Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant Friend

    Ekaterina Leonovahas quoted4 years ago
    The plebs were us. The plebs were that fight for food and wine, that quarrel over who should be served first and better, that dirty floor on which the waiters clattered back and forth, those increasingly vulgar toasts. The plebs were my mother, who had drunk wine and now was leaning against my father’s shoulder, while he, serious, laughed, his mouth gaping, at the sexual allusions of the metal dealer.
    b4985983830has quoted4 months ago
    Life was like that, that’s all, we grew up with the duty to make it difficult for others before they made it difficult for us
    Natalie Halehas quoted9 months ago
    Although she was fragile in appearance, every prohibition lost substance in her presence.
    Natalie Halehas quoted9 months ago
    They were more severely infected than the men, because while men were always getting furious, they calmed down in the end; women, who appeared to be silent, acquiescent, when they were angry flew into a rage that had no end.
    Natalie Halehas quoted9 months ago
    Our world was like that, full of words that killed: croup, tetanus, typhus, gas, war, lathe, rubble, work, bombardment, bomb, tuberculosis, infection. With these words and those years I bring back the many fears that accompanied me all my life.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted9 months ago
    This morning Rino telephoned. I thought he wanted money again and I was ready to say no. But that was not the reason for the phone call: his mother was gone.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted9 months ago
    PROLOGUE

    Eliminating All the Traces
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted9 months ago
    The Spagnuolo family (the baker’s family):
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted9 months ago
    The Solara family (the family of the owner of the Solara bar-pastry shop):
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted9 months ago
    The Scanno family (the fruit and vegetable seller’s family):
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted9 months ago
    The Sarratore family (the railroad worker poet’s family):
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted9 months ago
    The Cappuccio family (the mad widow’s family):
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted9 months ago
    The Peluso family (the carpenter’s family):
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted9 months ago
    The Carracci family (Don Achille’s family):
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted9 months ago
    The Greco family (the porter’s family):
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted9 months ago
    The Cerullo family (the shoemaker’s family):
    Julia Arkhutichhas quotedlast year
    felt a flare of love in my veins
    b0923533386has quoted2 years ago
    Take as much time as you want
    Kate Pavlenkohas quoted4 years ago
    If she wasn’t busy in the house or the shop, I saw her talking now with this girl, now with that. I passed by, I greeted her, but she was so absorbed that she didn’t hear me. I always caught phrases that seemed to me beautiful, and they made me suffer.
    Zarmeena Khalidhas quoted4 years ago
    I reassured him, I told him to calm down.
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