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Published here for the first time, this text presents a collection of recently-discovered stories by John Fante.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 31st 2002 by Harper Perennial (first published 2000)
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Fewlas
I protagonisti di questi racconti sono quelli classici della letteratura di Fante, che la Mazzucco nell’introduzione giustamente definisce “teatro della memoria”. Gli assidui frequentatori dei libri di questo scrittore si troveranno quindi a loro agio e avranno inoltre l’opportunità di scoprire l’abilità di Fante scrittore di short stories. Racconti ben scritti, ben congeniati, chiusi, indipendenti, che però potrebbero (ed in qualche caso lo fanno davvero) entrare a far parte di un romanzo, tras ...more
Dale Jr.
As it has been said, this is not Fante's best work. However, even though this is true, there are stories, sentences, and simple descriptions in this collection which leave me breathless. Fante has become on of my favorite writers over the past year and a half and I can't seem to get enough of him. I know I'm devouring his words quickly, and I will be saddened to see the platter finished when I read his last words.

For those of you unfamiliar with Fante, do not start with this. Begin with The Roa
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David
I am not going to fill out the good reads with all the past books I read, but as I enroll i notice West of Rome on my shelf. I have recently purged boxes of books almost at random, and I am a little surprised as to what have left. And there next to Curious George and the Bathroom Book is West of Rome. A few years past I went through a Fante faze and only wish that I hadn't, only because I would love to read every one again fresh and new and unprepared. I haphazardly discovered Fante in a book st ...more
Farouk Bahri
17 nouvelles, 17 tranches de vie italienne mais aussi sur l'Amérique après la première guerre mondiale jusqu'aux années 50.
La vie, l'amour, la haine des parents, les soirées ratées, l'alcool, la mama et le vin et les spaghettis... et tout le reste. John Fante est pour moi une belle découverte. De l'amour des poivrons jusqu'au couple qui se déchire d'amour, Fante trace avec sa plume les tourments de l'être humain, sa grandeur et ses bassesses, en un mot : sublime !
Stephane
Good but not the best Fante I've ever read.
Ryan Holiday
Fante was (and is) probably my favorite American fiction writer. His voice is excellent and unique. His insight had depth and subtlety. He wrote with passion and a very real, very gritty force (an ummph). The eponymous story of this collection is one of my Fante favorites. Glad these got collected, and I'm glad there was such a man as John Fante.
Graham
Jul 27, 2008 Graham rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fante fans
The biggest crime is the jackass that convinced Fante to quit his work based on Filipino immigrants in California right before the outbreak of WWII. After reading excerpts from the novel that he was working on (his opus, he claimed), I felt nothing short of robbed that there wasn't more.

Fante -- it would've been great!
Monique
I am truly in love with a dead man. This book of shorts by John Fante has not only inspired me to write more but makes me thirst for more of his stories. I'm going straight to the book shop. I'm hanging a picture of him on my wall and gonna use the ole typewriter again. Magnificent!
Neil McCrea
I've long been a fan of Fante, and as his novels often feel very episodic to me I felt his short stories ought to be just about perfect. Ironically, I found many of them to feel like orphaned excerpts from a larger work. Worth reading, but not as spiffo as i expected.
Lorena Drapeau
this was put together by a fan of fante's and his wife. it is obvious that these are his "sketchs" and what he used to outline his other books. not stories that were complete or prepared for print. and yet... despite that i was just happy to have more words of his to read...
Lenore
Nov 29, 2007 Lenore rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: short story readers
For those of us who came of age in the 1950's, this author has eveything right. He follows the Italian communities mid-century, and the stories are funny, sad and very politically incorrect - thank goodness.
Clayton Hauck
Overall solid. A few of the short stories are fantastic, my favorite being "To Be a Monstrous Clever Fellow" and "Mary Osaka, I Love You". If anything, at least give those a read.
Jonathan Terranova
At times brilliant. Really enjoyed 'I am a writer of truth' 'Mary Osaka I love you and Jakie's Mother. Some of the stories however were as dull as ditchwater...
Jenny G
i don't really like this book because I have the strange feeling that Fante didn't write these stories. Something is just wrong stylistically.
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Anja
Some stories definitely better than others with "Mary Osaka, I Love You" and "The Sins of the Mother" for me being the best.
Candice Lango
Beautiful collection of thought provoking stories...will most likely read my favorites again.
Dean Moberly
Feb 16, 2008 Dean Moberly is currently reading it
Stiiiiiiiiiil learnin'.
Eva
so far... love it.
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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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