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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. 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.
 
The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of ...
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Overview


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. 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.
 
The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. 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 her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila.
 
Ferrante is the author of three previous works of critically acclaimed fiction: The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, and The Lost Daughter. With this novel, the first in a trilogy, she proves herself to be one of Italy’s great storytellers. She has given her readers a masterfully plotted page-turner, abundant and generous in its narrative details and characterizations, that is also a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight her many fans and win new readers to her fiction.
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The world of Elena and Lila, Neapolitan girls growing up after the Second World War, is small, casually violent, and confined to their poor neighborhood where everyone knows everyone and the few prosperous families dominate. There are rules and expectations, and everyone knows and lives by them. Except Lila: smarter and bolder than the others, she does what she wants, drawing Elena, who narrates the story, in her wake. But this is more than a conventional up-from-poverty tale. Elena completes her schooling; Lila does not. Elena leaves the neighborhood and eventually Naples and Southern Italy; Lila does not. Yet it is Lila and her dreams and caprices that drive everything. In fact, the narrative exists because the adult Elena, hearing that Lila has disappeared, decides to write Lila’s story. And she does, in dense, almost sociological detail (the list of the members of the key families is actually necessary). This is both fascinating—two girls, their families, a neighborhood, and a nation emerging from war and into an economic boom—and occasionally tedious, as day-to-day life can be. But Lila, mercurial, unsparing, and, at the end of this first episode in a planned trilogy from Ferrante (The Lost Daughter), seemingly capable of starting a full-scale neighborhood war, is a memorable character. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609450786
  • Publisher: Europa Editions, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Series: Neapolitan Novels Series , #1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 247
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Elena Ferrante was born in Naples, Italy. She is the author of My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, and her previous novelsThe Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, and The Lost Daughter.

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

    Brilliant

    This is the author's fourth book, and it's about her childhood and coming of age growing up in Naples with her beloved friend, Lila, and the unspoken competition between them. I understand now why the author gave a synopsis of all the characters at the beginning of the book because there are so many, it can get confusing. But, as usual, Ms. Ferrante weaves a tale that is endearing, rich, and compelling. This is a women's book - I don't think a man could relate - and Elena Ferrante describes her experiences, observations and revelations with style and insight. She makes you feel as drawn to Lila as she and everyone else seems to be. She make you feel Lenu's insecurities. I wished the ending gave a little more detail about Lenu's future; but the fate of Lila tied in beautifully with the beginning of the book. I love Ferrante's unique writing style and am sad there are no other books left of hers to read (I read them all!).

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Very well written. A beautiful, complicated story. Its a shame t

    Very well written. A beautiful, complicated story. Its a shame the starred rating is misleading, for it seems several reviewers were confused about the system.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

    This book had me thinking all through it. It still has me thinki

    This book had me thinking all through it. It still has me thinking and wanting to know more. From what I read it
     will be a trilogy. I was happy to discover that. These two girls are so entwined, yet going different directions.
    I want to know more about their futures.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    please, check it out

    great read,written beautifully, I recommend especially to italian readers.

    2 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2014

    Well

    Kiss my a..!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Do Not Recommend

    I was disappointed in the book. The primary characters were boring, as was the book. There seemed to be episodes that the author wrote about, but no action or connection between them. I read it for my book club and although others liked it, I would not recommend it. There is very little for discussion. I realize that this is the firs of a trilogy (or so the author says) and i would not read the other books or anything else by her.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    highly recommend

    I enjoyed this book. I thought it was very well written,complicated and quite interesting.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    Nice story, lousy ending

    Nice story, lousy ending

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    Boring

    Started reading this book and about 1/4 of the way through I thought, "Why am I still reading? This book is boring." So, sorry to the original author and sorry to the translator, but this book just wan't my cup of tea.

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    Don't bother...this was a very strange book which was unsatisfyi

    Don't bother...this was a very strange book which was unsatisfying, especially the ending, which was very abrupt.  I unfortunately made a 
    mistake by submitting this review for The Forever Year, which I hadn't read yet.  Unfortunately once you have submitted a review there is 
    no way to correct it come hell or high water.  There should be a possibility of correcting a mistaken review.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Azul

    Its so dumb how they do tht bc it just ends up getting them slapped....

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Raquel

    Yeah. They never learn

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Fuck the world tyrone biggims

    Gay

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Panchadaraa boma boma

    Ram charan is awesome

    0 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    About the book

    Looks interesting.

    0 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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