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THE NEAPOLITAN NOVELS BY ELENA FERRANTE | Book Series Review + Recommendation [CC]

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I hope you guys enjoy my review/recommendation video of Elena Ferrante’s series of novels, The Neapolitan Novels! Let me know if you plan to read it or have read it. I love hearing people’s thoughts on these books.

-My Brilliant Friend Review: http://bit.ly/1qT02La
-The Story of a New Name Review: http://bit.ly/20Mjvsi

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  1. I definitely picked up the first book because of all the praise you gave it. I did enjoy it. I think I gave it 4 stars but I wasn't entirely hooked by it. Hopefully I will be hooked after reading the 2nd one!

  2. I was wondering if you felt the books read overall, easy..flowing..dense…slow..intense? I have a few long reads going on right now and wonder how this series would fit into my reading. It sounds as if you read them right after the other, do you think due to the nature of the story that would be the best way to read them? Thank you for sharing your thoughts and recommendations.

  3. Thank you so much for this fantastic review, I'll definitely be picking them up soon, I've read many of your recommendations and you've never steered me wrong yet! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I definitely read this entire series because of your initial review of My Brilliant Friend! I can't thank you enough because these are some of my most cherished reads. I was wondering what page in the story of a new name had your favorite paragraph?

  5. I just picked up the first book because of you and Marines!! Super excited to get into this series.

  6. I bought the first book in this series last year and have been postponing it ever since. After watching your video, I feel very pumped up to read it! Thanks for your review! ๐Ÿ™‚
    P.S.ย I noticed that here in Brazil they've only published the first and second books, so I guess there's still time for me to catch up!

  7. my book club is doing this book, based on your reviews! so i'm very grateful for this review and have passed the word on that it might be a slow beginning but it's totally worth it.

    thank you, as always, for your phenomenal reviews. i also read all the birds, singing based on your review and agree with you that the writing is amazing. so you are now a trustworthy source. how special do you feel? ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Just tell me the page number of that awesome paragraph in book 2 so I can be on the lookout for it! I'm going to be reading book 2 this summer. I thought book 1 was incredible. I gave it 5 stars. Thanks for the video!

  9. I haven't started the second book yet but I'm definitely going to, I really want to see where she goes with the psychological inspection and how the setting changes as Elena and Lila live separate lives.

  10. Ooh, interesting! I noticed this series in my local bookshop a while ago, but, as you said, both the cover and the blurb really didn't intrigue me. Now I'm definitely going to check it out, especially seeing as I have the possibility of reading it in the original language!

  11. My Brilliant Friend is like #1 on my list to buy right now, I've heard nothing but amazing things about this series, the premise sounds so intriguing & I love character-driven stories.

  12. I just started this book and I honestly don't understand why it was slow going in the start. I guess I don't mind a multitude of characters? In manga a lot of times a SHIT ton of characters are introduced and I'll be 100 chapters in and still not know everyone's name lol. But I don't know how I feel about it so far, I think this book will be good though ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. Thank you for this video! It made me want to read these books but it also made me understand what I am getting from them. They sound like something I would enjoy a lot. I already bought them on my kindle and I will start them tomorrow. I really love your videos. They are always insightful.

  14. Thank you for your review of such a mammoth reading experience. I appreciate your thoughts and views — very much. You did a stunning job.

  15. Picked this up because I have seen it so many times everywhere and then I saw it again here so that was a sign. Thank you, the first book is so amazing. I hope the rest are as good.

  16. i'm loving the series, currently reading book 2, thanks for the review. i read an interview with Ferrante in NYT and there she said that it is indeed one novel, not a series, and it has been broken up to 4 books due to the size.

  17. This is such a good video!!! I watched your video about the first book a while ago and that's what decided me to read it. I have only read the two first books but I already know this series is going to be a favorite. The characters and the emotions feel so real… I am dying to know which paragraph you thought was so beautiful and special!!!!

  18. Finished this series two days ago (and finished Mistborn four days before that, just thought I'd mention since you've got that in the background, too). I loved it, naturally. I spent a year reading these books since I'm a grad student and work during the summer, therefore not leaving me with as much time for pleasure reading. Each time I picked up the next book in the series I felt such an intense sense of returning home, and while I think that's common for series it felt especially potent in this one. I think that's partially to do with how deeply we're engrained in Elena's psyche. It wasn't just returning to a book filled with characters I loved and who fascinated me. It was returning to an entire, fleshed-out person. By the time I got to book four, reading those first few lines really felt so warm and welcoming, despite Elena being a sometimes prickly and ugly character (but, I mean, who isn't ugly in these books?).

    I especially felt the series' themes begin to click very together quite satisfyingly by book four, too. I felt like I couldn't escape the "blurring of lines", and it was kind of magical to see how that had all been coming together over this entire series and really reaching new heights by the end of the novel.

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