Undeniably a great novel, really well written. It develops the story of two friends, Elena and Lila. Everything is told by Elena, the narrator. So it is always her point of view on the matters. Naples becomes an universal place where I believe everyone can identify himself/herself, that is why for me this series has become so worldwide acclaimed.
I won’t spoil the story itself, as you know it is a story that goes on in other 3 novels. However, shame on me, even if I can’t deny the power of this writer (I read it in Italian) her astonishing way of representing the everyday life in poor suburban Neapolitan areas, of so many women, their conditions, their struggles, their fragilities, their strength… well, despite everything I couldn’t get involved with or love both Elena or Lila. I think I will listen to the audiobooks of the other 3 novels, during the summer while lying on the beach just to know where Lila has gone. At the age of 66.
GENRE: contemporary fiction/ bildungsroman/ Romance?
BOOK DETAILS: Link to book details on Amazon.com ~ Amazon.it
MAIN CHARACTERS: Elena Greco and Lila (Raffaella) Cerullo and their families and friends.
SETTING : Naples – Italy, poor suburbs
POINT OF VIEW: Elena – first person narrator
HOW I MET THIS BOOK: I gave it as a present, just because I had read many reviews about it, each one with a praise. Then one of my friends, Giulia (a talented writer, I really hope she will publish her book sooner or later), Giulia gave it to me as a present last September.
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ADDRESS TO THE AUTHOR:
I don’t know who you are, you won’t even read my modest review, however I believe you are a great inner connoisseur of the female world. No one can do better, and put it down on page.