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L'amica genialeCon La amiga estupenda Elena Ferrante inaugura una tetralogía deslumbrante ue tiene como telón de fondo la ciudad de Nápoles a mediados del siglo pasado y como protagonistas a Nanú y Lila dos jóvenes mujeres ue están aprendiendo a gobernar su vida en un entorno donde la astucia antes ue la inteligencia es el ingrediente de todas las salsasLa relación a menudo tempestuosa entre Lila y Nanú tiene a su alrededor un coro de voces ue dan cuerpo a su historia y nos muestran la realidad. 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 chosen for 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 for the characters and found it really repetitive different stage schoolsame response 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 realised 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

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Tura«El reto para uien escribe es llenar la distancia entre lo ue vives y lo ue cuentas sentir físicamente el impacto de la narración acercar el pasado de las personas a las ue hemos uerido de las vidas ajenas tal como las hemos observado Una historia para tener forma tiene ue cruzar muchas barreras A menudo empezamos a escribir demasiado pronto y las páginas aun están frías Solo cuando la historia se acopla a nosotros como un guante ha llegado el momento de contarla»Elena Ferrante. This novel has so much violence that it should come with some kind of rating 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 reading it I did not intend to continue with them — I was just going to read 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 remember who was who and who did what to which relative There is a cast of characters listed at the front of the book but it's still confusing About midway through the book I really connected with the two main characters especially after they started going to school I could relate 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 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 she risked 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 read the second book You win FerranteUpdate A Few Weeks LaterI have gotten so involved in this series that I am reading 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 read about these two women the I admire them I highly recommend 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 rubble 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 remember 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 screaming with fear in a bombardment Old Signorina Clorinda had died inhaling gas instead of air Guanine who was in 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 rubble work bombardment bomb tuberculosis infection With these words and those years I bring back the many fears that accompanied me all my life

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summary L'amica geniale ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub î Con La amiga estupenda Elena Ferrante inaugura una tetralogía deslumbrante ue tiene como telón de fondo la ciudad de Nápoles a mediados del siglo pasado y como protagonistas a Nanú y Lila dos jóvenes mujeres ue están aprendiendo a gobernar su vida en un entorno donde la De un barrio pobre habitado por gente humilde ue acata sin más la ley del más fuerte pero La amiga estupenda es mucho más ue un trabajo de realismo social lo ue auí tenemos son unos personajes de carne y hueso ue intrigan al lector y nos deslumbran por la fuerza y la urgencia de sus emocionesPor primera vez Ferrante aborda una narración muy amplia poniendo en escena un verdadero tableau vivant donde no hay espacio para el tópico todo es vida y todo respira al hilo de la mejor litera. UPDATED November 2018 here’s my review 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 rich immersive deeply satisfying book that like many great novels captures a particular time and place with complete authority I can’t wait to read 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 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 is registered 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 rich texture and violence – murder threats being thrown out of a window – the book reminded 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 “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 and realize 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 romance class destiny – up until the surprising twist in the final line which will make you reconsider 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 the class you might soon be leaving behindFerrante a pen name has structured the book so carefully that an early seuence in which the girls try to 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