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.
I have read two of Fante's novels; they were pretty good, but this collection of short stories is the best thing I have read by him so far. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Al Singh
More versions of his pseudo-historical youth. Different perspectives that blur his lines of fiction and personal history. As usual, all are well told tales.Published 18 months ago by J. Fetzer
Anyone interested in early Fante should read this book which includes Dago Red which was published as a separate volume. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Michael H. Tidemann
This collection of Fante's short stories is worth having, but shop around for a copy under $35. There are some really great stories here, but don't go through this book all at... Read morePublished on July 21, 2007 by Zelie Nic
There are some decent stories here. Almost all of them end abruptly. John writes of the joy and tragedy of life. His bandini series of novels are better. Read morePublished on January 10, 2007 by William D. Tompkins