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L'amica genialeHe universe eeling that characterizes childhood without ever uite making you detach If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy's Love Song from or become disgusted with the characters involved When someone s doll is thrown away and another character retaliates instead of rolling her eyes and refereeing whoseault it is Ferrante just keeps staring at both characters and watching them go through that moment and what happens afterwards There s no adult intervention whether that s with an adult character or with an adult narratorAs is typical with Ferrante this is deliberate a choice that serves several purposes at once One of which is to highlight the lack of Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford fully developed adults anywhere in these children s lives This is one of the many effective ways Ferranteinds to seep you in the atmosphere of the Naples neighborhood where this all takes place right Ready for Summer from the beginning but beautifully dropping it in between the cracks of action and thought I waited to see if Lila would have second thoughts and turn back I knew what she wanted to do I had hoped that she wouldorget about it but in vain The street lamps were not yet lit nor were the lights on the stairs From the apartments came irritable voices To Cyberselfish A Critical Romp Through The Terribly Libertarian Culture Of High Tech follow Lila I had to leave the bluish light of the courtyard and enter the black of the doorway When Iinally made up my mind I saw nothing at A coerência textual first there was only an odor of old junk and DDT Then I got used to the darkness We kept to the side where the wall was she two steps ahead I two steps behind torn between shortening the distance or letting it increase I can stilleel my shoulder inching along the Write Your Novel!: Tips from a Bestseller flaking wall and the idea that the steps were very high higher than my own apartment across the way There was an odor of saut ing garlic Maria Don Achille s wife would put me in the pan of boiling oil the children would eat me he would suck my head the way myather did with mullets Never once does she need to set aside pages and pages of description as some authors do because it s given to us in pieces like that while we re Dogs Behaving Badly following the action until we have aull picture of a crumbling courtyard of a creaky old apartment building on a beaten down street in a bad part of town without ever really knowing how we got thereShe also does a lot effectively with repetition Repetition shows us a lot about WHY THE CHARACTERS ARE THE WAY the characters are the way they are The violence of the neighborhood in particular is depicted with a First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who'€ve Been There frighteningly normalizing banality We see violence happen over and over again not as an isolated cinematic horror theright of one s life as something mentioned as an afterthought they argued and then sometimes after dinner he beat her The deliberate use of sometimes was chilling like we re not even hearing about all the other times when it happens It s not even worthy *of comment What s even terrifying is the dispassionate impartial gaze turned on it by *comment What s even terrifying is the dispassionate impartial gaze turned on it by narrator who has never known anything different It only occurs to the sixty year old character who is the actual narrator who has never known anything different It only occurs to the sixty year old character who is the actual narrator the story about two thirds of the way through to get outside of herself and mention that she realizes now that her neighborhood was not the norm it s like in telling the story she put herself back under the spell and orgot that herself It takes something 2015 Hollywood level cinematically publicly violent or anyone to April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers feel the slightest bit bad about something that happens view spoiler like throwing your eleven year old daughter out a window into the street hide spoiler 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 lives into which Ferrante dives takes on these mythic proportions pulling the reader along on a tense andrightful story But at irst glance the story is anything but tense and rightful It s a story of Mindful Living with Aspergers Syndrome femaleriendship between two lower class girls in Naples ollowing WWII Ferrante with precision and passion recounts the lives of these girls as anything less than ideal There. 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 riendship Through the lives of. ,


When did we all start talking about Elena Ferrante guys I can t remember was it last year Maybe 2013 I know she s been writing or ar longer than that but it was definitely only recently that she became A Thing Whenever it was we should have been talking about her sooner And with different words Better words Words whose value hasn t been sucked out by the marketing blurbs they ve been a part of with the same accompanying modifiers if I never hear compulsively readable again that would be okay with me marketing departments Too many eyes will glaze over when I USE THESE WORDS THAT WOULD use these words that would have excited the grab the keys and run to the bookstore response this book deserves And that might make you like me not pick this up or absolutely years after you read thisSo I need better words Words that will make you pick it need better words Words that will make you pick it tomorrow Because I still can t believe I somehow developed the impression that this was a book that I could miss How did I somehow think this wasn t a series of books that I should have had on pre order every time like it was Game of Thrones or you know something better than that given the uality of the last installmentBut in the absence of an unused vocabulary Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town floating around somewhere I ll try to convince you with the words I have because and please read this in the tone of your dad giving advice at a crucial life moment I don t want you to make the mistakes that I did sonny boy How do I love this novel Let me count the ways My Brilliant Friend is theirst installment of Ferrante s Neapolitan trilogy It is an old woman s memories of her riendship with a girl named Lila in the slums of 1950s Naples They are both clever girls growing up in the midst of a grinding cycle of poverty and isolation generated by the problems of the post war post Fascist Italian state and the pre war mostly in name only Italian unification Both of them along with the other children of the neighborhood have a possibility of escaping the cycle and breaking out into the new Marshall Plan supported dolce vita and some of the story is about that But not mostly Mostly it s about what it s like to be blessedcursed enough to have a childhood riend who is the center of your universe and how that Every Drop for Sale: Our Desperate Battle Over Water friendship can literally change all the things in your life and make you the person that you are in the process of becoming Straightforward enough yes You ve read that before Surebut then why is it so poignant Why did I spend hours upon hours with this book yesterday unable to put it down How did such an ordinary story work such undeniable magicThere are many answers to that but let s start with this The story The plot was the most natural organic thing I ve ever read She started telling it and kept on doing it without pausesor literary reflections or metaphors or Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus for pretty much anything that might send the oh right this isiction signal to your brain She let the damn thing be and run its course without interfering She didn t shy away Reach for the Rainbow: Advanced Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse from having her character be involved in all the uotidian things of childhood or adolescence zits dresses bestriends boyfriends inding out what bad words mean and endless status competitions But never
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did she make it tired or like something I ve read a zillion times Nobody came euipped with signifier clue words or pre packaged recognizable YA storylines with immature emotional truths being repeated in italics in between descriptions of clothing and hair And you know what was ascinating There totally was a popular girl everyone wanted here there were mean bullies nerdy intellectuals hot jocks slutty cheerleaders apparently motivationlessly awful villains and our heroine was even intellectual and had glasses But that never occurred to me until I started to write this reviewThis is mostly because Ferrante allows her characters a kind of ull honest emotional range of expression that I ve rarely seen in books about children and teenagers She conveys the pettiness and center of A modern masterpiece rom one of Italy's most acclaimed authors My Brilliant Friend is a rich intense and generous hearted story about two riends Elena and Lila Ferrante's inimitable. S an underlying push and pull to their riendship that goes against the expected narrative of girlhood It s compelling and constantly teetering on the edge of disaster again bringing BACK THIS THEME OF MYTH AND this theme of myth and each detail lends itself to something greater something disastrous We learn as the characters learn Ferrante excels at establishing a tone it to the story When Elena our narrator is unsure we are unsure When she s jealous we re jealous She s spiteful at times and compassionate at others It all builds upon itself to create a vivid atmosphere that is only enhanced by the gritty Neapolitan setting I wasn t convinced by the irst half of the book But the second part really sold me And I think that if I were to go back now and re read the beginning I d be much comfortable with the characters the setting and the narrative structure It s disconcerting and disorienting at irst getting thrown into a world with so many characters and so little hand holding But I appreciate Ferrante s confidence in the reader She gives you than you might handle but once you get a grip on it it s incredibly satisfying I m intrigued to see where the story goes so much so that I ordered the next book in the series immediately after inishing this one I only expect the books to get better and better and based on what Ferrante s proved with this one I m sure I won t be disappointedFirst read January 14 23 2016Second read December 23 26 2016Third read October 3 7 2018 1 sweet Jesusthis is the Owls: Birds of the Night first ofour 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 Childhood Ch 1 to 9 Ms Ferrante writes blablablablablablablablablab and blablablablablaJaidee I hope this gets better Childhood Ch 10 14Ms Ferrante writes blablablablabla and blablablablablaJaidee This is 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 mother insisted that I read this Adolescence Ch 37 to 54Ms Ferrante writes blablabla blabla bla blabla blaJaidee Please let this be over and What the Bon Bon Voyage (A Carolyn Blue Culinary Mystery, fuck am I missingoh yes maybe aew blablablas Adolescence Ch 54 to 62Ms Ferrante writes Bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla Jaidee Am I in Purgatory I am guessing the content of Books 2 through 4 will beBlablablablablabla and blablablablablabla I will not be Bon Bon Voyage finding out I say Bleh Bleh Blech type edit delete undo delete type edit deletedeep breathstart againtype edit deletemake a coffeetype edit deletepour a drinktype edit del 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 130 pages to go I abandoned it there are just too many other books in my waiting pile that I want to read This book was chosenor book club which is why I persisted so long I normally stop reading a book pretty uickly if it doesn t engage me I didn t develop any concern or the characters and ound it really repetitive different stage schoolsame response rom 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 riendship rom childhood until womanhood set in Naples in the 1950 s but I then discovered this book only goes up until the Naples in the 1950 s but I then discovered this book only goes up until the girls are 16 there is a seuel and at that point I decided OH ENOUGH I realised I was not even going to get some sort of satisfaction rom A Look Over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency finishing it Endless minor characters proved annoying and I gave up trying to keep up with who they were despite the list in theront of the book as well as all the interludes with various boys. 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 relationship between her two protagonist.