John Fante – Ask The Dust ****
Sometimes, you just need to follow the advice of experts. Ask the Dust figures on many list of “most underrated books ever”. It is used in writing classes to teach the importance of having your own style and rhythm. It was the book that made Charles Bukowski finally understand what literature was meant to be. He later stated that Fante was ‘his God’.
It is indeed a powerful read, that deserves more fans. I especially loved Fante’s ability to make me part of the misery and despair of the two protagonists, who, in their struggle to keep up their hopes for a better future, destroy every chance to ever attain it.