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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The manuscript was discovered among John Fante's papers after his death in May, by his widow Joyce, and now may be included in that short, distinguished list of important first novel From the Editorial Note: This novel introduces Fante's alter ego Arturo Bandini who reappears in Wait Until Spring, Bandini , Ask the Dust , and Dreams from Bunker Hill The manuscript was discovered among John Fante's papers after his death in May, by his widow Joyce, and now may be included in that short, distinguished list of important first novels by American authors.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published January 1st by Ecco first published More Details Original Title. The Saga of Arturo Bandini 2. Los Angeles, California United States. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Road to Los Angeles , please sign up.
Be the first to ask a question about The Road to Los Angeles. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 30, Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing. There are the roads we choose and there are the roads we walk and there are the walks of life… Oh Spengler! What a book! What weight! Like the Los Angeles Telephone Directory. Day after day I read it, never understanding it, never caring either, but reading it because I liked one growling word after another marching across pages with somber mysterious rumblings.
Riotously ambitious, wildly egotistic, possessed with the severe angst of youth, ridden with delirious fantasies, obsessed with the mania There are the roads we choose and there are the roads we walk and there are the walks of life… Oh Spengler! Riotously ambitious, wildly egotistic, possessed with the severe angst of youth, ridden with delirious fantasies, obsessed with the maniacal desire to become a writer Arturo Bandini turns his life into a bitter burlesque… But, however erratically, he continues to move to his purpose.
The Road to Los Angeles is violently grotesque but John Fante is utterly honest in telling his story and honesty is a rather rare merchandise in the modern literature. View all 4 comments. Nov 24, Guillermo Galvan rated it it was amazing. The Road to Los Angles by John Fante introduces one of the most bizarre, disturbed, and likeable alter egos in literature, Arturo Bandini.
His megalomania is s The Road to Los Angles by John Fante introduces one of the most bizarre, disturbed, and likeable alter egos in literature, Arturo Bandini.
His megalomania is severe to the point where it becomes absolute comedy. He is the ruler of a kingdom of beautiful women, deadly revolutions, exotic lands, and missions of conquest. The real world is an inconvenience. The psychological depth is superb. Fante knows how to illustrate the grinding gears of a neurotic mind. The settings are absolutely vivid. You can smell the piles of fish guts smearing the page. John Fante wrote this in his late twenties. The youthful energy is apparent throughout the whole book.
The recklessness of youth drives him to take chances like a cocky bastard, but he has the writing ability to pull it off every time. Fante really captures the essence of the grimy, foggy, streets of Los Angles and the blue collar lifestyle. The Road to Los Angles is a book that swings hard with crude impact and special brand of finesse.
Well deserved 5 stars. In the 30s when written, it was refused by all publishers. This book is Arturo Bandini at his best, he is mean, he is raw, he is spoiled, he has the mimimi syndrome, he wants to conquer the world, to write the perfect novel and get the nobel prize and all the women This Bandini reads Nietzsche und Schopenhauer, speaks using all the latest neologis Well deserved 5 stars.
This book is Arturo Bandini at his best, he is mean, he is raw, he is spoiled, he has the mimimi syndrome, he wants to conquer the world, to write the perfect novel and get the nobel prize and all the women This Bandini reads Nietzsche und Schopenhauer, speaks using all the latest neologisms, hates the catholics, and is a dreamer. Fante wrote this book at Arturo is one of the great characters literature has ever seen.
There are 2 more Bandini novels but according to Alex Capus who translated them into german, this one is the only book where Arturo is completely raw and unpolished. He also swears a lot. Definitely a must. Greatly translated into german by Alex Capus Dec 29, Ned rated it really liked it.
I reached for this slim book because it was second in a series Bandini that I had started a year or so ago. The rambling, stream-of-consciousness of an year old with an overly active imagination was at first unsettling.
I realized why Bukowski liked it, with the unabashed utterance it gives to thoughts teetering on madness. The leaflet says this was not published in real time, but cobbled together into book form posthumously, after the other two in the series were published. This aspect is a clever device by Fante, showing us the conflict of ego in a boy who is blissfully out of context and absolutely intolerable to be around. Mental illness and obsession are clearly issues here.
He was much smaller than I was. He was very thin. His collarbones stuck out. He had not teeth worth mentioning in his mouth, only one or two which were worse than nothing. His eyes were like aged oysers on a sheet of newspaper. Tobacco juice caked the corners of his mouth like dry chocolate. His was the look of a rat in waiting. It seemed he had never been out in the sun, his face was so grey. I wondered what he saw there. There was the smell of the sea, the clean salted sweetness of the air, the cold cynical indifference of the starts, the sudden laughing intimacy of the streets, the brazen opulence of light in darkness, the glowing languor of slitted crescent moon.
I loved it all, I felt like squealing, making queer noises, new noises, in my throat. It was like walking naked through a valley of beautiful girls on all sides. View 2 comments. Dec 03, Rod rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , down-n-out , owned. Nov 08, blakeR rated it it was ok Shelves: literature-classic. An ugly little debut with First Novel written all over it. It's not difficult to see why it remained unpublished during Fante's lifetime.
The most surprising and disappointing aspect is how unrecognizable Bandini is here compared to the glorious Ask the Dust see my review , offensive and obnoxious compared to bold and brilliant. Fante does a good job channeling the arrogance of youth, and a lot of the discrepancies between the two Bandinis could probably be chalked up to just that, in addition t An ugly little debut with First Novel written all over it.
Fante does a good job channeling the arrogance of youth, and a lot of the discrepancies between the two Bandinis could probably be chalked up to just that, in addition to his isolation in the later work i.
But it really just reminded me of my own first efforts at writing, which will also remain mercifully unpublished.
The differences between the two novels don't end at the protagonist. The language here is much flatter, not the soaring imagery and innovative flow of Dust. Again: First Novel, understandable. But there's also little to nothing that happens here, and while that was somewhat similar in Dust , there were still various interpersonal connections in that one, not just the one-way invectives or obsessive fantasies you get here.
The Road to Los Angeles