I’ve been anticipating this HBO series from the moment I read about it.
Earlier this year, I listened to the audiobooks of Elena Ferrante’s four Neapolitan novels with one-after-another obsession. If you’re looking for an extraordinary series to listen to, well, here’s my post about the audiobooks.
I have very clear images of the places and people of these novels. Elena Ferrante introduces us to a huge cast of characters inhabiting the gritty Naples neighborhood where Lila and Lenu grow up, and it’s astonishing how well I kept track of all the villainous and heartsore and broken and brilliant people we meet along the way.
Most of the time, it’s a dicey proposition to watch a movie or TV series based on a novel I loved. But I really want to see this world. I want to hear the Italian spoken out loud. I visited Naples once, a few years ago. But it was a quick visit, and I wish I could go back now, having gobbled up these books.
The tricky thing here is that My Brilliant Friend appears exclusively on HBO. And I don’t subscribe to HBO.
I think I just figured out what I want for Christmas.