Ask the Dust
Has anyone read it? I even found it better than Catcher in the Rye, both are quite similar, yet ATD is much more elegiac and droll.
Synopsis: Arturo Bandini is a struggling writer lodging in a seedy LA hotel. While basking in the glory of having had a single short story published in a small magazine, he meets local waitress Camilla Lopezand they embark on a strange and strained love-hate relationship. Slowly but inexorably, it descends into the realms of madness.
Taken from a readers review: The first 13 chapters or so are absolutely fantastic, super-poetic, naturalistic writing. The deep hatred thats the flipside of love is here in its most brutally tragic and truthful form in the scenes between Camilla and Bandini. Some people dont respond to these scenes because they’ve never bothered to examine these feelings in themselves (though they’ve definitely had them), they’ve just ignored and repressed them. Not Fante. No way! Fantes out to force readers to face these feelings in themselves, and its so annoying, it hurts! But that’s what good naturalistic writing is supposed to do: HURT.
Ask the Dust is one of the truly great, yet unsung, American novels of the twentieth century. A tough and unsentimental story with a soft and tender heart, it remains as fresh and affecting as the day it was written.
I recently heard that it’s going to be made into a movie starring Colin Farrell and Eva Mendes.
You must read this book!!!!!
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