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My brilliant friend : book one : childhood, adolescence / Elena Ferrante ; translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein.

By: Ferrante, Elena.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Ferrante, Elena. Amica geniale: 1.Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2012Description: 331 pages ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9781609450786; 1609450787.Other title: Childhood, adolescence.Subject(s): Friendship -- Fiction | Naples (Italy) -- FictionDDC classification: 853/.92 Summary: 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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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Now an HBO series.

Book one in the New York Times bestselling Neapolitan quartet about two friends growing up in post-war Italy is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted family epic by Italy's most beloved and acclaimed writer, Elena Ferrante, "one of the great novelists of our time." (Roxana Robinson, The New York Times )

Beginning in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, Ferrante's four-volume story spans almost sixty years, as its protagonists, the fiery and unforgettable Lila, and the bookish narrator, Elena, become women, wives, mothers, and leaders, all the while maintaining a complex and at times conflictual friendship. Book one in the series follows Lila and Elena from their first fateful meeting as ten-year-olds through their school years and adolescence.

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.

"An intoxicatingly furious portrait of enmeshed friends," writes Entertainment Weekly . "Spectacular," says Maureen Corrigan on NPR 's Fresh Air. "A large, captivating, amiably peopled bildungsroman," writes James Wood in The New Yorker .

Ferrante is one of the world's great storytellers. With My Brilliant Friend she has given her readers an abundant, generous, and masterfully plotted page-turner that is also a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight readers for many generations to come.

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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New York Times Book Review

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.
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