Dubray Books review:
Elena and Lila are two friends growing up in 1950s Naples, just after the end of the Second World War. This wonderful novel is the first part of a quartet which charts their friendship, lives, happiness and tragedy set against the background of their neighbourhood and city and all its troubles. There is an undercurrent of suspicion and resentment after the war that affects the girls’ struggle to grow into modern young women. Stories about true friendship are rare these days and Elena Ferrante examines this most enduring and intimate of relationships in forensic detail. Her books have become bestsellers through word of mouth and I was thrilled when I finished My Brilliant Friend to discover there are further treasures to enjoy: the next two Neapolitan novels are already beautifully published and the final part will be out in September.
Margot Coughlan, Dubray Books Stillorgan
A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense and generous hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante's inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighbourhood, a city and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her two protagonists.
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