. My Brilliant Friend is the first book in Italian writer Elena Ferrante’s world-acclaimed quartet of Neapolitan novels, which documents the friendship between Elena Greco and Lila Cerullo. 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. Book Summary 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, set in a vibrant and colorful modern-day Naples. What happens. Yes! 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." In fact, I even read books occasionally. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I also want to get The Reader newsletter featuring book deals, recommendations, and giveaways. She lives in a violent and impoverished working class district of Naples where kindred spirits or role models are hard to find. My Brilliant Friend is not the sort of book I would normally pick up as I prefer fantasy fiction. Well that was a real reading experience or listening really since I had the audio book! He made money with black market during WWII... Quite common in Italy at the times, not only in Naples; during the war you could't freely buy food, but you were allowed to acquire only a fixed and small amount of items that you had on a card. My Brilliant Friend is narrated in the first-person by Elena, and events are presented from her perspective. This book is more than the sum of its (considerable) parts: Yes, the writing is great, the setting is vivid, the period sometimes shocking, the protagonist relatable and fun, the best friend one of the spunkiest, most endearing characters I've encountered, the supporting cast is varied and dizzying and each stands alone. Her real identity is unknown except to her publisher because she wishes to have a normal life. What makes something a page-turner? 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, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship. Ferrante's books, originally published in Italian, have been translated into many languages. "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. Neapolitan Novels Series Elena Ferrante Collection 4 Books Bundle (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, Story of the Lost Child) However, toward the end of the girls’ story, it is Lila who praises Elena, and encourages her to be "the best of all, boys and girls" (pg. Lord of The Flies is required reading for a reason. 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. A book written out of spite. Named as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2016, Italian author Elena Ferrante is the pseudonym of the author behind some of the most powerful and acclaimed novels of recent times.She is best-known for her internationally bestselling Neapolitan Quartet (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of The Lost Child). And to think, this is only a translation! I should state that I rarely enjoy reading about childhood from the child’s perspective for an entire book. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published By many other accounts, a great book and writer. I tried. Why am I staying up late at night to finish? We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Barnes & Noble. The portrait of Elena and Lila’s bond is the novel’s masterstroke. "My Brilliant Friend" is a story of friendship—humbling, raw, human friendship—amid the backdrop of a poor section of postwar Naples, Italy. I’ve also experienced this oscillation. September 25th 2012 Someones had some secret stash of butter, sugar, dry meat, salt, coffee, probably stolen from the American Army. Kobo. They create a compelling and exciting inner world together, a stage on which they both are able to dramatise themselves as the heroines of their own fate. Because in poor neighborhoods where kids see violence (husbands hitting wives) they go out and act this drama out themselves. Embed our reviews widget for this book My Brilliant Friend, the HBO series directed by Saverio Costanzo, premiered in 2018. We’d love your help. Set in the ‘50s on the outskirts of Naples, the sprawling story follows author-narrator Elena and her clever best friend Lila as the two strive for greatness, wealth, and knowledge in a neighborhood beset by patriarchal feuds and gendered violence. I know of the mystery surrounding Elena Ferrante and the suggestion of some that she might be a male writer assuming a female name. Ferrante's inimitable style lends itself perfectly to this penetrating portrait of two marvelous women. Lila is a wild child with exalted sensibility and intelligence for her age. So someone that before WWII was a mere little thief, often after the war become a rich shop or land owner and had a lot of money made on other people suffering. Refresh and try again. In fact, everyone in the office received a copy – that’s how much our boss wanted us to read it. I tried. 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. Much has been said about this book, the first of the Naples trilogy, and by many. The joy of reading is universal—that's why we're shining a spotlight on some of the most popular translated books on... 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. 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." I know it well, and that also affects the way I write. We've got book picks for anyone who can't wait for the next season of the hit HBO series based on Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels. She lives in a violent and impoverished working class district of Naples where kindred spirits or role models are hard to find. 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. I believe that Don Achille was one of them, and that is why the people of the district hated him. The prose is bare, the pacing swift, the plotting episodic, the characters many and quickly sketched; with writing that feels tailored for screen adaptation, the book reads as a literary soap. The relationship between Lila and Lenu, the latter the narrator, has a bit of the M. As my rating reflects, I was overwhelmed by this novel. At the end, there is a cliffhanger so brutal I immediately had to go and buy the next volume of this series. I literally, like, open them and turn the pages and read the text inside them and everything. The only Ferrante novel I had read before was her "Days of Abandonment," which I thought overheated (and overrated). As in “My Brilliant Friend,” Ferrante’s new novel follows a girl who measures her worth against another complicated character. The novel is the story of their friendship and Elena’s attempts to transcend her background of thrift and mean spirited bullying. Every little town or neighborhood in Italy had its own black marketer. The story begins in the 1950s in a poor … So despite the terrible cover, and a rather idiotic blurb I knew it would be a fine book. Retrieved 9/11/2015.) The plebs were us. (-: [I couldn't understand why everyone hated Don Achille. The narrator Elena tells us everything about her upbringing in a neighborhood where harsh poverty is the norm and family violence is unremarkable, even, for instance, when a father sends a daughter flying out a second story window. By many other accounts, a great book and writer. Rafaella “Lila” Cerullo, Elena’s friend since childhood, has gone missing. The only Ferrante novel I had read before was her "Days of Abandonment," which I thought overheated (and overrated). My Brilliant Friend Summary The novel opens with Elena Greco learning that her longtime friend Lila Cerrullo (also known as Raffaella and Lina) has vanished without a trace. But the echo that you noticed maybe derives from an oscillation inside the characters that I’ve always worked on. Then it ends abruptly, like part I of a big novel with no part II. 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. I found her body repulsive.” Then she meets Lila. It's like life, in that way. This strange turn of events prompts Elena to begin writing the history of her relationship with Lila, beginning with their childhood in Naples, Italy, in the 1950s. In addition to writing, “I study, I translate, I teach. I wasn’t agreeable to her nor was she to me. by Penguin Random House. This is contemporary realistic fiction about two women who grow up together in the 1950s and 1960s in a poor neighborhood in Naples. Book Summary A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend … But still: why am I gasping in shock when someone wears a particular pair of shoes. The relationship between Lila and Lenu, the latter the narrator, has a bit of the Mozart-Saliari theme: the frustration of the simply smart person up against someone of almost supernatural genius. The girls meet at age six in their poor Naples neighborhood. From the age of two until twelve, I lived in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. Elena, the narrator of the novel, is in first grade when we first meet her. Ferrante's books, originally published in Italian, have been translated into many languages. the movements of others, only on my own” is her encryption.) Start by marking “My Brilliant Friend” as Want to Read: Error rating book. 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. This book is more than the sum of its (considerable) parts: Yes, the writing is great, the setting is vivid, the period sometimes shocking, the protagonist relatable and fun, the best friend one of the spunkiest, most endearing characters I've encountered, the supporting cast is varied and dizzying and each stands alone. For the duration, it read like the early pages of a novel you’re trying to get through so you can get to the main storyline. A fast-paced coming-of-age novel charting the ups and downs of an intense friendship between two working-class Italian girls. Farewell, My Orange. My Brilliant Friend is the gripping first volume in Elena Ferrante’s widely acclaimed Neapolitan Novels. Photo Credit: Featured still from "My Brilliant Friend" via HBO. The novel opens with a flashback: the narrator is Elena, a woman in her mid-60s, looking back on her six-decade friendship with Lila Cerullo. Amazon. I would recommend this book freely to anyone who enjoys history of any kind or a well-written novel. Elena makes it clear that she cannot know what other characters, especially Lila, were feeling or thinking at certain moments. Sigh!) 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. I had this book on my radar for so long but I always got distracted by other books (but I think this is the story of 90% of bookworms, so many books so little time. The first in the Neapolitan Quartet, My Brilliant Friend follows two best friends –bookish Elena and fiery Lila – through adolescence in their poor but vibrant neighborhood of Naples. My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One - Ebook written by Elena Ferrante. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. 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. It can be assumed that Elena’s voice is behind the title of the novel, referring to Lila as "her brilliant friend." What makes something a page-turner? Ugh! It … ... By Kara Williamson | Published Jan 15, 2021. He made money with black market during WWII... Quite common in Italy at the times, not only in Naples; during the war you could't freely buy food, but. Time magazine called Ferrante one of the 100 most influential people in 2016. 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. My Brilliant Friend is not the sort of book I would normally pick up as I prefer. 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. The plebs were my mother, who had drunk wine and now was leaning against my father’s shoulder, while he, serious, laughed, his mouth gaping, at the sexual allusions of the metal dealer. He seemed okay to me. When I arrived with my parents in 1960, things had become a little better, but the town was still one of the poorest in Britain. But the echo that you noticed maybe derives from an oscillation inside the characters that I’ve always worked on. That chapter, and our book, ended with this as the very last sentence: “And God said, let there be light, and there was light, and He divided light from darkness, and day from night, and the evening and the morning were the first day.” My brilliant friend, we’ll miss your presence on this tiny jewel. 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. read Atwood instead, if you are looking for books about women "friendships". We’re really hard on Hollywood movies for their saminess, but books are no different. [ like throwing your eleven year old daughter out a window into the street. The prose is bare, the pacing swift, the plotting episodic, the characters many and quickly sketched; with writing that feels. 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. My Brilliant Friend (Italian: L'amica geniale) is an Italian- and Neapolitan-language coming-of-age drama television series created by Saverio Costanzo for HBO, RAI and TIMvision.Named after the first of four novels in the Neapolitan Novels series by Elena Ferrante, it is set to adapt the entire literary work over four eight-episode seasons. I wanted it to move into their adult years and become more interesting and relevant to me personally. The relationship unfolds in the suburbs of Naples with a surprising reversal, as we come to realize just who the "Brilliant Friend" really is. Elena Ferrante is a pseudonymous Italian novelist. Maybe, but I sense something very, very authentic about the voice of Lenu and the brutalizing male world that surrounds her and cannot quite believe a man could have written this (see also James Wood's comments on this issue). But, yeah, I haven’t heard of you. 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. Certainly not her mother – “My mother did her best to make me understand that. “My Brilliant Friend is a sweeping family-centered epic that encompasses issues of loyalty, love, and a transforming Europe. The plebs were that fight for food and wine, that quarrel over who should be served first and better, that dirty floor on which the waiters clattered back and forth, those increasingly vulgar toasts. Yes! My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante . And the world of 1950s and 60s Naples is a brutal one, with young men obsessed to protect brutally their own "honor" and the imagined "honor" of the girls around them. Sign up for the Early Bird Books newsletter and get the best daily ebook deals delivered straight to your inbox. And therein lies my problem with it. 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. My women are strong, educated, self-aware and aware of their rights, just, but at the same time subject to unexpected breakdowns, to subservience of every kind, to mean feelings. Her real identity is unknown except to her publisher because she wishes to have a normal life. 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. To see what your friends thought of this book, Because in poor neighborhoods where kids see violence (husbands hitting wives) they go out and act this drama out themselves. ", A not so satisfying read for me. Half way in and beyond, I’m still reading about translating latin and struggling with studying and class exams along with the onset of puberty and its challenges. From the age of two until twelve, I lived in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. Oh, you’re an author? After finishing Elena Ferrante's first novel in the Neapolitan Trilogy, I am of two minds. As all around them the somewhat coarse uneducated boys of the neighbourhood seek to distort and shape the girls to suit their own masculine vanity – “dissolve the margins” of separation - the two girls forge an independence of spirit that is nurtured by the inspiration they find in each other. What happens in this book is often great and often fascinating, but what makes it a classic are the countless little moments of peace and the way that its not scared to repeat itself OR to veer wildly off course to follow its characters. “I am made and remade continually. Not within my personal interest radar. Readers’ questions about My Brilliant Friend (L'amica geniale #1). In 2012, Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend introduced readers to the unforgettable Elena and Lila, whose lifelong friendship provides the backbone for the Neapolitan Novels. Reflections of poor children growing up in tough surroundings during a six year period of time. “Children don’t know the meaning of yesterday, of the day before yesterday, or even of tomorrow, everything is this, now: the street is this, the doorway is this, the stairs are this, this is Mamma, this is Papa, this is the day, this the night.”, “At that moment I knew what the plebs were, much more clearly than when, years earlier, she had asked me. 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. The Story of a New Name is the second book in this series. A fast-paced coming-of-age novel charting the ups and downs of an intense friendship between two working-class Italian girls. 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. Everything fell apart, and by the 1930s unemployment was running at 80%. So beautifully written and of course equally beautifully translated from the original Italian. In general I combine their experiences with my own and Delia, Amalia, Olga, Leda, Nina, Elena, Lenù are born out of that mix. December 9, 2020 by Nart 1 Comment. 312). In a brief prologue, Elena Greco —a woman in her sixties living in Turin, Italy—receives a call from her friend Lila ’s son back in Naples. Set in the ‘50s on the outskirts of Naples, the sprawling story follows author-narrator Elena and her clever best friend Lila as the two strive for greatness, wealth, and knowledge in a neighborhood beset by patriarchal feuds and gendered violence. No, I haven’t heard of you before. And he boys seem to feel. (Author bio adapted from Wikipe-dia. In general I combine their experiences with my own and Delia, Amalia, Olga, Leda, Nina, Elena, Lenù are born out of that mix. This is a coming of age novel, true, but it is also much more than that. But it looks like I’m in the minority. I can really think of no better praise than to simply say I loved it, though that seems inadequate commendation for such a supremely talented author. Elena Ferrante is a pseudonymous Italian novelist. 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. I also want to get The Reader newsletter featuring book recommendations and news. The four volumes known as the “Neapolitan quartet” (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child) were published by Europa Editions in English between 2012 and 2015. Apple Books. The cast of characters is large, and for me, an American reader, I was missing some cultural context that made it a little bewildering at first. I wanted it to move into their adult years and become more interesting and relevant to me personally. There have been many articles about this author's mysterious anonymity. I just don't get the hype. This gorgeous novel should bring a host of new readers to one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors.” —The Barnes and Noble Review They were all laughing, even Lila, with the expression of one who has a role and will play it to the utmost.”, Waterstones Book of the Year Nominee (2015). There have been many articles about this author's mysterious anonymity. The book is a blow-by-blow confessional, following the two girls from their earliest memories through their early adulthood. This gorgeous novel should bring a host of new readers to one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors.” —The Barnes and Noble Review Still, it only adds to the intrigue, as you can't help but wonder who writes these marvelous books. Welcome back. 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. 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:-). . Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. And probably there was also some kind of affiliation to the camorra and he surely was a loan-shark. Why am I staying up late at night to finish? Elena grows up side by side with her friend/foil/personal albatross Lila, who is naturally brilliant at everything and more beautiful than Elena, but who is held down by circumstances to work in her father's shoe store while Elena has a chance to escape her life through education. Everything fell apart, and by the 1930s unemployment was running at 80%. I’m so sorry. I can say that if I was willing to read the second book I might enjoy it as it was just getting interesting. Probably every book lover I know has recommended this series to me and I get why. Still, there is much, much more to this novel than I can go into here--it is a complex work filled with beautiful gems, particularly toward the end. My Brilliant Friend, the HBO series directed by Saverio Costanzo, premiered in 2018. It is epic in the best sense of the word, and yet quiet and personal in its scope. In Lila Elena finally identifies an ideal she can aspire to. I should try them some time . Not everything works—Elena’s family feels faintly drawn, and some of the character arcs are uneven—but it’s hard to put the novel down. See all 70 questions about My Brilliant Friend…, 40 of the Most Popular Translated Books on Goodreads. This novel has so much violence that it should come with some kind of rating. I get that. For the duration, it read l. A not so satisfying read for me. What was so bad about him? Want more great books? Through the lives of the. 1 "sweet Jesus...this is the first of four books" stars !! I read the book in English (because my Italian is not that good yet) and the style was both deeply intimate and jarringly matter-of-fact. 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: As my rating reflects, I was overwhelmed by this novel. “My Brilliant Friend is a sweeping family-centered epic that encompasses issues of loyalty, love, and a transforming Europe. 65 questions answered. When I arrived with my parents in 1960, things had become a little better, but the town was. A totally absorbing story of friendship, love and growing up in small town poverty. The short chapters keep the pages turning, and by the end of the novel I found myself very involved in the lives of the characters. The four volumes known as the “Neapolitan quartet” (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child) were published by Europa Editions in English between 2012 and 2015. I received this book as a Christmas present from my boss over a year ago. Google. Her four-book series of Neapolitan Novels are her most widely known works. I tried. I should state that I rarely enjoy reading about childhood from the child’s perspective for an entire book. But still: why am I gasping in shock when someone wears a particular pair of shoes. Oh, Ms. Ferrante, hello there. They sold those to poor people at 10 time the real value. My Brilliant Friend is the first title of the bestselling Neapolitan Novels, a four-book series written by pseudonymous author Elena Ferrante and translated by American editor Ann Goldstein. I like books. This exquisitely written quartet creates an unsentimental portrait of female experience, rivalry and friendship never before seen in literature. Heck, I was middle class and we used to hurl rocks at the neighbors and sometimes dead fish. Elena, the narrator of the novel, is in first grade when we first meet her. MY BRILLIANT FRIEND is an extraordinarily meaningful and absorbing read. By Iwaki Kei. I found the writing (or translation) incredibly choppy and the story overlong, repetitive and incoherent at times. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One. Having a hard time getting through the first hundred pages with all the hitting and rock throwing. Neapolitan Novels Series Elena Ferrante Collection 4 Books Bundle (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of … “I am made and remade continually. Seriously, I had no idea it was so dangerous to grow up in Naples. Certainly not her mother – “My mother did her best to make me understand that I was superfluous in her life. This is a coming of age novel, true, but it is also much more than that. Just started this, but why are all the kids so violent? And he boys seem to feel powerless as they stay trapped in the neighborhood and envy the Solara's. My women are strong, educated, self-a, "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. Her four-book series of Neapolitan Novels are her most widely known works. And therein lies my problem with it. The first book in Elena Ferrante’s best-selling global phenomenon—a quartet known as the Neapolitan Novels—begins with the disappearance of a sixtysomething narrator’s lifelong best friend. Still, it only adds to the intrigue, as you can't help but wonder who writes these marvelous books. I get that. 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. Wow, cliffhangers work! 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