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The John Fante Reader

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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
Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 24th 2002 by Ecco (first published 2002)
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Grit-Lit - Writing that Bleeds
26th out of 88 books — 26 voters
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Jul 19, 2010 Ari rated it liked it
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.
Nov 04, 2009 Cherie rated it it was ok
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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.
Matt Staff
Sep 02, 2015 Matt Staff rated it it was amazing
Fante has it. Whatever "it" is. I don't know. Maybe the "it" factor boils down to a genius of kinds. That quote right, goes something like..."genius is the ability to make the complex simple.." Reading's hard sometimes. It is isn't it? We'll wake up groggy, or go to bed exhausted, and want no more than a quick escape--a few chapters to be sure--of digestible 'check-the-fuck-out-and-think-about-something-else. Sadly, a lot of what's out there, the books I've come across at the young and ignorant ...more
Marianne Bucci
Jun 09, 2010 Marianne Bucci rated it really liked it
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!
May 04, 2015 brook rated it liked it
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
Tony Peterson
May 01, 2016 Tony Peterson rated it it was amazing
Not enough people know John Fante and that is a damn shame.
Nov 11, 2007 Russ rated it really liked it
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
Dec 02, 2007 David Enos rated it really liked it
Learn about Italian ways. He writes plain as can be, blurts out some unexpectedly perfect descriptions of hard to explain feelings.
Jul 16, 2012 Vanessa rated it really liked it
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Thanks to a little someone who used to work at Pulp Fiction.
Whit Hodges
Sep 23, 2007 Whit Hodges rated it it was amazing
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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