YOU SHOULD READ THE NEAPOLITAN NOVELS BECAUSE
By Elena Ferrante
- •They are addictive. I literally would finish one and pick up the next. They're like every binge-watchy television show rolled into one plus better.
- •Elena Ferrante is a pseudonym for an Italian author no one knows, which is so badass. She's more effectively reclusive and unknown than Thomas Pynchon.
- •Even though the author is clearly a woman, people speculate that her books are so a good a man wrote them. Such nonsense.
- •This is the depiction of the most engrossing, enriching, yet dysfunctional friendship ever put to the page, but each woman is incredibly original on their own.
- •Italy was a fucked up place for a long time. Fiction is an amazing way to learn about it. I've been to Naples and am so fascinated by what was lurking there underneath.
- •The covers are ridiculously bad but the titles are perfect. The first one is called "My Brilliant Friend."
- •If I ever hear/see anyone ask "what should I read" I just respond now with "FERRANTE."