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86'd [Kindle Edition]

Dan Fante
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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In Los Angeles, struggling telemarketer-writer and part-time drunk Bruno Dante is jobless again. The publication of his book of short stories has been put off indefinitely. Searching the want ads for a gig, he finds a chauffeur job. When Bruno calls the number in the ad, he discovers the boss is his former Manhattan employer David Koffman, who is opening a West Coast branch of his thriving limo service. Koffman hires Bruno as resident manager of Dav-Ko Hollywood under one condition: he must remain sober. But instant business success triggers an abrupt booze-and-blackout-soaked downward spiral for Bruno, forcing him to confront his own madness as he struggles to keep his old familiar demons from getting the best of him yet again.

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Fante continues to follow in the literary footsteps of his famous father, John Fante (Ask the Dust), with another bruising autobiographical novel about his alter ego, Bruno Dante. When the publication of his short story collection is delayed indefinitely, Dante reluctantly returns to his previous career of L.A. limo driver. His boss, however, first insists that he sober up. He does, and launches into a downward cycle of recovery and inebriation. During his descent, he meets an obnoxious Hollywood producer interested in an adaptation of one of Dante's stories and an Old Hollywood matriarch who might be the key to his salvation. Fante puts Dante though many harrowing moments—waking from a blackout with a gash in his neck; having a spurned lover superglue his penis to his thigh. Like his late father, Fante views life in unsparing fashion, but he seems a little too enamored of his alter ego's downhill trajectory while offering very little insight into the source of Dante's personal demons. The result is a novel that disappointingly titillates more than it illuminates. (Oct.)
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  • File Size: 536 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1 edition (September 22, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BRUNO'S BACK, BABY! September 25, 2009
A Kid's Review
You better know it. Booze, broads and blow.

The self-destructive Dante's back blasting his way through life
the only way he knows how--and it ain't always pretty.

Because you sense there is an innate decency ('neath the rage
and scars) you find yourself hoping he pulls through the
wreckage that is his existance.

Would easily have given it five stars, except at 245 pages I found Bruno's latest adventure ended way too soon. I would have liked it
if it had gone for another one-hundred or one hundred and fifty pages.
But that's just me.

Actually, I would love to see Fante knock one out of the ball park with a six hundred page beast. You better believe it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST September 29, 2009
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his books keep getting better and better. this one had me laughing out loud.
its like hubert selby jr, but more readable, less jumbled and chaotic.
fante has a fierce, honest, style. his version of LA is brutal. its both disgusting and endearing. when i read his escapades i cringe. its foul world he writes about, but, in a strange way, i want to live in this world.
though his stuff is relentlessly gritty, he doesn't mind getting sentimental. Most writers are too pretentious to write a nice sentimental scene. Fante does it well. theres a little Saroyan in there.
read fante. he's best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw like the blues January 7, 2010
Chump Change , Mooch , Spitting off tall buildings, Short Dog . If you've read any of these books then you'll already have 86'd. If you haven't then quite simply you NEED to . Rarely is a book so compelling that you finish the last page and re-read it cover to cover. 86'd is that good. Fans of Hubert Selby , O'Neill , Bukowski , Hamsun will love 86'd but to be truthful if you can read there's a whole empty shelf in your heart where Dan Fante should be.Bruno Dante's world is one you can lost in , Raw like the blues this is writing that boxes with the greats. Life changing stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living, breathing fiction October 26, 2009
If I had to sing the praises of Dan Fante's marvelous work in one word, it would be "Alive!"

His alter ego, Bruno Dante, is alive in every way, and so are those whom he encounters in his new job as a limousine executive and driver. The book is full of booze, drugs, poetry, self-loathing, and sex -- all rendered with brutal honesty and ruthless comedy.

A very hard book to put down. I started it while waiting for the author to begin speaking at an event, and finished it back home in one sitting.

The style is immediate, spare, and merciless -- a blessed antidote to the lily-livered, the sentimental, and the pretentious.

I also love this book (and all his others) because it shows you the dark, hidden side of Los Angeles life. Not the underbelly exactly. More like the crotch.

Buy the book, then buy all his others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bruno Dante--at your service October 6, 2009
Our rascal, Man-about-town, is at it again: drinking, brawling and, most of all, trying to get the demons inside his head to leave him alone long enough to create something worthwhile on the typer--while driving a limo to make rent and having to deal with some seriously skewed Tinsel Town types.

This is a minor beef, but I hoped that we would finally, in this fourth Dante installment, get a bit of insight into what makes Bruno tick, what are the psychological scars that continue to make him get into the mishaps that he does...because we want the guy to pull through, get on a less destructive path--and lead some kind of sane existance.

Like I said: that's my "beef" with the tome--and it's fairly minor.

Bottom line: Dan Fante can write.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please, more Mr. Fante! October 28, 2009
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There must be a Bruno inside us all, well in me anyways. I loved the scene in the grocery store when Bruno was asked to donate to charity, I want to scream about that too, and fight with the neighbors who keep their lights or music on all night. Bruno's taxi is like a metaphor of life, people jump in and out, we gotta keep driving looking ahead and not back too much. But oh, the rats who jump in and out, the dire depths of the gutter that Bruno explores and challenges and seeks to rise above. God love him, god love us all. This was a terrific read, funny, painful and disgusting, and makes me happy to live in my little ivory tower, only a step away from cabbies and the rats of Bruno's gutter. Please, more Mr. Fante!
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The son of novelist John Fante (Ask the Dust), Dan Fante is the author of the novels 86'd, Chump Change, and Mooch; the short story collection, Short Dog; two books of poetry; and the plays The Boiler Room and Don Giovanni. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he lives in Arizona with his wife and son.

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