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The Wine of Youth

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  1,133 ratings  ·  43 reviews
This new edition of the legendary Dago Red, first published in 1940, contains seven new stories, including "A Nun No More" and "My Father’s God."
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 16th 2002 by Harper Perennial (first published 1940)
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Oscar
Descubierto tardíamente, John Fante escribió una serie de novelas cuyos protagonistas, la mayoría de veces alter egos del propio autor, le servían para describir sus fracasos como escritor en ciernes. John Fante escribe desde la ternura y el humor, para narrarnos sus experiencias con la religión, el matrimonio, el trabajo y la familia, casi siempre de origen italiano.

‘El vino de la juventud’ guarda muchos puntos en común con sus novelas ‘La hermandad de la uva’, ‘Un año pésimo’ y ‘Llenos de vida...more
Joe Alewine
If for nothing else than "A Wife for Dino Rossi," Fante deserves to be considered in the top echelon's of American writing.
Thatsbadshiva
Light, funny, deceptively simple and stylish as heck. And the story, Home Sweet Home is the finest short story ever written. It reads like poetry. Truly a writer's writer, ol' John Fante!
Eli
Young Fante first writings. Simply beautiful.
Andrés Cabrera
Relatos cargados de amor y soledad, del dolor dulce que deja la cercanía con alguien que se quiere. Esto es John Fante: sentimientos que bullen en las palabras, y que chocan en el pecho, agrietándolo, sumiéndolo en la alegría de vivir.

Los relatos constitutivos del libro son de su primera formación literaria. Allí, ya se empiezan a ver varias escenas posteriormente retomadas en sus novelas, sobre todo en "Espera la primavera, Bandini", "Sueños de Bunker Hill" y "La hermandad de la Uva". Eso sí, c...more
Lane Wilkinson
Isn't Black Sparrow Press great!

This collection represents Fante at his best. Recounting his Italy-meets-the-Front-Range upbringing, Fante is never again so lucid and engaging.
Matthew
bukowski who?
Lolo
Un recueil de nouvelles mettant en scène majoritairement le même héros, un jeune américain, fils d'immigrants italiens. Sa famille vit dans une petite ville des États-Unis, dans une simplicité proche du dénuement, une forme de misère même, dont le père est l'artisan majeur ; violent, volage, joueur et un peu alcoolique, il fait planer un climat de terreur sur ses proches. Ainsi, on suit les traces de cette tribu, au travers de ces histoires plus ou moins courtes, allant de la rencontre des paren...more
Cibernetes
Cuentos escritos con maestría, trece relatos que harán sonreír al lector. Todos los relatos, exceptuando los dos últimos, giran en torno a una familia de origen italiano. El narrador es el hijo mayor, las historias se desarrollan en Colorado en los años veinte. Asistimos a sus encuentros y desencuentros del narrador con su familia y con su creencia católica. El libro es un verdadero banquete literario.
Hamish
A high two stars. There are a couple of really good stories in here (Scoundrel, In the Spring, A Kidnapping In the Family) that bring to mind Fante's best work, but there's also a lot of corniness and false sentimentality. I like Fante, I really do, but most of this showcases his worst tendencies. For example, several of the stories take place when our protagonist is a kid or in his early teens and he changes his prose style to reflect the way a boy that age would write. I guess in theory it's c...more
Jorge
una novela que cargada de relatos te hace disfrutar la peculiar forma de tomar a un personaje que fue creado para entretener y cargarlo de aventuras y desventuras, de miedos y sueños, rodeandolo de una familia complicada pero igual de interesante... cada historia se paladea de muy buen gusto. febrero 2014
Şükrü Çetinkaya
''bu adamlar için ölüm gizemlerin en büyüğüydü, oysa kadınlar tanrının işine karışılmaz inancı ile durumu kabullenmiş ağlıyorlardı. erkekler o eski, insan beyni kadar eski ve soğuk deyişlere sığınıyorlardı. üzgündüler, ama üzülmek gerektiği için; yürekleri kan ağlamıyordu.''
Mark
A collection of short stories: some great others too full of Catholic angst.
TrumanCoyote
Rather episodic--despite what one perceives as the attempt to tie all the stories together (or the assumption that they will mesh). Best story "Home Sweet Home"--sort of reminding me of "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities"--the only one that really stands out like that. And a few good lines--like: "The water was too cold for drinking. It seized your teeth like electricity and you sucked it timidly." Basically this sort of Saroyan mishmash--where you just put everything down pellmell without reflec...more
Thatsbadshiva
The finest short stories ever written. Especially, The Odyssey of a Wop and My Mother's Goofy Song. Classical Fante at his best. I could actually see him slipping the story into a mailbox as he waited by the desk in his sunny bedroom looking at the palm tree, with a growling empty stomach for a cheque to arrive from the magazine. The earlier stories have that familiar roughness and show signs of struggling genius. While the stories at the end, the later stories, are masterfully written with not...more
Jeff
This book was a bit more good-natured than my typical reading. I don't usually read stories where the narrator is a child or someone looking back on their childhood.

The best parts for me were the Catholic-guilt sections.

A couple of the stories dealt with the author in adulthood, getting away from religion to the despair of his family - I wonder if that's a theme of Fante's L.A. novels.

3.5 stars
TC Jones
The Dago Red collection takes the cake. Some of the best are "A kidnaping in the Family", "Altar Boy", "My Mother's Goofy Song", and my personal favorite "Home Sweet Home".
Jeremy
Sep 22, 2008 Jeremy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: few
Shelves: fiction-general
A collection of short stories that are really only of interest to someone who has completed most of his novels, and even then only if you want to see how he built up a bunch of similar short stories into a few novels. Just borrow it from me if you want to read it.
Jacob
with a jewish dad and an italian mom, this felt like the perfect follow up read after portnoy's complaint. also, as a bukowski groupie, this was a swell bookend for ham on rye. moreover, a great tale of developmental conflict and identity assertion.
Dauro Veras
Um dos melhores livros de contos que já li. Nessas histórias sobre sua infância e adolescência numa família de imigrantes italianos, John Fante mostra perfeito domínio da arte narrativa, que ao mesmo tempo faz rir e emociona.
Fabio Franca
This is my favorite book. Touching short-stories gems about love, family, Italians, school, religion, and so on. All written with such passion that there is no way you can ignore it.
Joe Natoli
A love letter to growing up Italian. I came from two 100% Sicilian families, and nearly all my relatives could be the character in this book. Couldn't love it more.
Harry
It was a fine short story collection. A Wife for Dino Rossi in particular was the standout piece. The entire book was worth reading for that story alone.
Semih Mutlu
"Çok kötü" dedi Pacito Celestino.
"Delilik" dedi Vivente Macario.
"Felaket" dedi Delfin Denisio. "Korkunç."
"Aşk" dedi Julio Sal. "Çok güzel."
incipit mania
Jul 30, 2013 incipit mania marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Incipit

Alle medie mia madre andò a scuola dalle suore ...

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incipit mania
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Incipit

C’era un vecchio baule nella camera da letto di mamma ...

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Tom Gray
The first story in this book made me cry while I standing in a fiction aisle in the Barnes & Nobles in Tribeca with falafel on my breath.
incipit mania
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Incipit

Il suo nome era Dino Rossi ...

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Kevin Kizer
I had always heard that Bukowski found Fante inspirational. I can see why. Very similar styles. Short, concise, direct.
Jennifer
Especially good if you grew up in a crazy Catholic family. After a while it gets repetative, though...
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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.

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