Ask the Dust (Arturo Bandini, #3)

Ask the Dust (Arturo Bandini, #3) Description:

em Ask the Dust em is the story of Arturo Bandini a young writer in s Los Angeles who falls hard for the elusive mocking unstable Camilla Lopez a Mexican waitress Struggling to survive he perseveres until at last his first novel is published But the bright light of success is extinguished when Camilla has a nervous breakdown and disappears and Bandini forever rejects the writer s life he fought so hard to attain

Rating: 3.77 out of 5

Wait Until Spring, Bandini (The Saga of Arthur Bandini, #1)

Wait Until Spring, Bandini (The Saga of Arthur Bandini, #1) Description:

He came along kicking the snow Here was a disgusted man His name was Svevo Bandini and he lived three blocks down that street He was cold and there were holes in his shoes That morning he had patched the holes on the inside with pieces of cardboard from a macaroni box The macaroni in that box was not paid for He had thought of that as he placed the cardboard inside his shoes

Rating: 3.46 out of 5

The Road to Los Angeles (The Saga of Arthur Bandini, #2)

The Road to Los Angeles (The Saga of Arthur Bandini, #2) Description:

I had a lot of jobs in Los Angeles Harbor because our family was poor and my father was dead My first job was ditchdigging a short time after I graduated from high school Every night I couldn t sleep from the pain in my back We were digging an excavation in an empty lot there wasn t any shade the sun came straight from a cloudless sky and I was down in that hole digging with two huskies who dug with a love for it always laughing and telling jokes laughing and smoking bitter tobacco

Rating: 3.66 out of 5

Dreams from Bunker Hill (The Saga of Arthur Bandini, #4)

Dreams from Bunker Hill (The Saga of Arthur Bandini, #4) Description:

My first collision with fame was hardly memorable I was a busboy at Marx s Deli The year was The place was Third and Hill Los Angeles I was twenty one years old living in a world bounded on the west by Bunker Hill on the east by Los Angeles Street on the south by Pershing Square and on the north by Civic Center I was a busboy nonpareil with great verve and style for the profession and though I was dreadfully underpaid one dollar a day plus meals I attracted considerable attention as I whirled from table to table balancing a tray on one hand and eliciting smiles from my customers I had something else beside a waiter s skill to offer my patrons for I was also a writer

Rating: 3.37 out of 5

The Brotherhood of the Grape

The Brotherhood of the Grape Description:

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Rating: 3.69 out of 5

1933 Was a Bad Year

1933 Was a Bad Year Description:

Trapped in a small poverty ridden town in under pressure from his father to go into the family business seventeen year old Dominic Molise yearns to fulfill his own dreams

Rating: 3.42 out of 5

The Wine of Youth

The Wine of Youth Description:

This new edition of the legendary Dago Red first published in contains seven new stories including A Nun No More and My Father s God

Rating: 3.32 out of 5

Full of Life

Full of Life Description:

The narrator is an Italian American writer living in Los Angeles with his pregnant wife Joyce As the novel follows the course of Joyce s pregnancy John deals with Joyce s shifting emotional moods her growing interest in Roman Catholicism from which John himself has fallen away and termite infestation in the house All of this is further complicated by John s problematic relationship with his father Nick a retired bricklayer who isn t shy about sharing his own strong opinions about family life br br a target blank href http www italyheritage com magazine john fante en johnfante books full of life htm rel nofollow http www italyheritage com magazine a

Rating: 3.78 out of 5

West of Rome

West of Rome Description:

West of Rome s two novellas My Dog Stupid and The Orgy fulfill the promise of their rousing titles The latter novella opens with virtuoso description His name was Frank Gagliano and he did not believe in God He was that most singular and startling craftsman of the building trade a left handed bricklayer Like my father Frank came from Torcella Peligna a cliff hugging town in the Abruzzi Lean as a spider he wore a leather cap and puttees the year around and he was so bowlegged a dog could lope between his knees without touching them

Rating: 3.44 out of 5

The Big Hunger

The Big Hunger Description:

Published here for the first time this text presents a collection of recently discovered stories by John Fante

Rating: 3.26 out of 5