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My Brilliant Friend By Elena Ferrante My Brilliant Friend 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 i

  • Title: My Brilliant Friend
  • Author: Elena Ferrante
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  • My Brilliant Friend By Elena Ferrante 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 theA 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.
    My Brilliant Friend By Elena Ferrante

    My Brilliant Friend Official Website for the HBO Series My True Brilliant Friend Follow the journey of young actors Margherita Mazzucco and Gaia Girace, from first introductions to the series premiere, as they work to bring the story of two best friends to life. My Brilliant Friend TV Series Nov , Created by Saverio Costanzo With Alba Rohrwacher, Margherita Mazzucco, Gaia Girace, Annarita Vitolo A woman recounts the lifelong friendship and conflicts with a girl she met at primary school in Naples during the early s. My Brilliant Friend Neapolitan Novels, Book One Ferrante My Brilliant Friend, translated by Ann Goldstein, is stunning an intense, forensic exploration of the friendship between Lila and the story s narrator, Elena Ferrante s evocation of the working class district of Naples where Elena and Lila first meet as two wiry eight year olds My Brilliant Friend Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus My Brilliant Friend is an expansive epic that gleans rapturous beauty from the most desolate of circumstances, but it is the intimacy between the central duo and the My Brilliant Friend TV series My Brilliant Friend Renewed for a Third Season at HBO Apr , The upcoming third season of My Brilliant Friend is based on Ferrante s Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, the third book in the series. My Brilliant Friend Elena Ferrante Jan , 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.

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    1. Kinga on said:

      I received this book as a Christmas present from my boss over a year ago In fact, everyone in the office received a copy that s how much our boss wanted us to read it Before you start wondering what sort of wonderful place I worked at, let me clarify it was a literary agency, so such things were totally commonplace So despite the terrible cover, and a rather idiotic blurb I knew it would be a fine book.No review of Ferrante s book is complete without a mention of how no one knows who Ferrante is [...]

    2. Rebecca on said:

      I tried I tried I tried For 200 pages I tried to see what it is about this writer that gets such acclaim, but with 130 pages to go, I abandoned it there are just too many other books in my waiting pile that I want to read This book was chosen for book club which is why I persisted so long I normally stop reading a book pretty quickly if it doesn t engage me I didn t develop any concern for the characters, and found it really repetitive different stage school same response from parents same compe [...]

    3. Rick Riordan on said:

      I have been studying Italian in my free time and so decided to try reading one of the most popular Italian writers of today Elena Ferrante There have been many articles about this author s mysterious anonymity Her real identity is unknown except to her publisher because she wishes to have a normal life I get that Still, it only adds to the intrigue, as you can t help but wonder who writes these marvelous books My Brilliant Friend is not the sort of book I would normally pick up as I prefer fanta [...]

    4. Fionnuala on said:

      type, edit, delete, undo delete, type, edit, delete.ep breathstart againtype, edit, delete make a coffeetype, edit, delete pour a drinktype, edit, delete.speration sets inThe dog ate my review Why, why, why can t I find any words to say about this book The problem is I don t know what I feel about it In fact, the book has left me without any feelings, good or bad It has left me blank I m not used to feeling blank after reading.I read Ferrante s The Days of Abandonment last year and I was excited [...]

    5. Glenn Sumi on said:

      My Brilliant Friend, a.k.a My Brilliant New ObsessionBelieve all the hype This is a rich, immersive, deeply satisfying book that, like many great novels, captures a particular time and place with complete authority I can t wait to read the other books in the series In a dirt poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Naples in the 1950s, bright working class girls Elena Greco our narrator and bestie Lila Cerrullo survive childhood and adolescence, learning how to navigate school, boys, sex and the l [...]

    6. Lucie Cavaroc on said:

      The entire time I spent reading this book I asked myself What is wrong with this book Why am I having so much trouble getting into it It is incredibly slow paced, but I also believe the Italian to English translation must be flawed Many of the sentences were confusing and even contradictory The redeeming factor, and the reason I gave it two stars instead of one, was that the Italian atmosphere was strongly prevalent and somewhat enjoyable I learned what living in Naples in the 50s must have been [...]

    7. Diane on said:

      This novel has so much violence that it should come with some kind of rating Seriously, I had no idea it was so dangerous to grow up in Naples I feel no nostalgia for our childhood it was full of violence My Brilliant Friend is the story of two childhood friends, Elena and Lila It is the first in a series, and I confess that when I started reading it, I did not intend to continue with them I was just going to read this first one to see what all the fuss over Ferrante was about It took me a while [...]

    8. Maxwell on said:

      If I were to describe Elena Ferrante s My Brilliant Friend in one word it would be mythic The minutiae of Elena and Lila s lives into which Ferrante dives takes on these mythic proportions, pulling the reader along on a tense and frightful story But at first glance, the story is anything but tense and frightful It s a story of female friendship, between two lower class girls in Naples following WWII Ferrante, with precision and passion, recounts the lives of these girls as anything less than ide [...]

    9. Kelly on said:

      When did we all start talking about Elena Ferrante, guys I can t remember was it last year Maybe 2013 I know she s been writing for far longer than that, but it was definitely only recently that she became A Thing Whenever it was, we should have been talking about her sooner And with different words Better words Words whose value hasn t been sucked out by the marketing blurbs they ve been a part of, with the same accompanying modifiers if I never hear compulsively readable again that would be ok [...]

    10. Orsodimondo on said:

      LA SMARGINATURAHerbert List Foto usata per il flano dell adattamento teatrale in lingua inglese della tetralogia ferrantiana.Ho l impressione che Elena Ferrante ami spiazzare il lettore, e da lettore, trovo che essere spiazzato sia una bella sensazione All inizio di questo romanzo c un ricco elenco di famiglie e nomi e relazioni ma non serve, non necessario, si segue agevolmente il racconto anche senza consultarlo Nell elenco sono compresi molti personaggi femminili e maschili ma gli uomini masc [...]

    11. Agnieszka on said:

      I had a friend, I still have, albeit, with time our paths diverged a bit, alas From early childhood till our twenties we were inseparable like two budgerigars We were alike, yet different We were alike because of youth but we differed about our expectations While I daydreamed she had her feet firmly fixed on the ground She was good at science while I always preferred humanities She was pretty, easy mannered girl, no wonder she was popular with the boys But it was never any problem to me because [...]

    12. Jaidee on said:

      1 sweet Jesusis is the first of four books stars First of all a bit of translationIn English we say blahblahblah In Italian they say blablabla Ms Ferrante separates this book into two sections Childhood 18 chapters and Adolescence 62 chapters Childhood Ch 1 to 9 Ms Ferrante writes blablablablablablablablablab and blablablablablaJaidee God I hope this gets better Childhood Ch 10 14Ms Ferrante writes blablablablabla and blablablablablaJaidee This is boring me to tears Adolescence Ch 1 12Ms Ferrant [...]

    13. Violet wells on said:

      I am made and remade continually Different people draw different words from me So said Virginia Woolf and this, the forging of identity in relationship, is very much the theme of Elena Ferrante s compelling novel Elena, the narrator of the novel, is in first grade when we first meet her She lives in a violent and impoverished working class district of Naples where kindred spirits or role models are hard to find Certainly not her mother My mother did her best to make me understand that I was supe [...]

    14. Julie Christine on said:

      My Brilliant Friend, the first in Elena Ferrante s quartet about best friends from a Naples ghetto, is a novel about power who holds it, how it is won and lost, and what happens when power shifts occur It is a story of violence domestic and cultural, physical and emotional All this, in a novel about two young girls exploring friendship and adolescence in post war southern Italy Elena Greco and Lila Cerrullo are daughters of working class families, growing up in a crowded, poor, electrifying neig [...]

    15. Melanie on said:

      The women in my stories are all echoes of real women who, because of their suffering or their combativeness, have very much influenced my imagination my mother, a childhood girlfriend, acquaintances whose stories I know In general I combine their experiences with my own and Delia, Amalia, Olga, Leda, Nina, Elena, Len are born out of that mix But the echo that you noticed maybe derives from an oscillation inside the characters that I ve always worked on My women are strong, educated, self aware a [...]

    16. Esil on said:

      Much has been written about My Brilliant Friend, so I m not sure what I can add except for a few reactions to what I see as the three main characters Elena my heart aches for you We all know an Elena and some of us are Elena The brilliant second fiddle, who is too focused and intertwined with her friend Lila s life to appreciate her own talents, successes and hopes I want to shake Elena, and to tell her to let go of Lila just a bit at least to stop hanging on Lila s every word and emotions, and [...]

    17. Candi on said:

      It was as if, because of an evil spell, the joy or sorrow of one required the sorrow or joy of the other even our physical aspect, it seemed to me, shared in that swing Elena and Lila, a friendship born of necessity the need to find another human soul that understands us, our longings and sorrows someone to emulate, someone that drives each of us to become our very best self These two girls, born into poverty in 1950s Naples, forge a relationship that is both captivating and completely authentic [...]

    18. Tatiana on said:

      I just don t get the hype I found the writing or translation incredibly choppy and the story overlong, repetitive and incoherent at times.There must be better writers in Italy than Ferrante.

    19. Manny on said:

      From the age of two until twelve, I lived in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales During the Industrial Revolution, Merthyr had briefly been the iron capital of the world, but things didn t work out iron ore became harder to mine, the people running the refining works didn t adopt modern methods quickly enough, the town was too far from the sea Everything fell apart, and by the 1930s unemployment was running at 80% When I arrived with my parents in 1960, things had become a little better, but the town was stil [...]

    20. Cathrine ☯️ on said:

      A not so satisfying read for me By many other accounts, a great book and writer The first part of a trilogy beginning with childhood girlfriends who, come to find out, don t get past the age of 16 in this first installment And therein lies my problem with it I wanted it to move into their adult years and become interesting and relevant to me personally I should state that I rarely enjoy reading about childhood from the child s perspective for an entire book For the duration, it read like the ea [...]

    21. Stephen Durrant on said:

      As my rating reflects, I was overwhelmed by this novel The only Ferrante novel I had read before was her Days of Abandonment, which I thought overheated and overrated I retract any previous negative judgment she is a major contemporary novelist and I will now go on immediately to her second Neapolitan novel, The Story of a New Name This is a coming of age novel, true, but it is also much than that The relationship between Lila and Lenu, the latter the narrator, has a bit of the Mozart Saliari t [...]

    22. somuchreading on said:

      review Ferrante , , 3 Ferrante , 2 Ferrante 1 4 , , , , , 2 , , setting 50 2 , 3 , , , 16, , 2 , , , , , 2 Ferrante , , .

    23. Trish on said:

      Lila and Elena, childhood friends in a neighborhood of 1950s Naples, both wear the moniker my brilliant friend, but there is no question which of the two Ferrante meant Elena continues her schooling through high school in this first installment of the trilogy of novels Ferrante has written about the two, while Lila, incandescent Lila, is held back from further schooling by her family claiming they cannot afford it Instead, Lila takes books from a small neighborhood lending library to study on he [...]

    24. David on said:

      First, allow me to disclaim my prejudice I am not, generally speaking, a fan of the coming of age of novel There are only so many times that a reader can be reasonably expected to suffer through the often universal discoveries that occasion childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood I wasn t a huge fan of weathering these experiences first hand Bullying, wet dreams, and death Oh my , so I m not exactly jonesing for a revisit I alluded to one of the major problems of the coming of age novel just [...]

    25. William1 on said:

      An almost seamless narrative with a large and voluble cast Author Ferrante opens Vol 1 of her tetralogy with a classic framing device presumably not closed until the end of Vol 4 It s the present day and Lila s son calls Elena, who s living in Turin, to say his mother is missing from her Naples home This sets Elena to writing about the hardscrabble yet eventful upbringing she and Lila shared in post World War II Naples The families are blue collar, desperately poor, for whom education is viewed [...]

    26. Malia on said:

      After finishing Elena Ferrante s first novel in the Neapolitan Trilogy, I am of two minds On the one hand, being a writer myself, it is demotivating, due to its frank brilliance on the other, for an enthusiastic reader, it is thought provoking and deeply engaging And to think, this is only a translation Though I am undeniably envious of Ferrante s beautiful skill with words, I have to acknowledge that the growing hype around her is totally warranted, and in fact, I want to add to it The story is [...]

    27. Claudia on said:

      Viel L rm um nichts.Noch wie war ich so ratlos bei einer Rezension Normalerweise streiche ich mir Textpassagen an, notiere mir Seitenzahlen oder schreibe direkt was heraus Was habe ich diesmal NICHTS EIN GROSSES SCHWARZES LOCH Puppenspiele, Pubert t, zeig mir deine Br ste, dann bekommst du 10 Lire , ausufernde, langweilige Hochzeitsvorbereitungen.Ich mag jetzt nicht lange die allseits bekannte Story der beiden Freundinnen erz hlen Die eine, Elena darf die h here Schule besuchen und schafft es so [...]

    28. Teresa Proença on said:

      Hoje dia de Natal A minha fam lia j foi embora, cada um para as suas casas Fiquei aqui, com aquela saudade dos momentos felizes sem nada de novo, apenas amor, carinho e a alegria de estar com quem se ama que passam t o depressa Uma saudade semelhante sinto, agora, ao terminar A Amiga Genial A hist ria de duas amigas Lila Raffaella e Len Elena e das suas fam lias e vizinhos durante o per odo da inf ncia at adolesc ncia, passado nos arredores de N poles S o vidas comuns, onde nada de especial acon [...]

    29. Elyse on said:

      At the start of summer I began to have a feeling difficult to put into words I saw that she was agitated, aggressive as she had always been, and I was pleased, I recognized her But I also of felt, behind her old habits, a pain that bothered me She was suffering, and I didn t like her sorrow I preferred her when she was different from me, and distant from my anxieties And the uneasiness that the discovery of her fragility brought me transformed by secret pathways into a need of my own to be super [...]

    30. Michael on said:

      A wonderful tale of an unusual friendship between two girls growing up in a working class neighborhood of Naples in the 50s and 60s Each envies qualities and advantages that the other has, leading to a balance between interdependence and competition between Elena and Lila Elena is practical and studious, while Lila is quixotic and courageous All the travails and challenges of dysfunctional families, the drive for academic achievement in the face of extensive bullying and malevolent teachers, t [...]

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