By John Fante
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Arturo Bandini is a twenty-year-old burgeoning author, spending his days hungry for achievement, lifestyles and nutrition in a dingy lodge in l. a.. jam-packed with the keenness of teenybopper, and the joys of getting one brief tale released, the truth of poverty and prejudice has hit him challenging. He meets an area waitress, Camilla Lopez, and embarks on an odd and strained love-hate dating. Slowly, yet inexorably, it descends into the nation-states of insanity. Fante depicts the highs and lows of the emotional nation of Bandini with conviction, yet with out effortless sentiment. In Ask the dirt, Fante is really 'telling it love it is' as a poverty-stricken son of an immigrant in 'perfect' California.
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He had become so completely absorbed in himself and isolated from everyone else that he dreaded meeting not only his landlady, but anyone at all. He was crushed by poverty, but even the anxieties of his position had recently ceased to weigh upon him. He had given up attending to matters of practical importance; he had lost all desire to do so. In fact, nothing that any landlady could do held any terror for him. But to be stopped on the stairs, to be forced to listen to her trivial, irrelevant gossip, to pestering demands for payment, threats and complaints, all the while racking his brains for excuses, avoiding the issue, lying舒no, he would rather creep down the stairs like a cat and slip out unseen.
A back staircase quite dark, all sloppy with dirty water and strewn with egg shells, and the Sunday bells floating in from somewhere舡 (p. 260). Raskolnikov舗s internal dichotomy is set out through bells: Through them the murder is set in opposition to the saving faith he learned in his village as a child. The idea of the belfry brings together these two sides of the bell motif in one image. 舡 (p. 245). The logic of socialists and those spreading the 舠new ideas舡 is mocked using the belfry, an emblem of irrational faith.