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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Black Sparrow Pr; Reprint edition (April 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876855559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876855553
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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"Fante was my God." Charles Bukowski "If you haven't yet discovered John Fante, you're in for a wonderful treat." Evening Standard "Fante's writing has a freshness that should shame many of today's scribblers." Sunday Herald "An excellent rites of passage tale, infused with all the gory humiliation, rich humour and treacherous hormones of adolescence." Buzz" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About 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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'Wait Until Spring, Bandini' is a kind of book that deserves a place among others that have a main target in vision: to tell a story of memories of a hard and impoverished youth with some touches of bittersweat evocations, like the first love for a special girl, recollections of Christmas time and little family pleasures. Arturo Bandini is a teenager in the years of Depression, of Italian lineage, making his first contacts with the world around him, in a continuous progression to maturity. In this angle, the book has some points of contact with J.D. Salinger 'The Catcher's in the Rye' although Fante has a more strong style of writing - strong, not better - that made him almost a 'beatnik' author like Bukowski. Fante know his office and the book has some excellent moments: the description of the relationship between Svevo Bandini (Arturo's father) and Miss Hildegarde, mainly when this relationship is caught by the eyes of young Arturo; Arturo's delusions toward his first and platonic love, Rosa Pinelli and some other moments, captured with intensity and poignant touches. But the book is far from a masterpiece and sometimes develops a restrained and peasant pace,sometimes even redundant and unimpressive. Anyway, this one is a good first point to know John Fante and his work, almost all of them centered in the figure of Arturo Bandini, again the main characther of 'Ask the Dust' and 'Dream on Bunker Hill'.
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"Wait Until Spring, Bandini," by John Fante, is a novel about an Italian-American family living in Colorado. The story focuses on Arturo Bandini, a teenager who is the eldest of the family's three sons. His father, Svevo, is a bricklayer and an immigrant to the United States. Very Americanized, Arturo loves baseball and is tormented inside over his family's poverty.
Fante richly develops the relationships among the members of this often dysfunctional family. He also vividly evokes the experience of raising a family in poverty. Particularly interesting is Fante's portrayal of Roman Catholicism within the life of the Bandini family; religion is shown to be a very ambiguous force. There are some dark, even cruel episodes as the family's story unfolds.
As much as I enjoyed "Wait," I did not find it in the end to be as satisfying as the other Fante novels which I have read ("1933 Was a Bad Year" and "Full of Life"). Still, it's a powerful family story that is graced by Fante's excellent prose style.
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By Jon Linden on Jan. 8 2002
Format: Paperback
In John Fante's book, "Wait Until Spring, Bandini" the reader is introduced to a millieu of poverty with which, few of us in America are truly familiar. Here is a family, a proud Italian American unit, that is hard working, religious, and proud of their heritage and themselves. Yet, they live with a day to day level of impovershment that is striking to most people in today's American society. It is difficult for one to imagine harder times in their own personal life, than what Fante has depicted in this work.
In addition, Fante develops the interactions of his charcters with a true expertise, that allows the reader to quickly read his book and still get all the value and meaning contained therein. Fante's characters are believable and realistic. The manner in which they represent their positions is only too reminiscent of almost all family life in America. The lessons that he imparts are truly inspirational and timely for those who have been through some hard times and difficult life situations.
While Fante deals with a serious marital transgression, he does so with great aplomb. His ability to portray the inner perspective of his characters from all sides of the issue is fabulous. And, in the end, even the transgressor sees himself with pride and honor, in the face of victimization by one who can easily manipulate him for her own self-indulgence.
Fante's book is a truly wonderful piece of work. It is a great life lesson for all who may take the time to read it. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to be more in touch with the world around them, and with the way in which the world can change, in only a few minutes. A truly great piece of work.
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The forward was perhaps the most interesting thing about the novel. Otherwise, it was the sort of prose that, while it may have been novel for its time, is now quite hackneyed (the whole first chapter was atrocious, by the way!). The same could be said for the general storyline, too.
Most of the novel concentrates on the minutiae of (a) being poor, (b) being Italian, and (c) being Catholic, and after awhile the discussions of venial versus mortal sins, and of the class standings of Italians in Denver in the Depression, and of how they only get to eat meat once a fortnight -- well, it gets to be a bit much after about 15 pages or so. And I don't think this book had that much to say about anything else.
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By fritzjob@msn.com on June 12 1998
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Wait Until Spring, Bandini is a masterfully crafted novel by an amazingly underapreciated author. John Fante's name is like a password, those who know it cannot deny their bookishness. His writing is powerful and touching in its simplicity as he tells the tale of Aurturo Bandini, the son of Italian immigrants living in Colorodo. There are no wars, explosions, or black holes in this book. Its a tiny little story about one winter in a boy's life. Its power is in the realization that it provokes, the realization that growing up is something we all had to go through, that we've all made mistakes, and we're all human.
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