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Ask the Dust (The Saga of Arthur Bandini #3)

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Ask the Dust is a virtuoso performance by an influential master of the twentieth-century American novel. It is the story of Arturo Bandini, a young writer in 1930s Los Angeles who falls hard for the elusive, mocking, unstable Camilla Lopez, a Mexican waitress. Struggling to survive, he perseveres until, at last, his first novel is published. But the bright light of success ...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (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
Alex V.
Sep 29, 2007 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
Sep 09, 2009 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.
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
Mar 20, 2011 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
João Carlos
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l2014

Alta Loma Hotel - Los Angeles

“Pergunta ao Pó” - terceiro livro da saga de Arturo Bandini – foi originalmente publicado em 1939 pelo escritor norte-americano John Fante (1909-1983).
O alter-ego de John Fante, Arturo Bandini, filho de emigrantes italianos, vai para Los Angeles no final do anos 30, em busca de um sonho, ser escritor. Bandini instala-se num pequeno hotel, na zona de Bunker Hill, à espera da carta do agente literário Hackmuth, a quem tinha enviado o seu conto “O Cãozinho Riu”.
Sem din
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
Richard Derus
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Aug 26, 2010 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

اسأل الغبار، رواية تتحدث عن عقدة الكتّاب الأزلية، بطلها "آرتورو بانديني" كاتب يؤمن بموهبته، ويؤمن بأن العالم ينتظر منه الكثير .. بعد أن نشر قصته القصيرة الأولى، توقع أن ما يأتي بعدها أمرٌ سهل، ولكن الكتابة والإلهام أمران لا يمكن توقع حدوثهما من عدمه، وبذلك دخل بانديني في صراع الكتابة وصناعة اسمه الأدبي .
تبدأ الرواية بتصوير حالة العجز المادي التي يواجهها بانديني -الذي لا يعمل ويكسب قوت يومه من كتابة القصص- والتي يترتب عليها قراراً حاسما أما أن يدفع أجر الفندق أو يغادره، ومن هذه النافذة ندخل
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
إبراهيم   عادل
كانت مفاجأة سارّة كثيرًا بالتأكيد أن تترجم ـ أخيرًا ـ رواية الروائي الأمريكي "جون فانتي" التي أشاد بها أحد أكبر شعراء أمريكا "تشارلز بوكوفسكي" منذ عام 1980 بل واعتبرها مؤثره على حياته وكتابته الأدبية، لتكون متاحة للقارئ العربي من خلال دار أثر وبترجمة احترافية للمترجمة "أماني لازار"، ولم تكن "اسأل الغبار" هي رواية "فاونتي" الوحيدة، بل كتب لبطل روايته "أرترو بانديني" ما عرف بـ"رباعية بانديني" تشتمل على الروايات: انتظر حتى الربيع، والطريق إلى لوس انجلوس، و أحلام من بنكر هل" ولم تترجم أي من هذه الأع ...more
Simona Bartolotta
Sep 14, 2011 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
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa
Arturo Bandini alias John Fante mi ha conquistato. Ho letto diversi commenti su questo libro, in cui i lettori si dividono tra chi ama Bandini e chi lo odia. Io rientro nella categoria di chi lo ama. Bandini è un individualista, uno sbruffone, è anche un sognatore e un generoso, è un uomo in perenne conflitto con sé stesso, tra ciò che vorrebbe essere e ciò che è: vorrebbe diventare uno scrittore ricco e famoso, invece è uno sconosciuto scrittore di racconti; vorrebbe essere ateo, invece il catt ...more
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: t-s-list

While I was reading the book I was determined that I would rate it with a single star. Arturo was a misogynist , racist, arrogant and self-centered. The plot was rather boring. The narration after a certain point was becoming annoying(although there were some great scenes tbh). The characters were flat, irritating and I just couldn't relate to them or like them. I found myself detesting most of them. I only felt bad for Camilla..

But then the ending happened and it changed everything. I fin

Steven  Godin
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, fiction, american
Struggling writer Arturo Bandini (Great name!) arrived in 1930's Los Angeles to make it Big, but ends up in a crummy hotel on Bunker Hill where he spends most of his time dreaming the days away whilst surviving on a diet of oranges and cheap drink, the town is gripped by poverty and every time he sits at his typewriter the lack of ideas is paramount. But the publication of a short story which leads to some much needed cash brings Bandini some joy, where it's a case of spend! spend! spend!, new c ...more
طاهر الزهراني
ما الذي يجعل بوكوفسكي يكتب تقديما تبجيليا لهذه الرواية، يكتب تقديما يجعلك تتصور أن هذه الرواية من أعظم الروايات في تاريخ البشرية؛ ببساطة التقاطعات بين بطل الرواية وبوكوفسكي، من بداية الرواية والحديث عن الضائقة المالية، ومحاولة الهروب من صاحبة الفندق، إلى التشرد والصعلكة، والنساء، وهموم الكتابة..
كل هذه التقطاعات جعلت بوكوفسكي يدوخ ويقوم ببعض التضليل -غير المعتمد طبعا- على القارئ الذي سيقرأ هذه الرواية وسيرى أنها رواية لنقل أنها جميلة، كتبت بتقديم يفوق الوصف.
هذه الجزئية فقط هي من جعلتني أكتب هذه ا
فهد الفهد
اسأل الغبار

شاهدت الفيلم الذي اعتمد على رواية فانتي هذه، ولعب دور البطولة فيه (كولن فاريل) و(سلمى حايك) قبل سنوات، نسيت أغلب تفاصيله بالطبع، لم يعلق في ذاكرتي إلا مشاهد قليلة، فلذا كنت اقرأ الرواية وكأنها جديدة، أتعرف على أرتورو بانديني الكاتب المتشرد أو لنقل نصف المتشرد والذي ترك موطنه وجاء إلى لوس إنجليس بعدما نشرت له قصة قصيرة، لقد آمن بانديني بنفسه وبموهبته، وقرر أن العالم ينتظر هذه الموهبة، هكذا نتابع حياة هذا الكاتب الغريب وعلاقاته، وخاصة علاقته بالنادلة كاميلا لوبيز، وهي علاقة متوترة يختلط
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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Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
حين قرأت مقدمة الكتاب لـ هانك تشارلز بوكوفسكي توقعت أن أجد الجنون بقوة .. وحقا وجدته ..
وجدت الجنون .. وجدت الإحساس .. وجدت التصوير الجيد والوصف الدقيق وكأنك معهم .. لكني لم أنجذب للرواية ولم أتعاطف مع البطل ..
لم أشعر برغبتي في أن أحدثه أو أنقذه او أؤنبه .. كان بطلا علي ورق ..
وكنت قارئه بلاستيكية أقرأ دون أن تتحرك ملامحي ... دون لهفة أو قلق ، دون رغبة في البكاء ، دون تفكير دون شوق للمغادرة أو البقاء ..
كنت علي الحياد ... لا يعنيني الأمر من بعيد أو قريب ..
وهذا ما أتعبني ..
وهذا ما لا أريده أبداً في
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-usa, e5
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
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رائعة و تستحق القراءة ربما أعود بمراجعة كاملة.
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Saga of Arthur Bandini (4 books)
  • Wait Until Spring, Bandini (The Saga of Arthur Bandini, #1)
  • The Road to Los Angeles (The Saga of Arthur Bandini, #2)
  • Dreams from Bunker Hill (The Saga of Arthur Bandini, #4)

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