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Ask the Dust by John Fante
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Aug 07, 11

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Fante's "Ask the Dust" is great in its simplicity. It does not try to be any more than it actually is.

At times brutal and gritty, at times poetic and romantic, the book tells the story of two lovers who were never meant to be together, but cannot avoid their lives colliding over and over again. They simultaneously keep each other alive while torturing each other.

I appreciated the novel's clarity and efficiency. Not a word is wasted, but neither is a word used unnecessarily, either.

Hard to call the novel "enjoyable" given the story, but I recommend it.

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