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Two Announcements~Monday Night Thread & Our Next Book

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Sun Jul 01, 2007 10:06 pm

Ladies..two announcements! :press:

The July Monday Night Thread which would normally take place on Monday, July 2 will be moved to the following Monday, July 9 due to the holiday week. Be sure and check in then! :disco:

Liz and I are happy to announce our next ONBC read to follow The Bomb In My Garden…

Wait Until Spring, Bandini by John Fante.


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This, Fante’s first novel, was published in 1938. The book is being reprinted with a forward written by Johnny. The edition with Johnny’s intro is currently only available from Amazon.uk. However, you may read any edition of the book to participate in the discussion. Below is a synopsis of the tale…

A powerful, lyrical and touching tale of a turbulent adolescent trying to break out of the suffocating, prison-like confinements of family, poverty and religion in a small town, "Wait Until Spring, Bandini" tells the story of a winter in the childhood of Arturo Bandini, oldest son of Italian immigrants living in Colorado during the Great Depression. With its powerful and evocative account of tragic love affairs, grinding poverty and adolescence in turmoil, this first novel from the Bandini quartet is a much-neglected masterpiece of modern American literature.

Tidbits will start around the first of August after our discussion of The Bomb In My Garden. We hope you will join us!!
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Unread postby suec » Mon Jul 02, 2007 6:26 pm

Wow, this book sounds like a must-read!
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Unread postby rainbowsoul » Mon Jul 02, 2007 8:35 pm

Looks interesting!! I decided to order it from Amazon UK - it is due out tomorrow. (July 3)
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Mon Jul 02, 2007 8:48 pm

I was tempted to order the UK edition as well. I'm :bounce: wating to read his introduction!
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Unread postby PhD » Mon Jul 02, 2007 9:24 pm

I'm such a sucker. I just ordered this book from Amazon UK. Forget that I could have had it for about 1/2 the price by buying it from Amazon US, and that Johnny's foreword will most likely be available on the Zone. :blush: It will be worth it as soon as the book arrives!
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Mon Jul 02, 2007 9:49 pm

PhD, unfortunately I needed the book before July to get started on my ONBC homework. Otherwise I would have ordered it from Amazon.uk too. Hmmm...maybe I really need two copies of this book. :blush:
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Unread postby Parlez » Mon Jul 02, 2007 11:23 pm

:bounce: This sounds good!! Count me in!
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Unread postby Raven » Mon Jul 02, 2007 11:38 pm

They have one copy in the whole county library system. A first edition too! I have it on order.

Looking forward to my next read.

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Unread postby Sioux » Mon Jul 02, 2007 11:54 pm

Wow! Sounds like a great book! :bounce: And set in my home state! I think I'll wait to see if the new one shows up here in the U.S., but I'll try to find a copy at the library to read.

Hopefully I'll be able to participate in the discussion next month! :hope:

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Unread postby Gilbert's Girl » Tue Jul 03, 2007 3:01 am

I haven't heard of this before, do we know how Johnny came to be involved in writing the introduction and is this his only involvement.

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Unread postby dharma_bum » Tue Jul 03, 2007 3:33 am

Gilbert's Girl wrote:I haven't heard of this before, do we know how Johnny came to be involved in writing the introduction and is this his only involvement.

I don't know about this particular book, but a few years back JD was very much interested in playing the Arturo Bandini character in a film version of another Fante novel, Ask the Dust.

Fante had been called the "big brother" of the beats... that's a pretty big clue.
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Unread postby Gilbert's Girl » Tue Jul 03, 2007 7:57 am

dharma_bum wrote:
Gilbert's Girl wrote:I haven't heard of this before, do we know how Johnny came to be involved in writing the introduction and is this his only involvement.

I don't know about this particular book, but a few years back JD was very much interested in playing the Arturo Bandini character in a film version of another Fante novel, Ask the Dust.

Fante had been called the "big brother" of the beats... that's a pretty big clue.


Thanks db, something about that sounds familiar :cool:

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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Tue Jul 03, 2007 8:21 am

Fante considered Charles Bukowski his "literary godfather" and he is sometimes called a grandfather to the Beats. You can draw the line from there to Johnny... :noodlemantra:

I'm glad to see we have a lot of interest in this one.
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Unread postby KYwoman » Tue Jul 03, 2007 8:51 am

DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:Fante considered Charles Bukowski his "literary godfather" and he is sometimes called a grandfather to the Beats. You can draw the line from there to Johnny... :noodlemantra:

I'm glad to see we have a lot of interest in this one.
:cool:


Oops, I think you meant Bukowski thought of Fante as his literary godfather. I'm really interested in seeing what Fante's writing style and subject matter is like. Not to mention hopefully getting a chance to read Johnny's intro to the book. :cool:
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Tue Jul 03, 2007 9:02 am

KYwoman wrote:
DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:Fante considered Charles Bukowski his "literary godfather" and he is sometimes called a grandfather to the Beats. You can draw the line from there to Johnny... :noodlemantra:

I'm glad to see we have a lot of interest in this one.
:cool:


Oops, I think you meant Bukowski thought of Fante as his literary godfather. I'm really interested in seeing what Fante's writing style and subject matter is like. Not to mention hopefully getting a chance to read Johnny's intro to the book. :cool:


Thank you, KY...that is exactly what I meant. :blush: That's what happens when you post and run in the morning! :banghead:
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