My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend

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
Characteristics: 331 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Goldstein, Ann 1949-


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Sep 06, 2016

I suppose this series has merit because it is an expose on how children are raised in this particular culture, but I find it extremely depressing that no one appreciates Elena's talents and sincerity - to the extent that she can never, ever, no matter how hard she works, appreciate her own accomplishments or thoughts. Am I naive in thinking that nearly all parents would express some pride in and encouragement to their children? Perhaps learning just how socially-conscious (to the detriment of their children) people can be in this culture is the reason I am reading these books. I won't hold it against all Italians; this seems to be just this small town.
Complicated cast of characters (although the list of them at the front of the book helps a bit . . . if only there weren't so many whose names begin with the same letter).
The writing is a bit choppy for my tastes; it doesn't flow.

Jul 21, 2015

could not put the series down. paints the intricacies of a lifelong female friendship.

helengunnar Jul 05, 2014

Phenomenally well written. Can't wait to read the final volume in this Neapolitan Trilogy.


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