My Brilliant Friend

Posted on May 14 2017

Sketch London Blog Post My Brilliant Friend Elena Farrante

As two of the last women in London to read My Brilliant Friend by the elusive Elena Ferrante, we still think this is a good time to recommend it as the fabulous book has recently been adapted for theatre and tv. This is such a lovely tale of a sister friendship between two girls growing up in post-war Italy.

After reading so many thrillers lately, this book is a gloriously slow read. The story opens where Lenu hears her beloved friend has disappeared. She is old and she remembers her friendship with her kissing friend Lila from when they first met. It is a story of love, jealousy, pity, rage, respect and tracks all of their formative years together.

We hate plot spoilers so please just take it from us, if you haven't read this book and it's on the To Do list, move it to the top! What we particularly loved is reading of sisterhood between two unrelated girls. Every woman needs a sister, it doesn't matter if you share a parent or not.

So here you have it, a recommendation to read Ferrante and not a single mention of all the scandal surrounding the author. Enjoy!

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