• My Brilliant Friend
  • My Brilliant Friend
  • My Brilliant Friend
  • My Brilliant Friend
  • My Brilliant Friend
  • My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 05/03/2020
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We were twelve years old, but we walked along the hot streets of the neighborhood, amid the dust and flies that the occasional old trucks stirred up as they passed, like two old ladies taking the measure of lives of disappointment, clinging tightly to each other. No one understood us, only we two—I thought—understood one another.

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.

  • Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781787702226
  • Number of pages: 331
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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My Brilliant Friend
These books are wonderfully written and invite into the lives of the range of characters. All life, the hopes, expectations and tragedies can be found here... READ MORE
Roslyn Connolly
My Brilliant Friend
Brilliant writing. The complex relationship between the two friends keeps you in suspense and intrigued. Why are these two girls so different? What is goin... READ MORE
Mary Richard
My Brilliant Friend
Brilliant! Just absolutely and utterly brilliant! In a poor Neapolitan neighbourhood two girls will strike a friendship that will last a life long. ... READ MORE
Ester  Reed
My Brilliant Friend
Almost unreadable
I thought this book was an English translation of the original Italian, but beware, it is an American translation and almost unreadable if you are used to ... READ MORE
Roger Maynard
My Brilliant Friend
A very character driven book and not much else...
After reading the positive reviews, even those made by literary critics, and with a great love of Italy I had high hopes for "My Brilliant Friend" set in 1... READ MORE
Emma Louise Smith
My Brilliant Friend
Adored this, and the whole quartet. So vivid, so immersive. I plan to read them all again one day!