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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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Michael May
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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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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Travis Roberson
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
Anastasia
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
Wolfgang
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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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
Aruna
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
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
Carlos
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.
Vit Babenco
“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
Lupercal
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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eleonora -
Durante un momento di "crisi da lettrice" ho chiesto qualche consiglio sul gruppo di Goodreads Italia, e questa saga è stata una di quelle che mi sono state suggerite. Non avendo mai letto niente di Fante, ho deciso di iniziare dall'inizio, dal primo volume di quella che è famosa per essere una sorta di autobiografia.
Una famiglia italiana in America, una delle tante. Una famiglia povera, che c'è di strano? Una madre devota come poche, tre figli, un padre che lavora poco, le liste dei debiti che
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Ismael Galvan
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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Gary
Sep 27, 2010 Gary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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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Juli
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.
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?
Nancy Torres-Guimaraes
John Fante? Where have you been all these years? I should have read Wait Until Spring, Bandini years ago! On that note: thank you, Charles Bukowski, for introducing me to writer, John Fante.

Wait Until Spring, Bandini is a coming of age novel about a dysfunctional Italian-American family who are trying to survive during the depression era in the state of Colorado, all while attempting to assimilate to American culture. Fante focuses on father and son, Svevo and Arturo Bandini. Young Arturo Bandi
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Marmites
Such a warm story about living in this family, in this town, from a fourteen year olds' perspective. I think the big thing about it was the way he described the characters. He never comes close to saying he loves any of them, but you can tell he does, and you feel it. You really feel it.
Ned Mozier
Evov Bandini, with his broken English and memories of Italy, can't quite make it as a stonecutter in Rocklin CO. His 3 sons and his devout wife are more than he can bear, and making a few extra dollars at the rich widow's house in town backfires horribly when his wife becomes despondent and believes he is cheating. The real story is of the awkward 14 year oldest son, Arturo, who dreams of baseball and is hopelessly in love with Rosa, the dark-haired girl who never acknowledges his existence and ...more
Alfredo
Dice la anécdota que John Fante llegó a ser conocido porque era la principal —o una de las principales— influencia de Bukowski. Y que fue el propio Hank el que promovió los textos de Fante hasta que alguna editorial los publicó. Éxito instantáneo.

¿A qué se debe el éxito de John Fante, más allá de la recomendación de Bukowski, que sin duda es un asunto a considerar? Quizá a la calidez de su prosa. Al modo en el que retrata personajes sufrientes con cariño, con esmero, con la necesidad palpable de
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João Carlos
"A Primavera Há-de Chegar, Bandini" - primeiro livro da saga do Arturo Bandini, foi originalmente publicado em 1938, escrito pelo pouco "conhecido" e "reconhecido" escritor norte-americano John Fante (1909-1983).
No prefácio John Fante escreve "Agora que estou velho, não consigo pensar em "A Primavera Há-de Chegar, Bandini" sem perder o seu rasto no passado. Certas noites, deitado na cama, evoco uma frase, um parágrafo ou uma personagem desse velho livro... É pouco provável que um livro escrito
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Tony
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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Martin
“Sometimes she opened the pages of a woman’s magazine whenever one came her way; those sleek bright magazines that shrieked of an American paradies for women: beautiful furniture, beautiful gowns: of fair women who found romance in yeast: of smart women discussing toilet paper.”

It was an easy read but the writing was exemplary. I grew up in Colorado and the description of a cold December, the shortest days of the year, took me right back to when I was 12 years old, the same age as Arturo. The no
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Brian
Before I read Wait Until Spring, Bandini, I had been aching to read John Fante's novels for awhile. Sadly, his books are difficult to find at major retail establishments as well as used book outlets. This summer, for my birthday, I requested a copy of The Bandini Quartet, which contains the novels Wait Until Spring, Bandini; The Road to Los Angeles; Ask the Dust; and Dreams From Bunker Hill. It is a thick book with a bright blue cover, which includes an introduction by Fante's son, Dan, who is a ...more
Alejandra
Me gusto bastante el estilo de escritura de John Fante, sobre todo la forma en que va cambiando de narrador, sin perder el sentido o la fluidez, me pareció increíble y muy difícil de lograr exitosamente.

Originalmente quería leer Ask the dust, pero como me di cuenta que era la segunda parte de la serie de Arturo Bandini, comencé con este libro. A pesar de que usualmente no me gustan las historias pesimistas o deprimentes, esta fue algo especial. La historia no es nada para nada inusual o original
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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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Emily Grijalva
So I read Ask the Dust first, and now I got a chance to see Bandini's childhood. Kinda felt like a psychologist getting some insight to why he ended up the way he did. And it was a psychologist dream - Catholic school, racism, working class struggle, broken marriage, and always- the burdening definition of masculinity. His relationship with his brothers proved to be funny but at times, heartbreaking; his relationship with his mother- an attentive mother who loses sight of herself in her failing ...more
Adrian Astur Alvarez
I was really surprised by how much I liked this book. The prose was unassuming but able to communicate the inner and outer lives of each character with seamless transition. Fante had such a natural command of voice and character that the novel's structure just sort of fell into place. He may dazzle with high modernist pretensions of language play and aureate description but those literary foundations are all here in humble, utilitarian expression. You could actually draw a line from Henry James ...more
Jeff Swesky
I discovered John Fante by accident, and found his personal story quite interesting. That fact that a lawsuit against his publisher took away money to promote his most critically acclaimed novel, "Ask the Dust." Many feel he could've been up there with the Steinbeck's and Hemingway's if this had not happened.

In "Wait Until Springtime, Bandini," the first of his semi-autobiographical Bandini Quartet, Fante beautifully tells the story of a poor immigrant Italian family during a stark, cold winter
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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 (3 books)
  • The Road to Los Angeles
  • Dreams from Bunker Hill (The Saga of Arthur Bandini, #4)
Ask the Dust The Road to Los Angeles Dreams from Bunker Hill (The Saga of Arthur Bandini, #4) The Brotherhood of the Grape 1933 Was a Bad Year

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“If there is work there is warmth, that when a man has freedom of movement it is enough, for then his blood is hot too” 7 likes
“She had no need in her heart for either book or magazine. She had her own way of escape, her own passage into contentment: her rosary. That string of white beads, the tiny links worn in a dozen places and held together by strands of white thread which in turn broke regularly, was, bead for bead, her quiet flight out of the world. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. And Maria began to climb. Bead for bead, life and living fell away. Hail Mary, Hail Mary. Dream without sleep encompassed her. Passion without flesh lulled her. Love without death crooned the melody of belief. She was away: she was free; she was no longer Maria, American or Italian, poor or rich, with or without electric washing machines and vacuum cleaners; here was the land of all-possessing. Hail Mary, Hail Mary, over and over, a thousand and a hundred thousand times, prayer upon prayer, the sleep of the body, the escape of the mind, the death of memory, the slipping away of pain, the deep silent reverie of belief. Hail Mary and Hail Mary. It was for this that she lived.” 5 likes
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