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Chump Change Dan Fante

Chump Change

Dan Fante

Published
ISBN : 9780641552267
Paperback
180 pages
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Dan Fantes debut novel Chump Change is an alarmingly frank and funny tale of a damaged man and his attempts to come to terms with his dying fathers unerring fall into the void. Dans alter-ego Bruno Dante, an intelligent, angry alcoholic, isMoreDan Fantes debut novel Chump Change is an alarmingly frank and funny tale of a damaged man and his attempts to come to terms with his dying fathers unerring fall into the void. Dans alter-ego Bruno Dante, an intelligent, angry alcoholic, is mourning his own life and his fathers tragic demise. His father Jonathon Dante sold his soul to Hollywood rewriting empty scripts when he should have been filling the world with the brutal poetry of his novels (Exactly as, in real life, Dans father, the superb Los Angeles writer John Fante (so beloved of Bukowski) had done). Bruno cant cope with the fact of his blind, limbless father lying in a hospital refusing to actually die so, between losing himself in mindless, immoral sales jobs, he tries to lose himself in the mindless stupor of an almost continual Mad Dog-inspired drunken binge. Hooking up with a teenage whore, stealing his brothers car, and running from the hospital afraid to confront the reality of his family life, Bruno is a seriously messed up individual. But the novel, a roman à clef, is the articulation of Dan Fantes own attempts to come to grips with both the squandered and ignored prose of his woefully underrated father and his recent death, and is clearly the moving testimony of a devoted son. It is a paean to John Fante the writer, and a pained shriek of love. Part of a projected Bruno Dante trilogy (which includes the excellent Mooch) Chump Change is a testament to the restorative power of writing and to writings power to portray both desolation and restoration. --Mark Thwaite