Books to go bag 172 : my brilliant friend / Elena Ferrante ; translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein.
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- ISBN: 9781609450786 (pbk.)
- ISBN: 1609450787 (pbk.)
- Physical Description: 10 books + 1 study guide in bag.
- Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2012.
Translation of: L'amica geniale.
The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila.
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My Brilliant Friend
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*Starred Review* In a poor, midcentury Italian neighborhood, two girls, Elena and Lila, exhibit remarkable intelligence early in school, at a time when money is scarce and education a privilege, especially for girls. Only Elena is allowed to continue in school, and she devotes herself to her studies, while Lila redirects her own talent toward her family's business. The girls use each other, sometimes as crutches, sometimes as inspiration, but as they approach adolescence, their friendship is challenged by their changing bodies and attitudes toward the world. Elena increasingly turns toward education as a means of escaping, while Lila looks to her burgeoning beauty as a means of altering the violence and bitterness that threaten their neighborhood. The first book in a prospective trilogy, My Brilliant Friend is a compelling and moving coming-of-age story set in an impoverished neighborhood struggling to come into its own in a rapidly shrinking world. Celebrated Italian author Ferrante's unflinching and insightful prose, which was rancorous in her novel Days of Abandonment (2010), is captivating and hopeful here and will have readers eagerly awaiting the next installment. If comparison is to be found, it may be in Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants (2006) or fellow Italian Silvia Avallone's Swimming to Elba (2012).--Ophoff, Cortney Copyright 2010 Booklist
New York Times Review
My Brilliant Friend
New York Times
December 23, 2012
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Elena Greco, known to all as the porter's daughter in her poor, 1950s Naples neighborhood, always liked school: "Right away, from the first day," it seemed like "a much nicer place than home." She's the teacher's pet, often asked to sit beside the maestra as a reward for her diligence. So it comes as a distressing surprise when Lila Cerullo, the shoemaker's daughter, is invited to take the seat of honor instead. After this initial shock, Elena trains herself to accept Lila's superiority. The charismatic and mysterious Lila is eminently crush-worthy, but it doesn't take much hermeneutic detective work to see that Ferrante thinks her namesake protagonist is brilliant in her own right. She's also more fortunate: Elena's parents allow her to continue her education through high school, whereas Lila's expect her to drop out and start working. By the end of this astute novel, which has been translated into lucid English by Ann Goldstein, these environmental differences have just begun to manifest themselves, setting up the next installment of a planned trilogy.
Publishers Weekly Review
My Brilliant Friend
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The world of Elena and Lila, Neapolitan girls growing up after the Second World War, is small, casually violent, and confined to their poor neighborhood where everyone knows everyone and the few prosperous families dominate. There are rules and expectations, and everyone knows and lives by them. Except Lila: smarter and bolder than the others, she does what she wants, drawing Elena, who narrates the story, in her wake. But this is more than a conventional up-from-poverty tale. Elena completes her schooling; Lila does not. Elena leaves the neighborhood and eventually Naples and Southern Italy; Lila does not. Yet it is Lila and her dreams and caprices that drive everything. In fact, the narrative exists because the adult Elena, hearing that Lila has disappeared, decides to write Lila's story. And she does, in dense, almost sociological detail (the list of the members of the key families is actually necessary). This is both fascinating-two girls, their families, a neighborhood, and a nation emerging from war and into an economic boom-and occasionally tedious, as day-to-day life can be. But Lila, mercurial, unsparing, and, at the end of this first episode in a planned trilogy from Ferrante (The Lost Daughter), seemingly capable of starting a full-scale neighborhood war, is a memorable character. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.