John Fante began writing in 1929 and published his first short story in 1932. His first novel, Wait Until Spring, Bandini, was published in 1938 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 1955. Complications from the disease brought about his blindness in 1978 and, within two years, the amputation of both legs. He continued to write by dictation to his wife, Joyce, and published Dreams from Bunker Hill, the final installment of the Arturo Bandini series, in 1982. He died on May 8, 1983, at the age of seventy-four.
To understand Fante, you need to read this book. It reminds me a lot of Kerouac's Vanity of Dulouz in the way it offers us those formative adolescent underpinnings of a great... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Michael H. Tidemann
Should be enjoyable to nearly anyone with a taste for fiction, Especially relevant for readers of classics such as Hemingway, Heller, Miller, Bukowski, Kerouac, or Vonnegut. Read morePublished 23 months ago by D. G. Swi
Nice short narrative dwelling with dexterity in the legitimate and naive passions of growing up as one understands, or finally misunderstands with a reason, the adult world that... Read morePublished on May 15, 2011 by Daniel Lobo
I'd say one of Fante's best, most endearing books. How has this writer, now passed, gotten by me for so many years? I am so glad someone mentioned his work to me. Read morePublished on January 30, 2011 by Nolan Winkler
Haven't read a piece of Fante work that hasn't drawn me in completely. Although a little on the short end, still a great book from a forgotten master.Published on April 4, 2010 by RPatel