The Wall Street Journal: The eight-part HBO adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novel about childhood friends is an irresistible achievement.

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Nov 15, 2018 – Dorothy Rabinowitz

Nothing about the glum opening of “My Brilliant Friend” (begins Sunday, 9 p.m., HBO), in which a woman in her 60s irritably receives a phone call about an old friend gone missing, prepares us for the extraordinary chapters to follow. This is just as well. The purity of the drama that follows has a shock all its own—a tide that powers its way through the entirety of the world encompassed in this saga based on Elena Ferrante’s novel set in 1950s Naples.

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The Wall Street Journal: Elena Ferrante’s ‘My Brilliant Friend’ Comes to HBO

To adapt the novel for the screen, producers headed to southern Italy and enlisted Neapolitan-speaking actresses, an elaborate set and thousands of extras

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Ellen Gamerman – Nov 7, 2018

The new television adaptation of “My Brilliant Friend” attempts above all to re-create the story as readers imagined it.

The screen version of Elena Ferrante’s best-selling novel, the first in her four-book Neapolitan series, will air on HBO in eight one-hour episodes starting Nov. 18. The story follows the complicated friendship between two girls, Elena and Lila, who meet at a Naples school in the 1950s.