My Brilliant Friend
Book One. Childhood, AdolescenceBook - 2012
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Book 1 of the Neapolitan novels which feature an extended, nuanced portrait of a complicated friendship that will take your breath away.
Chapel_Hill_ShannonB Dec 15, 2015
A novel deserving of the recent hype. An exceptional book about life and friendship, set in the slums of 1950s Naples, where families have lived for generations and rarely leave the confines of the neighborhood. This is a rich, absorbing, and satisfying read that effortlessly captures a particula... Read More »
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I feel no nostalgia for our childhood: it was full of violence. Every sort of thing happened, at home and outside, every day, but I don t recall having ever thought that the life we had there was particularly bad. Life was like that, that’s all, we grew up with the duty to make it difficult for others before they made it difficult for us. Of course, I would have liked the nice manners that the teacher and the priest preached, but I felt that those ways were not suited to our neighborhood, even if you were a girl. The women fought among themselves more than the men, they pulled each other’s hair, they hurt each other. To cause pain was a disease.
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