Hopefully I‘ll finish this before book club.
I have no idea why - but I do not like this cover.
I loved loved loved this book when I read it. Spent some time this weekend working through the first half of the first series from HBO. Very glad to say it has lost very little in the translation to visual media. An excellent series all around!
I‘ve been meaning to read this for several years and so glad I did! This deep dive into the friendship of Elena and Lila, two girls growing up in a poor neighborhood of Naples in the 1950‘s, is mesmerizing. It‘s different than so many things I‘ve read. Even though I didn‘t always like Lila or many of the things that went on in their neighborhood, I was pulled in quickly. This is book 1 of the Neapolitan series, and I‘m looking forward to the rest!
I drew a complete blank for this prompt and the internet led me to a fascinating little list of titles to add to my TBR, chief among them this, the first of Ferrante‘s Neapolitan novels. #letstravelaugust #naples @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620
August is Women in Translation Month! I‘m going to attempt to post about a different book each day. 📚
One of the most talked about works in translation by a woman of the last few years has to be the Neapolitan quartet! It follows two friends from young childhood to their lives as adults. I still need to watch the HBO adaptation! #womenintranslationmonth 🖤📚🖤
Il n‘y a rien de vraiment simple dans cette saga. Et il faudrait un article entier consacré à chacun des tomes. L‘amitié entre Elena et Lila, dès ses prémices, est complexe voire assez toxique. Au début, Elena semble être fascinée par son amie, sa force de caractère, le feu...https://magdaleebrunache.com/2019/08/03/parlons-en-lamie-prodigieuse-la-saga/
Enjoying a lazy day in the sun with Elena Ferrante ☀️Started it yesterday, and am already halfway through! It‘s pretty addictive, looking forward to the rest of the series. I am usually quite fond of coming of age novels, this one is headed to be no exception.
#AtY2019 - Mediterranean prompt
In English translated as My brilliant friend. It's about a friendship between two girls in Naples in the 50's. Along with that come all the trials and tribulations in this time in Italy, Naples, this community and within these families. Also all the emotions and weird intricacies in the relationship between the girls. Book one of 4, also called the Neopolitan romans.
This is book one. I enjoyed it but wasn't head over heels about it. I'll read book 2 eventually.
I liked the lives and minutia of the narrative Elena gives us. But it's slow and violent and depressing storytelling.
The Tour hits the mountains today. The sprint right after the first climb is important. I've checked part of the morning the race center to see how it went. Check out Sagan being cute. https://twitter.com/letour/status/1151807834847436800?s=21
Reading and looking forward to the show in a bit.
I‘m not sure that I could possibly do Elena Ferrante‘s My Brilliant Friend justice. It is, frankly, one of the best books that I have ever read. It follows the lives of Elena Greco (the narrator) and Lila Cerullo, as they pull themselves up from a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Naples. Beautifully translated by Ann Goldstein - #namethetranslator! Full review here: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/my-brilliant-friend-elena-ferrante/
JUNE 2019: I finally went down the Ferrante wormhole! To my surprise, my favorite character is Naples. The way she depicts the widespread poverty and violence after WWII and how that affected the city's working class is striking. I found a great Time Magazine article about the history of Naples in conversation with these novels, which I really suggest. I've started book two and I am kind of lukewarm about it so far. Did anyone else feel that way?
The first book in the story about Elena and Lila told in retrospect by Elena about their childhood and early teenage yrs.
I think it‘s hard to rate this book. I liked it more than I thought I would. What tipped it to a so-so for me was that I could put it down last night before going to sleep with only 16p left. Normally I would have finished the book.
I will probably read the remaining 3 books, but I won‘t rush to the library to borrow them.
I feel like I‘m the last person in the world to read Ferrante, but I‘ve some bad experiences reading books on the bestseller list.
Borrowed this from the library and since I‘m going to see the documentary “Ferrante Fever” next Tuesday, I thought now is the time to give this a go.
I hope this book proves me wrong.
At first, I didn‘t really like this book. It took me a long time to get through the first chapters. But once I started reading it with a bit more of an academic eye, rather than looking for entertainment, I enjoyed it more. Still not my favorite, but definitely an interesting read!
switching between two books, I always like to have a lighter one if I am reading an intense book and my other book right now is the Iliad so this is my little breather haha
So good! Going to the store today to buy the second one 😁
1. I‘ve been compared to Lenu from My Brilliant Friend a few times and I‘m v proud 😇
2. Every male Bildungsroman protagonist who writes paragraphs about wanking being good for the soul and is very proud of having read Don Quixote. And Tyler Durden
3. Foyles or Forbidden Planet in London
4. @Skye1 and @vishodev you‘re my two newest followers! Hello there 😘
Going into this book I knew very little about it, only that it is about a friendship between women and that a lot of people liked it. And certainly I found the central friendship compelling but there was so much more that I loved, too. The neighborhood and its community felt very real to me, and the ways class and violence (and the threat of male violence) permeated nearly every interaction. Really interested to see where this goes.
An interesting depiction of coming of age in post-WWII Naples (how accurate, I don't know), but overall the writing felt flat. It is relentlessly single point of view with little complexity to the narration -- no omniscient description or narrator observations to reinforce (or contradict) Lenu. Nothing hints at any inner life of other characters. Once the narrator is in high school I was utterly bored with her life and the perfect Lila.
For the first two-thirds of this book I couldn't wait for it to end, then I started thinking about reading the whole series. It is beautifully written and the story is good, but on the whole, it didn't do it for me.