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The John Fante Reader

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  125 ratings  ·  8 reviews
It's not every day that a writer, almost unheard of in his lifetime, emerges twenty years after his death as a voice of his generation. But then again, there aren't many writers with such irrepressible genius as John Fante.

The John Fante Reader is the important next step in the reintroduction of this influential author to modern audiences. Combining excerpts from his novel
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 24th 2002 by Harper Perennial (first published 2002)
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Marianne Bucci
Excellent anthology of short stories and chapters from Fante's published novels dealing with the Italian-American experience. Fante, an incredibly gifted writer of the 20th century is often overlooked in lists of recommended reading. A modern author who ranks with Steinbeck and Uris. Give this a chance!
Ari
Fante is, of course, classic Los Angeles, and this is a great selection of his works. I wasn't crazy about the way different serial stories were interspersed, with the title identified only at the end, but other than that, great.
Cherie
B- I liked Ask the Dust better; a lot of these essays, short stories and prose pieces are repetitive in theme and topic, and I ended up skimming some of the later pieces.
brook
I liked it, and I can see a lot of Bukowski in it. Fante's voices are a little whinier at times, but I like the relate-able flaws in the characters. Going through this reminded me of going through Buk's novels and seeing the author age (as you are, in fact, doing with Fante). The letters at the end are really their own mini-timeline, and show a bit of the man changing, but also how an unknown got into the world of authorship.

By coincidence, a day after reading this I watched the ok-but-not-great
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Russ
Nov 11, 2007 Russ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
The fact that a writer of this caliber, was greatly ignored in his lifetime is a shame.His coming of age stories in this book are eye opening and a treat.
David Enos
Learn about Italian ways. He writes plain as can be, blurts out some unexpectedly perfect descriptions of hard to explain feelings.
Vanessa
Thanks to a little someone who used to work at Pulp Fiction.
Whit Hodges
Sep 23, 2007 Whit Hodges rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
fante can do no wrong
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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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