86'd (2020)

86'd Dan Fante d In Los Angeles struggling telemarketer writer and part time drunk Bruno Dante is jobless again The publication of his book of short stories has been put off indefinitely Searching the want ads for a
  • Title: 86'd
  • Author: Dan Fante
  • ISBN: 9780061779220
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Paperback
86'd Dan Fante In Los Angeles, struggling telemarketer writer and part time drunk Bruno Dante is jobless again The publication of his book of short stories has been put off indefinitely Searching the want ads for a gig, he finds a chauffeur job When Bruno calls the number in the ad, he discovers the boss is his former Manhattan employer David Koffman, who is opening a West Coast bran In Los Angeles, struggling telemarketer writer and part time drunk Bruno Dante is jobless again The publication of his book of short stories has been put off indefinitely Searching the want ads for a gig, he finds a chauffeur job When Bruno calls the number in the ad, he discovers the boss is his former Manhattan employer David Koffman, who is opening a West Coast branch of his thriving limo service Koffman hires Bruno as resident manager of Dav Ko Hollywood under one condition he must remain sober But instant business success triggers an abrupt booze and blackout soaked downward spiral for Bruno, forcing him to confront his own madness as he struggles to keep his old familiar demons from getting the best of him yet again.
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  1. RandomAnthony

    There is a literary subgenre Subgenre What the hell does that mean I don t know I would call Fucked up alcoholic guys who somehow still get laid while banging on cheap laptops typewriters in cold water flats do those exist, still about shitty jobs and their misfortunes and bad decisions in their pursuit of meaning outside of conventional interaction Yes, I know that s a long name for a subgenre, and I apologize to any bookseller who would struggle to place such a subgenre s name on, say, the sma [...]

  2. Ronald Wise

    This was my first exposure to author Dan Fante I avoided knowing anything about him before reading this book, as I wanted to experience it without preconceptions The first person narrative is from Bruno Dante, and starting with my efforts to keep the names of author and narrator straight, I had the uncomfortable feeling that the autobiographical and fictional content may also be an inseparable blend In other words, too much information.In this novel there is no building tension to end in a tidy [...]

  3. Max Jackson

    The first thing to know about addiction is that it s a radical self centeredness the high, the unshareable private pleasure, takes priority over every thing and every one else in the world while the addict is active with their substance of choice Given that fact you ll find that addict writers write a lot about jacked up versions of themselves, alter egos that storm through life being much intense and insightful and generally alive than the author could actually be in their anodyne day to day S [...]

  4. James

    This was going to be a two star rating until the ending, which gave the Bruno Dante character a hint of redemption I left the book hoping that it was a transformative ending for the character But for long stretches I had a hard time rooting for Bruno, who comes off as less sympathetic than the elder Fante s Bandini character, who in turn is less sympathetic than Bukowski s Chinaski character Bandini and Chinaski both felt like products of their time and place, with their flaws and genius beaten [...]

  5. Peregrine 12

    I liked this book The subject matter isn t likely to captivate mass market audiences topics of alcoholism, unemployment, self destruction, self loathing, and general loseriness , BUT ignoring all the side distractions Fante s father, autobiographical fiction, etc , 86 d was just a damn good story The character is highly unusual, and, in the end, very empathetic If the greatest aspect of reading literature is the ability to see life through the eyes of another persona, doesn t this story deliver [...]

  6. Ara Molina

    I didn t like it as much as Chump Change or Mooch, and his cab driver stories were a lot entertaining in Short Dog.

  7. Tom M

    Bruno Dante is an alcoholic writer with an occasional drug usage problem To pay his bills, he works as a driver for a limo service, schlepping Los Angeles elite around the town He formerly worked in New York City for a boss who is opening a Los Angeles branch of the limo service One of the stipulations is Dante has to stay clean and sober This does not happen and he grows dissatisfied with this job, and is usually drinking a few fingers of bourbon along with some Vicodin to get through the day P [...]

  8. Colin N.

    In 86 d Bruno Dante struggles with his demons alcoholism, drug abuse, the violent voices in his head as he attempts to hold down a job with a limo service in LA Those familiar with Fante s other works which all feature Dante as protagonist will welcome a return to the sordid, darkly comic world of this character Fante has to be careful about not repeating himself 86 d revisits much of the tone and topics of his other works Nevertheless here Dante is involved in a new profession, engages in new h [...]

  9. Andrea Mullarkey

    At the end of Chump Change I wondered if Fante would be able to keep up the pace for 3 semi autobiographical novels I also wondered whether I could keep up if in fact he did Now having read them in close succession I can say that he s kept it interesting without wearing me out Bruno Dante continues to be a serial juicer with a masochistic edge and a deep dislike of people With women, his relationships if they can be called that are cruel and dehumanizing, almost as bad as the jobs he takes to s [...]

  10. Chris

    As far as the drunken down and out thinly veiled autobiographer sadomasochist subgenre goes, this rates as Unremarkable It was a page turner, but nowhere near as visceral or poetic as a Chinaski or Bandini story, which it aspires to be Credit where it s due though, the characters were realistic conversely, they lacked the proper fiction fantasy exaggeration normal to this genre , and it was a good story even though it lacked tension The ending pulled it from three stars to two.If this genre is y [...]

  11. Alan Partlow

    The troubled son of yet another troubled writer, Dan Fante autobiographical books come disguised as fiction This is a smart move on Fante s part and protects him from the James Frey syndrome.From the school of Selby and Bukowski, Fante s protagonist Bruno Dante floats from one odd job to another in a drunken stupor leaving wreckage both literal and figurative in his wake I admire the fact that Fante pulls no punches when describing his pointless and damaged life, but ultimately I feel nothing fo [...]

  12. Brian

    this was a fast paced read that really kept me going i really never wanted to put it down once, but it was easy to read for short amounts of time and pick right back upis was my first dan fante book and I am led to believe that his other books are similar in style and all are semi autobiographical i like thate story here was good, it was kind of like life, i expected characters to come back into the fold, especially portia, but in life there are characters that are there and important and then j [...]

  13. David

    Bruno Dante may be a hero to some, to me he s just a crazy fool I didn t find this book hysterically funny as advertised, however, I did read it and was fascinated by Dante s endless depravity, his ability to emerge out of sticky situations only to screw up again and again The capacity we humans have for self destruction is pretty amazing and the insanity of many people who may appear perfectly normal is truly beyond imagining Author John Fante get it Fante, Dante supposedly knows what he s writ [...]

  14. Meagan Houle

    I confess that I don t really get the point of this book It doesn t even have a good plot to redeem it The protagonist spends most of his time drinking, popping prescription pain pills, having meaningless sex with women he cares very little for, and generally being a very unpleasant person There is some moderately interesting stuff about AA programs, and a few interesting passages concerning the art of short fiction, but otherwise this book is one continuous fount of misery I won t pronounce thi [...]

  15. James Curtin

    fante has been sober for 23 years now but he just writes about what it s like to be a raging alcoholic typcial stuff like coming out of a blackout naked in a prostitute s apt in a ghetto and finding your wallet gone, sweating, shaking, throwing up in her plants then walking to a bar to get a drink to sober up and then literally shitting yourself but still going in because you absolutely need a drink and then hustling the bartender for just one double who hasn t done that wish he would write abo [...]

  16. Dan Schell

    This book was difficult for me to read It s written poorly, the language is pedestrian and doesn t flow well It reads like a first draft from a Bukowski imitator The story is full of plot devices that seem made up on the spot Lots of telling and little showing The characters are wooden, predictable, seem to come and go randomly, and they lack the qualities a reader needs to hold interest The plot itself is meandering and there seems to be little craftsmanship involved I m not sure how this autho [...]

  17. Jesse Houle

    He read the poem Asking that is amidst the many secret tracks at the end of the book and it caught my ear It concludes with God, for me, turned out to be a conscious choice, a self evoked experience, just like love He also talked about his experience at a monastery and the awakening he had and, especially given his past and his father and the source recommending, I figured I should read something he s written.

  18. Josie Boyce

    The second two books of the Bruno Dante quadrology, if it is such a thing are a bit less horrifying but much smoother in tone, voice Better written than the first two 86 d being the last one is a really great denouement to the whole saga Recovery is fricking tough Despite having none of the substance abuse problems of the main character, I grokked his struggles to become the writer he wants to be under all the self loathing and addictions I grok that hard I recommend reading them all.

  19. Robert Clancy

    Hunter Thompson meets Frederick Exley in this trip through the late night streets of L.A with Bruno Dante nursing on a bottle of Schneley Whiskey behind the wheel of a private limo Town Car, chauffeuring coked up rock stars, Mephistophelesian producers, call girls, librarians, old ladies, and the movers shakers of La la land Dante Fante doesn t need a 12 Step Program his should be at least 24.

  20. Robley

    Dan Fante is one of my favorite writers alive That said, he s really scraping the bottom of the barrel here writing from personal biography so much It s a testament to the amazing voice he creates in his narrator Bruno Dante that this novel keeps the reader hooked The book that follows this one, Point Doom is where Fane really puts it all together the same jaded narrator and emotional baggage but this time with some top notch detective fiction Read Point Doom

  21. Rebecca

    blogtalkradio theliter listened to this interview and then read Dan Fante s work I loved his father s work, and have to say I really love his work as well Will definitely check out I highly recommend this book.

  22. Marie

    Absolutely loved it Such dark humor, and the main Character is so brutally honest, its funny.Great idea, great story brings a little humor to an all too real situation that a lot of people battle with Lucky for me, I do not have any of the vice s Bruno has, but I can relate either way, what a wonderful book Loved it.

  23. Jim DeTar

    Dan was a good writer and his direct, colorful style makes this an easy read Although it has a noir feel, it s not a traditional mystery I won t attempt to define it because it overlaps several categories and a description would likely give away than I should about the plot I ll just say if you re looking for a fast paced, well written, gritty L.A based novel check out 86 d.

  24. Jay

    20th Century Crime and Punishment, California style Internalized, drug addled, narcissistic, genuine and To our right was a hundred miles of Pacific Ocean There d been a storm and the sea was choppy I began counting the sets of waves as they crashed in on the shore We headed south back toward Los Angeles.

  25. Manheim Wagner

    Being a sound writer and the son of one of America s greatest novelist doesn t necessarily guarantee a quality book 86 d is a quick and fun read, but the character of Bruno Dante is a bit pathetic and lacks the charm and sarcasm of Hank Chinaski That being said, Dan Fante can write well and I d like to read another novel by him does not have the Bruno Dante persona in it.

  26. Saxon

    On the micro level, Dan Fante overdoses on the word snarled to describe how people talk Most of his characters apparently have rabies I think the repeated use of filibuster is also strange.Taking a wider view, the book is entertaining in a salacious, over the top sort of way, but isn t substantial enough to be grade A material.

  27. Brian

    A novel of the downward cycle of recovery and inebriation I mistakenly picked up this book thinking it was by John Fante one of my favorites and Dan Fante s father Dan s style is very much like his father s with a good dose of Charles Buckowski thrown in R rated narrative is very gritty.

  28. andy

    probably my favorite fante yet a real page turner bruno is at it again limo driver to the stars personal rotten the finale was underwhelming but expected apparently there are only twelve steps.

  29. Brianna Soloski

    I was not a fan of this book I m not a prude, but the cussing was unnecessary It was also poorly edited and felt disjointed to me.

  30. Eric

    I have to say I do enjoy Dan Fante I thought this was going to be just another in the series of Bruno Dante and it was to a certain extent but with a positive message I didn t expect.

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