Four Stories About Naples, Plus One By Me
I’m talking about the Naples that comes with this view, not the one down I75 in southern Florida.
I’m in a Neapolitan state of mind, consumed by tales from the ancient city on the Amalfi Sea.
One you can’t read yet, because I’m still writing it (see below). The others, The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante, are stunning…and contain what are possibly the most soul gripping words I’ve ever read.
Ferrante is a writer who can turn her characters inside out and back again.
Beginning with the first of these four novels, My Brilliant Friend, you’ll know those characters intimately. You’ll love, hate, or admire them; some will disgust you, but you’ll care for them anyway; some you’ll pity; and at least one you’ll recognize as part of yourself. By the second novel, The Story of a New Name, you’re invested emotionally in their future.
You don’t have to ever have been to Naples or even want go there to get hooked by these stories