Monday, 31 October 2016

Reading John Fante - Ask the Dust, Wait Until Springtime, Arturo Bandini

Two books πŸ“š into this writer John Fante. His poetic ramblings are psychologically insightful. I preferred his first book "Wait until Springtime, Arturo Bandini" to the overhyped "Ask the Dust". However, I throughly enjoyed his famous book about L.A as well. His writing is poetic, like movies πŸŽ₯ projecting in the vivid matrix of the human mind. It's also nice to read about an Italian writer battling it out in America. Fante has a distinctive voice. You feel the emotion of the characters in his writing. One can easily relate to the pain and anguish of the anonymous people he writes about. His books are first and foremost about the subjective experiences of living life. There is a strong existential (philosophy of existence) theme running through his books. Questions surrounding religious faith and atheism are constantly simmering under the surface. The philosopher Nietzsche is cited in his works. The "death of God" stalks his characters constantly. Fante like Nietzsche seems obsessed with human suffering. Fante's stories are played out in a godless world πŸŒŽ where faith is mocked and fundamentally prized at the same time. Intricacies, contradictions, suffering and euphoria are all themes that permeate this writers thoughts. There is also a strong sense of 'the will to power', the metaphysical foundation of Nietzschean thought. That above all human beings desire power, success and expansion of the self. This is seen in the desire and will of the writer to become famous in "Ask the Dust", here is a man willing to sacrifice everything for greatness πŸ™Œ thanks to my Dad for putting me on to Fante. Cool stuff πŸ˜Ž

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