Elena Ferrante º 8 Free eadMing with fear in a bombardment Old Signorina clorinda had died inhaling gas instead of air had died inhaling gas instead of air who was fourth grade when were were in first had died one day because he had come across a bomb and touched it Legion with whom we had played in the courtyard or maybe not she was only a name had died of typhus Our world was like that full of words that killed croup tetanus typhus gas war lathe ubble work bombardment bomb tuberculosis infection With these words and those years I bring back the many fears that accompanied me all my life 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 it is about this writer that gets such acclaim but with pages to go I abandoned it there are just too many other books in my waiting pile that I want to ead This book was chosen for book club which is why I persisted so long I normally stop eading a book pretty uickly if it doesn t engage me I didn t develop any concern for the characters and found it eally epetitive different stage schoolsame esponse from parentssame competitiveness with Lila it just went on and on and didn t seem to GO anywhere It was supposed to be the story of a friendship from childhood until womanhood set in Naples in the 1950 s but I then discovered this book only goes up until the two girls are 16 there is a seuel and at that point I decided OH ENOUGH I ealised I was not even going to get some sort 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 front of the book as well as all the interludes with various boys UPDATED November 2018 here s my eview of 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 A London Home in the 1890s rich immersive deeply satisfying book that like many great novels captures a particular time and place with complete authority I can t wait toead the other books in the series In a dirt poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Naples in the 1950s bright working class girls Elena Greco our narrator and bestie Lila Cerrullo survive childhood and adolescence learning how to navigate school boys sex and the limited opportunities available to them because of 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 of finding that outAnd once 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 only Elena calls her friend Lila everyone else calls her Lina and her birth name is Rafaella Also Elena is often called Lenu An index of the family names at the beginning proves very helpful But Elena Ferrante s prose is The Geology And Landscape Of Santa Barbara County, California, And Its Offshore Islands ravishing It s graceful without being precious mature and knowing while still immediate and visceral She literally plunges you into the lives of these children Family vendettas take on the power of myth middle school is a fraught war zone where learning goes beyond what s in the books each change in the girls bodies isegistered and assessed in terms of their newfound power or lack 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 sense of 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 of the book the way one character orchestrates her way out of one engagement and into another is worthy of something from The Godfather movies In its insights Biopower: Foucault and Beyond rich texture and violence murder threats being thrown out of a window the bookeminded me of Alice Munro s early masterpiece Lives Of Girls And Women And several things will continue to haunt me The girls first trip outside their neighbourhood when they Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds run away How the title is mentioned in the final section of the book this makes you wonder who exactly is the brilliant one A scene in which the neighbourhood s teens all dressed up cross into a fancier part of town andealize with insecurity and anger how limited their world and lives are The climactic wedding scene in which all the threads of the story come together sex omance class destiny up until the surprising twist in the final line which will make you econsider a big chunk of the story Elena s introduction to the pleasures and dangers of sexuality The idea of how we sometimes act to impress friends mimic being courageous by thinking of others actions or subtly do things while imagining our friends doing them The longings fears and sheer awkwardness of adolescence The legacy of fascism complete with stories about what family did what to whom and the changing nature of Italian society The idea of how education gets you ahead but also alienates you from. 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 Through the lives of. I have been studying Italian in my free time and so decided to try eading one of the most popular Italian writers of today Elena Ferrante There have been many articles about this author s mysterious anonymity Her eal identity is unknown except to her publisher because she wishes to have a normal life I get that Still it only adds to the intrigue as you can t help but wonder who writes these marvelous books My Brilliant Friend is n 1 sweet Jesusthis is the first of four books stars 2018 Read I was Most Afraid to Hate Award First of all a bit of translationIn English we say blahblahblah In Italian they say blablabla Ms Ferrante separates this book into two sections Childhood 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 *And BlablablablablaJaidee Ch 10 14Ms Ferrante writes blablablablabla and blablablablablaJaidee This 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 on the cover Adolescence Ch 13 36Ms Ferrante writes blablablablablabalbla blablablabla bla bla blaJaidee Oh I guess this about a lot of blablablawhen does it get goodforty three people and their m This novel has so much violence that it should come with some kind of ating Seriously I had no idea it was so dangerous to grow up in NaplesI feel no nostalgia for our childhood it was full of violence My Brilliant Friend is the story of two childhood friends Elena and Lila It is the first in a series and I confess that when I started A Bold Carnivore: An Alphabet of Predators reading it I did not intend to continue with them I was just going toead this first one to see what all the fuss 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 Goodbye Sarajevo: A True Story of Courage, Love and Survival remember who was who and who did what to whichelative There is a cast of characters listed at the front of the book but it s still confusing About midway through the book I Lifting really connected with the two main characters especially after they started going to school I couldelate to Elena s jealousy about Lila and how she admired and imitated her strength Occasionally Lila opens 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 of them There are stories about cruel boys in the neighborhood There are stories about Lila s dream of making it Mathruhridayam rich by designing special shoes to sell There are stories about the competitions at school and how Elena and Lila would push each other to learn There are stories of 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 sheisked offending a powerful family There is the story of Elena s first boyfriend and how she has to navigate high school And finally there is the story of a weddingThe wedding scene is what closes out this first novel and something happens there that convinced me to ead the second book You win FerranteUpdate A Few Weeks LaterI have gotten so involved in this series that I am eading Book 3 and have already ordered Book 4 My advice to those starting out is to be patient with this first novel a lot of the events that happen in Elena s childhood have long lasting effects like seeds that had to be planted so they could sprout later on The I ead about these two women the I admire them I highly ecommend 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 out with the greatest diligence everything that I was told to carry out I learned But most of all I liked pleasing the teacher I liked pleasing everyoneA Disturbing But Incredible PassageWe lived in a world in which children and adults were often wounded blood flowed from the wounds they festered and sometimes people died One of the daughters of Signora Assunta the fruit and vegetable seller had stepped on a nail and died of tetanus Signora Spagnuole s youngest child had died of croup A cousin of mine at the age of twenty had gone one morning to move some ubble and that night was dead crushed the blood pouring out of his ears and mouth My mother s father had been killed when he fell from a scaffolding at a building site The father of Signor Peluso was missing an arm the lathe had caught him unawares The sister of Giuseppina Signor Peluso s wife had died of tuberculosis at twenty two The oldest son of Don Achille I had never seen him and yet I seemed to emember 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 each other screa. A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors My Brilliant Friend is a ich intense and generous hearted story about two friends Elena and Lila Ferrante's inimitable. .
The class you might soon be leaving behindFerrante a pen name has structured the book so carefully that an early leaving behindFerrante a pen name has structured the book so carefully that an early in which the girls try to The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes From Left Field 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 one person s account of 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 45 starsIf I were to describe Elena Ferrante s My Brilliant Friend in one word it would be mythic The minutiae of Elena and Lila s Ieceived this book as a Christmas present from my boss over a year ago In fact everyone in the office The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division received a copy that s how much our boss wanted us toead it 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 So despite the terrible cover and a Pimpinella Meerprinzessin 1: Ankunft im Muschelschloss (German Edition) rather idiotic blurb I knew it would be a fine bookNoeview of Ferrante s book is complete without a mention of how no one knows who Ferrante is or even if she exists as an individual woman at all Personally I find this whole mystery 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 Naples novels have been compared to Knausgaard s magnum opus because both authors can be characterised by their hyperreal scrutiny which seemingly can only be achieved in autobiographical novels The autobiographical component is official in case of Knausgaard and alleged in Ferrante s Additionally Knausgaard has happily joined the marketing circus which is why I find Ferrante s presumed exhibitionism a lot palatable These books defiantly ignore all creative writing advice and cheerfully tell and not show abandon all sensible plot structure and introduce as many characters as they feel like not Das kurze Leben der Sophie Scholl really caring whether that whole cast is in any way necessary Neither do they have time for stylistic flourishes Ferrante s prose is bare the language takes a back seat and is nothing than a tool to the narrative that is pushed forward by its own urgency What we are left with though is so vivid and authentic that no carefully polished novel could compete with it This is great news Rejoice people because in the age when it is possible to get a DEGREE in novel writing without having to write anything of significance comes a book which just doesn t give a shit and still manages to steal the hearts of thousands I don t suppose I have to explain what this book is about because you have othereviews for that But in short it s about the intense friendship and Défendre Jacob rivalry between two girls growing up in the impoverished outskirts of Naples You might argue it s a book about female experience and to an extent it certainly is but judging by how much men love this book I d say it sather universal But then I generally feel female experience once stripped of all telling signs could be pretty universal because you know women are people too Anyway to me this book was about class than gender That constant anger violence the let s get them before they get us feel permeates the novel And the moral if My Brilliant Friend has a moral at all is that you can take a girl out of the Naples slums but you can t take the Naples slums out of the girl Make no mistake though This is by no means an emotionally manipulative misery memoir This is a story of childhood that simply doesn t know it s underprivileged 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 my eview 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 or bad It has left me blank I m not used to feeling blank after eadingI Black Gold in North Dakota read Ferrante s The Days of Abandonment last year and I was excited whileeading I felt every line of it intensely I was so stimulated by the writing the words and the dramatic tone seemed to match the episodes of the narrative uite perfectly that I started writing the eview even before I d finished eading the book With this one I skimmed I nod The entire time I spent Nestle Toll House Recipe Collection 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 English translation must be flawed Many of the sentences were confusing and even contradictory Theedeeming factor and the eason I gave it two stars instead of one was that the Italian atmosphere was strongly prevalent and somewhat enjoyable I learned what living in Naples in the 50s must have been like When did we all start talking about Elena Ferrante guys I can t emember was it last year Maybe 2013 I know she s been writing for far longer than that but it was de. These two women Ferrante tells the story of a neighbourhood a city and a country as it is transformed in ways that in turn also transform the Wicked City: The Other Side relationship between her two protagonist.