My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels #1) by Elena Ferrante


This is the first book in a series and although it took me quite a while to get into the story, once I was in, I didn’t want it to end. I’ll definitely read the other books. Ferrante writes about two best friends, Elena and Lila, who live in a poor neighbourhood of Naples during the 1950’s. The book’s attention to the everyday and to detail has led to comparisons with—groan—Knausgaard. However, I feel Ferrante’s minutiae is rarely a quagmire  and it doesn’t, in stark contrast, make the plot tedious. There actually is a plot. Through one enduring friendship and one beleaguered neighbourhood, Ferrante tells of relationships, politics, culture, power, money, family, and Italy.

Gwenamon says: It’s heavy, but a good surprise


About gwenamon

bookworm, confidante, creative director, cyclist, global wanderer, music lover, shutterbug, shoe shopper, snowboarder, writer, yoga geek. i'm also a very proud mama of a lil mister named james.
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One Response to My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels #1) by Elena Ferrante

  1. Pingback: The Neapolitan Novels #2, #3 & #4 by Elena Ferrante | gwenonichi

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