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Zeptej se prachu/Ask the dust (The Saga of Arthur Bandini #3)

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Tragikomický příběh lásky a nenávisti odehrávající se v Los Angeles na konci 30. let. Pošetile ctižádostivý pisálek a hladovějící snílek Arturo Bandini hledá v Městě andělů sám sebe, leč nachází krásnou mexickou číšnici Camillu... Jedná se o jeden z nejdojemnějších amerických románů 20. století, prodchnutý upřímnou vášní a něžným humorem. John Fante svým prostým, poetickým ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published 2010 by Argo (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 20, 2007 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
Sep 13, 2007 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
Joe Valdez
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-general
Here goes my 200th book report since joining Goodreads.

And my introduction to the fiction of John Fante is Ask the Dust, his 1939 novel considered by some scholars and educators to be one of the best works of fiction set in the Great Depression and the best set in Los Angeles. Superlatives like those could work against the book's vitality, which is palpable. Fante's narrator--destitute twenty year old boy Arturo Bandini struggling against hunger, wanting and creative resistance--lacks the worldl
Jonathan Ashleigh
Oct 07, 2014 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 ~
Mar 31, 2015 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
Sep 28, 2007 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
Apr 02, 2014 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
mai ahmd
Nov 09, 2015 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
Mar 22, 2009 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
Abeer Saleh
Nov 21, 2015 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
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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 and Denver, 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 Wi
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The Saga of Arthur Bandini (4 books)
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  • Dreams from Bunker Hill (The Saga of Arthur Bandini, #4)
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