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My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant Friend (Neapolitan Novels Book 1) - Elena Ferrante

Such a great book. It tells of how grinding poverty and toxic masculinity limit and crush the lives of those living in it. This is a reread, as I'd read it a few years ago in a Danish translation. 


This passage summarises what happens when poverty limits the possibilities of those living under it:


“The beauty of mind that Cerullo had from childhood didn’t find an outlet, Greco, and it has all ended up in her face, in her breasts, in her thighs, in her ass, places where it soon fades and it will be as if she had never had it.”


The next two books, The Story of a New Name and Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay are even better.