Relative Brilliance

Let us reminisce about our childhood and examine what we went through and how we felt about it both then and now. Through Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend, a friendship between two girls is remembered.

Elena and Lila were quite different, particularly personality-wise and have been friends since elementary school. Both girls are rather studious, but Lila’s driven by understanding a concept while Elena’s driven by attention from her peers and elders. When Rino says that Lila has disappeared, Elena remembers her childhood and adolescence with Lila in her Naples neighborhood, with all the highs and violent lows associated with it as it helps to form and describe Lila’s personality.

The writing was lovely and easy to breeze through the pages. When the book begins with a list of characters in various families, you know that things might get complicated, but I found that it was actually more difficult to keep all the characters straight in Ferrante’s work than it was in the Game of Thrones series–perhaps because many of their defining characteristics were incredibly similar with few outstanding distinguishing features.

Overall, I’d give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

 

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