L'amie prodigieuse - Elena Ferrante

L'amie prodigieuse - Elena Ferrante

Summary

« I am not nostalgic of our childhood : it was full of violence. It was the life, and that’s it : and we grow up with the obligation to make it hard for the others before the others make it hard for us.” Elena and Lila live in a poor district of Naples in the late fifties. Even if they are good at studies, this is not the way promised for them. Lila give up school to work in his father’s shoemaker’s workshop. Elena, supported by her professor, will go at the junior high and high school. The two ways of these friends cross and go away, against the backdrop of a dark Naples, boiling. Wonderful travel in the economic boom Italy, L’amie Prodigieuse is the portrait of two unforgettable heroines that Elena Ferrante tracks down with passion and tenderness.

 

My impressions

It is a river of emotion in the middle of the human comedy, a mesmerizing novel at the heart of a feminine, dense and complex friendship. Let yourself be guided in this late fifties Naples by this first book in the series.