Arturo Bandini is a twenty-year-old burgeoning writer, spending his days hungry for success, life and food in a dingy hotel in Los Angeles. Full of the enthusiasm of youth, and the thrill of having one short story published, the reality of poverty and prejudice has hit him hard. He meets a local waitress, Camilla Lopez, and embarks on a strange ...
Arturo Bandini is a twenty-year-old burgeoning writer, spending his days hungry for success, life and food in a dingy hotel in Los Angeles. Full of the enthusiasm of youth, and the thrill of having one short story published, the reality of poverty and prejudice has hit him hard. He meets a local waitress, Camilla Lopez, and embarks on a strange and strained love-hate relationship. Slowly, but inexorably, it descends into the realms of madness. Fante depicts the highs and lows of the emotional state of Bandini with conviction, but without easy sentiment. In Ask the Dust, Fante is truly 'telling it like it is' as a poverty-stricken son of an immigrant in 'perfect' California.
New. 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 1930s Los Angeles who falls hard for the elusive, mocking, unstable Camilla Lopez,
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I found this book to be captivating, especially with some background in LA. It hits true to several of the elements that have changed, for the most part, over time (sexism, racism, etc) but seemingly with less of a "shock value" and more of a picture into the character and setting. It's a little gritty and rough but not overly so and like all time honored novels still holds true to many things that are still relevant today. Arturo is an odd character and the entire plot is appreciated for it's lack of formula. I found it an entertaining read that follows the general typology of "Catcher in the Rye" but written 12 years earlier and, in my opinion, is much better of a story. Why does Salinger get all the credit and Fante remains an unknown figure to most?
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