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West of Rome Paperback – May 30, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0876856772 ISBN-10: 0876856776

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (May 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876856776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876856772
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

John Fante was a great writer.
George Schaefer
Not sure how much this resembles his real life, i have the feeling, like much of his other work, that the story closely resembles his life.
Ming Cheng
This book felt like an old man sharing life-stories with someone from the torn seat cushion of a worn, comfortable couch.
R. P. Lester

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By George Schaefer on March 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
John Fante was a great writer. I was introduced to his books through Charles Bukowski. I have read most of his available works. West of Rome is a great book. It contains two novellas. The first one My Dog Stupid is a glorious tale. Fante really captures the feeling of Italian Americans in the early part of the 20th Century. Some may not like the ethnicity but to me it lends a heartrending realism to the stories. The reader will probably feel the emotions of the characters as they tackle life problems. (I almost feel like Bill Clinton here: I feel your pain, man) The story revolves around a family with kids finally grown and setting out for life and their parents adapting to the changes. The dog that enters into their life becomes a motif for the changes in their world. It is a beautiful tale. The second story The Orgy is not as good but it is still classic Fante. This is a grossly underrated writer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By cortright Mcmeel on June 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
After reading the classic tale of Arturo Bandini's struggle against the world in "Ask the Dust," I continued to buy Fante novel after Fante novel hoping to find that bellicose charm and straight forward prose that made me laugh out loud. However, 1933 was a Bad Year, Full of Life and Dreams of Bunker Hill did't quite make the cuts. As I read these novels I felt Fante somehow wasn't up to the task of telling the tale all the way through. There wasn't that Bandiniesque immediacy, the unique voice frought with passion and toughness. Well, the first novella in this two novella collection, "My Dog Stupid", has that Ask the Dust magic. Bandini By the Tail. Its Bandini against big dogs, sons in laws, uptight Hollywood lawyers and thankless children. But it isn't without it's heart-warming qualities that shows Fante has mellowed with age like a fine port without losing any of his potency. Always good for a laugh, a smile, a "Hurrah", Fante holds a special place in the American canon. I once said to my wife Graham Greene can write and plot circles around Fante, but if what Emerson said is true that "character is higher than intellect", then no wonder Fante is the guy you want to polish off a bottle with.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher B. OHara on November 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
Jusr read the first of what I hope to be many Fante books, which was recommended to me by a fellow Bukowski fan. It has been a long time since I laughed out loud reading, and that was a true pleasure. If you like Hem, Bukowski, or any other writer with a gift for a tough, workmanlike line, then Fante is like pudding.
The first novella, "My Dog Stupid" introduces the reader to the harrowing family life of an underemployed Hollywood wrtiter in the late 60's--from the slacker son who makes his mother write college essays to the daughter who "runs away" with her surfer boyfriend for a week at a time, returning to pick up wine and fresh towels.
This is all viewed from the jaundiced eye of the protaginist, who find himself having to decide between his fantasies of a life in Rome, his newly found stray Akita, and dealing with his harried, embittered wife.
Nice stuff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
"Mon chien stupide" means : my stupid dog, is the french title of this book. I loved this book because you really undersand the core of the story at the last page. If you think that you ruined your life: read this book...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Jay Lutener on October 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
West of Rome is to me, the crowning achievement of Fante's career. The first novella, My Dog Stupid, is the finest exploration of middle age and transition that I have ever had the fortune to course my eyes over. The mixture of unease, revulsion, conflict and love all painted in Fante's unmistakable style creates such longing within the reader that going to the movies for the next year seems an appalling proposition. I recommend this book without hesitation to those who have yet to be exposed to the marvel that is John Fante, and to those who have walked with this writer before. 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
this is an interesting tale- whatever your situation in life is, this book makes you feel better due to all the hardships the charecters go thru-
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Not that I don't love reading about Fante's alter ego, it's just a nice change of pace. Although this is yet another alter ego, just with a different name. The narrative of an older writer with four adult children that live with him and his wife. Not sure how much this resembles his real life, i have the feeling, like much of his other work, that the story closely resembles his life. My favorite character is a seemingly homosexual rogue dog that comes to make his home with the writer, much to the displeasure of his wife and daughter. The story does take a strange left turn and veers suddenly in the last part of the book back to the narrators childhood(colorado again). Still, the best Fante book I've read, though I need to read Ask the Dust again(it's been to many years). Cheers!!
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