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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Preview — Chump Change by Dan Fante. 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 screenwriter father is in a coma and not expected to live. The next three weeks on fantte streets on the streets of L. The book expresses the bewilderment of its he Fiction. The book expresses the bewilderment of its hero and its author with rawness, crudeness, and shock, and also serves as a very beautiful and touching homage to Fante’s famous father John Fante.
Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Chump Changeplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Looking at the author photograph of Dan Fante — which depicts a sixtysomething, moon-faced, grimacing bald man in a leather bomber jacket aiming a pistol indiscriminately upward while just behind him four seagulls spread their wings in a cloudless sky — I was first struck by his intangible Martin Balsam quality, and then as is often the case with books such as Chump ChangeI was revisited by the question faante authenticity.
Dan Fante is the son of J Looking at the author photograph of Dan Fante — which depicts a sixtysomething, moon-faced, grimacing bald man in a leather bomber jacket aiming a pistol indiscriminately upward while just behind him four seagulls spread their wings in a cloudless sky — I was first struck by his intangible Martin Balsam quality, and then as is often the case with books such as Chump ChangeI was revisited by the question of authenticity.
This chain of influence and genetics already announces the subgenre we’re dealing with here. It’s that grimy, grubby late afternoon, long-shadowed L. This book is surprisingly moving. Once you get past the dogfight, the stuttering hooker, and the fact that apparently no one bothered to proofread it before it was published.
Unless ‘unphased’ has now been officially christened as a real word by the linguistic powers-that-be. Like when the people who put chukp dictionaries finally just threw up their hands and surrendered in the face of inexorable misuse and decided they’d let ‘alright’ be an official word, although it isn’t. Also, jeezus fuckin’ christ. What’s with all the open quotation fate in this book that were never properly closed?
You can’t believe how incomplete this leaves me feeling. I’m still waiting — even as I type this — for the characters to finish speaking, but now they never will. View all 5 comments. Nov 23, Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it Shelves: Chump Change was a very intense story.
I really liked it; it was nothing like I expected and that made it all the more interesting. Bruno Dna is a drunkard. Bruno Dante has trouble holding to a stable job and to his marriage. Bruno Dante lives a decaying life, of late night drunken ventures, underage addicted hookers, strangers in porn movies. Bruno Dante is an unsuccessful writer living in the shadows of chxnge dying father’s career Johnathan Dante, published author and successful Hollywood screenwritter.
This autobiographical novel won’t be confused for Bruno Dante is a drunkard. This autobiographical novel won’t be confused for a contemporary masterpiece ever, but is a very engaging and touching narrative of Fante’s life, Fante writes in a dirty prose full of far fetched drunken anecdotes of his life as an alcoholic unsuccessful poet, on the verge of a failed marriage, while visiting his moribund father, and while a drunken story might not sound very compelling, Fante simply does know how to write a book, his agile narrative gets the reader caught page after page, and aside from all the turbulent and muddy stories, there is a very poignant picture of the man, the son, and the imprint of his father’s life in his.
My grade might be too high, but it’s always a pleasure to read an author who knows how to get his hands ran such filthy themes and create an interesting work out of it without sounding scandalous or exorbitant. Jul 24, Ronald Wise rated it really liked it. I am hard-pressed to think of any other protagonist that has elicited in me as much disgust as Bruno Dante does for the greater part of this novel.
Chump Change by Dan Fante
And knowing that he has an autobiographical basis means that author Dan Fante is really putting himself out there. I began to wonder if Fante wasn’t trying to elicit a hatred of him, but then remembered that, like in an AA testimonial, the storyteller is the protagonist and that hopefully former person he describes the antagonist.
The dialog and other I am hard-pressed to think of any other protagonist that has elicited in me as much disgust as Bruno Dante does for the greater part of this novel. The dialog and other details in this narrative made me think of almost every situation from my own past in which I’ve had to deal with a stubborn and unrelenting drunk – especially the situations where there is a tie or responsibility that does not allow one to just flee.
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.
Both Fante and Dante had fathers who had some success as writers, and both of them are trying to follow in their fathers’ footsteps.
Dan Fante, Confronting His Demons On The Page
In the final few pages of this book I was struck by the recollection that some of the most creative works in Western culture have come from individuals fighting personal demons – some of the greatest works as their creators approached self- destruction. I hope that Fante has the demons under control and can continue to produce great work without that fate.
Early in this book I noticed that Fante provided detailed geographical positioning in his story and so started following the action on Google maps. 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 finally understand where Malibu is! May 24, Jim rated it really liked it. I read this based on recommendation, and the price of the discounted paperback was the right addition to an online order to qualify for free shipping. I am familiar with Dan as a poet, but i wasn’t aware that he was a writer as well.
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Like his Dad, he’s another writer west of Rome that i discovered after their passing. As for the material it was very rough in a few spots. I didn’t like the antihero Bruno, he was a mean drunk, and generally not remorseful. He starts out at rock bottom and goes low I read this based on recommendation, and the price of the discounted paperback was the right addition to an online order to qualify for free shipping.
He starts out at rock bottom and goes lower. I enjoyed the originality, organization and structure, the presentation, and the Gonzo realism, he’s definitely not a literary master, but he tells a story that is entertaining and engaging. I liked the Fante family references, i believe that to be of some truth, it starts as kind of an Exley A Fan’s Note feeling. I have to say i sense this as a late nineties time and that really cracks me up, with just a few exceptions are removed like vcr references, video dating, and Cisco drink.
Dan Fante: underground writer expressed madness of the US workplace
Less those few items this could have cyump been a 70’s or 80’s era story. I was generous to give this 4 stars, Dan left a lot of open-ended questions unanswered. Where what matters is moment-to-moment survival to avoid mind pain. Jan 28, Jakki rated it did not like it. I fail to see how this is such a revered book.
I dhange a huge fan of John Fante so I went into this with high hopes.
Dan Fante is trying far too hard to be his father thinly veiled in the book as “Dante” and edgy. Nothing “shocks” or “offends” me; but this book is just trying to be “offensive” with no real story behind it. Doesn’t offer the edginess people know from his father’s books and even Bukowski. Feels orchestrated and unreal.
What I liked best about his father’s work is John Fa I fail to see how this is such a revered book. What I liked best about his father’s work is John Fante’s ability to put you in the story and make you feel like you were there. Fantw be fair, Faante didn’t finish it and I truly hate to give up on books. But I just couldn’t waste dhange more ean on this novel. I cannot, in good conscience, recommend this book to anyone and will be putting it up on Ebay.
Jul 23, Caleb rated it it was amazing. This is one firecracker of a novel. Fante’s style is gritty, hard-hitting but poignant. Bruno is a lovable mad man. Highly recommended to fans of Bukowski, Hemingway, and of course, John Fante. Mar 26, Brian Heverly rated it liked it. Binge drinking, blockouts, dying father and suicide attemps pretty much sums this book up.
Along with really good, angry, take no B. Jun 19, Stop added it. As both a novelist and a screenwriter, what are the main similarities between the processes? And what are the major differences? I don’t mean to be overly unkind here, but screenwriting is a process daan unlike legitimate prose. Screenwriters are the errand boys for producers and directors. The do what they are told to do: Make her tits bigger. Let’s have her be a victim of incest.
Screenwriting is not writing. It is a collaborative process in which the so-called chupm person becomes an underpaid, dsn typist. What are your experiences with Hollywood? How close have you gotten to a script becoming a film?