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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.
Easy read and extremely heartwarming. His parents remind me of my in laws and I laughed out loud many times at his father's anticsPublished 2 months ago by J. Kal
Another wonderful read from John Fante. He has a poetic way of telling a story and drawing a reader into his tale. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Linda C.
John Fante's FULL OF LIFE is the story of the days leading up to the birth of his first child, while he similtaneously attempts to reconnect with his own father. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dave
Classic book by a respected Italian-American writer. The essence of the first generation immigrants and their children is what makes this book good and it rings true to so many of... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mary Jeanette Mannino
This is a small but memorable novel by John Fante. Blurring the line between fiction and autobiography, it concerns a character named John Fante (a California writer) and his wife... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Richard B. Schwartz
This, like many of Fante's stories/books, is about family...it chronicles the pregnancy and subsequent childbirth of Fante's first child. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lisa Latourette-pershan
This author is always a very Good read... NO DOUBT... Fante as the pre course special to a Bukowski banquet... YES!Published on November 1, 2012 by Reality Al
Originally published by Little, Brown in 1952, "Full of Life" was Fante's third published (fourth written) novel. Read morePublished on May 12, 2009 by D. G. Myers