Re: RARA-AVIS: Bardin and John Fante

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 27 Nov 2002

John Lau wrote:
> My personal take is that Fante is much ado about nothing. His prose style
> florid and his stories don't seem to go anywhere. The only thing
> about him is the lousy way he treats women. I only managed to wade
> both DUST and BANDINI, Fante's most famous works because Stephen Cooper
> across the street from me and regards the author in such high esteem.
> But make up your own mind. People whose business is to know and teach
> literature think the guy's the Cat's Pajamas. I'm just a guy who writes
> a living.

********* Thanks, John. I know that sometimes it's hard to criticize an author when you know that he might be somebody else's favorite, but I appreciate hearing it straight. I think I'll pass on Fante for a while.


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