Advent Calendar – December 21st

Time to open another window on the Literary Advent Calendar. Today’s book treat is  chosen by Tammy Cohen, author of First One Missing.


Tammy has chosen the Neapolitan series by Elena Ferrante.

Tammy says: ‘Elena Ferrante‘s Neapolitan series is superb. Starting with My Brilliant Friend, the novels follow the differing fortunes of two women, the brilliant friends of the title, from their poverty-stricken beginnings. Strong characters, masterful storytelling and a refreshing lack of sentimentality, make these books compelling. And the best news is there are four of them to enjoy!’



2 thoughts on “Advent Calendar – December 21st

  1. Yes! Have just finished the fourth of these and and am now avidly reading the rather mixed reviews. My only problem with these novels was my own ignorance of current affairs in Italy at the time and I do think you need that to appreciate them fully. I can’t read Italian and in places I wondered if it was a good translation, only to find that some critics say the translator’s prose is better than the original. Do hope you get lots more comments.


  2. This makes me feel guilty as I keep meaning to get there books and read them. Reasons I haven’t done so far
    1 I’ve got a backlog of books to read
    2 I work in an Oxfam Bookshop and keep hoping they’ll turn up and I can buy them cheaply.
    3 It will take me a long time. But I’ve just read an interesting, if at times exasperating, book called ‘ The Year of Reading Dangerously’ by Andy Miller. He managed to read ‘Middlemarch ‘ by setting himself to read 50 pages a day and then began to enjoy it. However I’m hoping I’ll like Elena Ferrante so much that I’ll want to read more than 50 pages a day.
    PS Any one who has a problem with a long book that they feel they OUGHT to read rather than want to try audio books. Finally conquered ‘Moby Dick’ this way and the end is really exciting -worth sticking with all those lists of the different kinds of whales!

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