great author with that natty Italian briar, and a cane, stepping out of a big black car, and she was there too, proud as hell of me, the lady in the silver fox fur.

When Bandini arrives in California, the Italian-American writer is subjected to racist looks and comments, and is almost thrown out of a hotel because its owner thought Bandini looked Mexican. He spends too much time alone. I wanted to hold his hand blind leading the thhe.


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Ask the Dust () – IMDb

Which villain would come out on top? The humor and pain were intermixed with a superb simplicity. The sets and the costumes were also spot on.

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These are my demographics. But I would strike at it, hammer it out across die keyboard, and it would die on my hands. Apr 02, Mariel rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Arturo carried two suitcases, one full of copies of a literary magazine edited by his hero J.

And I answer, the sea is back there, back thw the reservoir of memory. Read them in order, or begin with Ask the Dustas I did, then devour the other three. In Search of the Great Hollywood Novel.

Here goes my th book report since joining Goodreads. Dear great Hackmuth, they called me all kinds of names when I was coming up.

fants You dream and you wish, but you go on through the wasteland. I say book, instead of novel because I’m not sure it is a novel.

How Ask the Dust nearly missed greatness

External to the central narrative that is. La polvere sa che torneremo a lei, e lo sapeva anche John Fante.

They’re both assholes too. We meet a cast of desperate characters, among them Hellfrick, a drunk in the adjacent room who steals a live calf to sate his rabid desire for meat, and Camilla Lopez, the impoverished Mexican waitress Bandini pines after with a passion verging on madness, who repeatedly spurns his advances unless he insults the dirty huraches on her feet.


A hazy Japanese fruit seller with blunted edges of charity, waiting on him in unreality. I wouldn’t change anything about Ask the Dust, it’s just this nagging wonder about what is going to happen if he writes a great book, anyway. Ask the Dust comes up short of complete satisfaction due to a couple of things. Open Preview See a Problem?

Views Read Edit View history. And that’s how things stayed for the next four decades. View all 7 comments. If you hated it, even better. Fante’s hand-to-mouth existence during the Depression is vividly described through the eyes of Bandini, staving off hunger thr his sordid hotel room with a nickel-bags of oranges.

Questo libro fa male, ma fa meravigliosamente male. Reading Ask the Dust makes you want to go raving mad for just a while, so you can get the taste of blood in your mouth, so you can hear what it sounds like when you howl like a wolf.