Writing about a writer’s writer.

Inception? No, its just “Ask the Dust” by John Fante, and it is quite an interesting book. Not so much plot-wise, but more so with the characters. Arturo Bandini, the main character of the story, is a wannabe writer who’s attitude about everything changes constantly. He will pray to god for hours and give a prostitute money to change her ways one day, and then will steal from a milk truck later that evening. Even half way through the book, his attitude is still confusing and surprising to me. I have no idea what he thinks about Camilla. Within an hour he will go from hitting on her to calling her offensive racial slurs.

Naturally this makes the book a harder read but it is somewhat interesting. I am still trying to figure out why Fante would create such a character. Possibly to represent himself, as Arturo Bandini is in fact a new writer trying to learn how to write. Fante might be using Bandini to express difficulties and challenges that he himself faced as a new writer. I am interested to see where this book goes, because as of now, I have no idea.

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