John fante ask the dust

All of which is to say that picking up Ask the Dust again, I knew, would constitute a kind of reckoning with my own literary disappointments.

John Fante's 'Ask the Dust' grows with time

He looked rich, and then a woman got out, and she was beautiful, her fur was silver fox, and she was a song across the sidewalk and inside the swinging doors, and I thought oh boy for a little of that, just a day and night of that, and she was a John fante ask the dust as I walked along, her perfume still in the wet morning air.

As a struggling young writer haunting the streets of Los Angeles, al la Arturo Bandini, Bukowski had stumbled upon a copy of Ask the Dust in the public library. It might be for a course on ethnic literature or the literature of the Depression or Los Angeles. In addition to critical praise, the book has also found popular success, appearing on bestseller lists in both the US and Europe.

And this is where adolescent and adult meet. Then he gets into his Ford and drives back to Los Angeles, alone. These are my demographics. This was her home, her ruin, her scattered dream.

To compensate for this, he puffs himself up comically, both in public and private, like a little man goading a giant, who only out of disinterest withholds from retaliating. Seventy years after its publication, "Ask the Dust" appears regularly on college syllabuses. She belonged to the rolling hills, the wide deserts, the high mountains, she would ruin any apartment, she would lay havoc upon any such little prison as this.

Hellfrick, an always-broke neighbor with an insatiable appetite for meat; Vera Rivken, the pitiful married woman whom Bandini follows to Long Beach Pike, and who may or may not have survived the earthquake; and Camilla Lopez, the unattainable Mexican waitress at the Columbia Buffet on Spring Street.

We can discern his talent in his lyrical descriptions of downtown Los Angeles and his vivid portraits of the outcasts who populate the Alta Loma and all the dingy establishments — cheap restaurants, saloons, dive bars, and Filipino dance halls — that he visits during his wanderings.

How Ask the Dust nearly missed greatness

No one in the hotel seems to care, too busy eroding by sun, hunger or dust. It became popular enough to be issued in paperback by Bantam in Confidential --were able to do with an army of visual artists. Raising a glass to Fante is not without irony. Because it took me so long to be disabused of the notion that writing a novel is no different than writing a glorified diary, I think I built up a kind of resentment toward Ask the Dust, for leading me astray.

Fante fit comfortably alongside Bukowski and Miller in my youthful pantheon of literary bohemians. Before Bandini arrives, Sam has thrown Camilla out and she wanders into the desert. Of these misfits, three stand out: He decides to take her away from Los Angeles, and arranges to live in a house on the beach.

I had always been reluctant to return to Ask The Dust, fearing that it would have lost its hold over me. To Camilla, with love, Arturo. The feedback he gave his young son, Dan says, was "not good.

Then it went out of print, and would have stayed that way if Charles Bukowski had not spearheaded its reissue by his publisher, Black Sparrow Press. He is a frustrated writer, newly arrived in L. But by this point in the novel, readers have gotten used to the caprices of our young writer-protagonist.

His window is level with the hillside, and through this opening that he comes and goes. In fact, its journey to its current status has been long and highly unusual. And in my late 20s and early 30s, as my literary tastes continued to evolve, I scorned the enthusiasms of the previous decade.

I can only assume Fante was influenced by Reefer Madness—style propaganda. Reality is a little more complicated. The book is inscribed in vain: His published short story "The Little Dog Laughed" impresses no one in his seedy boarding house except for one year-old girl, Judy.

He buys her a little dog and they go to the new place. I was passing the doorman of the Biltmore, and I hated him at once, with his yellow braids and six feet of height and all that dignity, and now a black automobile drove to the curb, and a man got out.

Ask the Dust

Synopsis[ edit ] Arturo Bandini is a struggling writer living in a residential hotel in Bunker Hilla rundown section of Downtown Los Angeles.John Fante (April 8, – May 8, ) was an Italian-American novelist, short story writer and screenwriter.

He is best known for his semi-autobiographical novel Ask the Dust () about the life of a struggling writer, Arturo Bandini, in Depression-era Los Angeles.

John Fante began writing in and published his first short story in His first novel, Wait Until Spring, Bandini, was published in and was the first of his Arturo Bandini series of novels, which also include The Road to Los Angeles and Ask the Dust.A prolific screenwriter, he was stricken with diabetes in /5().

Ask the Dust 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/5. Instantly, Ask the Dust not only became my favorite book but also confirmed my ambition to be a writer, just like Arturo Bandini, and just like John Fante. Fante fit comfortably alongside Bukowski. Ask the Dust by John Fante Ask the Dust is a virtuoso performance by an influential master of the twentieth-century American novel.

It 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/5(24). Apr 07,  · John Fante's literary alter ego Arturo Bandini strolls onto the opening pages of 's "Ask the Dust" with little to do, scarcely any money, even less to eat and a lot to say.

He is a frustrated writer, newly arrived in L.A., as arrogant as he is self-loathing.

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