Ask the Dust (1939) is considered to be one of the best novels to ever come out of LA. I first heard about it this year while doing some research on California in the 20s & 30s. I started reading it earlier this week and I still don’t know what I think. Is it one of the best books I’ve ever read or complete trash, I can’t seem to decide. Arturo Bandini is an incredibly interesting and complex character. On one page I hate him and on the next he has me laughing out loud. Charles Bukowski called John Fante his god and he’s pretty much the only reason anyone is still reading Ask the Dust today. Since I’ve never read anything by Bukowski (I know, I know, he’s on my list.) that didn’t really influence my decision to read this book, I just find it interesting.
What are you reading?