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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We stored them both and a half dozen beat-up airport vans and station wagons behind a gas station and ran the whole deal out of a three-bedroom brownstone apartment on Sixty-fourth Street and Second Avenue. In the hands of a more flamboyant stylist the memoir could easily be stretched to a few volumes. I’d go so far as to say this is a kind of sequel to Brotherhood of the Grape. By the by you can read it in less than a day or so pages. I’d gotten lucky and I knew it.

He says the process of writing helped him confront the pain of his past. September 29, 9: His estranged wife picks him up in a cab, and in less than a hour he’s already slugging down a half pint of Ten-High.

Chump Change by Dan Fante

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. In context, Bruno’s compassion to Rocco father’s dog is touching.

It was uncalled for and off-the-cuff, completely out of context and inappropriate to our discussion. It is very Bukowski, but since his father is Bukowski’s inspiration Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. What’s the big deal?


Cbump his major achievement, Ask the Dust, sells a couple of thousand copies cchange goes out of print fast. Can’t you just calm down. Jan 27, R. John Fante was my hero. Dan Fante is an intense writer that pulls no punches when he takes the reader down into the underbelly world that he describes.

He seems to show more compassion to his father’s dying dog than to any of his family or even himself. Bruno Dante is a drunkard. This is regrettable, but his story is too fascinating to ignore. But more critically, I’d say Chump Change is missing the humane universality, that radiant, force-of-lif 2.

The Millions: Chump Change: A Novel (P.S.) by Dan Fante

From here down everything I had written on the resume was an exaggeration or outright bullshit. Less those few items this could have easily been a 70’s or 80’s era fange. Maybe I was about to get a sudden spell of the fly-aways because my left hand had just begun to shake–my coffee cup hand.

What’s with all the open quotation marks in this book that were never properly closed? May 24, Jim rated it really liked it.

Dan Fante: underground writer expressed madness of the US workplace

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Loading comments… Trouble loading? The night life and years with the booze had taken their toll. Perhaps most are but who says we should throw the baby out with the bathwater. Dan Fante, Confronting His Demons On The Page Novelist and playwright Dan Fante writes about alcoholism, drug addiction and failed rante at literary success — all of which he has experienced himself.

It is a collaborative process in which the so-called creative person becomes an underpaid, over-ruled typist. Even now the heebie-jeebies appeared to be traveling their way up my body to my upper torso. Then I took a minute to focus in on the face in the mirror.


chaange Bruno is probably the biggest piece of crap that has ever been a protagonist. This chain of influence and genetics already announces the subgenre we’re dealing with here. One was an eight-year-old dented, black, stretch Caddy with over a hundred thousand miles on the odometer and the other was a big blue Lincoln sedan that was more for personal use than the livery business.

Dan Fante, Confronting His Demons On The Page

Instead, Chump Change is more of a Bukowski knockoff, and that wears thin once the rollicking mood grows predictable. The dog had a bladder problem and the old guy never bathed changw.

At the enviable age of nineteen he gets his first story published by H. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. I don’t mean to be overly unkind here, but screenwriting is a process quite unlike legitimate prose. Now I was impaled, pinned to the formica by a gay Hulk Hogan in a milkman’s uniform.

I finally understand where Malibu is! I watched as his hired-by-the-hour chauffeured blue stretch Lincoln pulled up in front of the restaurant blocking the Santa Monica Boulevard crosswalk.

He wrote because a writer was what he was. Experiment in Literary Investigation v. To ask other readers questions about Chump Changechagne sign up. Five hundred and eleven dollars.

I guess the guy just needed a flash title for his telemarketing boiler room.