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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  168 ratings  ·  19 reviews
As father and son John and Dan Fante shared a relationship characterized by competition, resentment, rage and silence. As men, both were driven to succeed by damaged by uncontrollable drinking. As writers, both were gifted with inextinguishable passion. In Fante, Dan Fante traces his family’s history from Los Angeles, where John struggles to gain literary recognition and t ...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Harper Perennial (first published August 2011)
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Aramys
Cinco estrellas merecidísimas, o seis, o siete, que mas da, este es un libro increíble. Increíble, duro, crudo y real; esta BIO de Dan Fante, con toda la historia de su padre, el escritor John Fante y de su familia; madre, hermanos y abuelos, es intensa y esta perfectamente escrita. Con ese tono de realidad sucia heredado de la generación Bukowski y con la calidad de Dan Fante este libro es imprescindible, no ya para todos los que admiramos la persona y la obra de John Fante, si no también para ...more
Hosho
Utterly fantastic. So much of what passes as writing -- no matter the genre -- these days is contrived, commercially considered, wrought by marketing and easy handles and where it's to be shelved. This is not one of those books.

Yes -- there is the built-in intrigue about the Fante family, and readers hungry for details won't be disappointed. But this beautiful book has what too many books lack: a furious, pounding, flawed, and desperate human heart. If every you've felt like a maniac in your own
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Alex Kudera
I think this is Dan Fante's best--lots of good stuff here on father John, son Dan, Hollywood, the seedy underside of NYC, and cameos from plenty of other 20th century American writers. At times, Dan's real life seems crazier than the life of his fictional Bruno Dante; there are a few paragraphs that would get half your students giggling and tweeting like mad geese while a few sourpusses complain to your department chair. In other words, at least sections of it could fit into many different kinds ...more
Mike
This is an interesting book on a lot of different levels. After reading Dan Fante's (largely autobiographical) fiction, I'm willing to pick up anything he writes. To my mind, he's established himself as a talented, not to mention unflinchingly gutsy, writer, without needing to rely on his father's name. But this book offers a window into the lives of both great writers, and the painful relationship between them. It's inspiring that Dan Fante has been able to write like this after so many years o ...more
Adam
While there are some interesting family anecdotes in this memoir, particularly for John Fante fans, it gets bogged down in a hurry when the rest of the Fantes recede into the background and we're left with just Adult Dan Fante at center stage. As a writer, Dan Fante is a poor man's John Fante, consumed with all the same basic literary themes and plagued by some of the same real-life demons. Dan goes through a tough childhood. Dan grows into a womanizing alcoholic with a bad temper and no sense o ...more
Steve Poltrock
Dan Fante is the son of a famous author, John Fante, who wrote about his father and his own tough life. In this book Dan Fante follows this same approach, writing about John Fante and Dan Fante's own tough life. This is a family of alcoholics, and there is little in their lives that is inspirational. Dan Fante describes himself as a serious screwball, destroying himself and those around him with alcohol and nearly killing himself several times. Nonetheless, he had some talents. He learned to sel ...more
Keely
Thank you, Dan Fante, for sharing your slice of the human condition in such an open way. Brutal and to the point, yet inspiring in the end.
Sara Habein
This is a good, entertaining book. I reread many chapters, and I find the included family photos interesting. Now, would his siblings have a different version of events or say he is glossing over some of his own issues? Maybe, but what he presented was compelling. Repeatedly I've said that I like knowing the life stories of people. I like knowing what shaped their character, and Fante is a 2-for-1 deal. Well played, Dan.

(My full review can be found on Glorified Love Letters.)
Ciaran groarke
very interesting view of the life of the great writer John Fante and his family. alcohol,depression, emotional abuse are sad, but all too familiar subjects in artist biographies or memoirs as this is called. Not knocked out by Dan Fante's writing style- but a solid picture of the times, and the life behind the novels.
Keyra
Fante takes the brutal truth to the next level. There were parts of this book that my jaw dropped and I had to reread a couple of sentences. Thanks Fante for your openness to vulnerability. It was also fun to learn about his fathers life, writer John Fante, on a more intimate level through his sons memories.
Larry


If you are a John Fante fan, this is not necessary to read to further your enjoyment of his stuff. If you don't know his son's material, this will make you want to read it. Dan Fante's no-holds-barred account of his life and family is terrific.
Rebecca
I really, really like Dan Fante's work right now... Blunt. Entertaining. I loved this because he weaved his life with his father's and I appreciated his honest account of how he became a writer paralleled with his father's route.
Fredstollergmail.com
I love every part of it- The history of Los Angles and Hollywood, his father's career, Dan Fante's battles, his raw writing style and passion for writing!
Michael
Interesting stories but sloppy writing and poor editing. If your familiar with father and son Fante's work there is not a lot you won't have read before.
G.
A must read for any Fante fan!
Kevin Wilder
A perfect book. Deserves more stars!
Olav Nilsen
A must read. Great book
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