Fante’s prose is crisp, clean and tough - very straightforward, lean and to the point yet it's somehow literary in a very non-literary way. His influence on Charles Bukowski (who named Fante as one of his literary heroes) is obvious, although I feel that Fante is a much better writer of fiction than Bukowski was. (I always thought Bukowski was a better poet than novelist, but that’s just me.) But if you like Bukowski, you will enjoy Fante as well. If you haven’t read John Fante, this is a great introduction to his work, then go out and read “Ask the Dust.” He’s a writer that will not disappoint. Probably one of America's most neglected writers.