Thursday, March 24, 2016

Book Beginning: My Brilliant Friend


Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



My friendship with Lila began the day we decided to go up the dark stairs that led, step after step, flight after flight, to the door of Don Achille's apartment.

-- My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One by Elena Ferrante (Author), Ann Goldstein (Translator). This was my pick for book club this time. I'm a little over halfway through and love it. I understand why the series is enormously popular. I can't wait to read them all!


  1. This is really popular and I have wondered why it is ... looking forward to your review on this one!

  2. I am stuck reading half way through this book, I am not sure why. So many people love it, and I may pick it up and give it another try. I am linking to you with a country house murder mystery on my blog.

  3. I've never heard of this author or this series, but I'll have to admit the cover does look good. :)

  4. Hi Gilion,

    I wonder if you will be tempted to read the three later novels in this series? I'm not so sure that I could be that disciplined and I am also doubtful whether 4 books about the journey through life of two friends, would have enough interest or variety to grab and hold my attention. I do have to agree that the cover is good though and I am not doubting the literary accomplishments of this obviously popular author.

    Thanks for sharing and hosting and have a Very Happy Easter :)


  5. I've been tempted by this book, but have not got round to reading it.

  6. Doesn't sound like it will be a good thing when he gets there.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  7. I've heard amazing things about this one and have been wanting to give it a try. I hope you enjoy it!

  8. Her books look so good.

    I have seen this book on quite a few blogs.


    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  9. This series sounds really good and I haven't heard of it before.


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