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review 2017-12-13 00:00
My Brilliant Friend
My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante,Ann Goldstein The first of Elena Ferrante's popular Neopolitan Quartet. Set in a poor district of Naples amidst families, feuds, first loves and strict moral codes, i t is the story of the developing friendship of two girls, told through the eyes of one of them, the "Brilliant Friend". But it is the other girl who fascinates the reader and who dominates the pages. It is her originality, courage and clarity of mind, that shines through their lives and with a different, more beguiling brilliance than the dull, academic brilliance of her friend.

I can see why this book gained such a big following but the question is, do I read the othet three?
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text 2017-11-20 23:12
My Brilliant Friend ★★☆☆☆
My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante,Ann Goldstein

I really wanted to like this, and stuck with it much longer than I ordinarily would have, hoping that at some point I would just fall into the story. It wasn't terrible, and it had moments of description or character that I enjoyed. But the story simply wasn't going anywhere, and the characters were not interesting enough to carry it along while waiting for some kind of plot to happen. DNF at 32%

 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. I don't know if it was the narrator's reading or the source material, but the audio performance contributed to my abandoning the book unfinished. Her voice just kept droning on and on, until I'd realize that my attention had wandered and I had to rewind. After almost 6 hours of listening, I just couldn't face another 12 of the same.

 

I was reading this for The 16 Festive Tasks square 7: International Human Rights Day: Read a book originally written in another language. I don't have another book lined up for this one. I might find a "Light Joker" to use instead.

 

Since I couldn't use this one for any of the squares, I decided to make my own square:

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text 2017-11-15 21:13
My Brilliant Friend - 11%
My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante,Ann Goldstein

Children don't know the meaning of yesterday, of the day before yesterday, or even of tomorrow. Everything is This. Now. The street is This, the doorway is This, the stairs are This. This is Momma. This is Poppa. This is the day. This is the night. I was small, and really, my doll knew more than I did. 

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review 2017-07-07 00:00
My Brilliant Friend
My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante,Hil... My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante,Hillary Huber,Ann Goldstein imageAudibleheadphones_icon_1

[b:My Brilliant Friend|35036409|My Brilliant Friend (L'amica geniale #1)|Elena Ferrante|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1493655783s/35036409.jpg|19174054] is simply brillaint.

It was a great recommendation (thank you, Katie!) that I (I have to admit it) didn't take too seriously at first ( I'm not a fan of a female narrative). I loved everything in this book. EVERYTHING.

I'm intrigued and NEED to read the next book NOW.
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review 2017-07-01 21:51
[REVIEW] My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante,Ann Goldstein

TW: This book contains VIOLENCE and SEXUAL ASSAULT 

JFC WHAT A CLIFFHANGER.

My head hurts from reading this, from the feelings it has evoked, from the sadness that clings to me like a second skin because I cannot understand what has happened or why I feel that I'm aboard a train that will crash at any second.

What a strange, heart-wrenching read about what it's like to be a girl immersed in poverty and trying to claw out of it, out of the violent reality and ultimately, perhaps, failing. 

The friendship between Lila and Lenù is the best part of this confusing novel. Seeing how well Ms. Ferrante portrays the intricate, overwhelming, consuming, envious and loving reality of girl friendships has earned her a special place in my heart. I have never read a portrayal like this.

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