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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Suddenly I had an overwhelming need for a drink. On the table by the menus and the sugar shaker Koff-man’s cell phone began to chime to the tune of “Dancing in the Dark. Angeli a pezzi di Dan Fante 1 7 Sep 26, There is some humor in some Bruno’s actions, but I feel it is lost by his already self destructed soul. To ask other readers questions about Chump Changeplease sign up. The last 2 or 3 chapters, the prose is absolutely fantastic and saves the book Your car will be fine.

That’s just how it is. Apr 07, Jim Chin rated it liked it.

Chump Change

I’d go so far as to say this is a kind of sequel to Brotherhood of the Grape. And the sonofabitch beat me out of my final paycheck. Dan Fante fond peace and stability later in life with his wife, Ayrin, and son Michelangelo Giovanni. 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.


Either a I was going to pass out or b I was going to shit in my pants. After ordering eggs and green tea and taking a quick cell phone call, Koffman gave my resume a ten-second once over then looked up. 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.

He was reporting back from the hinterlands and a message of support from Dan could fuel a writer for weeks. Nothing “shocks” or “offends” me; but this book is just trying to be “offensive” with no real story behind it. Before leaving, I stuffed the check into my pants pocket then tossed my headset on to his desk.

I think we can both agree on the definition of the word cocksucker as sort of neutral. Chump Change was a very intense story. Setting my resume on the table Koffman folded his arms. Art of Loving Erich Fromm. Also, jeezus fuckin’ christ.

By the end of the book I didn’t know whether to take a shower or grab a drink. He insisted that I attend twelve-step meetings. My book Mooch will be a film this year or next. When I needed the stuff or when I would overdo the booze for days or weeks at a time, I offset my alcohol use with the pills to get relief.

Worse all the time. But that option was running out. Me and Kassim, my boss, had disliked each other from jump street.

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

Fante’s style is gritty, hard-hitting but poignant. I watched as his hired-by-the-hour chauffeured blue stretch Lincoln pulled up in front of the restaurant blocking chanye Santa Monica Boulevard crosswalk.


Koffman bragged that his current customer base consisted mainly of celebrities and rock stars and New York-L. Bruno Dante is a drunkard. Unfortunately Stackpole Sons also decided to publish an unauthorised version of Mein Kampf that same year and were promptly sued by Adolf Hitler Hitler is mentioned by Bandini once in the novel, triggering a melancholy irony in retrospect: This book is surprisingly moving.

Finally, in front of Kassim’s desk, his henchman, the tele-marketing manager, Gretchen–the hugest deep-fried, ass-kissing, hogface, grease-soaked twat to ever sit in an office chair in Los Angeles–handed me my call records as evi-dence.

Fante knocks it out of the park as far as I’m concerned. We appear to be attracting attention.

As for the material it was very rough in a few spots. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. The complete lack of self pity and the amazing trials of his own fqnte prevent the book from becoming hagiographic or unnecessary.

It’s van of a downhill sled ride with a lot of bumps along the way. The guy in the polar bear uniform leaned closer. If you start, don’t stop. When I got to “Drivers Wanted,” I stopped. 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.