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. 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. My Brilliant Friend is not the sort of book I would normally pick up as I prefer. My Brilliant Friend is not the sort of book I would normally pick up as I prefer fantasy fiction. Oh, you’re an author? Everything fell apart, and by the 1930s unemployment was running at 80%. And to think, this is only a translation! She lives in a violent and impoverished working class district of Naples where kindred spirits or role models are hard to find. I received this book as a Christmas present from my boss over a year ago. What happens. 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. Not within my personal interest radar. We’re really hard on Hollywood movies for their saminess, but books are no different. 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. I tried. Lord of The Flies is required reading for a reason. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. 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. 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. What makes something a page-turner? (Author bio adapted from Wikipe-dia. Much has been said about this book, the first of the Naples trilogy, and by many. But still: why am I gasping in shock when someone wears a particular pair of shoes. 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. And he boys seem to feel. 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. Kobo. 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. My Brilliant Friend, the HBO series directed by Saverio Costanzo, premiered in 2018. Refresh and try again. The only Ferrante novel I had read before was her "Days of Abandonment," which I thought overheated (and overrated). 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." What was so bad about him? 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 found the writing (or translation) incredibly choppy and the story overlong, repetitive and incoherent at times. 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 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. Everything fell apart, and by the 1930s unemployment was running at 80%. Reflections of poor children growing up in tough surroundings during a six year period of time. 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). Elena, the narrator of the novel, is in first grade when we first meet her. 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. There have been many articles about this author's mysterious anonymity. 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 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. Her four-book series of Neapolitan Novels are her most widely known works. 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. 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, the narrator of the novel, is in first grade when we first meet her. 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. Rafaella “Lila” Cerullo, Elena’s friend since childhood, has gone missing. 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. 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. The story begins in the 1950s in a poor … And probably there was also some kind of affiliation to the camorra and he surely was a loan-shark. Certainly not her mother – “My mother did her best to make me understand that I was superfluous in her life. Still, it only adds to the intrigue, as you can't help but wonder who writes these marvelous books. But the echo that you noticed maybe derives from an oscillation inside the characters that I’ve always worked on. Barnes & Noble. Every little town or neighborhood in Italy had its own black marketer. The girls meet at age six in their poor Naples neighborhood. I can say that if I was willing to read the second book I might enjoy it as it was just getting interesting. 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. 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. This is a coming of age novel, true, but it is also much more than that. By many other accounts, a great book and writer. I would recommend this book freely to anyone who enjoys history of any kind or a well-written novel. September 25th 2012 I know of the mystery surrounding Elena Ferrante and the suggestion of some that she might be a male writer assuming a female name. Readers’ questions about My Brilliant Friend (L'amica geniale #1). I tried. 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. 312). 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. But the echo that you noticed maybe derives from an oscillation inside the characters that I’ve always worked on. 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. In general I combine their experiences with my own and Delia, Amalia, Olga, Leda, Nina, Elena, Lenù are born out of that mix. (-: [I couldn't understand why everyone hated Don Achille. Apple Books. 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. Elena makes it clear that she cannot know what other characters, especially Lila, were feeling or thinking at certain moments. 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). I wanted it to move into their adult years and become more interesting and relevant to me personally. He seemed okay to me. “My Brilliant Friend is a sweeping family-centered epic that encompasses issues of loyalty, love, and a transforming Europe. The book is a blow-by-blow confessional, following the two girls from their earliest memories through their early adulthood. 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. Why am I staying up late at night to finish? 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. Ferrante's books, originally published in Italian, have been translated into many languages. A book written out of spite. This is contemporary realistic fiction about two women who grow up together in the 1950s and 1960s in a poor neighborhood in Naples. I also want to get The Reader newsletter featuring book deals, recommendations, and giveaways. This gorgeous novel should bring a host of new readers to one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors.” —The Barnes and Noble Review A fast-paced coming-of-age novel charting the ups and downs of an intense friendship between two working-class Italian girls. 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. Just started this, but why are all the kids so violent? I believe that Don Achille was one of them, and that is why the people of the district hated him. the movements of others, only on my own” is her encryption.) It … MY BRILLIANT FRIEND is an extraordinarily meaningful and absorbing read. Want more great books? Photo Credit: Featured still from "My Brilliant Friend" via HBO. 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, everyone in the office received a copy – that’s how much our boss wanted us to read it. 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. There have been many articles about this author's mysterious anonymity. 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. Someones had some secret stash of butter, sugar, dry meat, salt, coffee, probably stolen from the American Army. This is a coming of age novel, true, but it is also much more than that. It can be assumed that Elena’s voice is behind the title of the novel, referring to Lila as "her brilliant friend." I should try them some time . Her real identity is unknown except to her publisher because she wishes to have a normal life. It took me three years to finally read this, and what an adventure this turn out to be. 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. I tried. So despite the terrible cover, and a rather idiotic blurb I knew it would be a fine book. 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. Well that was a real reading experience or listening really since I had the audio book! This gorgeous novel should bring a host of new readers to one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors.” —The Barnes and Noble Review So beautifully written and of course equally beautifully translated from the original Italian. Welcome back. Wow, cliffhangers work! I found her body repulsive.” Then she meets Lila. 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. 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 should state that I rarely enjoy reading about childhood from the child’s perspective for an entire book. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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 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. read Atwood instead, if you are looking for books about women "friendships". See all 70 questions about My Brilliant Friend…, 40 of the Most Popular Translated Books on Goodreads. Certainly not her mother – “My mother did her best to make me understand 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. In addition to writing, “I study, I translate, I teach. No, I haven’t heard of you before. 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. ... By Kara Williamson | Published Jan 15, 2021. My Brilliant Friend is the gripping first volume in Elena Ferrante’s widely acclaimed Neapolitan Novels. I get that. 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. My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One - Ebook written by Elena Ferrante. 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. Book Summary A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend … "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. by Penguin Random House. Farewell, My Orange. Through the lives of the. 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. It's like life, in that way. Retrieved 9/11/2015.) 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. Embed our reviews widget for this book 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. Sigh!) Ugh! This exquisitely written quartet creates an unsentimental portrait of female experience, rivalry and friendship never before seen in literature. Ferrante's inimitable style lends itself perfectly to this penetrating portrait of two marvelous women. 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. They sold those to poor people at 10 time the real value. 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. Start by marking “My Brilliant Friend” as Want to Read: Error rating book. I get that. 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. I literally, like, open them and turn the pages and read the text inside them and everything. Elena Ferrante is a pseudonymous Italian novelist. 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. I wanted it to move into their adult years and become more interesting and relevant to me personally. And he boys seem to feel powerless as they stay trapped in the neighborhood and envy the Solara's. The prose is bare, the pacing swift, the plotting episodic, the characters many and quickly sketched; with writing that feels. Google. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante . 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 know it well, and that also affects the way I write. . 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. What makes something a page-turner? 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. "My Brilliant Friend" is a story of friendship—humbling, raw, human friendship—amid the backdrop of a poor section of postwar Naples, Italy. 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