West of Rome

West of Rome

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West of Rome's two novellas, "My Dog Stupid" and "The Orgy," fulfill the promise of their rousing titles. The latter novella opens with virtuoso description: "His name was Frank Gagliano, and he did not believe in God. He was that most singular and startling craftsman of the building trade-a left-handed bricklayer. Like my father, Frank came from Torcella Peligna, a cliff-hugging town in the Abruzzi. Lean as a spider, he wore a leather cap and puttees the year around, and he was so bowlegged a dog could lope between his knees without touching them."

Title:West of Rome
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780876856772
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    West of Rome Reviews

  • RandomAnthony

    West of Rome is excellent Fante. The book consists of a novella and a story story. The former is a thinly-veiled fiction addressing a stray dog's impact on the narrator's life just as his kids are gro...

  • Sorin Hadrc?

    I was moved. The runaway dog, the grown up children, the dreams of a better place, of something different. So familiar. So true....

  • Mike

    What Fante does in just 140 pages (story 1, "My Dog Stupid"), is breathtaking. With straightforward and painfully sincere honesty, we're invited to share a family's experience at a critical time - whe...

  • Scott Holstad

    I first read Fante some 25 years ago through, of course, the Bukowski connection and I was not disappointed. I bought and read a half dozen Fante books. Then, for some odd reason, I forgot about him. ...

  • Andy Weston

    There are two novellas here, the second of which, The Orgy, is a wonderful 5 star read. Having read Wait Until Spring, Bandini, Fante, writing about the Italian immigant experience in the US, reminds ...

  • anarki

    My Dog Stupid - 4 starsThe Orgy - 2 starsNow a fan of Fan-te....

  • James Tingle

    I've read a few novels and a story collection by John Fante now and this was the last thing I read by him, well over a year ago now. West of Rome consists of two novellas that he wrote later in his li...

  • Guillermo Galvan

    West of Rome is made of two stories: My Dog Stupid and The Orgy. Both stories were published after his death, so you're always rolling the dice in these situations. The first story, Jesus, I hate to s...

  • Christopher

    Fante's two novellas, "My Dog Stupid" and "Orgy," capture the unavoidable loss of innocence which accompanies enlightenment. In "My Dog Stupid," Fante's narrator confronts the reality of his station i...

  • Ari Raliegh

    Love love love john fante. Underrated as a writer due to political turmoil at the time. Found this book and read anything of fante I could get my hands on. ...