My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend

Large Print - 2016
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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.
Uniform Title: L'amica geniale. English
Publisher: Farmington HIlls, Mich. : Large Print Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016
Characteristics: 501 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781594139932 (lg. print : pbk.)
1594139938 (lg. print : pbk.)


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Mar 24, 2018

I started but couldn't stomach it. Lila, the main character was so brutal. The narrator was so unpleasantly passive and accepting of Lila's leadership. The world they lived in was very unsavory. The storyline seemed pointless and totally not uplifting.

debwalker Mar 16, 2018

The HBO production of My Brilliant Friend, the upcoming eight-episode series based on Elena Ferrante’s bestselling book, is underway in Caserta, Italy. Casting took 8 months, with almost 9,000 children and 500 adults from all over Campania auditioning. Newcomers Elisa Del Genio and Ludovica Nasti were chosen for the lead roles of Elena and Lila as children, with Margherita Mazzucco and Gaia Girace in the teenage years. Saverio Costanzo directing. Story and screenplays are by Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Saverio Costanzo.


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