My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend

Childhood, Adolescence

Book - 2012
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A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense and generous hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante's inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighbourhood, a city and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her two protagonists.
Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2012
ISBN: 9781609450786
1609450787
Branch Call Number: FIC FERRANT 2012
Characteristics: 331 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Goldstein, Ann 1949-

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This novel, the first in an Italian quartet about two girls growing up in 1950s/’60s Naples, floored me. Narrator Elena, a young girl who studies hard to rise above her working-class background, portrays friendship and growing up in all of its confusion and complexity. Poignant, surprising and un... Read More »


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erinsnest
Oct 14, 2017

Oct 13 2017, started this today, and I am finding it captivating. However, I too am having trouble keeping track of the characters. The names are just too alien for me. .............Oct 14 I am on page 80 and looking forward to getting back to it.

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Rubicat
Aug 06, 2017

It was tough going but I finished it. I enjoyed it but I found it difficult to keep track of all the characters and at times I found it awfully slow moving. I very much doubt that I will finish the series.

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blancinaknihovna
Feb 22, 2017

Lovely, good addictive reading, can't wait for a second book.

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carol507
May 03, 2016

Couldn't get through this - way too wordy. Have cancelled the rest of the series.

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h19835195
Jan 31, 2016

I was excited to get started on this series, which has had such rave reviews. However, I found it to be an "OK" read, nothing more. I find it frustrating that so many of the characters have different variations of their name, it makes it hard to keep track of a complex list of characters. I will continue with book 2, but not sure if I will get through all 4.

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tonetino
Dec 29, 2014

When I borrowed “My Brilliant Friend” from the library and I was immediately distrustful just by looking at the book cover, it couldn’t be any uglier, however what lies underneath it is something that has more subtlety than silk, its more addictive than heroin, its not historical, nor cultural but yet carries a sincere meaning – the ordinary (with a great deal of exceptions) lives of two girls from the slum. Naples depicted in the novel would lack the glamour of the city centre, the spills of red wine or the insights of a fine epicurean, rather you will be thrown in a rathole of violence, destitution and prejudicial thoughts. And you will enjoy it because what manifests through the pages of this book has been written with a refine and agile literary style. My complete review of the book: http://thoughttourist.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/my-brilliant-friend-by-elena-ferrante/

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