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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The John Fante Reader

Book #37 on my list was The John Fante Reader.

An excellent intro to Fante's work, the Reader is a well collated survey of his writings including pieces from his novels, short stories and correspondence. The NY Times blurb on the back reads 'Either the work of John Fante is unknown to you or it is unforgettable" which I have to agree with. After reading this one I immediately went out and ordered Ask The Dust, so expect to see that one on my list soon. Must read for Kerouac fans.

Fante on Wikipedia...or maybe that's Wikipedia on Fante?

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