JOHN FANTE ASK THE DUST PDF

Shelves: fiction-general Here goes my th book report since joining Goodreads. And my introduction to the fiction of John Fante is Ask the Dust, his novel considered by some scholars and educators to be one of the best works of fiction set in the Great Depression and the best set in Los Angeles. 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. 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 dream as I walked along, her perfume still in the wet morning air.

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Shelves: fiction-general Here goes my th book report since joining Goodreads. And my introduction to the fiction of John Fante is Ask the Dust, his novel considered by some scholars and educators to be one of the best works of fiction set in the Great Depression and the best set in Los Angeles. 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.

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 dream as I walked along, her perfume still in the wet morning air.

Then a great deal of time passed as I stood in front of a pipe shop and looked, and the whole world faded except that window and I stood and smoked them all, and saw myself a great author with that natty Italian briar, and a cane, stepping out of a big black car, and she was there too, proud as hell of me, the lady in the silver fox fur.

We registered and then we had cocktails and then we danced awhile, and then we had another cocktail and I recited some lines of Sanskrit, and the world was so wonderful, because every two minutes some gorgeous one gazed at me, the great author, and nothing would do but I had to autograph her menu, and the silver fox girl was very jealous. He checks in to a room in the Alta Loma Hotel in Bunker Hill, in the center of downtown Los Angeles, with little more than one-hundred fifty dollars in his pocket and big dreams in his head.

Arturo carried two suitcases, one full of copies of a literary magazine edited by his hero J. No one in the hotel seems to care, too busy eroding by sun, hunger or dust.

Their romance hardly blossoms along the lines of mutual respect; Arturo projects his own self-loathing onto Camilla, who in return is often angry that the vigorous writer cannot be the man she loves, bartender Sammy Wiggins, who longs to publish western stories but is ailing from tuberculosis.

Arturo is pursued by a desperate older woman named Vera Rivkin who becomes the inspiration for his first novel. Wanting to celebrate his success with Camilla, fate steps in. So this is where she lived! I smelled it, touched it with my fingers, walked through it with my feet. It was as I had imagined. This was her home. Blindfolded I could have acknowledged the place, for her odor possessed it, her fevered, lost existence proclaimed it as part of a hopeless scheme.

An apartment on Temple Street, an apartment in Los Angeles. 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. It was so, ever in my imagination, ever a part of my scheming and thinking about her. This was her home, her ruin, her scattered dream. With little more than his imagination and a typewriter, Fante sketches Depression-era Los Angeles as vividly as the three greatest L.

Confidential --were able to do with an army of visual artists. Fante also knows the tempests brewing under the skin of both the aspiring artist and the amorous, socially awkward male--often one and the same--and conveys the life and times of both demographics memorably.

Ask the Dust comes up short of complete satisfaction due to a couple of things. The target demographic for Fante might be budding male authors or those with an interest in historic Los Angeles. These are my demographics. In , a long-simmering film version adapted and directed by Towne was released. Everything I wanted to know was written in tortured phrases across the desolation of her face.

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The book is inscribed in vain: To Camilla, with love, Arturo. Then he gets into his Ford and drives back to Los Angeles, alone. But by this point in the novel, readers have gotten used to the caprices of our young writer-protagonist. Still, we can be forgiven for thinking that perhaps Bandini has grown up a little bit. Now, confronting the sublime desert, and the tragic disappearance of the woman he loved who could never love him back, Bandini seems to have finally come to terms with the puniness of his grandiosity.

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How Ask the Dust nearly missed greatness

Living off the zest of oranges, he unconsciously creates a picture of Los Angeles as a modern dystopia during the Great Depression era. His published short story "The Little Dog Laughed" impresses no one in his seedy boarding house except for one year-old girl, Judy. Destitute, he wanders into the Columbia Buffet where he meets Camilla Lopez, a waitress. Bandini falls in love with Lopez, who is herself in love with co-worker Sam. Sam despises Camilla, telling Bandini if he wants to win over Camilla, he has to treat her poorly. Bandini struggles with his own poverty, his Catholic guilt, and with his love for an unstable and deteriorating Camilla. Camilla is eventually admitted to a mental hospital, and moved to a second one, before escaping.

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