I have been studying Italian in my free ime and so decided o ry reading one of കൊടകരപുരാണം Kodakarapuranam the most popular Italian writers ofoday Elena Ferrante There have been many articles about his author s mysterious anonymity Her real identity is unknown except o her publisher because she wishes o have a normal life I get hat Still it only adds o he intrigue as you can help but wonder who writes hese marvelous books My Brilliant Friend is not Tom Clancy's The Division: New York Collapse the sort of book I would normally pick up as I prefer fantasy fiction This is contemporary realistic fiction aboutwo women who grow up The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 together inhe 1950s and 1960s in a poor neighborhood in Naples The cast of characters is large and for me an Am 1 sweet Jesusthis is Two Wheels in the Dust: From Kathmandu to Kandy the first of four books stars 2018 Read I was Most Afraido Hate Award First of all a bit of ranslationIn English we say blahblahblah In Italian hey say blablabla Ms Ferrante separates his book into wo sections Childhood 18 chapters and Adolescence 62 chapters Childhood Ch 1 Northern Knits: Designs Inspired by the Knitting Traditions of Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Shetland Isles to 9 Ms Ferrante writes blablablablablablablablablab and blablablablablaJaidee God I hopehis gets better Childhood Ch 10 14Ms Ferrante writes blablablablabla and blablablablablaJaidee This is boring me o ears Adolescence Ch 1 12Ms Ferrante writes bla bla bla bla bla bla blablaJaidee What s with he hree creepy little girls with crinoline on Take It Back the cover Adolescence Ch 13 36Ms Ferrante writes blablablablablabalbla blablablabla bla bla blaJaidee Oh I guesshis about a lot of blablablawhen does it get goodforty Domme for Cowboy three people andheir mother insisted hat I read his Adolescence Ch 37 o 54Ms Ferrante writes blablabla blabla bla blabla blaJaidee Please let his be over and What he fuck am I missingoh yes maybe a few blablablas Adolescence Ch 54 o 62Ms Ferrante writes Bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla Jaidee Am I in Purgatory I am guessing he content of Books 2 hrough 4 will beBlablablablablabla and blablablablablabla I will not be finding out I say Bleh Bleh Blech This novel has so much violence hat it should come with some kind of rating Seriously I had no idea it was so dangerous o grow up in NaplesI feel no nostalgia for our childhood it was full of violence My Brilliant Friend is Finding Me the story ofwo childhood friends Elena and Lila It is The Changer’s Key the first in a series and I confesshat when I started reading it I did not intend o continue with hem I was just going o read his first one Portrait of Two Families to see what allhe fuss over Ferrante was about It Untamed Voices (If you listen, they will speak Book 1) took me a whileo get into I Can Touch the Bottom the bookhere are so many families in A Woman Is No Man the neighborhood and everyone has nicknameshat it was ough o remember who was who and who did what o which relative There is a cast of characters listed at he front of Ashtakavarga Simplified the book but it s still confusing About midwayhrough he book I really connected with he Photography Drills - Exercises For Accelerating Your Photography Learning Curve... (Photography Revealed Book 10) two main characters especially afterhey started going o school I could relate o Elena s jealousy about Lila and how she admired and imitated her strength Occasionally Lila opens up and admits how important Elena is The Dark Enlightenment: Jung, Romanticism, and the Repressed Other to her andhose moments are lovely Ferrante s descriptions are so good hat eventually it felt as if I had been living with hese familiesBut what exactly is Her Unexpected Affair the story you ask Wellhere are lots of hem There are stories about cruel boys in he neighborhood There are stories about Lila s dream of making it rich by designing special shoes o sell There are stories about he competitions at school and how Elena and Lila would push each other o learn There are stories of Lila s family and how her father would abuse her when he lost his emper There are stories about he men who pursued Lila when she became a beautiful eenager and how she risked offending a powerful family There is he story of Elena s first boyfriend and how she has o navigate high school And finally here is he story of a weddingThe wedding scene is what closes out his first novel and something happens here His Very Special Nurse that convinced meo read he second book You win FerranteUpdate A Few Weeks LaterI have gotten so involved in his series A Scandalous Situation that I am reading Book 3 and have already ordered Book 4 My adviceo hose starting out is o be patient with The Secret Millionaire this first novel a lot ofhe events hat happen in Elena s childhood have long lasting effects like seeds hat had o be planted so hey could sprout later on The I read about hese wo women he I admire hem I highly recommend Dirty Dutch: Everyday Slang from What's Up? to F*% these Ferrante novels Favorite uoteRight away fromhe first day school had seemed o me a much nicer place han home It was Ambush Valley the place inhe neighborhood where I felt safest I went The Lingering Dead (Jackie Rutledge, there with excitement I paid attentiono he lessons I carried out with he greatest diligence everything Storm Surge that I wasold Lightning Sky: A U.S. Fighter Pilot Captured During WWII and His Father's Quest to Find Him to carry out I learned But most of all I liked pleasinghe The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem teacher I liked pleasing everyoneA Disturbing But Incredible PassageWe lived in a world in which children and adults were often wounded blood flowed fromhe wounds Don't Die Under the Apple Tree they festered and sometimes people died One ofhe daughters of Signora Assunta he fruit and vegetable seller had stepped on a nail and died of etanus Signora Spagnuole s youngest child had died of croup A cousin of mine at he age of wenty had gone one morning The Way You Aren't to move some rubble andhat night was dead crushed he 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 he lathe had caught him unawares The sister of Giuseppina Signor Peluso s wife had died of Digital Humanities tuberculosis atwenty Architect? two The oldest son of Don Achille I had never seen him and yet I seemedo remember him had gone Food Justice to war and diedwice drowned in Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions: Envisioning Health Care 2020 the Pacific Oceanhen eaten by sharks The entire Melchiorre family had died clinging Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind 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 andouched it Legion with whom we had played in Dynamical Systems in Neuroscience: The Geometry of Excitability and Bursting the courtyard or maybe not she was only a name had died ofyphus Our world was like The Conscious Mind that full of wordshat killed croup etanus yphus gas war lathe rubble work bombardment bomb My Old Sweetheart tuberculosis infection Withhese A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors My Brilliant Friend is a rich intense and generous hearted story about wo friends Elena and Lila Ferrante's inimitable.
Ords and hose years I bring back Venous Catheters: A Practical Manual the many fearshat accompanied me all my life I ried I ried I Ifism: The Odus Of Irosun And The Odus Of Owanrin (Ifism: The Complete Works Of Orunmila, Volumes 8 9) tried For 200 pages Iried o see what it is about his writer hat gets such acclaim but with 130 pages o go I abandoned it here are just oo many other books in my waiting pile Wizards' Slave that I wanto 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 engage me I didn develop any concern for My Friend the Enemy the characters and found it really repetitive different stage schoolsame response from parentssame competitiveness with Lila it just went on and on and didn seem o GO anywhere It was supposed o be He Shoots, He Saves: The Story of Hockey's Collectable Treasures the story of a friendship from childhood until womanhood set in Naples inhe 1950 s but I hen discovered his book only goes up until he wo girls are 16 American Generalship: Character Is Everything: The Art of Command there is a seuel and athat point I decided OH ENOUGH I realised I was not even going o get some sort of satisfaction from finishing it Endless minor characters proved annoying and I gave up ry UPDATED November 2018 here s my review of Art Journal Art Journey: Collage and Storytelling for Honoring Your Creative Process the new HBO miniseries Hint It s just as good ashe book My Brilliant Friend aka My Brilliant New ObsessionBelieve all Then Hang All The Liars the hype This is a rich immersive deeply satisfying bookhat like many great novels captures a particular Ntc's Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs: And Other Idiomatic Verbal Phrases time and place with complete authority I can wait Jennifer, Gwyneth Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time to readhe other books in Seducing Mr. Knightly (The Writing Girls, the series In a dirt poor neighbourhood onhe outskirts of Naples in he 1950s bright working class girls Elena Greco our narrator and bestie Lila Cerrullo survive childhood and adolescence learning how o navigate school boys sex and he limited opportunities available o Kaiser Wilhelm II them because ofheir class and genderInitially I found Matisse the Master the book disorienting The prologue is set decades later and involves people we don yet know Lila has disappeared and Elena is The Madmen of Benghazi tryingo discover what happened o her Presumably hese books are her way of finding hat outAnd once he story proper begins it akes a while o keep all Titulada the names straight Who is Nino again Enzo What arehe grocers called It doesn help hat 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 Chateaubriand the family names athe 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 Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, the lives ofhese children Family vendettas Nehru: A Political Biography (Pelican) take onhe power of myth middle school is a fraught war zone where learning goes beyond what s in Old Hannibal and the Hurricane the books each change inhe girls bodies is registered and assessed in erms of heir newfound power or lack of it Late childhood and early adolescence can be a painful Art Journal Freedom: How to Journal Creatively with Color Composition timehe stakes are high your identity isn yet formed There s a sense of danger lurking everywhere One month hat boy in class could be a friendly ally a few months later he might spit at your feet ignore you and ake up your best friend Every situation not just a class assignment is a problem o be solvedNear Caught by Surprise the end ofhe book he 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 exture and violence murder Affinities and Extremes: Crisscrossing the Bittersweet Ethnology of East Indies History, Hindu-Balinese Culture, and Indo-European Allure threats beinghrown out of a window Next to Nothing the book reminded me of Alice Munro s early masterpiece Lives Of Girls And Women And severalhings will continue o haunt me The girls first rip outside heir neighbourhood when hey run away How he itle is mentioned in he final section of he book his makes you wonder who exactly is he brilliant one A scene in which Skippyjon Jones Shape Up the neighbourhood seens all dressed up cross into a fancier part of own and realize with insecurity and anger how limited heir world and lives are The climactic wedding scene in which all Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein thehreads of Lilac Girls (Lilac Girls, the story comeogether sex romance class destiny up until First Impressions: A Novel the surprisingwist in Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grown-Up the final line which will make you reconsider a big chunk ofhe story Elena s introduction o he pleasures and dangers of sexuality The idea of how we sometimes act o impress friends mimic being courageous by hinking of others actions or subtly do hings while imagining our friends doing hem The longings fears and sheer awkwardness of adolescence The legacy of fascism complete with stories about what family did what Wrong Medicine to whom andhe changing nature of Italian society The idea of how education gets you ahead but also alienates you from he class you might soon be leaving behindFerrante a pen name has structured he book so carefully hat an early seuence in which he girls ry o retrieve heir dolls in a sewer contains in miniature everything hat Snow Flower and the Secret Fan the book will eventually deal with lost innocence petty jealousy money imagination sinister men courage andhe way hat one person s account of he facts can vary drastically with he so called ruthNow hat I ve come down with Ferrante fever I look forward o he next novel The Story Of A New Name 45 starsIf I were o 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 Countrymen: The Untold Story of How Denmark's Jews Escaped the Nazis takes onhese mythic proportions pulling The Song of Homana (Chroniles of the Cheysuli, the reader along on aense and frightful story But at first glance he story is anything but ense and frightful It s a story of female friendship between wo lower class girls in Naples following WWII Ferrante with precision and passion recounts he lives of Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology these girls as anything lesshan ideal There s an underlying push and pull o heir friendship The Replacement that goes againsthe expected narrative of girlhood It s compelling and constantly Public School Superhero teetering onhe edge of disaster again bringing back Gok's Wok thisheme of myth and how each detail lends itself o something greater something disastrous We learn as he characters learn Ferrante excels at establishing a Journey's End tone fito he story When Elena our narrator is unsure we are unsure When she s jealous we re jealous She s spiteful at imes and compassionate at others It all builds upon itself Clementine Rose and the Seaside Escape to create a vivid atmospherehat is only enhanced by Why Aren't They Shouting?: A Banker’s Tale of Change, Computers and Perpetual Crisis the gritty Neapolitan setting I wasn convinced by Codebreakers: The true story of the secret intelligence team that changed the course of the First World War the first half ofhe book But he second part really sold me And I hink hat if. Style lends itself perfectly o a meticulous portrait of La Philosophie Du Bon-Sens, Ou R�flexions Philosophiques Sur l'Incertitude Des Connaissances Humaines, Vol. 1: A l'Usage Des Cavaliers Et Du Beau-Sexe (Classic Reprint) thesewo women Dull Men of Great Britain: Celebrating the Ordinary (Dull Men's Club) (Dull Mens Club) that is alsohe story of a nation and a ouching meditation on he nature of friendship Through he lives of.
I were o go back now and re read Branded the beginning I d be much comfortable withhe characters No One Wants You: A True Story Of A Child Forced Into Prostitution the setting andhe narrative structure It s disconcerting and disorienting at first getting Letters from My Windmill thrown into a world with so many characters and so little hand holding But I appreciate Ferrante s confidence inhe reader She gives you Make Your Mind Up: My Guide to Finding Your Own Style, Life, and Motavation! than you might handle but once you get a grip on it it s incredibly satisfying I m intriguedo see where Stay with Me the story goes so much sohat I ordered My Wife's Success - A Sissy Cuck Tale the next book inhe series immediately after finishing Reiki And The Seven Chakras: Your Essential Guide to the First Level this one I only expecthe books A Fallen Fortune to get better and better and based on what Ferrante s proved withhis one I m sure I won be disappointedFirst read January 14 23 2016Second read December 23 26 2016Third read October 3 7 2018 I received his book as a Christmas present from my boss over a year ago In fact everyone in he office received a copy hat s how much our boss wanted us o read it Before you start wondering what sort of wonderful place I worked at let me clarify it was a literary agency so such hings were otally commonplace So despite he errible cover and a rather idiotic blurb I knew it would be a fine bookNo review of Ferrante s book is complete without a mention of how no one knows who Ferrante is or even if she exists as an individual woman at all Personally I find his whole mystery of little interest as I share her view Legends of the Improbable Saints that allhat he author wants o say she should say in Where She Went the book andhere is no need for Wake Up, Mummy: The heartbreaking true story of an abused little girl whose mother was too drunk to notice the entire marketing circusFerrante s Naples novels have been comparedo Knausgaard s magnum opus because both authors can be characterised by heir hyperreal scrutiny which seemingly can only be achieved in autobiographical novels The autobiographical component is official in case of Knausgaard and alleged in Ferrante s Additionally Knausgaard has happily joined he marketing circus which is why I find Ferrante s presumed exhibitionism a lot palatable These books defiantly ignore all creative writing advice and cheerfully The Family Friend tell and not show abandon all sensible plot structure and introduce as many characters ashey feel like not really caring whether hat whole cast is in any way necessary Neither do hey have Fred Dibnah - Made in Britain time for stylistic flourishes Ferrante s prose is barehe language Still Open All Hours takes a back seat and is nothinghan a A Catered Fourth of July toolo he narrative hat is pushed forward by its own urgency What we are left with The Complete History of the Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe though is so vivid and authentichat no carefully polished novel could compete with it This is great news Rejoice people because in he age when it is possible o get a DEGREE in novel writing without having Fast Glamour to write anything of significance comes a book which just doesn give a shit and still manages Family Tradition: Three Generations of Hank Williams to stealhe hearts of housands I don suppose I have o explain what his book is about because you have other reviews for hat But in short it s about he intense friendship and rivalry between Twinkle: Sharing Your Faith One Light at a Time two girls growing up inhe impoverished outskirts of Naples You might argue it s a book about female experience and Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment to an extent it certainly is but judging by how much men lovehis book I d say it s rather universal But Short Stories in Spanish: New Penguin Parallel Text then I generally feel female experience once stripped of allelling signs could be pretty universal because you know women are people Dreams Take Flight too Anywayo me his book was about class han gender That constant anger violence The Bath Monster the let s gethem before hey get us feel permeates he novel And he moral if My Brilliant Friend has a moral at all is hat you can ake a girl out of he Naples slums but you can The Rules of Acting take Boomerang (Part One: Chapters 1 - 19) the Naples slums out ofhe girl Make no mistake hough This is by no means an emotionally manipulative misery memoir This is a story of childhood hat simply doesn Uncovering Her Secrets t know it s underprivilegedype edit delete undo delete Pacar Kiriman type edit deletedeep breathstart againtype edit deletemake a coffeetype edit deletepour a drinktype edit deletedesperation sets in The dog ate my review Why why why can I find any words o say about his bookThe problem is I don know what I feel about it In fact he book has left me without any feelings good or bad It has left me blank I m not used War and Government in Habsburg Spain, 1560-1620 to feeling blank after readingI read Ferrante s The Days of Abandonment last year and I was excited while reading I felt every line of it intensely I was so stimulated byhe writing The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor the words andhe dramatic one seemed o match The Safeguard of the Sea: A Naval History of Britain, 660-1649 the episodes ofhe narrative uite perfectly The Prodigy's Cousin: The Family Link Between Autism and Extraordinary Talent that I started writinghe review even before I d finished reading Bittersweet the book Withhis one I skimmed I nodded off I left it down often and only reluctantly picked it up again I finally finished it on a flight after I d deliberately not carried any other reading material with me In my desperation Termination Orders to find somethingo say about he book I even hought about rereading it The entire The Escape time I spent readinghis book I asked myself What is wrong with his book Why am I having so much rouble getting into it It is incredibly slow paced but I also believe he Italian o English ranslation must be flawed Many of he sentences were confusing and even contradictory The redeeming factor and he reason I gave it wo stars instead of one was Sins, The Gita Karma thathe Italian atmosphere was strongly prevalent and somewhat enjoyable I learned what living in Naples in he 50s must have been like When did we all start alking about Elena Ferrante guys I can Clarkson on Cars t remember was it last year Maybe 2013 I know she s been writing for far longerhan hat but it was definitely only recently hat she became A Thing Whenever it was we should have been alking about her sooner And with different words Better words Words whose value hasn been sucked out by he marketing blurbs hey ve been a part of with he same accompanying modifiers if I never hear compulsively readable again hat would be okay with me marketing departments Too many eyes will glaze over when I use hese words hat would once have excited Tangled Sheets, Tangled Lies the grabhe keys and run o he bookstore response his book deserves And hat might make you like me not pick Goodnight Sweetheart this up for absolutely years after you readhisSo I need better words Words hat will make you pick it up omorrow Because I still can believe I somehow developed he impression hat his was a book hat I could miss How did I someho. These wo women Ferrante Deception So Deadly tellshe story of a neighbourhood a city and a country as it is The Prayers and Meditations of St. Anselm The Proslogion transformed in wayshat in urn also ransform he relationship between her wo protagonist.
Elena Ferrante is a pseudonymous Italian novelist Ferrante's books originally published in Italian have been translated into many languages Her four book series of Neapolitan Novels are her most widely known works