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He only book where Arturo is completely raw and unpolished He Also Swears A LotDefinitely A Must Greatly Translated Into also swears a lotDefinitely a must Greatly translated into by Alex Capus The Road to "Los Angles By John Fante "Angles by John Fante one of the most bizarre disturbed and likeable alter egos in literature Arturo Bandini The book takes place in 1930 s Los Angles primarily the rough neighborhoods around the harbor docks We are put in the mind of a oung man suffering from the world s worst grandiosity complex Bandini is convinced he will go down in history as the world s greatest man Unfortunately he s from a dirt poor family and works a fish cannery His megalomania is severe to the point where it becomes absolute comedy He is the ruler of a kingdom of beautiful women deadly revolutions exotic lands and missions of conuest The real world is an inconvenienceThe psychological depth is superb Fante knows how to illustrate the grinding gears of a neurotic mind The settings are absolutely vivid You can smell the piles of fish guts smearing the page The characters are fleshed out but what s truly interesting is how Fante instills personality into inanimate objects that come to life in Bandini s warped mind The constant tension between the magnificent fantasy in Bandini s head and the reality of living in a ghetto is done to great effectJohn Fante wrote this in his late twenties The Vide et plein youthful energy is apparent throughout the whole book The recklessness ofouth drives him to take chances like a cocky bastard but he has the writing ability to pull it off every time Fante really captures the essence of the grimy foggy streets of Los Angles and the blue collar lifestyle Charles Bukowski has been uoted saying Fante was my god Fante is writer that goes straight for the jugular even when it comes to being a coward He s a writer that throws dog shit at the church The Road to Los Angles is a book that swings hard with crude impact and special brand of finesse Teenage angst just isn t done this good any Arturo Bandini was not laughing He was puking his guts out on the floor I hated every one of them and I vowed revenge staggering away wanting to be out of sight somewhere I leaned against the wall and got my breath But the stench charged again The walls spun the women laughed and Shorty laughed and Arturo Bandini the great writer was heaving again How he heaved The women would go home tonight and talk about it at their houses That new "fellow You should have seen him And I hated them and even stopped heaving for a moment to " You should have seen him And I hated them and even stopped heaving for a moment to and delight over the fact that this was the greatest hatred of all my life Just like the first book in the saga and saga is the perfect word to describe John Fante s uartet of books about Bandini sustained anger excessive pride and obsession with women are the ongoing themes of this series I love that he had t There are the roads we choose and there are the roads we walk and there are the walks of lifeOh Spengler What a book What weight Like the Los Angeles Telephone Directory Day after day I read it never understanding it never caring either but reading it because I liked one growling word after another marching across pages with somber mysterious rumblingsRiotously ambitious wildly egotistic possessed with the severe angst of outh ridden with delirious fantasies obsessed with the maniacal desire to become a writer Arturo Bandini turns his life into a bitter burlesue But however erratically he continues to move to his purpose The Road to Los Angeles is violently grotesue but John Fante is utterly honest in telling his story and honesty is a rather rare merchandise in the modern literature. Y 1983 by his widow Joyce and now may be included in that short distinguished list of important first novels by American author.

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Ext one which my wife was reading The rambling stream of consciousness of an 18 ear old with an overly active imagination was at first unsettling I realized why Bukowski liked it with the unabashed utterance it gives to thoughts teetering on madness It is astonishing that this was published in the 1930 s surely far ahead of its time for American authors The leaflet says this was not published in the 1930 s surely far ahead of its time for American authors The leaflet says this was not published real time but cobbled together into book form posthumously after the other two in the series were published Nonetheless it is a wild romp through the mind of an 18 ear old father less boy in Los Angeles who s wild fantasies bring him much anguish in real life but who stubbornly feeds them and unabashedly follows where they lead At times they were Walter Mitty like where he is the exalted lover savior etc What is truly hilarious about this book is the author s assumption of the character of an over read uneducated boy who uses long words poorly understood from his readings of Schopenhauer Nietzsche etc and what oung man doesn t find fascination here This aspect is a clever device by Fante showing us the conflict of ego in a boy who is blissfully out of context and absolutely intolerable to be around Mental illness and obsession are clearly issues hereBut this is a fun book and the characters as viewed through the lens of this l enfante terrible as he takes in his cannery boss p 55 This man was Shorty Naylor He was much smaller than I was He was very thin His collarbones stuck out He had not teeth worth mentioning in his mouth only one or two which were worse than nothing His eyes were like aged oysers on a sheet of newspaper Tobacco juice caked the corners of his mouth like dry chocolate His was the look of a rat in waiting It seemed he had never been out in the sun his face was so grey Hedidn t look at my face but at my belly I wondered what he saw there And moments of blissful freedom finally from our warped protagonist p 120 I felt deliriously and impossibly happy There was the smell of the sea the clean salted sweetness of the air the cold cynical indifference of the starts the sudden laughing intimacy of the streets the brazen opulence of light in darkness the glowing languor of slitted crescent moon I loved it all I felt like suealing making ueer noises new noises in my throat It was like walking naked through a valley of beautiful girls on all sides I found a used copy of this book the other day and this was inscribed on the title pageThe part about fish canaries made me smile as it conjured some peculiar images of hybrid ornitho ichthyological species in my head but he obviously meant fish canneries which figure strongly in the book This stolen inscription will serve as my review because it s probably better than anything I would write I d like to find out who Whit and Chuck are maybe someone will recognize this Well deserved 5 stars This was Fante s first Bandini book which got to be published first in the 80s after Fante s death due to Charles Bukowski In the 30s when written it was refused "By All Publishers This Book Is Arturo Bandini At His "all publishers This book is Arturo Bandini at his he is mean he is raw he is spoiled he has the mimimi syndrome he wants to conuer the world to write the perfect novel and get the nobel prize and all the womenThis Bandini reads Nietzsche und Schopenhauer speaks using all the latest neologisms hates the catholics and is a dreamerFante wrote this book at 25 and with 25 he wrote an outstanding novel Arturo is one of the great characters literature has ever seenThere are 2 Bandini novels but according to Alex Capus who translated them into german this one is Sk the Dust 1939 and Dreams from Bunker Hill 1982 The manuscript was discovered among John Fante's papers after his death in Ma. The war against the crab section was unbelievable the rest was mainly annoying The white heat of a sex starved creative Italian teenager scorches every page A blinding magnesium flare an elemental torchsong to precocious Make You Mine youth that for all its down and dirty honesty and frustrated libido manages to retain a charm and innocence that the instant gratification of cyber space has forever appropriated Arturo is utterly adorable During each episode in his crazed wanderings through the tough dockside streets of 1930s Los Angeles I fervently wished he d been transplanted to his spiritual homeland tearing through the cobblestoned communities of Southern Italy But it wasn t to be Cooped up in a coldwater flat with his mother and sister struggling to survive the most Italian of all out of control Italianouths who needed the support tolerance and patience of a large doting Mediterranean community to flourishArturo is a one man Manhattan Project He ll exhaust More Than a Princess (The Montevaro Monarchy you butou ll never forget him John Fante s The Road to Los Angeles was written some fifty ear before it ever was published in 1985 The novel set around Long Beach San Pedro and Wilmington near the Los Angeles Harbor is an autobiographical story about the author s alter ego Arturo Gabriel Bandini Unfortunately the oung Bandini is plain and simple a twit He uses "big words he doesn t understand refers to authors like Nietzsche and Schopenhauer whom he likewise " words he doesn t understand refers to authors like Nietzsche and Schopenhauer whom he likewise not understand and acts in a condescending and supercilious way toward everyone from shopkeepers and employers to his mother and sister He pretends to be a writer but the sample that appears in this book is laughably bad It beginsArthur Banning kind of sounds like Arturo Bandini doesn t it the multi millionaire oil dealer tour de force prima facie petit maitre table d hote and great lover of ravishing beautiful exotic saccharine and "constellation like women in all parts of the world in every corner of the globe "like women in all parts of the world in every corner of the globe in Bombay India land of The Taj Mahal Of Gandhi And Buddha Women In Naples Taj Mahal of Gandhi and Buddha women in Naples of Italian art and Italian fantasy women in the Riviera women at Lake Banff women at Lake Louise in the Swiss Alps at the Ambassador Coconut Grove in Los Angeles California women at the famed Pons Asinorum Huh in Europe this same Arthur Banning etc etc etcThere I couldn t even bear to type in the whole first sentence Although I like some of Fante s later work I think Road to Los Angeles should probably have stayed unpublished uite frankly the only reason I read the book through to the end was 1 it was short and 2 I was expecting the main character to have the sht kicked out him by someone who tired of his jejune antics An ugly little debut with First Novel written all over it It s not difficult to see why it remained unpublished during Fante s lifetime The most surprising and disappointing aspect is how unrecognizable Bandini is here compared to the glorious Ask the Dust see my review offensive and obnoxious compared to bold and brilliantFante does a good job channeling the arrogance of Halftime with Craig youth and a lot of the discrepancies between the two Bandinis could probably be chalked up to just that in addition to his isolation in the later work ie he has no loved ones to continuously abuse as he does here But it really just reminded me of my own first It s a significant feat to get into the head and body of a teenage boy with the wildness pressing urges and misappropriated hunger for knowledge and love I reached for this slim book because it was second in a series Bandini that I had started aear or so ago full disclosure I also needed a uick read to get to my From the Editorial NoteThis novel introduces Fante's alter ego Arturo Bandini who reappears in Wait Until Spring Bandini 1938 The Road to Los Ángeles