The Road to Los Angeles

The Road to Los Angeles

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by John Fante
     
 

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I had a lot of jobs in Los Angeles Harbor because our family was poor and my father was dead. My first job was ditchdigging a short time after I graduated from high school. Every night I couldn’t sleep from the pain in my back. We were digging an excavation in an empty lot, there wasn’t any shade, the sun came straight from a cloudless sky, and I was

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I had a lot of jobs in Los Angeles Harbor because our family was poor and my father was dead. My first job was ditchdigging a short time after I graduated from high school. Every night I couldn’t sleep from the pain in my back. We were digging an excavation in an empty lot, there wasn’t any shade, the sun came straight from a cloudless sky, and I was down in that hole digging with two huskies who dug with a love for it, always laughing and telling jokes, laughing and smoking bitter tobacco.

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ISBN-13:
9781841950495
Publisher:
Canongate Books
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 7.80(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

John Fante began writing in 1929 and published his first short story in 1932. His first novel, Wait Until Spring, Bandini, was published in 1938 and was the first of his Arturo Bandini series of novels, which also include The Road to Los Angeles and Ask the Dust. A prolific screenwriter, he was stricken with diabetes in 1955. Complications from the disease brought about his blindness in 1978 and, within two years, the amputation of both legs. He continued to write by dictation to his wife, Joyce, and published Dreams from Bunker Hill, the final installment of the Arturo Bandini series, in 1982. He died on May 8, 1983, at the age of seventy-four.

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Road to Los Angeles 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read for any bukowski fan!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like Ask the Dust, this book has a lot of interesting situations and some gritty humor. Although this book isn't too long, in its pages it captures the reader enough to pull him in, digest, and let you slowly out, leaving the reader with a few things to ponder over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first John Fante read. I was so pleased that I have ordered several more samples of his writing and I intend to read his complete works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was suprisingly captivating for its length...I found many parallels to the character and story of Tooles Pulitzer Prize winning classic. Great to read about San Pedro in the 1930's.
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John Fantes 'the road to Los Angeles' is a brilliant piece of work. It was written late in his life and is partly conjoined with his earlier tales featuring his alter ego Bandini. In this book, though Bandini is set in a different family environment. The issues are the struggle of youth and the balancing of talent against personal pride. It is a heart gripping story and a must read for litterature lovers.