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Fairytale Food: Enchanting Recipes to Bring a Little Magic to Your Cooking gThis novel has so much violence that it should come with some kind of rating Seriously I had no idea it was so dangerous torow up in NaplesI feel no nostalgia for our childhood it was full of violence My Brilliant Friend is the story of two childhood friends Elena and Lila It is the first in a series and I confess that when I started reading it I did not intend to continue with them I was just Unnatural (Enlightenment, going to read this first one to see what all the fuss over Ferrante was about It took me a while toet into the book there are so many families in the neighborhood and everyone has nicknames that it was tough to remember who was who and who did what to which relative There is a cast of characters listed at the front of the book but it s still confusing About midway through the book I really connected with the two main characters especially after they started Messengers from ancient civilizations: The fascinating story of canine archeology going to school I could relate to Elena s jealousy about Lila and how she admired and imitated her strength Occasionally Lila opens up and admits how important Elena is to her and those moments are lovely Ferrante s descriptions are soood that eventually it felt as if I had been living with these familiesBut what exactly is the story you ask Well there are lots of them There are stories about cruel boys in the neighborhood There are stories about Lila s dream of making it rich by designing special shoes to sell There are stories about the competitions at school and how Elena and Lila would push each other to learn There are stories of Lila s family and how her father would abuse her when he lost his temper There are stories about the men who pursued Lila when she became a beautiful teenager and how she risked offending a powerful family There is the story of Elena s first boyfriend and how she has to navigate high school And finally there is the story of a weddingThe wedding scene is what closes out this first novel and something happens there that convinced me to read the second book You win FerranteUpdate A Few Weeks LaterI have otten so involved in this series that I am reading Book 3 and have already ordered Book 4 My advice to those starting out is to be patient with this first novel a lot of the events that happen in Elena s childhood have long lasting effects like seeds that had to be planted so they could sprout later on The I read about these two women the I admire them I highly recommend these Ferrante novels Favorite uoteRight away from the first day school had seemed to me a much nicer place than home It was the place in the neighborhood where I felt safest I went there with excitement I paid attention to the lessons I carried out with the reatest diligence everything that I was told to carry out I learned But most of all I liked pleasing the teacher I liked pleasing everyoneA Disturbing But Incredible PassageWe lived in a world in which children and adults were often wounded blood flowed from the wounds they festered and sometimes people died One of the daughters of Signora Assunta the fruit and vegetable seller had stepped on a nail and died of tetanus Signora Spagnuole s youngest child had died of croup A cousin of mine at the age of twenty had Wishing for Grace gone one morning to move some rubble and that night was dead crushed the blood pouring out of his ears and mouth My mother s father had been killed when he fell from a scaffolding at a building site The father of Signor Peluso was missing an arm the lathe had caught him unawares The sister of Giuseppina Signor Peluso s wife had died of tuberculosis at twenty two The oldest son of Don Achille I had never seen him and yet I seemed to remember him hadone to war and died twice drowned in the Pacific Ocean then eaten by sharks The entire Melchiorre family had died clinging to each other screaming with fear in a bombardment Old Signorina Clorinda had died inhaling as instead of air Guanine who was in fourth rade when were were in first had died one day because he had come across a bomb and touched it Legion with whom we had played in the courtyard or maybe not she was only a name had died of typhus Our world
like that full of words that killed croup tetanus typhus war lathe rubble work bombardment bomb tuberculosis infection With these words and those years I bring back the many fears that accompanied me all my life 1 sweet Jesusthis is the first of four books stars 2018 Read I was Most Afraid to Hate Award First of all a bit of translationIn English we say blahblahblah In Italian they say blablabla Ms Ferrante separates this book into two sections Childhood 18 chapters and Adolescence 62 chapters Childhood Ch 1 to 9 Ms Ferrante writes blablablablablablablablablab and blablablablablaJaidee God I hope this Bara No Tame Ni: 5 gets better Childhood Ch 10 14Ms Ferrante writes blablablablabla and blablablablablaJaidee This is boring me to tears Adolescence Ch 1 12Ms Ferrante writes bla bla bla bla bla bla blablaJaidee What s with the three creepy littleirls with crinoline on the cover Adolescence Ch 13 36Ms Ferrante writes blablablablablabalbla blablablabla bla bla blaJaidee Oh I Lebanon guess this about a lot of blablablawhen does itet Clarkesworld (Clarkesworld Anthology, goodforty three people and their mother insisted that I read this Adolescence Ch 37 to 54Ms Ferrante writes blablabla blabla bla blabla blaJaidee Please let this be over and What the fuck am I missingoh yes maybe a few blablablas Adolescence Ch 54 to 62Ms Ferrante writes Bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla Jaidee Am I in Purgatory I amuessing the content of Books 2 through 4 will beBlablablablablabla and blablablablablabla I will not be finding out I say Bleh Bleh Blech I have been studying Italian in my free time and so decided to try reading one of the most popular Italian writers of today Elena Ferrante There have been many articles about this author s mysterious anonymity Her real
was like that full of words that killed croup tetanus typhus
identity is unknown except to her publisher because she wishes to have a normal life is unknown except to her publisher because she wishes to have a normal life et that Still it only adds to the intrigue as you can t help but wonder who writes these marvelous books My Brilliant Friend is not the sort of book I would normally pick up as I prefer fantasy fiction This is contemporary realistic fiction about two women who row up together in the 1950s and 1960s in a poor neighborhood in Naples The cast of characters is large and for me an American reader I was missing some cultural context that made it a little bewildering at first I read the book in English because my Italian is not that ood yet and the style was both deeply intimate and jarringly my Italian is not that ood yet and the style was both deeply intimate and jarringly of fact The narrator Elena tells us everything about her upbringing in a neighborhood where harsh poverty is the norm and family violence is unremarkable even for instance when a father sends a daughter flying out a second story window Elena rows up side by side with her friendfoilpersonal albatross Lila who is naturally brilliant at everything and beautiful than Elena but who is held down by circumstances to work in her father s shoe store while Elena has a chance to escape her life through education The book is a blow by blow confessional following the two irls from their earliest memories through their early adulthood The short chapters keep the pages turning and by the end of the novel I found myself very involved in the lives of the characters It is epic in the best sense of the word and yet uiet and personal in its scope At the end there is a cliffhanger so brutal I immediately had to o and buy the next volume of this series Wow cliffhangers work I should try them some time When did we all start talking about Elena Ferrante uys I can t remember was it last year Maybe 2013 I know she s been writing for far longer than that but it was definitely only recently that she became A Thing Whenever it was we should have been talking about her sooner And with different words Better words Words whose value hasn t been sucked out by the marketing blurbs they ve been a part of with the same accompanying modifiers if I never hear compulsively readable again that would be okay with me marketing departments Too many eyes will The History of Provincetown glaze over when I use these words that would once have excited therab the keys and run to the bo. A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors My Brilliant Friend is a rich intense and enerous hearted story about two friends Elena and Lila Ferrante's inimitable.
how limited their world and lives are The climactic wedding scenelimited their world and lives are The climactic wedding scene which all the threads of the story come together sex romance class destiny up until the surprising twist in the final line which will make you reconsider A Big Chunk Of The big chunk of the Elena s introduction to the pleasures and dangers of sexuality The idea of how we sometimes act to impress friends mimic being courageous by thinking of others actions or subtly do things while imagining our friends doing them The longings fears and sheer awkwardness of adolescence The legacy of fascism complete with stories about what family did what to whom and the changing nature of Italian society The idea of how education ets you ahead but also alienates you from the class you might soon be leaving behindFerrante a pen name has structured the book so carefully that an early seuence in which the The Tomb of Iuchiban girls try to retrieve their dolls in a sewer contains in miniature everything that the book will eventually deal with lost innocence petty jealousy money imagination sinister men courage and the way that one person s account of the facts can vary drastically with the so called truthNow that I ve come down with Ferrante fever I look forward to the next novel The Story Of A New Name I tried I tried I tried For 200 pages I tried to see what it is about this writer thatets such acclaim but with 130 pages to o I abandoned it there are just too many other books in my waiting pile that I want to read This book was chosen for book club which is why I persisted so long I normally stop reading a book pretty uickly if it doesn t engage me I didn t develop any concern for the characters and found it really repetitive different stage schoolsame response from parentssame competitiveness with Lila it just went on and on and didn t seem to GO anywhere It was supposed to be the story of a friendship from childhood until womanhood set in Naples in the 1950 s but I then discovered this book only oes up until the two Advanced First Aid, CPR, and AED (Orange Book) girls are 16 there is a seuel and at that point I decided OH ENOUGH I realised I was not evenoing to et some sort 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 protagonist.
Free read ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ó Elena FerranteOkstore response this book deserves And that might make you like me not pick this up for absolutely years after you read thisSo I need better words Words that will make you pick it up tomorrow Because I still can t believe I somehow developed the impression that this was a book that I could miss How did I somehow think this wasn t a series of books that I should have had on pre order every time like it was Game of Thrones or you know something better than that iven the uality of the last installmentBut in the absence of an unused vocabulary floating around somewhere I ll try to convince you with the words I have because and please read this in the tone of your dad iving advice at a crucial life moment I don t want you to make the mistakes that I did sonny boy How do I love this novel Let me count the ways My Brilliant Friend is the first installment of Ferrante s Neapolitan trilogy It is an old woman s memories of her friendship with a irl named Lila in the slums of 1950s Naples They are both clever Norte: A Novel girlsrowing up in the midst of a rinding cycle of poverty and isolation enerated by the problems of the post war post Fascist Italian state and the pre war mostly in name only Italian unification Both of them along with the other children of the neighborhood have a possibility of escaping the cycle and breaking out into the new Marshall Plan supported dolce vita and some of the story is about that But not mostly Mostly it s about what it s like to be blessedcursed enough to have a childhood friend who is the center of your universe and how that friendship can literally change all the things in your life and make you the person that you are in the process of becoming Straightforward enough yes You ve read that before Surebut then why is it so poignant Why did I spend hours upon hours with this book yesterday unable to put it down How did such an ordinary story work such undeniable magicThere are many answers to that but let s start with this The story The plot was the most natural organic thing I ve ever read She started telling it and kept on doing it without pauses for literary reflections or metaphors or for pretty much anything that might send the oh right this is fiction signal to your brain She let the damn thing be and run its course without interfering She didn t shy away from having her character be involved in all the uotidian things of childhood or adolescence zits dresses best friends boyfriends finding out what bad words mean and endless status competitions But never once did she make it feel tired or like something I ve read a zillion times Nobody came euipped with signifier clue words or pre packaged recognizable YA storylines with immature emotional truths being repeated in italics in between descriptions of clothing and hair And you know what was fascinating There totally was a popular Mi karma y yo girl everyone wanted here there were mean bullies nerdy intellectuals hot jocks slutty cheerleaders apparently motivationlessly awful villains and our heroine was even intellectual and hadlasses But that never occurred to me until I started to write this reviewThis is mostly because Ferrante allows her characters a kind of full honest emotional range of expression that I ve rarely seen in books about children and teenagers She conveys the pettiness and center of the universe feeling that characterizes childhood without ever uite making you detach from or become disgusted with the characters involved When someone s doll is thrown away and another character retaliates instead of rolling her eyes and refereeing whose fault it is Ferrante just keeps staring at both characters and watching them o through that moment and what happens afterwards There s no adult intervention whether that s with an adult character or with an adult narratorAs is typical with Ferrante this is deliberate a choice that serves several purposes at once One of which is to highlight the lack of fully developed adults anywhere in these children s lives This is one of the many effective ways Ferrante finds to seep you in the atmosphere of the Naples neighborhood where this all takes place right from the beginning but beautifully dropping it in between the cracks of action and thought I waited to see if Lila would have second thoughts "and turn back I knew what she wanted to do I had hoped that she would forget about "turn back I knew what she wanted to do I had hoped that she would forget about but in vain The street lamps were not yet lit nor were the lights on the stairs From the apartments came irritable voices To follow Lila I had to leave the bluish light of the courtyard and enter the black of the doorway When I finally made up my mind I saw nothing at first there was only an odor of old junk and DDT Then I ot used to the darkness We kept to the side where the wall was she two steps ahead I two steps behind torn between shortening the distance or letting it increase I can still feel my shoulder inching along the flaking wall and the idea that the steps were very high higher than my own apartment across the way There was an odor of saut ing The Prime Minister of Paradise garlic Maria Don Achille s wife would put me in the pan of boiling oil the children would eat me he would suck my head the way my father did with mullets Never once does she need to set aside pages and pages of description as some authors do because it siven to us in pieces like that while we re following the action until we have a full picture of a crumbling courtyard of a creaky old apartment building on a beaten down street in a bad part of town without ever really knowing how we ot thereShe also does a lot effectively with repetition Repetition shows us a lot about why the characters are the way that they are The violence of the neighborhood in particular is depicted with a frighteningly normalizing banality We see violence happen over and over again not as an isolated cinematic horror the fright of one s life as
something mentioned as an afterthought they argued and then sometimes after dinner he beat her Thementioned as an afterthought they argued and then sometimes after dinner he beat her The use of sometimes was chilling like we re not even hearing about all the other times when it happens It s not even worthy of comment What s even terrifying is the dispassionate impartial aze turned on it by a narrator who has never known anything different It only occurs to the sixty year old character who is the actual narrator of the story about two thirds of the way through to The Sisters of Sinai get outside of herself and mention that she realizes now that her neighborhood was not the norm it s like in telling the story she put herself back under the spell and forgot that herself It takes something 2015 Hollywood level cinematically publicly violent for anyone to feel the slightest bit bad about something that happens view spoiler like throwing your eleven year old daughter out a window into the street hide spoiler The entire time I spent reading this book I asked myself What is wrong with this book Why am I having so much troubleetting into it It is incredibly slow paced but I also believe the Italian to English translation must be flawed Many of the sentences were confusing and even contradictory The redeeming factor and the reason I ave it two stars instead of one was that the Italian atmosphere was strongly prevalent and somewhat enjoyable I learned what living in Naples in the 50s must have been like type edit delete undo delete type edit deletedeep breathstart againtype edit deletemake a coffeetype edit deletepour a drinktype edit deletedesperation sets in The dog ate my review Why why why can t I find any words to say about this bookThe problem is I don t know what I feel about it In fact the book has left me
without any feelings ood or bad It has left me blank I m not used to feelingany feelings ood or bad It has left me blank I m not used to feeling after readingI read Ferrante s The Days of Abandonment last year and I was excited while reading I felt every line of it intensely I was so stimulated by the writing the words and the dramatic tone seemed to match the episodes of the narrative uite perfectly that I started writing the review even before I d finished reading the book With this one I skimmed I nodded off I left it down often and only reluctantly picked it up again I finally finished it on a fli. 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.