My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One

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12A modern masterpiece derived from one of of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is usually a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to some meticulous portrait of such two women that is certainly also the story plot of a nation along with a touching meditation for the nature of friendship.
The story begins within the 1950s, inside a poor but vibrant neighborhood about the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the 2 main girls figure out how to rely on the other ahead of anyone or another type. As they grow, as his or her paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain close friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted within the other. They are likewise the embodiments of any nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of those two women, Ferrante tells the tale of a neighborhood, an urban area, and also a country because it is transformed in manners that, consequently, also transform the bond between her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila.

Ferrante may be 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 within a tetralogy, she proves herself to become one of Italy’s great storytellers. She has given her readers a masterfully plotted page-turner, abundant and generous in their narrative details and characterizations, that is certainly also a stylish work of literary fiction determined to delight her many fans and win new readers to her fiction.

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