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The Story of a New Name (Neapolitan Novels) [Kindle Edition]

Elena Ferrante
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"Elena Ferrante may be the best contemporary novelist you have never heard of... If the best prose is like glass communicating without calling attention to itself Ms Ferrante's is crystal, and her storytelling both visceral and compelling" --The Economist

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The second book, following last year’s My Brilliant Friend, featuring the two friends Lila and Elena. The two protagonists are now in their twenties. Marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila. Meanwhile, Elena continues her journey of self-discovery. The two young women share a complex and evolving bond that brings them close at times, and drives them apart at others. Each vacillates between hurtful disregard and profound love for the other. With this complicated and meticulously portrayed friendship at the center of their emotional lives, the two girls mature into women, paying the cruel price that this passage exacts.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 633 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Europa (3 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609451473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609451479
  • ASIN: B00ETSEZDC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Read 5 Oct 2013
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This is the continuation of Ferrante's previous novel with the same characters, some loveable and some despicable. Ferrante is a wonderful narrator interweaving the stories of the how the poverty of 1960's Naples affects the characters. Once you start reading it you just can't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sensatioinal 25 July 2014
Format:Paperback
This very long novel is sensational in both the positive sense, and a little in the negative sense.
The writing is clear, rapid and truthful, the picture of a poor Naples neighbourhood in the 50s and 60s (but still in the shadow of the war) and a closely linked group of families is fascinating Lenu and Lina, the brilliant friends, carry the story with its devastating account of their struggle to break out of the circle of poverty, illiteracy and male violence. Elena (Lenu), the narrator is haunted by the unpredictable violent genius of her friend, and also fears that in some way she is cannibalizing her friend's spirit, or being cannibalized by it. It is explicitly stated in the novel that the rich and fortunate (and perhaps men too) exert a perpetual warlike oppression to keep the poor at the bottom of the heap, but chance and bad choices play a role too and we see this in the subtle workings of the plot,
Subtle, but sensational. You lose count of the times the rug is pulled from under your feet. It's an exciting switchback ride, with no end in sight, and a good deal of melodrama or opera within the realism. Both Lenu and Lina, distorting mirrors of each other, are that little bit larger than life.
There's no question of stopping reading about them, however. You just can't. The 3rd volume is out in a month, and it now seems probable there'll be a 4th. Can't wait.
It would be comforting, on a different matter, to think that the habitual male violence against women throughout the book was a purely local problem. We are so quiet about it in the U.K, but statistically there are more of these crimes here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything by Elena Ferrante is tremendous. 3 Jun 2014
By Diana
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These are simply tremendous. Everything she writes is explosive.

I keep hearing this series called a trilogy but somewhere I thought I read that there would actually be four books. I find myself hoping there are four instead of three because I am already anticipating feeling bereft after finishing the third, which isn't even out yet (at least in English)! And considering that two books (one of them quite thick) have taken Elena and Lila only to their early twenties, and Lila disappears somewhere around age 60, it seems to me there is a lot of ground still to cover.

Given the apparent autobiographical component, I also find I keep wondering what Lila is up to now in real life - there must really have been a Lila ... I want to know how it has come out for her, hoping she was able to finish school eventually, hoping she is okay, hoping she has found some peace.

Despite Lila's charisma, Elena is one of the most relatable characters in fiction for me in a long long time. But of course we know what becomes of Elena - she becomes a very successful writer. So I really want to know if Lila, god help her, is still wandering around Naples.

Ferrante seems to me a sort of Italian Doris Lessing. She just writes about how things really are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful writing, wonderful story 6 Jan 2014
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I loved this book, from beginning to end. I read all three volumes and the first one is by far the best. Elena Ferrante is an exceptional writer whose name will be remembered.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 29 Aug 2014
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great read, great writer, glad to have found her
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