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My Brilliant Friend : The Neapolitan Novels, Book One  (TV Tie-In) - Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant Friend

The Neapolitan Novels, Book One (TV Tie-In)

Paperback Published: 1st November 2018
ISBN: 9781925773750
Number Of Pages: 336

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The story of Elena and Lila begins in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighbourhood on the outskirts of Naples. They learn to rely on each other and discover that their destinies are bound up in the intensity of their relationship.

Elena Ferrante's piercingly honest portrait of two girls' path into womanhood is also the story of a nation and a meditation on the nature of friendship itself.My Brilliant Friend is a modern masterpiece, the work of one of Italy's great storytellers.

Staff Review by John Purcell

Why do I put off reading books which come with a great many excellent recommendations? Is it some residue from my adolescent self, standing firm against the coercion of the group?

Probably something as stupid as that.

Well, I'm glad I overcame that foolishness when it came to picking up this much lauded, discussed and recommended novel, which is the first in a series of novels by that strangely secretive author.

My Brilliant Friend doesn't grab you by the throat and demand to be read. It is far too self-possessed for that. This is a story told with quiet precision, a story which unfolds effortlessly, placing you firmly in the setting, the outskirts of Naples, introducing you to two very different little girls who become friends before your eyes. Surrounding them is cast of fully realised characters, with backstories and heartbeats, who continue to live richly even when not directly part of the narrative, their stories continuing offstage, as it were.

There is something uniquely compelling about this cool approach. This is a story which seems to declare - I don't need you, dear reader, to exist.

(By the way, I call balderdash on those who claim that these books are better suited to a female audience).

Industry Reviews

`The best thing I've read this year, far and away...She puts most other writing at the moment in the shade.' * Richard Flanagan *
'Ferrante tackles girlhood and friendship with amazing force.' -- Gwyneth Paltrow
`Read My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante-the Jane Austen of Italy.' * Jeffrey Archer *
'Gutsy and compulsively readable...One of the more nuanced portraits of feminine friendship in recent memory...Ferrante wisely balances her memoir-like emotional authenticity with a wry sociological understanding of a society on the verge of dramatic change.' * Vogue (US) *
'Everyone should read anything with [Elena Ferrante's] name on it.' * Boston Globe *
'Beautifully translated by Ann Goldstein...[Ferrante] writes with a ferocious, intimate urgency.' * San Francisco Chronicle *

'Her novels are intensely, violently personal, and because of this they seem to dangle bristling key chains of confession before the unsuspecting reader...[A] beautiful and delicate tale of confluence and reversal.'

-- James Wood * New Yorker *

'Cinematic in the density of its detail.'

* Times Literary Supplement *
'Elena Ferrante will blow you away.' * Alice Sebold *
'Ferrante's fictions are fierce, unsentimental glimpses at the way a woman is constantly under threat, her identity submerged in marriage, eclipsed by motherhood, mythologised by desire. Imagine if Jane Austen got angry and you'll have some idea of how explosive these works are...In My Brilliant Friend, the reclusive Ferrante does something hard but true. It goes back to the before and by looking at it clearly, with humour and warmth and rage, loves it.' * Weekend Australian *
'A superbly perceptive, nuanced, profound portrait of friendship between two young women in Naples in the 1950s...Rich in the detail of everyday life in a poor but proud neighbourhood, unsentimental, intimate, this is a truly memorable novel.' -- Booktopia Buzz
'Ferrante's prose is deeply passionate and detailed, crafting a story of a relationship in which suffering and joy go hand-in-hand...We may never want to be 16 again, but to go back, just for a few hours, is breathtaking. At times, you will be forced to put the book down, close your eyes, and feel the past rushing in.' * Time Out Melbourne *
'Ferrante bewitches with her tiny, intricately drawn world...My Brilliant Friend journeys fearlessly into some of that murkier psychological territory, where questions of individual identity are inextricable from circumstance and the ever-changing identities of others.' * Melbourne Review *
'The first two Neapolitan novels [My Brilliant Friend and The Story of a New Name]...move far from contrivance, logic or respectability to ask uncomfortable questions about how we live, how we love, how we singe an existence in a deeply flawed world that expects pretty acquiescence from its women. In all their beauty, their ugliness, their devotion and deceit, these girls enchant and repulse, like life, like our very selves.' * Sydney Morning Herald *
'Elena Ferrante: the best angry woman writer ever!' -- John Waters
`The Neapolitan series is superb. You should buy it, read it, read it ten times more, lend your copy out, buy another one, rinse, repeat.' * Salient *
`Deftly written to create a sharply candid portrayal of female experience, comradeship and competition...It's a piercing portrayal of a friendship: thoughtful, spirited, needy, envious.' * PS News *

ISBN: 9781925773750
ISBN-10: 1925773752
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st November 2018
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.8  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.29