My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant Friend

The Neapolitan Novels #1

Elena Ferrante with Ann Goldstein (Translator)

331 pages first pub 2011 (editions)

fiction historical literary emotional reflective medium-paced

Description

Now an HBO series: the first volume in the New York Times–bestselling “enduring masterpiece” about a lifelong friendship between two women from Naples (The Atlantic).Beginning in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Nap...

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Moods

reflective 80%
emotional 72%
sad 23%
challenging 22%
tense 22%
dark 19%
adventurous 15%
inspiring 13%
hopeful 9%
mysterious 7%
funny 6%
relaxing 6%
lighthearted 5%
informative 4%

Pace

medium 53%
slow 38%
fast 8%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 77% | A mix: 20% | Plot: 1%

Strong character development?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 18% | No: 5%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 44% | It's complicated: 43% | No: 12%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 59% | Yes: 22% | It's complicated: 12% | N/A: 5%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 79% | It's complicated: 13% | No: 5% | N/A: 1%

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