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Full of Life by John Fante
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Feb 19, 2012

it was amazing
Read from February 19 to 22, 2012

I love John Fante's work. No other writer resonates so closely with me. Italian-American. Impossible father. The difficulties of being the first child to move from blue collar to white. Full of Life features some of the same characters and themes of Brotherhood of the Grape (my favorite of his novels). You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll commiserate. (And wonder how babies in the 1950s survived when their mothers drank and smoked right up till birth.) Fante is a minimalist with a keen eye for telling details and a cranky observer who knows how to twist your heart. A short work but an utter delight.
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Anthony Bruno I love John Fante's work. No other writer resonates so closely with me. Italian-American. Impossible father. The difficulties of being the first child to move from blue collar to white. Full of Life features some of the same characters and themes of Brotherhood of the Grape (my favorite of his novels). You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll commiserate. (And wonder how babies in the 1950s survived when their mothers drank and smoked right up till birth.) Fante is a minimalist with a keen eye for telling details and a cranky observer who knows how to twist your heart. A short work but an utter delight.


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