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La strada per Los Angeles (The Saga of Arthur Bandini #2)

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Immigrato, attaccabrighe, megalomane, sprezzante e perennemente in lite con tutti. E' Arturo Gabriel Bandini, protagonista di questo primo, indimenticabile romanzo di John Fante.

«Attenzione: colui che entrerà in scena all'inizio di questo romanzo, in qualità di umile spalatore di fossi, è uno dei personaggi piú leggendari prodotti dalla letteratura moderna. Attenzione ad A
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Paperback, Stile Libero , 214 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Einaudi (first published 1985)
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João Carlos
Apr 29, 2014 João Carlos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l2014

John Fante Square with the Tower of the Central Library - Los Angeles (Fotografia de Stephen Cooper)


“Estrada para Los Angeles”, segundo livro da saga do Arturo Bandini, foi originalmente publicado - postumamente - em 1985, embora tenha sido o primeiro a ser escrito, por John Fante (1909 - 1983).
Reencontramos Arturo Bandini a viver em Los Angeles com a sua mãe e com a irmã Mona.
Aos dezoito anos, depois da morte do pai, Arturo é forçado a trabalhar na fábrica de conservas do seu tio, para sustent
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Teresa
Jan 04, 2014 Teresa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-usa, e2
Só não me desiludi porque dificilmente me iludo; e também porque já tenho idade para saber que ninguém é perfeito...

Este é o primeiro romance escrito por John Fante, e o segundo livro dos quatro que compõem a Saga de Arturo Bandini. Gostei muito do primeiro e do terceiro, mas este...nem consegui ler tudo.

Conta as traquinices de Arturo quando começa a trabalhar; os seus sonhos de ser escritor; os seus desejos obsessivos por mulheres, e mais umas quantas peripécias que revelam Bandini como um jov
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Radu Găvan
Jul 27, 2016 Radu Găvan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genial!
Vit Babenco
May 30, 2015 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Oh Spengler! What a book! What weight! Like the Los Angeles Telephone Directory. Day after day I read it, never understanding it, never caring either, but reading it because I liked one growling word after another marching across pages with somber mysterious rumblings.”
Riotously ambitious, wildly egotistic, possessed with the severe angst of youth, ridden with delirious fantasies, obsessed with the maniacal desire to become a writer Arturo Bandini turns his life into a bitter burlesque… But, ho
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Mohamed Shady
كأنني أقرأ ل "بوكوفسكي"، وإن كان فانتي أكثر درامية بكثير.
Jim
Feb 24, 2015 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, los-angeles
John Fante's The Road to Los Angeles was written some fifty year before it ever was published in 1985. The novel, set around Long Beach, San Pedro, and Wilmington -- near the Los Angeles Harbor -- is an autobiographical story about the author's alter ego, Arturo Gabriel Bandini.

Unfortunately, the young Bandini is, plain and simple, a twit. He uses big words he doesn't understand, refers to authors like Nietzsche and Schopenhauer whom he likewise does not understand, and acts in a condescending
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Ismael Galvan
Nov 24, 2012 Ismael Galvan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Road to Los Angles by John Fante introduces one of the most bizarre, disturbed, and likeable alter egos in literature, Arturo Bandini. The book takes place in 1930’s Los Angles, primarily the rough neighborhoods around the harbor docks. We are put in the mind of a young man suffering from the world’s worst grandiosity complex. Bandini is convinced he will go down in history as the world’s greatest man. Unfortunately, he’s from a dirt poor family and works a fish cannery. His megalomania is s ...more
Ned Mozier
Dec 29, 2015 Ned Mozier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s a significant feat to get into the head and body of a teenage boy, with the wildness, pressing urges and misappropriated hunger for knowledge and love. I reached for this slim book because it was second in a series (Bandini) that I had started a year or so ago. (full disclosure: I also needed a quick read to get to my next one which my wife was reading). The rambling, stream-of-consciousness of an 18-year old with an overly active imagination was at first unsettling. I realized why Bukowski ...more
M.
Apr 21, 2017 M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fante okurları, Bukowski okurları, ergenlik psikolojisi, Genel okur
Arturo'nun ergenlik dönemine gelen olaylar zinciri; bir ergen gerçekte tam olarak ne yaşayabilirse öyle yaşanıyor. Öyle gerçekçi ki!
Aynı zamanda, hüzünlü bir yanı da var. Zira, karakterimizin Nietzsche, Schopenhauer okuduğu dönemde tam olarak ben de o kitapları okuyor; belki de böyle fikirlerin hezeyanına kapılıyordum.
"Tek bir hareketle yükü yerden kaldırıp tekerlerin üzerinde dengeledi, gidon göğüs hizasında. Teknik bir numara. Biliyordum yapamayacağımı. Kamyonu itip yükü götürdü. Ama yine de,
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Daniel Weller
Dec 27, 2010 Daniel Weller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lo primero que leí de John Fante fue Pregúntale al polvo, tercera novela de la saga Bandini (segunda en editarse), donde encontré al protagonista malviviendo en Los Angeles mientras intenta vender algún cuento. Recuerdo que me pareció un personaje ridículo, estúpido y desquiciado. Terminé el libro casi enfadado y sin ningún deseo de volver a leer a Fante.

No estaba seguro de por qué me había exasperado tanto aquel personaje llamado Arturo Bandini.

Unos años después, caí en la tentación de acercarm
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Núria
'Camino de Los Ángeles' es la primera novela de John Fante, la primera aparición de Arturo Bandini. Fue escrita entre 1933 y 1936, pero fue rechazada y no se publicó hasta después de la muerte de Fante. Se nota que es una novela escrita por un joven lleno de rabia que utilitza la literatura para escupir su rabia en todas y cada una de las páginas que escribe, y en todas y cada una de las páginas que escribe se nota también que quiere ser un "escritor polémico", pero a la vez se nota que quiere s ...more
Ben Loory
the war against the crab section was unbelievable. the rest was mainly annoying.
Ingrid
May 21, 2017 Ingrid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arturo Gabriel Bandini o lo si ama o lo si odia, c'è poco da fare. E questo romanzo, ancora di più del precedente, "Aspetta primavera, Bandini", è sicuramente discontinuo, folle, presuntuoso, provocatorio fino all'impossibile e improbabile. Ha il merito di essere netto e deciso, sia nella scrittura che nel rappresentare questo antieroe che è il nostro Arturo, figura mitizzata soprattutto da se stesso, ancora prima che dalla letteratura (e i problemi di pubblicazione che questo romanzo ha avuto n ...more
blakeR
An ugly little debut with First Novel written all over it. It's not difficult to see why it remained unpublished during Fante's lifetime. The most surprising and disappointing aspect is how unrecognizable Bandini is here compared to the glorious Ask the Dust (see my review), offensive and obnoxious compared to bold and brilliant.

Fante does a good job channeling the arrogance of youth, and a lot of the discrepancies between the two Bandinis could probably be chalked up to just that, in addition t
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Andrea Streva
Fiquei bem decepcionada com este livro, que foi o primeiro romance do Fante. Sem entrar nos deméritos da história, Fante destila ódio, misoginia, racismo e xenofobia ao longo de praticamente todos os capítulos (o que foi uma completa surpresa para mim - admiradora que era dele). Um anti-herói é um anti-herói, mas o Arturo Bandini acaba sendo apenas um sujeitinho que cansa os olhos. Lamentável.
shannon
this reminds me a lot of confederacy of dunces...so if you like that book, you will love this one. i am not such a fan of that kind of character, i am not sure why some people find him so funny but there are other redeeming/actually funny things that happen in this book. i haven't explored the rest of john fante so maybe i will appreciate this book more if i read more - or so i understand.
Steven Eggleton
Jun 22, 2017 Steven Eggleton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think every writer would ultimately admit, that out of all the books they’ve read, there was one that stood above the rest. One that lit a fire in them. A book that changed their idea of what writing could be. A book that in the end helped to shape their career as an artist and perhaps touched their life. For me that book was, The Road to Los Angeles.
I was in my early twenties and living in this tiny apartment that perpetually had ants and who's roof leaked when it rained. I was depressed, mar
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Simon Hollway
Feb 15, 2017 Simon Hollway rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
The white heat of a sex-starved creative Italian teenager scorches every page. A blinding magnesium flare, an elemental torchsong to precocious youth that, for all its down-and-dirty honesty and frustrated libido, manages to retain a charm and innocence that the instant gratification of cyber space has forever appropriated.

Arturo is utterly adorable and, during each episode in his crazed wanderings through the tough dockside streets of 1930s Los Angeles, I fervently wished he had been transplan
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by Ax
Sep 24, 2016 by Ax rated it liked it
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Sogni

Arturo Bandini è egocentrico e intollerante e spaccone.
È sgarbato e scontroso e meschino e maschilista.
È irriverente e si dà delle grandi arie.
Arturo Bandini è giovane.

Ciò che rende particolare la sua esistenza tra queste pagine è la capacità di modellare la realtà a suo piacimento. Lui, un ragazzo fondamentalmente solo nel colpire il mondo delle convenzioni, possiede una fervida e genuina immaginazione che lo aiuta a creare il mondo davanti ai suoi occhi. Esplode repentina a più riprese so
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Martin
Oct 30, 2013 Martin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If the book were any longer, I might have given it two stars. Since it was only 166 pages, I can't be too mad at it. This was Fante's first novel written in the Bandini Quartet, but was the last to be published. I'm a continuity stickler, so I struggled with the different family, circumstances and location of this family compared to the one in "Wait Until Spring, Bandini". The main character is just hard to spend any time with due to his immaturity and grandiosity. The writing can be spotty and ...more
Claire
Jan 31, 2013 Claire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty gruesome at times but a good book. Reminds me of The Stranger by Camus a bit. Bandini is very judgmental and hypocritical which i think is the ironic theme throughout the book. Like he hates his bosses cause they don't keep inventory or are dishonest and yet he's stealing from them. He hates his sister cause she wants to be a nun and yet he is speaking to God or trying to play God himself, he hated being referred to as a Dago and yet he goes out and is horribly racist to his coworkers. It ...more
Robert
Feb 15, 2016 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dacă eşti plictisit şi vrei să citeşti ceva, trebuie neapărat să citeşti cartea asta, o să te plictiseşti şi mai tare :))))
booksofAhu
Feb 12, 2017 booksofAhu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
This is the second book of the saga. I am bored, really bored. I forced myself to read.
This book is about a 19year old boy, a smart but selfish boy that blames every other person. You'll probably don't like or link with him, and you'll bored his fuss.
The two star is because of the writer's talent of telling and informative of that era of US.
Male readers might enjoy more because of the detailed telling of how a male brain works at that age.
1.1
May 21, 2017 1.1 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frustratingly accurate portrayal of adolescence with all its pitfalls and prating. I got the impression of Napoleon Dynamite for the 1930s. It has that same blend of humor and bleakness. And all the killing and savagery towards animals, the innocent's lusting after women and dreaming up delusional greatness. Then I suppose many of us who have had frustrated dreams could read this novel and find it tragic as well. It's a crazy book, and a bit wild - not bad reading, but though I haven't read Fant ...more
Yimmy
Dec 23, 2014 Yimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, this is the book that was denied, the book which Fante had troubles having it published. His first novel but was published in a posthumous way.


His darkest novel, the general tone in this book is shallowed, treating themes which at that time (1933) were considered delicate, such as theft, murder, sexuality and hatred. You could tell that this was Fante's first novel, the writing even if recognizable feels extremley raw, something different from the rest of his work, there's no restraint, Fan
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Carlos
Encontré esta edición de Anagrama maso mona con todas las novelas de Bandini

http://www.anagrama-ed.es/libro/compe...

Y Camino a LA es la primera novela según el orden de escritura (que no de publicación, según entiendo esta novela fue la última en publicarse, descubrimiento póstumo de la señora Baldini. Tampoco es cronológicamente la primera, en Espera la primavera, Baldini, el protagonista es más joven que aquí).

Parece novela que no hubiera querido ser publicada, para quedar en el baúl del apre
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Bob
Jul 30, 2008 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The first three chapters are well-paced and have pulled me in. Although it's Fante's first novel (which wasn't published until after his death), this takes place after Wait Until Spring, Bandini

UPDATE: The protagonist is ostentatiously verbose in his conversations with others, using colorfully large words like bobdingnagian. He's especially vigorous when excoriating his sister. He postures as a writer for quite a while before he actually writes anything.

There is a lot of gratuitous destruction i
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Matthew
Mar 09, 2016 Matthew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: John Fante fans
This is Fante's first novel and it is a little rough. Second chronologically in the Bandini quartet, Bandini himself is familiar: egotistical, manic, confrontational. The setting is somewhat disconcerting if read in conjunction with Wait Until Spring, Bandini. That book chronicles his childhood in Rocklin, Colorado. It focuses on the family dynamic between Bandini, his parents, and two younger brothers. The Road to L.A. has Bandini living with his mother and a younger sister in California.
A fast
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Paul
Oct 04, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Dang. I mean, I liked this, but I felt pretty awful reading it. There's no real narrative drive, so the only thing keeping you going is basically to see what this narcissistic, racist, misogynistic—basically psychopathic—narrator will do next. And it's not like he's going around killing people or burning down buildings, but just basically being an asshole. I laughed a few times, sure, and I also cringed a bunch. The fact (or anyway, the rumor/idea—I don't really know anything about Fante) that t ...more
Gary
I'm glad that is over. There were bright spots - little ones. I'm glad I read 'Wait Until Spring, Bandini' first. That is a great book.

This became so tedious as Arturo would drone on and on about his fantasies and how great he was, and he was a writer, beyond all others in intellect and wit.

I know the book is about a kid, who has a way to go to maturity, but my God, there were passages that made my head almost explode.

Internally I was yelling at Arturo, "get on with it, please your killing me".
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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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The Saga of Arthur Bandini (4 books)
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“IT'S MORNING, TIME to get up, so get up, Arturo, and look for a job. Get out there and look for what you'll never find. You're a thief and you're a crab-killer and a lover of women in clothes closets. You'll never find a job!
Every morning I got up feeling like that. Now I've got to find a job, damn it to hell. I ate breakfast, put a book under my arm, pencils in my pocket, and started out. Down the stairs I went, down the street, sometimes hot and sometimes cold, sometimes foggy and sometimes clear. It never mattered, with a book under my arm, looking for a job.
What job, Arturo? Ho ho! A job for you? Think of what you are, my boy! A crab-killer. A thief. You look at naked women in clothes closets. And you expect to get a job! How funny! But there he goes, the idiot, with a big book. Where the devil are you going, Arturo? Why do you go up this street and not that? Why go east - why not go west? Answer me, you thief! Who'll give you a job, you swine - who? But there's a park across town, Arturo. It's called Banning Park. There are a lot of beautiful eucalyptus trees in it, and green lawns. What a place to read! Go there, Arturo. Read Nietzsche. Read Schopenhauer. Get into the company of the mighty. A job? fooey! Go sit under a eucalyptus tree reading a book looking for a job. ”
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“Dear Woman Who Gave Me Life:

The callous vexations and perturbations of this night have subsequently resolved
themselves to a state which precipitates me, Arturo Bandini, into a
brobdingnagian and gargantuan decision. I inform you of this in no uncertain
terms. Ergo, I now leave you and your ever charming daughter (my beloved sister
Mona) and seek the fabulous usufructs of my incipient career in profound
solitude. Which is to say, tonight I depart for the metropolis to the east — our
own Los Angeles, the city of angels. I entrust you to the benign generosity of your brother, Frank Scarpi, who is, as the phrase has it, a good family man
(sic!). I am penniless but I urge you in no uncertain terms to cease your
cerebral anxiety about my destiny, for truly it lies in the palm of the immortal gods. I have made the lamentable discovery over a period of years that living
with you and Mona is deleterious to the high and magnanimous purpose of Art, and I repeat to you in no uncertain terms that I am an artist, a creator beyond question. And, per se, the fumbling fulminations of cerebration and intellect find little fruition in the debauched, distorted hegemony that we poor mortals, for lack of a better and more concise terminology, call home. In no uncertain
terms I give you my love and blessing, and I swear to my sincerity, when I say
in no uncertain terms that I not only forgive you for what has ruefully
transpired this night, but for all other nights. Ergo, I assume in no uncertain terms that you will reciprocate in kindred fashion. May I say in conclusion that I have much to thank you for, O woman who breathed the breath of life into my
brain of destiny? Aye, it is, it is.

Signed.

Arturo Gabriel Bandini.

Suitcase in hand, I walked down to the depot. There was a ten-minute wait for
the midnight train for Los Angeles. I sat down and began to think about the new novel.”
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