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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,576 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
1933 was a Bad Year is one of a number of short, powerful novels that John Fante wrote in the 1930s and 1940s, chronicling young, aspiring men trapped in dire economic circumstances. Dominic Molise, a 17-year-old from a poverty-stricken Italian-American family residing in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains, dreams of becoming a major-league baseball player and, in the proc ...more
139 pages
Published September 28th 2007 (first published 1985)
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Fewlas
Oct 31, 2012 Fewlas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana, john-fante
Fante ritorna alla sua adolescenza in Colorado per raccontare la storia di Dominic Molise e del suo Braccio, unica promessa di un futuro migliore. I guizzi muscolari del suo mancino sembrano scandire insieme al suo padrone le sillabe di una parola sempre presente all’orizzonte di Bandini-Molise: FA-MA.. FA-MA. Un Braccio che potrebbe assicurargli un futuro come lanciatore nei Cubs e che si merita quindi tutte le attenzioni possibili.

Un romanzo incompiuto, nel senso che Fante avrebbe voluto aggiu
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RandomAnthony
This book is so close a re-write of Wait Until Spring, Bandini and Brotherhood of the Grape that I'm not sure why it exists other than Fante wanting to add the baseball/romance elements in different ways. That's okay. Also, this book is described in some places as "unfinished" because of a posthumous publication. I'm not sure if Mr. Fante would have revised or broadened the novel had he lived. Still, I don't mean to sound critical. 1933 Was a Bad Year is solid, and Fante writes so beautifully ab ...more
Murat G.
Oct 03, 2015 Murat G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh be! Uzuuun bekleyişin ardından sonunda kavuştuk bu kitaba. Yeni baskısı yoktu ve ikinci eli de bulunmuyordu çünkü. Kitaba yorum yapmaya gerek duymuyorum. " john fante söyler sözü, yaş doludur iki gözü, bilmeyen ne bilsin bizi, bilenlere selam olsun.." :)

Kurucu babalarımızdan John Fante'ye ve Yunus Emre'ye selam olsun. Biz kim miyiz? Söylemem :)
Ginny_1807
Sep 24, 2012 Ginny_1807 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pubblicato postumo, il romanzo rivisita alcuni dei temi già cari a Fante: la famiglia italo-americana che vagheggia il ritorno ai luoghi di origine, il padre scapestrato e gaudente oggetto di amore e disapprovazione, la madre pia e dedita unicamente alla casa e ai figli, le speranze, le frustrazioni giovanili e, soprattutto, i sogni che premono, incalzano, perennemente strozzati dalla povertà che non consente il minimo progresso.
Ciò che differenzia radicalmente questa opera dalle precedenti del
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Callie S.
Oct 27, 2012 Callie S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forte braccio e super-Fante

Tutte le volte in cui leggo Fante mi pongo la stessa, ridicola domanda: perché, se ti piace così tanto, tra un libro e l’altro fai passare anni?
Me lo sono chiesto, nemmeno a dirlo, anche questa volta, e credo di aver trovato una risposta, se non plausibile, almeno soddisfacente: perché la bellezza va centellinata.
1933 è una storia dalla semplicità esemplare, ma raccontata così bene da diventare, ai miei occhi, il paradigma di uno stile perfetto.
Fante imbandisce l’epica
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Oscar
Este es el quinto libro de los ocho publicado por John Fante que leo, y me he dado cuenta de que forman parte de un mismo todo. Por un lado tenemos la tetralogía de Arturo Bandini, en la que Fante nos cuenta su vocación de escritor, y por otro lado tenemos a la familia Molise, que Fante utiliza para contarnos los poblemas, sinsabores y alegrías de la familia. No es que sean libros autobiográficos, sino que utiliza diversos alter egos para contarnos aquello que le interesa y que se parece mucho a ...more
Brenda
Mar 26, 2009 Brenda rated it really liked it
1933. Dominic Molise tiene 17 años. Es hijo de un albañil que tiene meses sin trabajo; es hijo de un albañil que desea, exige, que Dominic también sea albañil. Pero Dominic Molise tiene 17 años, está a punto de terminar el bachillerato y quiere, obviamente, naturalmente, hacer otra cosa. Quiere ser beisbolista. Es pobre, de ascendencia italiana, tiene sueños de grandeza. Le habla, por ejemplo, a su brazo izquierdo. Sueña, por ejemplo, con una placa: "Una placa, si lo preferís, una placa de bronc ...more
Núria
Dec 18, 2007 Núria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cada libro nuevo de John Fante que leo, más me doy cuenta de que es un escritor magnífico. No importa que siempre cuente una variación de la misma historia, porque siempre es divertido, fresco y sorprendente. Y no hay nadie que sea tan capaz como él de hacernos creer que escribir bien es algo totalmente natural. Y no hay nadie que sea tan capaz como él de hacernos creer que escribir de forma natural es lo más natural del mundo. El protagonista de 'Un año pésimo' es Dominic Molise, un chico de ...more
Gerard
Apr 02, 2016 Gerard rated it really liked it
Una pequeña joya. La sinceridad y crudeza de la primera persona, junto al contexto decadente y el impulso vital del narrador, hacen del libro una historia apasionante y, en algunos momentos, cargada de lirismo, humor negro y retrato histórico a partes iguales.
Los delirios de grandeza del protagonista, el joven Dom, junto con algunas de sus fantasías, distorsionan la realidad de forma cómica para el lector y trágica por los protagonistas. Con una historia mínima pero llena de valor, Fante nos hab
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Hamish
Apr 28, 2008 Hamish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit
This wasn't published until after Fante died, but I think it was written before Wait Until Spring, Bandini, which is constructed of a lot of the same raw materials. 1933 is a little more elemental than that and perhaps not quite as satisfying, but it still has all the qualities I love about Fante. His style is simple and straight-forward, but he can do so much with so little. He writes from the gut and that's where his work hits you. It's funny and painful because it's so human and universal, no ...more
Joseph Hirsch
Dec 09, 2014 Joseph Hirsch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This short, wonderfully written book follows the travails of Dominic Molise (Fante's other alter ego, besides Arturo Bandini). Dom is in his late teens, and tired of living at home with his philandering brick mason of a father and his credulous aging wife, who thinks she spots the Virgin Mary in the backyard chicken house, from time to time.

Fante's humor, his energy, and passion make it feel as if he is in the room with the reader, describing the pains of growing up as a poor first generation It
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J.
Feb 20, 2015 J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sognatori, eravamo una casa piena di sognatori. [...] Se chiudevo gli occhi riuscivo a sentire il ronzio dei sogni per tutta la casa, poi mi addormentai.


Tutti pensiamo, almeno una volta nella vita, "Sì, questo è il mio anno, l'anno in cui finalmente darò una svolta alla mia vita, l'anno in cui realizzerò i miei sogni". Tutti crediamo di potercela fare. In fondo basta la determinazione (e, sicuramente, una buona dose di fortuna).

È quello che pensa anche Dominic Molise, il diciassettenne (ormai di
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Arely
Nov 08, 2014 Arely rated it it was amazing
Nuevamente Fante hace de las suyas y me deja con un excelente sabor de boca. El 29 de junio comencé con el primer libro de este autor y 5 meses después ya me he leído casi toda su obra y no deja de sorprenderme.

El libro está basado en la adolescencia de Dominic Molise, un italoamericano en los años 30s-40s que sueña con jugar béisbol. Como el título lo dice, es un año pésimo para el pobre Dominic, sin embargo, su forma de narrar es tan curiosa que te diviertes leyendo las pobres desgracias de D
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Tom
May 10, 2015 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first experience of Fante's work. I also ordered the Bandini quartet which is roughly 800 pages, and it's comprised of 4 of his most renowned titles which I shall sink into in a few weeks. I grabbed this after seeing Bukowski constantly rant about Fante and Celine being the greatest writers ever, and I have already read Celine's: Journey To The End Of The Night which was mind blowing. 1933 is based on the theme of coming from a lower class background and having to sacrifice everythin ...more
Octavio Villalpando
Jul 18, 2013 Octavio Villalpando rated it liked it
Recommended to Octavio by: Edith Wasco
Intenso, directo y muy brutal es el mejor modo de definir "Un año pésimo", y como libro, vale la pena aclarar que no es para nada pésimo, si no todo lo contrario.

A mi la verdad me sumió un poco en la depresión leerlo, nunca me ha resultado sencillo mantener mi empatía de lado ante determinadas situaciones, sobre todo aquellas que me recuerdan la etapa en la que yo mismo estuve a un paso del abismo.
David
Jan 18, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like BROTHERHOOD OF THE GRAPE Fante deals with desire, aspiration and the working class trap of the Molise family. The template for BROTHERHOOD he sketches a complicated teen who's stuck in his economic restraints and battling against the restrictions to his goals. Never has a book been so bitterly sweet in it's successes.
Brandon Folsom
Dec 05, 2014 Brandon Folsom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dominic, a 17 year old who is four months from graduating high school, wanders through life begging for some kind of direction. Whether its coping with his Italian-American family, navigating the challenges of poverty or conveying his personal feelings to a girl, he just hasn't figured it out yet. He decides to chase his dream of playing professional baseball after a series of life events, calling upon both his best friend and the most unlikeliest person from his life to help him realize that go ...more
Jeffreyh.hammond
May 22, 2012 Jeffreyh.hammond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
il sogno americano di un diciassettenne, Dominic Molise, di origini abruzzesi, che si scontra pesantemente con la povera realtà della sua famiglia e con il bollore dei suoi ormoni che non riescono a tenersi a freno di fronte a Dorothy, la sorella del suo migliore amico (quando ha inizato a recitare le litanie di fronte alla ragazza m'è venuto un sorriso, ricordando quando fossi anche io imbranato, seppur senza moti religiosi). il sogno è il baseball, e il suo braccio sinistro è il mezzo mediante ...more
Davide Rubini
I have always taken this book as an exercise. Something Fante wrote to prepare himself for something else in which case you can be fully appreciative yet something is missing and the void in the page is palpable. This said a must for the fun who cannot miss one of Fante's words.
Riccardo
Dec 11, 2014 Riccardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quasi quasi pi bella la lettera finale dell'intero libro e ho detto tutto. Un anno terribile assolutamente da leggere, un libro splendido, e nessuno di voi ha scuse perch lungo appena cento pagine scritte grandi. Su, su, non vi ho ancora visti con il libro in mano. Da bravi. ...more
Robert
Jul 24, 2015 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bitter sweet working class family story set in small Colorado town during the Depression and the 17 year old son's "Arm's" innocent effort to "make it" as a pitcher with the Cubs. Fante is a wonderful writer.
Manheim Wagner
Mar 28, 2014 Manheim Wagner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fante has to be one of the most succinct writers of all time. He does what few writers can do. In 113 pages, he paints a vivid picture of all the hopes and despairs of a teenage, Dom Molise. All the dialog about "the arm" had me laughing. 1993 Was a Bad Year is every bit as good as Full of Life and Brotherhood of the Grape.
Elif
Nov 10, 2015 Elif rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eve sadece yemek ve uyumak için geldiği halde kapıdan içeri girdiğinde ev yanılgıya yer bırakmayacak bir biçimde esas duruşa geçerdi.
Harald
Short novel, only 102 pages, about growing up as an ambitious but poor son of an Italian immigrant.
Xon
Apr 21, 2008 Xon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes place in Boulder, CO which makes it good no matter what. I believe Dominic Molise, the protagonist, says he lives on 9th and Arapahoe. Dominic also tries to hook up with an older psych major who attends CU. Nice!

Fante went to Catholic school in Boulder and briefly attended CU. The themes of some of his book includes Catholicism, italian-american life, poverty, and baseball. "Ask The Dust" is my favorite so far but "1933" is worth the read.

On a side note, people who attend CU are
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Kelly Jones
Dec 20, 2015 Kelly Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really easy and beautifully written read. I read this in 2 hours just couldn't put it down
Marcus Schantz
Jun 08, 2015 Marcus Schantz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short book but a powerful story written in the impeccable prose style of Fante.
Santiago Jiménez Quijano
Feb 03, 2016 Santiago Jiménez Quijano rated it really liked it
Una historia simple contada con un lenguaje austero y directo.
Onur
Jan 26, 2016 Onur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
şahane. bandini'den sonra molise'i hediye eden fante'nin önünde saygıyla eğiliyorum.
Harald
Feb 02, 2014 Harald rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of American realism
Short novel, only 102 pages, about growing up as an ambitious but poor son of an Italian immigrant.
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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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“Oh, God, help me! And I walked faster, my thoughts pursuing me, and I began to run, my frozen shoes squealing like mice, but running didn't help, the thoughts to the left and right and behind me. But as I ran, The Arm, that good left arm, took hold of the situation and spoke soothingly: ease up, Kid, it's loneliness, you're all alone in the world; your father, your mother, your faith, they can't help you, nobody helps anybody, you only help yourself, and that's why I'm here, because we are inseperable, and we'll take care of everything.” 30 likes
“It was a bad one, the Winter of 1933. Wading home that night through flames of snow, my toes burning, my ears on fire, the snow swirling around me like a flock of angry nuns, I stopped dead in my tracks. The time had come to take stock. Fair weather or foul, certain forces in the world were at work trying to destroy me.” 8 likes
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