Royal Heirs Required oTed reading it I did not intend to continue with them I was just going to read this firstne to see what all the fuss Hag's Nook over Ferrante was about It took me a while to get into the book there are so many families in the neighborhood and everyone has nicknames that it was tough to remember who was who and who did what to which relative There is a castf characters listed at the front The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare of the book but it s still confusing About midway through the book I really connected with the two main characters especially after they started going to school I could relate to Elena s jealousy about Lila and how she admired and imitated her strength Occasionally Lilapens up and admits how important Elena is to her and those moments are lovely Ferrante s descriptions are so good that eventually it felt as if I had been living with these familiesBut what exactly is the story you ask Well there are lots A misteriosa chama da rainha Loana of them There are stories about cruel boys in the neighborhood There are stories about Lila s dreamf making it rich by designing special shoes to sell There are stories about the competitions at school and how Elena and Lila would push each 年下彼氏の恋愛管理癖 [Toshishita Kareshi no Renai Kanriguse] other to learn There are storiesf Lila s family and how her father would abuse her when he lost his temper There are stories about the men who pursued Lila when she became a beautiful teenager and how she risked Slippery When Wet offending a powerful family There is the storyf Elena s first boyfriend and how she has to navigate high school And finally there is the story Julius Caesar: The Life and Times of the People’s Dictator of a weddingThe wedding scene is what closesut this first novel and something happens there that convinced me to read the second book You win FerranteUpdate A Few Weeks LaterI have gotten so involved in this series that I am reading Book 3 and have already Die Schnapsstadt ordered Book 4 My advice to those startingut is to be patient with this first novel a lot La fortuna dei Wise of the events that happen in Elena s childhood have long lasting effects like seeds that had to be planted so they could sprout latern The I read about these two women the I admire them I highly recommend these Ferrante novels Favorite uoteRight away from the first day school had seemed to me a much nicer place than home It was the place in the neighborhood where I felt safest I went there with excitement I paid attention to the lessons I carried Thunderbolts: Justice, Like Lightning... out with the greatest diligence everything that I was told to carryut I learned But most By Pike and Dyke :A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic of all I liked pleasing the teacher I liked pleasing everyoneA Disturbing But Incredible PassageWe lived in a world in which children and adults wereften wounded blood flowed from the wounds they festered and sometimes people died One Medioevo «superstizioso» of the daughtersf Signora Assunta the fruit and vegetable seller had stepped Death of a Dreamer on a nail and diedf tetanus Signora Spagnuole s youngest child had died The Beloved Scoundrel of croup A cousinf mine at the age Downcanyon: A Naturalist Explores the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon of twenty had gonene morning to move some rubble and that night was dead crushed the blood pouring Il Barça outf his ears and mouth My mother s father had been killed when he fell from a scaffolding at a building site The father Italian Phrase Book of Signor Peluso was missing an arm the lathe had caught him unawares The sisterf Giuseppina Signor Peluso s wife had died Lovesong (Green Creek of tuberculosis at twenty two Theldest son The Countess of Don Achille I had never seen him and yet I seemed to remember him had gone to war and died twice drowned in the Pacific Ocean then eaten by sharks The entire Melchiorre family had died clinging to eachther screaming with fear in a bombardment Old Signorina Clorinda had died inhaling gas instead Gully Dirt: On Exposing the Klan, Raising a Hog, and Escaping the South of air Guanine who was in fourth grade when were were in first had diedne day because he had come across a bomb and touched it Legion with whom we had played in the courtyard Kelttiläistarinoita or maybe not she wasnly a name had died f typhus Our world was like that full f words that killed croup tetanus typhus gas war lathe rubble work bombardment bomb tuberculosis infection With these words and those years I bring back the many fears that accompanied me all my life 45 starsIf I were to describe Elena Ferrante s My Brilliant Friend in Uomini ad Auschwitz: Storia del più famigerato campo di sterminio nazista one word it would be mythic The minutiaef Elena and Lila s lives into which Ferrante dives takes Roma Noir on these mythic proportions pulling the reader alongn a tense and frightful story But at first glance the story is anything but tense and frightful It s a story f female friendship between two lower class girls in Naples following WWII Ferrante with precision and passion recounts the lives f these girls as anything less than ideal There s an underlying push and pull to their friendship that goes against the expected narrative Love is the Enemy of girlhood It s compelling and constantly teeteringn the edge Exhalation of disaster again bringing back this themef myth and how each detail lends itself to something greater something disastrous We learn as the characters learn Ferrante excels at establishing a tone fit to the story When Elena Galileo our narrator is unsure we are unsure When she s jealous we re jealous She s spiteful at times and compassionate atthers It all builds upon itself to create a vivid atmosphere that is Oglinda salvata only enhanced by the gritty Neapolitan setting I wasn t convinced by the first halff the book But the second part really sold me And I think that if I were to go back now and re read the beginning I d be much comfortable with the characters the setting and the narrative structure It s disconcerting and disorienting at first getting thrown into a world with so many characters and so little hand holding But I appreciate Ferrante s confidence in the reader She gives you than you might handle but nce you get a grip n it it s incredibly satisfying I m intrigued to see where the story goes so much
So That I Ordered that I Nemico ordered next book in the series immediately after finishing thisne I Cannella e polvere da sparo only expect the books to get better and better and basedn what Ferrante s proved with this ne I m sure I won t be disappointedFirst read January 14 23 2016Second read December 23 26 2016Third read October 3 7 2018 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 the Italian to translation must be flawed Many f the sentences were confusing and even contradictory The redeeming factor and the reason I gave it two stars instead f ne was that the Italian atmosphere was strongly prevalent and somewhat enjoyable I learned what living in Naples in the 50s must have been like 1 sweet Jesusthis is the first f four books stars 2018 Read I was Most Afraid to Hate Award First f all a bit f translationIn English we say blahblahblah In Italian they
Say Blablabla Ms Ferrante Separates This Book Into Two Sections blablabla Ms Ferrante separates this book into two sections 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 Ferrante writes bla bla bla bla bla bla blablaJaidee What s with the three creepy little girls with crinoline n the cover Adolescence Ch 13 36Ms Ferrante writes blablablablablabalbla blablablabla bla bla blaJaidee Oh I guess this about a lot Poems (The I Tatti Renaissance Library) of blablablawhen does it get goodforty three people and their mother insisted that I read this Adolescence Ch 37 to 54Ms Ferrante writes blablabla blabla bla blabla blaJaidee Please let this bever and What the fuck am I missingoh yes maybe a few blablablas Adolescence Ch 54 to 62Ms Ferrante writes Bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla Jaidee Am I in Purgatory I am guessing the content Bleach, Volume 05 of Books 2 through 4 will beBlablablablablabla and blablablablablabla I will not be findingut I say Bleh Bleh Blech UPDATED Novem. Style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait Gather Together in My Name 1ST Edition of these two women that is also the storyf a nation and a touching meditation Pentimento on the naturef friendship Through the lives f. ,
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 nly 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 The Last Testament out by the marketing blurbs they ve been a partf with the same accompanying modifiers if I never hear compulsively readable again that would be kay with me marketing departments Too many eyes will glaze ver when I use these words that would Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear once have excited the grab the keys and run to the bookstore response this book deserves And that might make you like me not pick this up for absolutely years after you read thisSo I need better words Words that will make you pick it up tomorrow Because I still can t believe I somehow developed the impression that this was a book that I could miss How did I somehow think this wasn t a seriesf books that I should have had The Art of Teaching the Bible: A Practical Guide for Adults on prerder every time like it was Game Gaudi of Thronesr you know something better than that given the uality The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 2 of the last installmentBut in the absencef an unused vocabulary floating around somewhere I ll try to convince you with the words I have because and please read this in the tone Astrología para principiantes of your dad giving advice at a crucial life moment I don t want you to make the mistakes that I did sonny boy How do I love this novel Let me count the ways My Brilliant Friend is the first installmentf Ferrante s Neapolitan trilogy It is an Amen: what prayer can mean in a world beyond belief old woman s memoriesf her friendship with a girl named Lila in the slums No Puedo Perderte of 1950s Naples They are both clever girls growing up in the midstf a grinding cycle In Every Heartbeat of poverty and isolation generated by the problemsf the post war post Fascist Italian state and the pre war mostly in name The Seraphim Code only Italian unification Bothf them along with the Sortemesse other childrenf the neighborhood have a possibility La fabbrica di cioccolato of escaping the cycle and breakingut into the new Marshall Plan supported dolce vita and some Klara with A K of the story is about that But not mostly Mostly it s about what it s like to be blessedcursed enough to have a childhood friend who is the centerf your universe and how that friendship can literally change all the things in your life and make you the person that you are in the process Serving Sera of becoming Straightforward enough yes You ve read that before Surebut then why is it so poignant Why did I spend hours upon hours with this book yesterday unable to put it down How did such anrdinary story work such undeniable magicThere are many answers to that but let s start with this The story The plot was the most natural Samurai! organic thing I ve ever read She started telling it and keptn doing it without pauses for literary reflections La meglio gioventù or metaphorsr for pretty much anything that might send the h right this is fiction signal to your brain She let the damn thing be and run its course without interfering She didn t shy away from having her character be involved in all the uotidian things f childhood Solea or adolescence zits dresses best friends boyfriends findingut what bad words mean and endless status competitions But never By the Light of the Moon once did she make it feel tiredr like something I ve read a zillion times Nobody came euipped with signifier clue words Molly Fyde and the Darkness Deep or pre packaged recognizable YA storylines with immature emotional truths being repeated in italics in between descriptionsf clothing and hair And you know what was fascinating There totally was a popular girl everyone wanted here there were mean bullies nerdy intellectuals hot jocks slutty cheerleaders apparently motivationlessly awful villains and Iconologia, Ovvero Immagini Di Tutte Le Cose Principali a Cui l'Umano Talento Ha Finto Un Corpo, Vol. 2 (Classic Reprint) our heroine was even intellectual and had glasses But that neverccurred to me until I started to write this reviewThis is mostly because Ferrante allows her characters a kind f full honest emotional range f expression that I ve rarely seen in books about children and teenagers She conveys the pettiness and center Morte a credito of the universe feeling that characterizes childhood without ever uite making you detach fromr become disgusted with the characters involved When someone s doll is thrown away and another character retaliates instead OS Graficos Do Ventilador: Identificando a Assincronia Paciente Ventilador E Otimizando as Definicoes of rolling her eyes and refereeing whose fault it is Ferrante just keeps staring at both characters and watching them go through that moment and what happens afterwards There s no adult intervention whether that s with an adult characterr with an adult narratorAs is typical with Ferrante this is deliberate a choice that serves several purposes at nce One f which is to highlight the lack f fully DEVELOPED ADULTS ANYWHERE IN THESE CHILDREN adults anywhere in these children lives This is ne Star Wars Dooku: Jedi Lost of the many effective ways Ferrante finds to seep you in the atmospheref the Naples neighborhood where this all takes place right from the beginning but beautifully dropping it in between the cracks This Poison Will Remain of action and thought I waited to see if Lila would have second thoughts and turn back I knew what she wanted to do I had hoped that she would forget about it but in vain The street lamps were not yet lit nor were the lightsn the stairs From the apartments
Came Irritable Voices To Followirritable voices To follow I had to leave the bluish light Un eroe dei nostri tempi of the courtyard and enter the blackf the doorway When I finally made up my mind I saw nothing at first there was Geldsack only andor Rescued by a Horse: True Stories of Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Healing ofld junk and DDT Then I got used to the darkness We kept to the side where the wall was she two steps ahead I two steps behind torn between shortening the distance The Secret of the Glass or letting it increase I can still feel my shoulder inching along the flaking wall and the idea that the steps were very high higher than mywn apartment across the way There was an Discovery: Poetry and Art by Rick and Jan Sikes odorf saut ing garlic Maria Don Achille s wife would put me in the pan The Genealogy of the Family of Francis Beaman, Sr Northampton County, North Carolina (American Surname Series) of boilingil the children would eat me he would suck my head the way my father did with mullets Never Lions and Tigers and Snares once does she need to set aside pages and pagesf description as some authors do because it s given to us in pieces like that while we re following the action until we have a full picture f a crumbling courtyard f a creaky Fox Play old apartment buildingn a beaten down street in a bad part Star Wars: Lando of town without ever really knowing how we got thereShe also does a lot effectively with repetition Repetition shows us a lot about why the characters are the way that they are The violencef the neighborhood in particular is depicted with a frighteningly normalizing banality We see violence happen Genius Loci: Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture over andver again not as an isolated cinematic horror the fright f ne s life as something mentioned as an afterthought they argued and then sometimes after dinner he beat her The deliberate use f sometimes was chilling like we re not even hearing
About All The Other Timesall the ther times it happens It s not even worthy f comment What s even terrifying is the dispassionate impartial gaze turned n it by a narrator who has never known anything different It The Untold Story: My 20 Years Running the National Inquirer onlyccurs to the sixty year Betrayed, Betrothed and Bedded old character who is the actual narratorf the story about two thirds Anna Laetitia Barbauld Poems 1792 of the way through to getutside Caught in the Net of herself and mention that she realizes now that her neighborhood was not the norm it s like in telling the story she put herself back under the spell and forgot that herself It takes something 2015 Hollywood level cinematically publicly violent for anyone to feel the slightest bit bad about something that happens view spoiler like throwing your eleven yearld daughter Blue Road to Atlantis out a window into the street hide spoiler This novel has so much violence that it should come with some kindf rating Seriously I had no idea it was so dangerous to grow up in NaplesI feel no nostalgia for Bioetica Della Sessualita, Della Vita Nascente E Pediatrica our childhood it was fullf violence My Brilliant Friend is the story Jennifer Scales and the Messenger of Light of two childhood friends Elena and Lila It is the first in a series and I confess that when I star. A modern masterpiece fromne f 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.
Read L'amica genialeBer 2018 here s my review f the new HBO miniseries Hint It s just as good as the book My Brilliant Friend aka 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 ther books in the series In a dirt poor neighbourhood n the Bad Land outskirtsf Naples in the 1950s bright working class girls Elena Greco Lettere: 1942-1943 our narrator and bestie Lila Cerrullo survive childhood and adolescence learning how to navigate school boys sex and the limitedpportunities available to them because f their class and genderInitially I found the book disorienting The prologue is set decades later and involves people we don t yet know Lila has disappeared and Elena is trying to discover what happened to her Presumably these books are her way f finding that The Fire of Origins outAndnce the story proper begins it takes a while to keep all the names straight Who is Nino again Enzo What are the grocers called It doesn t help that Count Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy (Critical Heritage) only Elena calls her friend Lila everyone else calls her Lina and her birth name is Rafaella Also Elena isften called Lenu An index Pasto nudo of the family names at the beginning proves very helpful But Elena Ferrante s prose is ravishing It s graceful without being precious mature and knowing while still immediate and visceral She literally plunges you into the livesf these children Family vendettas take Escaping Me on the powerf myth middle school is a fraught war zone where learning goes beyond what s in the books each change in the girls bodies is registered and assessed in terms Goodbye Marianne of their newfound powerr lack The Maxx: Maxximized Vol. 3 of it Late childhood and early adolescence can be a painful time the stakes are high your identity isn t yet formed There s a sensef danger lurking everywhere One month that boy in class could be a friendly ally a few months later he might spit at your feet ignore you and take up your best friend Every situation not just a class assignment is a problem to be solvedNear the end Il cacciatore of the book the wayne character The Unscratchables orchestrates her wayut Therapy ofne engagement and into another is worthy The Hug of something from The Godfather movies In its insights rich texture and violence murder threats being thrownut The Resurrection Tree and Other Stories of a window the book reminded mef Alice Munro s early masterpiece Lives Of Girls And Women And several things will continue to haunt me The girls first trip Autostop con Buddha: Viaggio attraverso il Giappone outside their neighbourhood when they run away How the title is mentioned in the final sectionf the book this makes you wonder who exactly is the brilliant Speak the Ocean one A scene in which the neighbourhood s teens all dressed up cross into a fancier partf town and realize with insecurity and anger how limited their world and lives are The climactic wedding scene in which all the threads f the story come together sex romance class destiny up until the surprising twist in the final line which will make you reconsider a big chunk f the story Elena s introduction to the pleasures and dangers f sexuality The idea f how we sometimes act to impress friends mimic being courageous by thinking Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story ofthers actions Second Sight (Circle of Three, or subtly do things while imaginingur friends doing them The longings fears and sheer awkwardness Strife of adolescence The legacyf fascism complete with stories about what family did what to whom and the changing nature Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath of Italian society The ideaf how education gets you ahead but also alienates you from the class you might soon be leaving behindFerrante a pen name has structured the book so carefully that an early seuence in which the girls try to retrieve their dolls in a sewer contains in miniature everything that the book will eventually deal with lost innocence petty jealousy money imagination sinister men courage and the way that Baby Colossus (Short Story) one person s accountf the facts can vary drastically with the so called truthNow that I ve come down with Ferrante fever I look forward to the next novel The Story Of A New Name type edit delete undo delete type edit deletedeep breathstart againtype edit deletemake a coffeetype edit deletepour a "drinktype edit deletedesperation sets in the dog ate "edit deletedesperation sets in The dog ate review Why why why can t I find any words to say about this bookThe problem is I don t know what I feel about it In fact the book has left me without any feelings good Roy Al or bad It has left me blank I m not used to feeling blank after readingI read Ferrante s The Daysf Abandonment last year and I was excited while reading I felt every line Modern Castrato: Gaetano Guadagni and the Coming of a New Operatic Age of it intensely I was so stimulated by the writing the words and the dramatic tone seemed to match the episodesf the narrative uite perfectly that I started writing the review even before I d finished reading the book With this Panzer Baron: The Military Exploits of General Hasso von Manteuffel one I skimmed I noddedff I left it down Apple Training Series often andnly reluctantly picked it up again I finally finished it A Little Bit Psychic: Pride Prejudice with a Modern Twist on a flight after I d deliberately not carried anyther reading material with me In my desperation to find something to say about the book I even thought about rereading it I have been studying Italian in my free time and so decided to try reading ne f the most popular Italian writers The Dashwood Sisters Tell All 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 itnly adds to the intrigue as you can t help but wonder who writes these marvelous books My Brilliant Friend is not the sort The Dashwood Sisters Tell All: A Modern Day Novel of Jane Austen of book I would normally pick up as I prefer fantasy fiction This is contemporary realistic fiction about two women who grow up together in the 1950s and 1960s in a poor neighborhood in Naples The castf characters is large and for me an American reader I was missing some cultural context that made it a little bewildering at first I read the book in English because my Italian is not that good yet and the style was both deeply intimate and jarringly matter Asylums. Le istituzioni totali: i meccanismi dell'esclusione e della violenza of fact The narrator Elena tells us everything about her upbrin 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 manyther 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 uickly if it doesn t engage me I didn t develop any concern for the characters and found it really repetitive different stage schoolsame response from parentssame competitiveness with Lila it just went Symbols of Sacred Science on andn and didn t seem to GO anywhere It was supposed to be the story A Shopkeepers Millennium of a friendship from childhood until womanhood set in Naples in the 1950 s but I then discovered this booknly goes up until the two girls are 16 there is a seuel and at that point I decided OH ENOUGH I realised I was not even going to get some sort Torchwood: Moving Target of satisfaction from finishing it Endless minor characters proved annoying and I gave up trying to keep up with who they were despite the list in the frontf the book as well as all the interludes with various boys I received this book as a Christmas present from my boss Topo Tip Fa I Capricci over a year ago In fact everyone in theffice received a copy that s how much Torah Anthology : Vol. 3B - From Jacob Until Joseph (Me'Am Lo'EzSeries our boss wanted us to read it Before you start wondering what sortf wonderful place I worked at let me clarify it was
A Literary Agency So Suchliterary agency so such were totally commonplace So despite the terrible cover and a rather idiotic blurb I knew it would be a fine bookNo review 12 Shades of Surrender of Ferrante s book is complete without a mentionf how no Ce la faccio da sola one knows who Ferrante isr even if she exists as an individual woman at all Personally I find this whole mystery A Way of Hope: An Autobiography of little interest as I share her view that all that the author wants to say she should say in the book and there is no need for the entire marketing circusFerrante s Na. These two women Ferrante tells the storyf a neighbourhood a city and a country as it is transformed in ways that in turn also transform the relationship between her two protagonist. .