I usually read trashy books on my kindle nowadays, but a few weeks ago, I had time to kill, so I went to Community Bookstore. I bought The Scorpio Races for a gift for someone, This Side of Paradise, which I savored slowly like a good tumbler of whisky, and Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend.
Rachael has been on me for a while to get on the Europa edition bandwagon and I’ve been reticent. There are so few dystopias and so few medieval queens, guys. It’s just not my subway reading scene.
However, I noticed that My Brilliant Friend was featured prominently in the store. I asked the girl at the till if it was good and she honestly answered, “I haven’t read it, but most people are tearing through it like crazy.” I read the description. It’s a book about two female friends in Naples in the 50s.
I bought it, but I was also like:
I started reading it unenthusiastically at brunch today and am more than a third of the way through it (and it’s not a short book).
So, basically, is it good?
It’s just…really well-written? And like, major props to the translator because it’s so hard to make foreign copy read well, let alone capture a cadence, diction and tone that surpasses 99% of native speaking writers.
Just wanted to share. I’m actually enjoying a “good” book.