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Aspetta primavera, Bandini (The Saga of Arthur Bandini #1)

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Arturo ha quattordici anni, abita in America, in uno sperduto paesino sulle montagne e possiede una slitta. Per il resto avrebbe preferito chiamarsi John, e di cognome, invece che Bandini, Jones. La madre e il padre sono italiani immigrati, ma lui avrebbe preferito essere americano. Poi c'è nonna Toscana, che considera il genero Svevo, padre di Arturo, un fallito, e la fig ...more
Paperback, Gli Alianti #30 , 189 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Marcos y Marcos (first published 1938)
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Tonio Diez capítulos en 216 páginas (Ed. Anagrama, PN 481)

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Teresa
Jun 24, 2015 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-usa, e5
Também eu, Arturo. Também já fui má quando a vida destruiu injustamente os meus sonhos.
Também eu, Svevo. Também já me deixei cair em tentação e feri cruelmente quem me amava.
Também eu, Maria. Também já me senti a morrer de amor e a odiar quem tanto amava.

(Quem não?)

Até já, Bandini (Fante)...
Travis Roberson
Sep 22, 2011 Travis Roberson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really don't feel like typing a lot here right now. I decided to read this book after being told my many people that if I liked Bukowski I would enjoy Fante, that Bukowski admittedly ripped most of his style from Fante. I can see that when reading Fante's work, but I still find them to both be worlds apart in some ways. Though they both share the same style of implementing simple language into their works (which I'm fond of), Fante tends to write more poetically (which I'm also fond of). But e ...more
Michael May
Dec 05, 2011 Michael May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Carnegie-Stout Public library in Dubuque has several novels and short-story collections by one of America's most underappreciated writers of literary fiction, John Fante (1909-1983).

Fante’s debut novel, Wait Until Spring, Bandini, is a semiautobiographical story about a young Italian American boy, Arturo Bandini, who lives in small-town, Depression-era Colorado. During "the deep days, the sad days" of a hard winter, when Arturo's out-of-work immigrant father disappears and his mother suffers a b
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Lyn
Jun 24, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been said of John Fante that he is one of America’s “criminally neglected authors.” I would add that this is not a misdemeanor but a felony. I only discovered his work when I read Darrell Kastin’s wonderfully entertaining Shadowboxing With Bukowski and learned that Fante had been an influence on the Barfly.

Wait Until Spring, Bandini is Fante’s introduction to the world of Svevo Bandini, one of the criminally neglected characters in literature. First published in 1938, between the Great De
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Patrizia O
Non riesco a convincermi che una cosa scritta tanto tempo fa mi risulti così dolce nel dormiveglia e tuttavia non riesco a guardarmi indietro, riaprendo e rileggendo il mio primo romanzo. Ho paura, non sopporto l’idea di vedermi sotto la luce della mia prima opera. Sono certo che non la rileggerò più. Di una cosa però son sicuro: tutta la gente della mia vita di scrittore, tutti i miei personaggi si ritrovano in questa mia prima opera. Di me non c’è più niente, solo il ricordo di vecchie camere
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*Marija*
Aug 04, 2016 *Marija* rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Sve što je ikada pogledala bilo je njeno, i sve što je on ikada pogledao, bilo je njeno."
Konserve Ruhlar
Mar 10, 2016 Konserve Ruhlar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Şiir gibi bir roman.
Stand By Me
È possibile la scrittura di un romanzo davvero drammatico che riesca anche a divertire? Aspetta primavera, Bandini ne è la prova, un libro veramente delicato che riesce a bilanciare delle sensazioni molto contrastanti.
John Fante racconta la vita degli immigrati italiani in America, tra differenze culturali, difficoltà economiche ed istruzione. Temi che spesso si scontrano con l'idea del sogno americano e della grande prosperità, portando spesso l'immigrato a una situazione al limite della soprav
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Wolfgang
Jul 01, 2011 Wolfgang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fante's writing style is in some ways so refreshing given how so many current writers flex their vocabulary as a bodybuilder on too much steroids (kind of like this sentence). His words aren't overwrought, and there's very little that's unnecessary. When he describes something it's simple, yet still poignant.

The story revolves around a young immigrant boy in Colorado in the 20s I believe, along with his unemployed father, and catholic mother. Fante's two male main characters can be truly despic
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Anastasia
Sep 14, 2014 Anastasia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 0-2013
Non lo so se ormai si tratta solo del considerevole aiuto di un entusiasmo nostalgico appena apro un altro Fante da bruciare, ma possibile che mi ritrovi per la seconda volta di filo a dire eh, ma questo è il migliore di tutti? Mi era già successo con La confraternita dell'uva che mi aveva conquistata dopo tantissimi altri rapporti ormai d'affetto e consuetudine fra me e il buon vecchio John, ma per me qui ha sbancato un'altra volta. Ecco di nuovo quel Bandini inaspettatamente vitale per me che ...more
Vanessa
This was my first John Fante book, and it was an interesting start to his work. I had originally intended to begin with Ask the Dust, which appealed to me in that it follows a misanthropic writer, but after purchasing the Bandini Quartet, I knew I had to start at the beginning and go in chronological order through the character's life.

For those who like plot-heavy books, this is definitely not for you. Not much happens in this book at all. We follow primarily Arturo (Arthur) Bandini, a poor Ital
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Núria
No tan buena y fascinante como 'Pregúntale al polvo' pero también recomendable. Arturo Bandini (el protagonista de estas y otras novelas de Fante) es para mí uno de los grandes personajes de la literatura. Aquí está a punto de terminar la escuela primaria, pero está de lo más mosqueado porque en la escuela cuando los ordenan por estatura él siempre tiene que ir delante de cagones más pequeños que él pero más altos, como el estúpido de su hermano pequeño. Arturo Bandini es hijo de italianos, pero ...more
Gary
Sep 27, 2010 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bukowski fans, beat readers.
This is an exceptional book. I finished it in a couple of days, which for me is something. I want to thank my friend Christine for bringing Fante to my attention.

His writing is clear, and flows so easy. The story itself is about an Italian-American family in CO in the late thirties.

Life for the Bandini's is a stuggle, both financially and emotionally. Yet for what could be seen as a very grim read, there is within Fante's story a measure of hope.
This is one of a quartet of books that follow Artu
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Vit Babenco
Dec 15, 2014 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“At once Federico and Arturo left the table. This was old stuff to them. They knew he was going to tell them for the ten thousandth time that he made four cents a day carrying stone on his back, when he was a boy, back in the Old Country, carrying stone on his back, when he was a boy. The story hypnotized Svevo Bandini. It was dream stuff that suffocated and blurred Helmer the banker, holes in his shoes, a house that was not paid for, and children that must be fed. When I was a boy: dream stuff. ...more
Aruna
Dec 17, 2011 Aruna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple but very effective writing. I like anything that deals with childhood memories and teenage crushes and Fante seems to have depicted this so effortlessly. The most striking thing for me was how Arturo thinks of his mother. Knowing how beautiful she was and wishing it now that she wasn't, hoping she was more like his friends' mother, kissing an old photograph of hers. I have never ever before read or known this feeling to be true and now that I have read it, it only seems natural. I guess, ...more
Arzu
May 21, 2012 Arzu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bandini dörtlemesinin yazılış sırasına göre 2.kitabı.

Birçok okuyucuya göre Ask the Dusk'ın gölgesinde kalsa da, naif ve şiirsel anlatımıyla dikkat çekiyor.

Dindar bir anne, geçici işlerde çalışan bir baba, kardeşler ve büyümenin sancısı. Üstelik yoksul bir hayat! Dildeki samimiyet büyüleyici, hikayeyi okurken yaşatan kitaplardan...
Carlos
Nov 21, 2013 Carlos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un muy impactante retrato, tan crudo como bien narrado de los motivos dentro de una familia pobre. Svevo Bandini es un personaje relatado con una crudeza que da miedo.

De lo mejor que he leído este año, si no lo mejor.
Lupercal
Jan 04, 2014 Lupercal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fante's first published novel (the earlier 'The Road to Los Angeles' was discovered by his widow and son in a filing cabinet after his death), 1938's 'Wait for Spring' is a companion piece to 1940's 'Dago Red' - which was re-released as 'The Wine of Youth', with additional, later stories added.

Like Bukowski, Fante used a thinly disguised alter ego to make novels and stories of near biography. Unlike Bukowski there is a naked, uncontrived innocence which chimes through Fante's best work. 'Dago Re
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Ismael Galvan
Jul 12, 2013 Ismael Galvan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Fante is a writer who still isn't getting his due as one of the greats. I read Ask the Dust, The Road to Los Angles, and Brotherhood of the Grape before reading the one that started the Bandini series, Wait Until Spring, Bandini.

The story is a family drama told in a tough realist style. Its prose resembles the hard-boiled style of the pulp fiction era, like Raymond Chandler without the crime. The entire book reeks with the authenticity of growing up poor in an immigrant home. The family has
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Kye Alfred Hillig
This book shows how miscommunication can tear people apart. You get to watch how mistakes can snowball into tragedy. This poor family is down at the bottom with no money. They love each other but they just can't seem to get it write. You hate characters and then you love them and like Run Rabbit Run you want to sit down and tell the characters why their lives are so fucked up. John Fante was way ahead of his time. I definitely suggest this book to folks who enjoy Authors like Bukowski or Hemingw ...more
Mel Bossa
Sep 30, 2015 Mel Bossa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0008-fiction
Touching. Real. Stayed up too late to finish it.
Maybe it's because I'm half Italian and oh, the pathos.
But what really got me was the bare to the bone inner dialogue of the characters, especially Arturo's.
There was so much honesty in that kid.
The preface of this edition in which John Fante writes that he's an old man and nothing of him remains that is in this book, his first, except for the sound of his mother's slippers on the floor as she shuffled to the kitchen...
It's that kind of Italian n
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Jonathan
Apr 23, 2016 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bukowski fans, Steinbeck fans
Wait Until Spring, Bandini is a story of an Italian immigrant family living in a small-town in Colorado called Rocklin. The father, Svevo, came to America in his early twenties; he's now in his forties and is struggling to make ends meet as a bricklayer, especially during the winter months, which is when this novel is set.
Svevo Bandini's eyes watered in the cold air. They were brown, they were soft, they were a woman's eyes. At birth he had stolen them from his mother — for after the birth of S
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Tony
Oct 15, 2011 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WAIT UNTIL SPRING, BANDINI. (1938). John Fante. ****.
This is the first novel in the Bandini saga by this author. (See my earlier blurb for the second novel, though the fourth in the series.) Fante was an Italian-American writer born and raised in Colorado (1909-1983), though he ultimately moved to LA where he became a screenwriter. Most of his film credits were for films I never heard of, except for his screenplay for Nelson Algren’s “A Walk on the Wild Side.” Beside the four novels in the “Sag
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Lorenzo Berardi
I remember reading this one in the summer of 2005 while sitting in the hall of the old Deichmanske Library in Oslo.
(I wonder if that library is still open. It's a place I like to recall).

The adventures of a young Arturo Bandini and his family in cold Colorado were really entertaining and particularly easy to read for the poor written English reader I was at that time.
Yet, the simplicity of style didn't affect the goodness of this novel.

I confess how I fall in love too easily with books flirting
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Jale
Dec 15, 2015 Jale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okuduğum ilk John Fante kitabı. Basit, sıradan sözcüklerle etkileyici, büyüleyici, sürükleyici bir metin nasıl oluşturulurun karşılığı olmalı Fante. Ve Bandini, Arturo Bandini, nasıl da merak ediyorum yetişkinliğini...
Matthew
Mar 05, 2016 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Coloradans
I continue to be mystified as to why John Fante is has not yet been beatified as a literary saint in his native Colorado, but it needs to happen. Part one of the Bandini quartet of semi-autobiographical novels takes place entirely in Boulder, Colorado, where I was born and spent many years. The Boulder of a hundred years ago, a small town of 10,000, is still very recognizable. The young Bandini spends much of his time in boyhood pursuits down on Pearl Street, mixing with the college kids, and al ...more
Fabrizio
Jun 23, 2015 Fabrizio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un retrato muy acertado de la disfuncionalidad de las familias de clase media. Pese a ser un libro de los años 30, se siente súper fresco y actual, y a pesar de que es de hace tantos años los problemas domésticos más comunes siguen siendo hoy los mismos lamentablemente, muy arraigados en los modelos estructurales del neoliberalismo sobre familia y supervivencia.
Es entretenida la forma en que Fante se ríe del catolicismo profundo, de la fe, y de lo absurdo que a veces somos los seres humanos cuan
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Juli
May 31, 2007 Juli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: haveread
a perfectly perfect novel. the Bandini series is what made Fante a hero amongst literary giants, and i will admit that his short stories tend to fall a bit, well, short. but this, the first in the Bandini series, far outshines the more popular "ask the dust" (oh and collin farrel my ASS!) - you will truly KNOW Arturo Bandini after you read this one. You might not like him later, but you'll dig where he's coming from. and that's something, at least...
Murat G.
Apr 14, 2015 Murat G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ekitap-pdf
Mevzubahis John Fante olunca, tarafsız olamıyorum, zaten öyle bir iddiam da yok ya, neyse.

Fante, lanet olası İtalyan, yine yağ gibi yazıyor. Kelimelerle tablo çizer Fante, böyledir bu, üstelik soyut çalışmaz.

Kitap tek başına ele alındığında sıradan gelebilir. Ama Arturo Bandini'yi bilenler, sevenler, kendine yakın hissedenler, Bandini serisini bilenler için öyle değil.

Arturo'nun, dünya üzerindeki belki de çilli tek İtalyan Arturo'nun, ufak tefek ve çirkin belki ama güçlü Arturo'nun, ilk gençli
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Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
Strange how many people have shelved this as "contemporary", given it was published in 1938. How OLD are these reviewers?
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Fante's early years were spent in relative poverty. The son of an Italian born father, Nicola Fante, and an Italian-American mother, Mary Capolungo, Fante was educated in various Catholic schools in Boulder, Colorado and briefly attended the University of Colorado.

In 1929, he dropped out of college and moved to Southern California to concentrate on his writing. He lived and worked in Wilmington, L
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Other Books in the Series

The Saga of Arthur Bandini (4 books)
  • The Road to Los Angeles (The Saga of Arthur Bandini, #2)
  • Ask the Dust (Arthur Bandini, #3)
  • Dreams from Bunker Hill (The Saga of Arthur Bandini, #4)

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