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The story of the Bandini family over a bleak winter. Arturo Bandini later the protagonist in Ask the Dust and The Road to Los Angeles lives with his father, mother and brothers in bleak poverty. Whilst Arturo lies and steals from his mother and generally misbehaves at school he tries to woo the heart of Rosa a beautiful Italian classmate. His father (Svevo Bandini) unable to bricklay during the frozen winter drinks and gambles and finally gets some work with Mrs Hildegarde a wealthy widow. Mrs Hildegarde takes a shine to Svevo and Svevo is only too pleased to oblige and moves in with her leaving his wife Maria in an agony of jealousy and hurt. Arturo tries to pacify his mother by saying his father is staying with a friend but goes to confront his father at Mrs Hildegarde's house. Hard, working class Svevo is swayed by his son and together they march home to reunite the family. Meanwhile Rosa after being pushed over by Arturo during an argument has died of pneumonia. A story of the poverty of Italian immigrants, struggling love and the claustrophobia of small family life.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   struggling to earn a living to survive Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Italian Other aspects:    -   story of the poor    -   immigrant story Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   grade school Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   Dada gone Wild kid(s)?    -   committing crimes Loving/sexing?    -   girl chasing Taboo sex story?    -   Yes Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics:    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   very gullible, like Gomer Pyle

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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