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.
An early attempt by a writer who got better with age and experience. Fante deserves an audience.Published 1 month ago by Phillyboy in the Yucatan
I love Arturo Bandini but I thought this one was a bit inconsequential :/.Published 6 months ago by Remi Zagari
John Fante is one of my favorite writers. Like many people, I learned about him from Charles Bukowski. He is one of the few writers that Bukowski genuinely revered. Read morePublished 11 months ago by S Shepark
I want those hours back. Character was annoying and it didn't seem to have any point. Don't think I will try any more of his books.Published 13 months ago by Christine Gordon
Arturo Bandini is out of his mind and I loved it.
I especially liked the tangents this nutcase would have.
John Fante is such a great writer (page 11, Road to Los Angeles), I wonder how many people copied him, and never gave him credit. I think I know who they are. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mikael Covey
Like many modern readers, I suppose, it was my appreciation for the work of Charles Bukowski that led me to his great idol, John Fante. Read morePublished 21 months ago by MJB-ATL
Another book requested by my son. This was a must have but I don't think he's read it yet. He's too busy getting caught up on his other books.Published 22 months ago by Joy Osborne
John Fante is the undisputed champion of Los Angeles literature (in my world). He inspired Bukowski, who is runner up, so get this book and read it.Published 23 months ago by Disappointed