Binge-watching the television adaptation of “My Brilliant Friend”

Two years ago, it took me almost three months, but I completed my summer/autumn reading project: to read the four works and 1700 pages that make up the ‘Neapolitan Novels’, an acclaimed series by the Italian author Elena Ferrante.

This is a saga of the 60-year friendship between two girls from a poor neighbourhood of Naples after the Second World War: the narrator Elena Greco, known as Lenu, who becomes an accomplished writer and Raffaella Cerullo, known as Lila, whose never leaves Naples.

The first novel in the series is called “My Brilliant Friend” and I reviewed it here. The second novel is titled “The Story Of A New Name” and you can read my review here. The third novel is “Those Who Leave And Those Who Stay” and I reviewed it here. The fourth and final novel in the chronicle is called “The Story Of The Lost Child” and you’ll find my review here.

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been recording a couple of television series so that I can binge-watch them over the Christmas/New Year period and I’ve just started working my way through the eight episodes of the adaptation of “My Brilliant Friend”.

This is a wonderful Italian production with all the dialogue in Neapolitan or Italian and it’s available in the USA on HBO and in the UK on Sky Atlantic. You might not be able to catch the television series but I do recommend the novels.


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