(The Road to Los Ángeles) [PDF] ´ John Fante
Cognize this 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 pause and elight 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 Black Beech and Honeydew: An Autobiography 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 andelight over the fact that this was the greatest hatred of all my life He revels in the At the Italians Command depths of his emotions The only way that Bandini reacts to anything is with white hot anger He is too short and manoes that piss him off His sister is taller than him which irritates him but her insistence on becoming a nun infuriates him She also has this sexy taut ass that taunts him like an undulating mirage in his sexual Oh Baby! desert She knows he is a blowhard and can cut through his spun web of lies like a wise reverend mother Womenon t pay attention to him except when he is heaving his guts up at the fish factory or Her Rancher Hero (Saddlers Prairie, doing something strange and unsettling To say he is sexually frustrated is like saying the pope is CatholicThere is this humbling moment as he works the line at the fish factory that is like an arrow finding the chink in his armour of rage She came with a man who had an elegant mustache and wore spats Later I found out his name was Hugo He owned the cannery as well as one on Terminal Island and another in Monterey Nobody knew who the girl was She clung to his arm sickened by the odor I knew sheidn t like the place She was a girl of not than twenty She wore a green coat Her back was perfectly arched like a barrel stave and she wore high white shoes Together she and Hugo walked away At the The Maid of Lorne door the girl turned to look at us I put my headown not wanting to be seen by one so lovely among those Mexicans and Filipinos Working at the fish factory he always smells of mackerel He washes and scrubs himself until he glows pink but the smell lingers on his skin like a permanent stain It further isolates him from those around him People move away from him in movie theaters He s a social pariah which only isolates him and feeds his anger He has no gear shift for his rage It s high octane fourth gear the whole way I hated him so much I could have bitten off his finger and spat in his face He revels in his anger His anger feeds him like a feast He is a pompous ass As his mother says You re nothing but a boy who s read too many books I ve been accused of that many times and was freuently told that I only used unfamiliar words to make people feel stupid but what it really was was me trying to apply what I read to my real life I wanted to try out words so that they became part of my permanent lexicon Bandini is oing the same though he uses words like bludgeons He s hard to like I ve felt brief flashes of the anger he feels all the time I understand his frustrations but as he swings wildly at the world he is childishly prejudicial against the people around him He is as judgemental as the people he accuses of judging him This book in many ways is unhinged It rives the reader on relentlessly Charles Bukowski considered John Fante to be one of his literary gods and I can see some of Fante s influence on his writing The next book in this sage is Ask the Dust considered to be Fante s masterpiece I read it ecades ago and still remember the gist of the story but after reading the two books that precede it I m looking forward to rereading it with the context of Bandini s earlier life For most readers they should read Ask the Dust and not worry about the other three books in the uartet but the unflinching honesty with which Fante presents his alter ego Arturo Bandini in the earlier books is inspiring As he gives us Bandini he is berating himself as well If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at and an Instagram account. Y 1983 by his widow Joyce and now may be included in that short istinguished list of important first novels by American author.
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The white heat of a sex starved creative Italian teenager scorches every page A blinding magnesium flare an elemental torchsong to precocious youth that for all its Dangerous Disguise (Cavanaugh Justice, down andirty 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 The Bosss Baby Surprise dockside streets of 1930s Los Angeles I fervently wished he 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 Italian youths who needed the support tolerance and patience of a large oting Mediterranean community to flourishArturo is a one man Manhattan Project He ll exhaust you but you ll never forget him 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 a year or so ago full isclosure I also needed a uick read to get to my next one which my wife was reading The rambling stream of consciousness of an 18 year old with an overly active i The Road to Los Angles by John Fante introduces one of the most bizarre isturbed and likeable alter egos in literature Arturo Bandini The book takes place in 1930 s Los Angles primarily the rough neighborhoods around the harbor ocks We are put in the mind of a young man suffering from the world s worst grandiosity complex Bandini is convinced he will go Loveknot (Welcome to Tyler, down in history as the world s greatest man Unfortunately he s from airt 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 The Perfect Blend deadly revolutions exotic lands and missions of conuest The real world is an inconvenienceThe psychologicalepth 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 one to great effectJohn Fante wrote this in his late twenties The youthful energy is apparent throughout the whole book The recklessness of youth rives 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 Wanted (Sealed with a Kiss 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 tone this good any the war against the crab section was unbelievable the rest was mainly annoying An ugly little Rayuan Sang Bos [Seduced By the Boss] debut with First Novel written all over it It s notifficult to see why it remained unpublished Bachelor to the Rescue (Home to Dover, during Fante s lifetime The most surprising andisappointing 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 Secrets At Maple Syrup Farm does a good job channeling the arrogance of youth and a lot of theiscrepancies 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 Whispers Of The Heart does here But it really just reminded me of my own first efforts at writing which will also remain mercifully unpublishedTheifferences between the two novels on t end at the protagonist The language here is much flatter not the soaring imagery and innovative flow of Dust Again First Novel understandable But there s also little to nothing that happens here and while that was somewhat similar in Dust there were still various interpersonal connections in that one not just the one way invectives or obsessive fantasies you get here Conseuently the From the Editorial NoteThis novel introduces Fante's alter ego Arturo Bandini who reappears in Wait Until Spring Bandini 1938
Itle is somewhat of a misnomer in all but the metaphorical sense You on t see Bandini physically making his way to Los Angeles you just see the precious few events that lead to his Unmasking the Marquess (Hold Your Breath, decision to go there But Bandini himself stays largely the same from first page to last literally psychotic at times evenisplaying occasional self consciousness of his mental isturbance There are even flashes of Walter Mitty here though a sinister Mitty with Bandini s tendency to convert the mundane into the self aggrandizing fantastical interestingly Mitty wouldn t be published until three years after this was written But Bandini s flights of fancy unlike Mitty s hold real world conseuences Ask the Dust is one of my all time favorite books beautiful and inspiring so I was eager to read the entire Bandini saga in chronological order Sadly though I read this in just a ay I Chatsfields Ultimate Acquisition didn t enjoy it at all save for a nice little interlude of lovely cheer when Bandini helps an old lady carry her bags and comes away inspired by his own goodness albeit all too briefly pp 48 9 But I can t recommend it to anyone except for Fante completists and other writers and I hope Wait Until Spring Bandini will be closer in uality to its successor than its predecessor You can t blame Fant Welleserved 5 stars This was Fante s first Bandini book which got to be published first in the 80s after Fante s Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward (Hh deathue to Charles Bukowski In the 30s when written it was refused by all publishers This book is Arturo Bandini at his best 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 Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward 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 completely raw and unpolished He also swears a lotDefinitely a must Greatly translated into german by Alex Capus 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 afteray 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 youth ridden with elirious fantasies obsessed with the maniacal esire 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 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 about the author s alter ego Arturo Gabriel Bandini Unfortunately the young Bandini is plain and simple a twit He uses big words he How to Disappear doesn t understand refers to authors like Nietzsche and Schopenhauer whom he likewiseoes 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 Act Like You Know doesn t it the multi millionaire oilealer tour A Guide to Americas Sex Laws de force prima facie petit maitre table 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 women in Bombay Ind I found a used copy of this book the other ay 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 like to find out who Whit and Chuck are maybe someone will re. Sk the Dust 1939 and Dreams from Bunker Hill 1982 The manuscript was iscovered among John Fante's papers after his eath in Ma.
Fante's early years were spent in relative poverty The son of an Italian born father Nicola Fante and an Italian American mother Mary Capolungo Fante was educated in various Catholic schools in Boulder and Denver Colorado and briefly attended the University of ColoradoIn 1929 he dropped out of college and moved to Southern California to concentrate on his writing He lived and worked in W