(The Road to Los Ángeles) [E–pub] ´ John Fante
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 Well deserved 5 stars This was
FANTE S FIRST BANDINI BOOK WHICH GOT TO BE s first Bandini book which got to be first in the 80s after Fante s death due to Charles Bukowski In the 30s when written it was Lets Be Just Friends (Just Friends, refused by all publishers This book is Arturo Bandini at his best he is mean he isaw 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 A Mother and Daughter Diary of Raw Food Recipes for Beginners 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 the only book where Arturo is completelyaw and unpolished He also swears a lotDefinitely a must Greatly translated into german by Alex Capus Arturo Bandini was not laughing He was puking his guts out on the floor I hated every one of them and I vowed evenge 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 *How he 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 pause 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 to pause and delight over the fact that thi. 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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The war against the crab section was unbelievable the est was mainly annoying John Fante s The Road to Los Angeles was written some fifty year 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 the author s alter ego Arturo Gabriel Bandini Unfortunately the young Bandini is plain and simple a He uses big words he doesn t understand efers to authors like Nietzsche and Schopenhauer whom he likewise does 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 avishing beautiful exotic saccharine and constellation like women in all parts of the world in every corner of the globe women in Bombay India land of the Taj Mahal of Gandhi and Buddha women in Naples land 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 like some of Fante s later work I think Road to Los Angeles should probably have stayed unpublished frankly the only eason I ead the book through to the end was 1 it was short and "2 I WAS EXPECTING THE MAIN CHARACTER TO HAVE " I was expecting the main character to have sht kicked out him by someone who tired of his jejune antics 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 eached for this slim book because it was second in a series Bandini that I had started a year or so ago full disclosure I also needed a uick ead to get to my next one which. From the Editorial NoteThis novel introduces Fante's alter ego Arturo Bandini who eappears in Wait Until Spring Bandini 1938 .
My wife was eading The ambling stream of consciousness of an 18 year old with an overly active imagination was at first unsettling I ealized 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 eal 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 year old father less boythrough the mind of an 18 year old father less boy Los Angeles who s wild fantasies bring him much anguish in eal 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 ead uneducated boy who uses long words poorly understood from his eadings of Schopenhauer Nietzsche etc and what young 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 at 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. Sk the Dust 1939 and Dreams from Bunker Hill 1982 The manuscript was discovered among John Fante's papers after his death in Ma.