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Chiedi alla polvere (The Saga of Arthur Bandini #3)

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  17,555 Ratings  ·  1,182 Reviews
Inetto e narcisista, poverissimo e spendaccione, bigotto e inconcludente, Arturo Bandini passa la sua vita di ventenne a Los Angeles, chiuso nella stanza di un alberghetto di infimo ordine dove scrive ostinatamente racconti sognando di diventare un grande scrittore. Ma a un certo punto nell'esistenza di questo bruno americano di genitori italiani fa irruzione un'ancor più ...more
Hardcover, La biblioteca di Repubblica - Novecento #73, 189 pages
Published May 28th 2003 by Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso (first published 1939)
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Brian Yatman I've only read this one, and it is a complete story - it certainly works as a standalone.
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Matt Eckel
Sep 25, 2007 Matt Eckel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: angelenos
I remember when I was fourteen, reading Catcher in the Rye. I went downstairs and told my mom, "it's the weirdest thing, this guy is, like, reading my mind!"

She said, "Matt, everyone thinks they're Holden Caulfield." God, adults can be so stupid sometimes. Obviously she didn't understand that this was something meaningful -- mystical, really -- that was happening to me. Or, to quote another influential poet of my youth, "parents just don't understand."

Flash forward another fourteen years, the la
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Eleanor
Dec 03, 2013 Eleanor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: poets, Bukowski lovers, Los Angelinos
John Fante was Bukowski's god, and "either you adore him or you've never heard of him." Writing that's raw, swolen, true, and moving from a macro view of paragraph by paragraph, tectonic plates, words that are so organic, you never think about the words, they're tendons and muscles and joins that are by themselves ordinary yet Fante's voice is bold, heroic, cowardly, greedy, broken, blindingly joyful, I would follow him anywhere. It's rare that I buy a copy of a book I've already read, if I didn ...more
Jonathan Ashleigh
Mar 16, 2016 Jonathan Ashleigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was beautifully depressing. I read it because Charles Bukowski loved John Fante so much and I was not let down. The story had a depressed swagger that was believable even though it was about a time mostly remembered for glamor.
Sarah ~
Apr 06, 2015 Sarah ~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

*جزء مما قاله تشارلز بوكوفسكي عن الرواية :



في البدء كان تشارلز بوكوفسكي ..
تصفحت الرواية وأنا أقوم بترتيب الكتب التي اقتنيتها من معرض الرياض ..
ووجدتني وقد بدأت بقراءتها ..
في مقدمته تحدث بوكوفسكي عن حبه للقراءة والأدب بحثاً عن كتب تتحدثُ إليه وتصرخ به (حسب تعبيره) ، كتب استثنائية ولم يجد إلا القليل ، حتى وقعت بين يديه نسخة لـ رواية اسأل الغبار ..
تحدثَ عن كيف أحب العمل وأثر به وأثر بكتاباته طوال حياته ، وعن تقديره لـ جون فانتي ..
مقدمة كـ هذه ستجعلك تبدأ بقراءة الكتاب فوراُ ..


آرتورو باندبني شاب طموح
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E.
Sep 28, 2007 E. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving it three but it really deserves 3.5.

I started off tearing into this book with the momentum I tore through Bukowski, which isn't to say that I love Bukowski, I don't, but I tore through his works. It's easy shit to tear through.

So I read the overwhelmingly positive Bukowski introduction and I'm off and running. I have a strange fasination with early 20th century LA. I couldn't say why. I have lived in San Francisco the majority of my life and been to LA 3-4 times. I couldn't care less
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Mariel
Apr 02, 2014 Mariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kill time
Recommended to Mariel by: thunder perfect
And I answer, the sea is back there, back in the reservoir of memory. The sea is a myth. There never was a sea. But there was a sea! I tell you I was born on the seashore! I bathed in the waters of the sea! It gave me food and it gave me peace, and its fascinating distances fed my dreams! No, Arturo, there never was a sea. You dream and you wish, but you go on through the wasteland. You will never see the sea again. It was a myth you once believed. But, I have to smile, for the salt of the sea i
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mai ahmd
Nov 21, 2015 mai ahmd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
بالنسبة لي هذه الرواية مدرسة في فن كتابة الرواية
من أجمل ما قرأت مؤخرا
Jimmy
Mar 22, 2009 Jimmy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up for a buck last week. Fante's such an easy read that I should have been finished that night, but I can't even seem to feign an interest in fiction lately. Well, maybe that's not entirely true. Maybe brain is still convalescing from all the Texas, drugs, and alcohol that I consumed last weekend. I'm astonished that I'm even capable of reading my e-mails lately.






An example of Fante's ostensible solipsism. "War in Europe, a speech by Hitler, trouble in Poland, these were the topics
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Alex V.
Oct 14, 2007 Alex V. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ask the Dust is about as good a book as has ever been written. I say book, instead of novel because I'm not sure it is a novel. Same with story, not sure there is much of a story here either. Instead, it is a hotwired connection to the mind of Arturo Bandini, the manic writer manifested in this and two other books Fante wrote. It might be a shambles of a story, a bust as a novel, but it's a motherfucker of a book.

It's been said that Joyce's Finnegan's Wake is a collection of all things in the wo
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Chiara Pagliochini
« Avevo vent’anni, allora. Che diavolo, dicevo, prenditela comoda, Bandini. Hai davanti a te dieci anni per scrivere un libro, vacci piano, allora, guardati attorno e impara qualcosa, gira per le strade. Il tuo guaio è che non sai niente della vita. Dio Mio, amico, ti rendi conto che non sei mai stato una donna? »

Arturo Bandini. Sì, Arturo Bandini.
Non conoscete Arturo Bandini?
Come no… via! Lo scrittore! Arturo Bandini lo scrittore!
No? Dai, quello lì… quello che ha scritto… ‘Il cagnolino rise’ e
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RandomAnthony
Someone recently mentioned Ask the Dust on Goodreads. I don't remember who. But, uh, thank you, whoever you are. I appreciate the recommendation and I'm surprised, even with its flaws, that the novel isn't revered by the Bukowski Fan Club crowd.

Ask the Dust functions as Arturo Bandini's (fictional) first person account of his rising and falling and rising (etc.) as a young Colorado writer new to California. Arturo wanders around Los Angeles, writes in his spartan hotel room, and makes a shitloa
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Imogen
Sep 09, 2009 Imogen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Fuck this book. "I acted like a racist douchebag toward a girl I like/hate because I've experienced racism myself, and then I sexually assualted her. Later, I felt sad she was gone forever." Arturo Bandini writes charmingly, and the setting and (non)plot are super inviting, but Jesus Christ, I expected so much more from a press (Black Sparrow) that's supposed to be cool and an author with such an old-timey mystique. Fuck this.
Luana
Nov 26, 2011 Luana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I libri fanno male. I libri possono uccidere. E mentre fisso il muro bianco e penso a qualcosa di intelligente da dire riguardo Chiedi alla polvere tutto ciò che mi viene in mente è che esistono libri più taglienti di lame e che Fante doveva essere un grande stronzo.

Perché quando scrivi così maledettamente bene e scrivi vite che hanno la forma di tragedia costringendo la gente a leggerle, allora sei davvero un grande, grandissimo, perfido stronzo maledettamente, dannatamente, immensamente bravo
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Richard Derus
Jun 23, 2014 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***KINDLE EDITION $1.99 TODAY, 23 JUNE 2014

I rated this 4 stars because, when I first read it in the early 1980s, it riveted me. I've taken a star off because after 30-plus years the chances are it's not going to get close to 5 stars, since I've read so very much more by now.

Well, we shall see. I've Kindled it up, it's a short book (under 200pp), and I feel daring.
Mike Puma
Sep 04, 2010 Mike Puma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
An unreliable narrator, Arturo Bandini, relates his highest accomplishments (writing short stories and a novel) and his deepest failures (finding love). His piques of racism and misogyny are followed by moments of tenderness and compassion for the same woman. He’s a man hard to admire, yet equally hard to forget or not care about. For this reader, at least, he’s one who will have to be revisited, re-evaluated, through the pages of the author’s other volumes in the The Saga of Arturo Bandini sequ ...more
Simona
Apr 22, 2016 Simona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ho addocchiato questo libro per caso in biblioteca e come tutte le cose che capitano per caso, leggerlo è stato magnifico e inaspettato.
"Chiedi alla polvere" è la storia di salite e discese, di illusioni, di anime solitarie che si cercano per poi perdersi. E' la storia di Arturo Bandini, che sogna di diventare uno scrittore, più per fama e per arricchirsi. Arturo Bandini è un uomo dalle mille contraddizioni, megalomane, sicuro di sè da un lato e dall'altro sente di non valere niente. Un uomo in
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Simona Bartolotta
Feb 21, 2012 Simona Bartolotta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1900
"Dio Onnipotente, mi dispiace di essere diventato ateo, ma hai mai letto Nietzsche?!"

Esistono libri belli per lo stile con cui sono stati scritti.
Esistono libri belli per le storie che raccontano.
Esistono libri belli per i personaggi di cui parlano.
Esistono libri belli per i messaggi che trasmettono.
Ma questo è l'unico libro del quale ho potuto afferrare la bellezza grazie al titolo ed al prologo.

Perché il romanzo in sé forse non sarebbe poi nulla di particolare: un aspirante scrittore, statunit
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Teresa
Jun 25, 2015 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-usa, 5-estrelas
Arturo Bandini tem vinte anos e chega a Los Angeles sem nada de seu além do sonho de ser escritor. Vive num quarto alugado e alimenta-se de laranjas que guarda debaixo da cama. Nas suas deambulações pela cidade conhece Camilla - uma empregada de bar, apaixonada por quem não deve. Arturo quer conquistar Camilla mas, por ingenuidade ou medo, acaba sempre a ser arrogante e estúpido. Embora seja cruel com as palavras é de extrema generosidade com as acções; ao contrário de Camilla. E o que se faz te ...more
Anastasia
Sep 14, 2014 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-2011
- Ho voglia di Fanta, ma', comprami la Fanta! -
- Eh beh, dopo aver letto Fante giustamente la signorina ha voglia di Fanta. -
- Ahah. -

E poi feci una faccia da "questa era pessima".
Ma non ho nulla da rimproverare all'autore di questa battuta, nonché mio amico. Io faccio battute da far cadere le braccia tanto sono pessime.
Sorvoliamo sulla brutta copertina della Marcos y Marcos e parliamo del contenuto.
La lettura di questo libro si è aperta con urletto da parte della sottoscritta da far sconcert
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Abeer Saleh
May 24, 2016 Abeer Saleh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
لا أذكر أني قرأت شيئًا ما من قبل بمثل هذا الصدق, و مع الذات قبل الآخر, فانتي كاتب صادق بشكل مرعب, تمنيت أن أكون صادقة لهذا الحد على الأقل مع نفسي, أن أقول ما أشعر به,ما أريده, ما يؤلمني, ما يثيريني, أو حتى ما يغضبني بهذا الأسلوب الشفاف, البسيط بساطة فرحك بالصباح, أو بساطة ابتسامتك لأمر ما يسعدك, تمنيت أن أكون ببساطة آرتورو بانديني هنا, بخوفه من ذنوبه, بقلقه على عشيقة لاتحبه, بتناقضاته, بحبه لوالدته, بعطاءه وكرمه لكل من حوله, بغباءه أحيانًا, وبعفويته كثيرًا, و بعشقه "للإنسان والحيوان على حد سواء" ...more
Ivan Lutz
Nov 19, 2015 Ivan Lutz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mogu slobodno reći da sam Fantiziran i da Fantiziram sve oko sebe. Ovako nešto iskreno, jako, duhovito i ljudski dugo dugo nisam čitao.
Priča prati autora(Arthura Banidinija) u njegovom probijanju na književnu scenu za vrijeme početka drugog svjetskog rata. Ma koliko mu mizeran život bio, uvijek nastoji naći inspiraciju u njemu za svoje priče i romane. Ono što zapanjuje je opis Los Angelesa i predratne atmosfere, a ono što nas zapanjuje je činjenica da je Los Angeles tada bio razvijeniji nego mi
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Matt
Apr 08, 2015 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of the Catcher; aspiring writers; West Coast historians
Shelves: media-ebooks
Like with so many other books a review on Goodreads prompted me to buy this book with the enigmatic title. Sadly the reviewer hasn't written anything in months, and is greatly missed. The book was sitting on my Kindle for quite a while, gathering the proverbial dust, before I finally decided to read it. None other than Charles Bukowski wrote a short introduction. It states "Fante was my god[sic]" and Bukowski came to this conclusion after reading Ask The Dust. He, Bukowski, later became Fante's ...more
Sinem
Jun 27, 2016 Sinem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Arturo Bandini insanla hayvan arasında bir ayrım görmez sever ama göstermez sevmez ama cebindeki her kuruşu yağmurda ıslanmasın diye gönderir çok ister ama hiçbirşey yapmaz karanlıkta oturup düşünür.. hem hüzünlü hem neşeli hem yaşar hem izler.. şahitse sadece toz....gördüğüm en canlı diyalektik kahraman..
ايمان
Jul 14, 2015 ايمان rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رائعة و تستحق القراءة ربما أعود بمراجعة كاملة.
M.
Mojave çölünün kendine özgü gerçekliğinde, tozların; sıcaklık dalgalarının altında bir hayat: Bandini'nin hayatı. Marihuana, sefalet, ucuz otel odaları, külüstür arabalar, öyküler; şiirler, Voltaire ve uçsuz bucaksız toz... Atalarımızın, zamanın, geleceğin ve geleceğin çocuklarının tozları...
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Jonfaith
Jan 12, 2013 Jonfaith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in tandem with a friend who hated the novel. Quite the contrary, I really liked it, the everyday struggle is sprinkled with lyricism. I agree that often this glitter is misogynistic and racist. Fante succeeds here. There is no need to rationalize for his characters' biases and imperfections. This is a gritty novel of mixed fortunes.
Claudia-Il giro del mondo attraverso i libri
Lettore, Chiedi alla polvere del deserto del Mojave perché per quasi quarant’anni questo romanzo è rimasto sepolto in uno scaffale di una biblioteca di Los Angeles.
Chiedilo a quella polvere nera, che per anni ha ricoperto le pagine di John Fante, in modo che nessun lettore lo vedesse.
Chiedilo a Bukowski che negli anni ’70 trovò Chiedi alla polvere nella polverosa biblioteca della polverosa Los Angeles.
È del tutto per caso che io mi sia imbattuta in questo libro. Non l’ho trovato in una bibl
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Clinton
Feb 17, 2011 Clinton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read this book in almost a decade. However, every time I see the beaten-up, dusty volume on my shelf, almost hidden in its slenderness, nestled alphabetically against Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying", I look back fondly on it and the time of my life when I read it and adored it. When I was around 19, I, as most inebriated 19 year old boys who fancy themselves bohemians do, discovered Charles Bukowsi. I forget the exact quote, but not long after my discovery of Bukowsi, I heard a recording o ...more
Kid
Apr 22, 2009 Kid rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think there should be a "gave up" option. I am currently sick of this book and the overwrought narrator. I think I can guess why a maudlin alcoholic might find the pendulum swings between lust and disgust compelling but I don't know - I'm not in my 20s anymore. Did this particular down and out LA hack create a blueprint for the tortured artist type that I loath? Thank god for the weary and reserved language of Chandler.

Bukowski loves this book and this writer - he apparently stumbled across t
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Jim
Jun 28, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arturo Bandini is by no means the most admirable of heroes: All he seems to want out of life is (1) to have bragging rights as a "great" American author and (2) to have messy affairs with women with whom he has a love/hate relationship.

John Fante's Ask the Dust is still one of the best Los Angeles novels ever written. Its scenes in the now-demolished Bunker Hill neighborhood and its description of the 1933 Long Beach earthquake are priceless pictures of a bygone Southern California. One of the
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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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