My Brilliant Friend ~ by Elena Ferrante

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.

RATING: 7/10📖📖📖📖📖📖📖

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.

Dom

10 Charming Small Towns in Italy

Thank you Ishita for loving my Country so much. I need someone to remind me how beautiful Italy is 😊😊😊

Enjoy Ishita’s post and blog ♡♡♡

Dom

Italophilia

Who doesn’t love quaint towns?? If you are in Italy or traveling there anytime soon, this list is a keeper. You will feel blessed to be in a country with so many varied choices of charming towns. Although this list is not exhaustive, it certainly includes many of my favorites. I will keep adding more to this list as and when I can. If you have any favorites, feel free to share 🙂

Perugia:

With an annual chocolate and jazz festival to its kitty, Perugia is quite a catch. It is still quite unknown to a first time Italy traveler so take a chance next time you are in Italy. Visit this medieval town before it gets run down by mass tourism and selfie sellers.

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Montegiove:

Deep in the green heart of Italy and quite close to Perugia is another small town with an ancient castle, a…

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