Dan Fante, who died on on Monday aged 71, was one of the American His subsequent “Bruno Dante” novels – Chump Change, Mooch. When he finds out his father is in a coma, aspiring writer and part-time drunk Bruno Dante, fresh from the nuthouse, must head to Los Angeles for a fraught f. The book follows the exploits of Bruno Dante. In New York his life is a train wreck and is turned into an upheaval when he gets the call from Los Angeles that his.

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Chump Change by Dan Fante

I’d kept my promise to myself. If Koffman required a document that showed management in addition to straight chauffeuring, no problem, I was ready. Experiment in Literary Investigation v. I finally understand where Malibu is! I have no idea why I experience life as pointless and screwed and I know that most people don’t pour a cup of bourbon into their milk and oatmeal in the morning.

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And I’m about to chanfe one. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. I’d gotten lucky and I knew it. I really liked it; it was nothing like I expected and that made it all the more interesting.

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Fante’s style is gritty, hard-hitting but poignant. He seems to show more compassion to his father’s dying do Bruno Dante is a shell of a man, ravaged by alcoholism. When I woke up I found blood covering my bedsheets and a steak knife on the floor.


Chump Change (Bruno Dante, book 1) by Dan Fante

The internal dialog author Fante provides for Bruno Dante is an excellent example of the power of good fiction – we can eventually see the honorable human intent obscured by the actions of desperate need.

And the sonofabitch beat me out of my final paycheck. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of The Collected Poems Sylvia Plath. And, by having an option on one or more of his books, they might become rich. Have you been drinking this morning? Show 25 25 50 All. Leaning across the table I was an inch from his face. A pernicious towel- head un-American alien pompous shitsucking dorf.

Of course they haven’t read his stuff, they’ve just heard he was a good novelist. We briefly hear of Katya Kokoff, an ex-girlfriend: Medium Raw Anthony Bourdain.

Where what matters is moment-to-moment survival to avoid mind pain. I’m offering you an excellent opportunity–a live-in chauffeur manager position. Less those few items this could have easily chujp a 70’s or 80’s era story. I see parallels in the way that Bruno thinks of his father and Henry thinks of Nick.

This added to my enjoyment of the book and was also a productive geographical study of the Los Angeles area which allowed me to finally place mentally many of those place-names I had heard over the years, and better recall the memories of my two visits to the area years ago. I was half-sure I’d blown it until he phoned me the next day. Now, completely out of money, with the sun beating in through the window of my ratbox room in the Venice house I shared with my ex-girlfriend’s eighty-five-year-old uncle, hoping to counteract last night’s excessive gin and tonic with gulps of milk and spoonfuls of peanut butter, I sat at my writing desk staring at the computer keys.


Dan Fante can’t anchor the grittiness with the same searching and knowing psychology that his father, John Fante, could in a masterpiece like Ask the Dust or even a very good novella, like Dreams from Bunker Hill. This is one firecracker of a novel. There is no uphill climb for him.

He immediately began “selling” me, reciting the statistics of how successful and hip Dav-Ko had become since I’d left. After washing the wound I put superglue on it to close it, along with some paper towels and duct tape. By the time his father, John Fante, was that age he had all but given up on novels and was several years deep into a Hollywood screenwriting career.

With a style reminiscent of Charles Bukowski and a similar predilection for vice, author Dan Fante has carved out a successful literary career by writing novels based on his experiences as a recovering alcoholic and drug addict.