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Holy crap: Elena Ferrante

So the latest book in my 2017 reading spree (27 books so far, which is more than all of last year) is Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend”. I finished it a few hours ago, and am stunned at how much it affected me. This is only the second book I’ve ever read that really, truly portrayed how vicious and competitive friendship between girls can be (the first one being “Cat’s Eye” by Margaret Atwood). The narrator and protagonist of the books is so brutally imperfect and realistic; I almost see her in my mind as a real person. I don’t remember ever feeling that way about a character in a novel before. Has anyone else read this book (and/or the rest in the series, which I am about to snap up as soon as I can)? What were your thoughts? Have you ever come across books that affected you this way?


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