Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.34: Best and Worst of 2014 and Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend”

This week, we’re doing a round-up of some superlatives from 2014 and reviewing the first book in Elena Ferrante’s famed Neapolitan series (mm, can’t see that name without thinking of ice cream). You can listen to the podcast in the embedded player below or download the file directly here to take with you on the go.

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Producer: Captain Hammer
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  • Oh, oh, someone just told me to read that! But as you know I don’t listen to podcasts – I need VIDEO! :–)

    • Gin Jenny

      Sorry, I can never do that! I fear cameras too much! My forehead and jaw look soooooo weeeeeeird on cameras.

  • love listening to you two! Is it mad that now I want to read the Slap just to know how bad it is?
    and which Jenny are you?

    • Gin Jenny

      Hahaha, you can read The Slap but I do not think you will enjoy it because it is THE WORST. I am the Gin one of the Jennys, the one not currently in India. 🙂

  • I have placed a hold on the Molly Gloss book. My only other Western was Lonesome Dove which was amazing.

    Also, I have seen The Fall! My best friend and I loved the trailer so much we traveled to an arthouse theater on the other side of D.C. to see it on a big screen. I didn’t end up loving the movie, but I did love aspects of it like Lee Pace and the little girl, and the lovely visuals.

  • Guys, 🙂

    You should make a list of all the books mentioned because I somehow missed the name of the book that went downhill after 200 pages and then I listened to the rest of the discussion hoping you would mention it again but no luck 🙂 I don’t know how to rewind on this little player-thingy!


  • Never mind. 😀 I now know how to rewind.

  • To be fair, the slums of the 50s Naples (this is quite obviously a very poor neighbourhood) are not that different from many US inner cities nowadays in terms of the unrelenting violence and general shitness.

    • Gin Jenny

      Oh, definitely. That is perfectly true. It just made for a rather dispiriting read. :/