We’ve all been Arturo Bandini.
Writing out our life on the typewriter in our head, filling pages with bravado and charm. Dishing out dialogue we can never find in the moment. Delusions of passion filling our imagination while we’re alone only to vanish once a beautiful woman stands before us.
We’ve all waited for Camilla to throw rocks at our window in the middle of the night.
The American classic that almost never was, Ask The Dust, by John Fante was published in 1939. But mixed reviews and the novels soon-to-be bankrupt publisher kept it out of the limelight until around 1980 when Charles Bukowski declared, “Fante was my God.”
There are many themes in Ask The Dust– catholic guilt, race identity, 1930’s Los Angeles.
More than anything, it’s a love story.