|Plot Summary of The Road to Los Angeles|
|"This posthumously published novel was way ahead of its time when written in the 1930's. Its ethos still seems contemporary today. It introduces the character Arturo Bandini a young man struggling with his desire to be a great writer. Bandini is forced to work in a fishery cannery by his uncle to support his mother and sister. He is wretchedly alienated from his fellow workers and family by his Nietzchean self proclaimed belief that he is a writer.
Bandini struggles to find sexual fulfillment through his collection of pictures of naked women to his sister's and mother's knowledge. He exacts revenge for his tortured life on crabs, fish and insects. He has a crush on the librarian at the local library and to get closer reads the books that she reads. He uses grandiose vocabulary to gain superiority on everyone he speaks to. He gains inspiration and writes a short novel for hours on end finally feeling fulfilled in his life. Unfortunately both his mother and sister read the novel and his sister finds it silly. Bandini is revenged and embarks on the road to Los Angeles. This brilliant and forgotten coming of age novel of a struggling writer is magnificent!"
John Marcel, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Road to Los Angeles|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Kind of living:
- general poverty story
Family, struggle with
- Mother (or standin)
- vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- a teen
How sensitive is this character?
- mean, arrogant
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 7 ()
- Los Angeles
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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