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My Brilliant Friend
My Brilliant Friend
My Brilliant Friend
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My Brilliant Friend

Автор Elena Ferrante

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Now an HBO series: the first volume in the New York Times–bestselling “enduring masterpiece” about a lifelong friendship between two women from Naples (The Atlantic).
 
Beginning in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, Elena Ferrante’s four-volume story spans almost sixty years, as its main characters, the fiery and unforgettable Lila and the bookish narrator, Elena, become women, wives, mothers, and leaders, all the while maintaining a complex and at times conflicted friendship. This first novel in the series follows Lila and Elena from their fateful meeting as ten-year-olds through their school years and adolescence.
 
Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between two women.
 
“An intoxicatingly furious portrait of enmeshed friends.” —Entertainment Weekly
 
“Spectacular.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air
 
“Captivating.” —The New Yorker
ЯзыкEnglish
Дата выпуска25 сент. 2012 г.
ISBN9781609458638
My Brilliant Friend
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Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante is the author of The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, The Lost Daughter, and the four volumes of 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. She is also the author of a children’s picture book illustrated by Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night, and a work of non-fiction, Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey. Incidental Inventions, her collected Guardian columns, were published in 2019. Her most recent novel is The Lying Life of Adults (Europa, 2020).

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  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    A melancholy, poetic book. There is so much depth of feeling in this novel, so much that is shown and not told. It will stay with you.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Ferrante’s writing about women makes me feel seen. Complex and loving. Five stars.
  • Рейтинг: 2 из 5 звезд
    2/5
    So many people have raved about this book and I really can’t see the appeal.
  • Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    3/5
    took a bit to get in to the story, the beginning was rather off putting. As I became engaged with the characters it got much better.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Written in autobiographical style – who knows, maybe it is autobiographical given the little information known about the very private author – this first book in a four-part series focuses on Elena and Lila’s early friendship while growing up in a working class community of postfascist Naples of the 1950s to 1960s. While I cannot speak to the accuracy of Ferrante’s portrayal of an impoverished Southern Italian neighbourhood of the time period it does make for a mesmerizing backdrop. I really liked the complexity of Elena and Lila’s friendship. At times they are completely in sync, like twins or two peas in a pod and at other times there is this fierce competition as they each strive to create their own identity while still seeking approval. As you can imagine, this friendship has its perilous moments as emotions of admiration swirl with competing emotions of envy and resentment as one would expect in adolescence. Now I have to admit, I did not find the story enjoyable at first. In fact, I almost DNF’d the book as a waste of my time, but I am glad that I pushed along with it. The portrayal of gender issues – we are talking about a very different era from today! – and the emotional landscape of Elena and Lila, carried the story - and my appreciation for it – along. Given the autobiographical style, the author has projected a lot of the adult Elena’s perspective of her memories, layering the story – while poignantly communicated – with an overall feeling of melancholy that can be a bit of a downer for a reader. Overall, this is a story that grew on me as I read it. It is a difficult story to recommend, as is any book that is billed as being a modern masterpiece, IMO. Best I can do is recommend it with a warning that the story is an emotional roller-coaster filled with a fair amount of suffering and self-pity. A rewarding read if you are up for this style of story.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    What an amazing book! Mr Brilliant Friend starts with Lila disappearing at the age of 60 and her brother Rino calling her best friend Elena and she explains she always wanted to disappear let her be. The story then goes back to their childhood when they became friends up to when they are 15 and it is told from Elena's perspective. The inspire and challenge each other but end up in completely different paths of life. I loved how female friendship is portrayed, because it is complicated especially when you are a teenager. There are a lot of characters and there is a list of each of them and their families at the beginning but the author does a good job at reminding the reader who is who as the story progresses. The writing is beautiful, Elena's introspection refreshing and realistic. I look forward to finish