Fore I could see straight againWhich is what may happen with Elena Ferrante Which is totally insane when you read these books objectively Or at least I think it would be I have no way of really telling right now Her style is for the most part this totally bare bald fac I finished Elena Ferrante s second volume a few hours ago and I m overwhelmed by her power She writes with her fingers stuck inside a electric plug She rills and Tryst drills all the way through the tiniest sensation till she reaches raw matter The story of the New Name is even entrancing than My brilliant friend the first volume of the trilogy which Ievoured Lila and Lena the two protagonists of volume one are now two women Their love hate relationship grows intricate so Tarnished Knight (The Lost Stars, does their intellectual competition What a wonderfuleep contradictory at times morbid violent yet luminous yet brilliant world Where We Belong does Ferrante s voice evoke I urge you to get your hands on this magnificent saga 45 starsYes it s Lila who makes writingifficult My life forced me to imagine what hers would have been if what happened to me had happened to her what use she would have made of my luck And her life continuously appears in mine in the words that I ve uttered in which there s often an echo of hers in my less which is such because of her in my which is the yielding to the force of her lessThis second book in Elena Ferrante s Neapolitan series continues the story of two childhood friends now young adults Lila and Elena Just as riveting as My Brilliant Friend The Story of a New Name captured my attention from page one It s uite ramatic really and I found that at times my head was spinning from the epth of the penetrating look at the lives behaviors motivations and innermost thoughts of this pair Now a book that sets my head spinning can be a good thing and it was here An accomplished writer like Ferrante can Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems draw you in like you are watching therama play out right in front of you It Requiem for a Wren did reuire however a step back from time to time to relax and catch my breath A bit of re energizing is necessary to take it all in Imagine yourself a teenager still with all the complexities of emotions the uncertainties the jealousies and the sometimes rash behaviors attributed to you and your friends and acuaintances But now add in aegree of poverty that most of us are fortunately not accustomed to violence that I pray most are not subjected to and the expectations and obstacles faced by women in the late 1950s and early 1960s This is precisely what Lila and Elena Red Notice deal with and what we as readers are privy to through the lens provided to us Now if you haven t read the first book in the series you may want to stop reading this review at this point I m not revealing any spoilers but I personallyidn t want any Les pingouins nont jamais froid details before reading and you may feel the same I just want to talk about Lila and Elena a little bit Throughout the novel I found myself reflecting on the two and who was better off who the stronger of the two characters etc I think the opening uote to my review really sums up the relationship between the two and I came to my own conclusion whether right or wrong that each completes the other Elena may have had educational opportunities but without the encouragement of Lila as well as a sense of competition she may not have had therive to take advantage of those opportunities Lila finds herself in a marriage that Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone does not suit her from the beginning but she will fight for something She has material possessions and after all wasn t that theream these two had as little girls Wasn t that the goal of going to school and receiving an education They wanted to become rich But happiness is elusive Perhaps riches are not enough Is it too late to re make oneself and achieve something I think Lila can sustain herself knowing that Elena has been successful with her studies Maybe there are ways to rise above the poverty and the violence of the neighborhood other than money The narrative is written from Elena s point of view but we also get occasional glimpses from Lila s point of view through a series of notebooks she entrusted to Elena Notebooks that Elena was not given permission to read but that is neither here nor there If your best friend gave you her Code pnal 2020 annot. dition limite - 117e d. diary for safekeeping what would youo Maybe your friend gave you the The Peoples Songs diary because she couldn t express theeepest feelings in her heart and she knew that you would not be able to resist In this way you can share your thoughts in a less confrontational manner perhaps I City of Big Shoulders don t really know but it was certainly a clever means for us to glean than just Elena s point of view here Ion t know that I can say much about this book or this series it s one that I could contemplate for an indefinite amount of time So much happens in these pages but none of it is confusing There are a lot of names and variations of names for the same person A guide at the front of the book helps with this Otherwise it flows seamlessly and is written skillfully There is Blind Devotion (The Shifter Chronicles drama but Ion t mean to say it s melodramatic Not in the least I will admit that it is addicting Oh and that ending I will read the next in the series albeit with a bit of a break in between This is a marvelous novel with heart and soul Neapolitan heart and soul that is The second installment in the famous Elena This novel broke my heart It broke my heart so badly that I had to stop reading it for a few ays to recoverThis is the second book of Elena Ferrante s Neapolitan series and it follows Elena and Lila from their teenage years and into their early 20s Their neighborhood in Naples is still rough and violent in the 1960s but Lila s marriage to the wealthy grocer Stefano allows her to climb out of the poverty The two friends were often competitive especially about school but in book two they are also competitive about menWhich brings me to why this novel broke my heart It s hard to talk about this book without spoilers so I shall hide it for those who on t want to know yet view spoilerElena who is our narrator has been in love with Nino Sarratore since they were children Nino is smart and riven but also uiet and elusive While on vacation the beautiful Lila steals Ta una sonrisa para escubrir ué se esconde tras esos vestidos caros ue se acoplan al cuerpo Billy Bragg de Lila como un guante provocando a los hombresel barrio Basta un gesto para ue Nanú sepa ue Lila va a cometer una locura y nadie será capaz e etenerlaNápoles la ciudad ue las ha visto crecer es el escenario e esta comedia ue tiene la fuerza e un The Majors Daughter drama y se uedará entre nosotros como una e las obras maestrase la literatura el siglo
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I m still a bit puzzled about the phenomen that Ferrante s cycle is I The Touch don t find writing particuralry brilliant I think Iidn t mark any single uote here and yet enjoyed the story I thought it was very predictible at times I could see what was coming and mostly hadn t been suprised by the course of events and still kept reading I can t say it was innovative or imaginative yet Ferrante managed to On His Majestys Service draw me in her world entirely Maybe I m mistaken but as I mentioned in the review of MBF I still haven t spotted in the second volume anything to not maintain that Ferrante is excorcising her past Her writing here feels too intimate too personal to think about this one only as a fictional story Perhaps her case is similar to other writers including Edward St Aubyn and his Patrick Melrose or My struggle by Karl Ove Knausg rd that I m reading now and this is her way toeal with the Different Class demons of the past a necessary step on the way to move on to finally let goI ve returned to Lila and Elena story after over two years and I find myself still engaged in their story andifficult friendship the relationship that actually feels like challenging than supporting each others I was suprised how easily I entered their lives again and how much I rememberd from the previous tome Of course some names eluded me but the main protagonists The Essential Good Food Guide didn t fade in my memory Like in the first installment this one bases on choices girls had made already and its aftermaths It s useless toescribing the plot for you either buy this story or not either you re involved and concerned their fates or are bored and somewhat Textbook of Wisdom dismissive like you know such things still happen so what s the point to write hundreds pages about it I for my part was really engaged from the first page and thought that strength of the novel lies just in this meticulousescription this In Defence of Dogs detailedissection this ugly at times mundanity and sheer ordinariness of their lives The Story of a New Name is about losing old self and identity and by adopting a new name the husband s name forging the new one It s about struggling to remain oneself in mostly man s world where masculine point of view is sanctity and it s highly unreasonable to efy established order It s about violence womens were still subjected to and time honoured agreement to it It s about humilitian that not only fathers or husbands eliver but also women to themselves It s about attempting to break the vicious circle of poverty and misery by abandoning not only family home not even a uarter and neighbourhood but also a city if it needsLila s figure is complicated one and she is far reckless rebellious and untamed than in the first volume she hurts and The City in Mind degradates Elena because she herself is a victim Their relationship once again is full of mutual resentments and envy and admiration and their sense of closeness and precarious Ferranteoesn t shy away from speaking of violence and abuse and rape and wife beaters she bluntly Revenge (The Red Ledger describes the ugly face of Lila s marriage and where and why it failed She lets us know the moment when the girls young women actually had to acknowledge the truth that no matter what they wouldo no matter how much money Lila has now or how educated Elena is they still would have no chance with thoroughbred that true class and natural grace is not to buy or imitateI think I m enjoying the story because it has an air of something tangible it s like hearing about people you know in real life people you re supporting in their struggling I No One Wants You don t expect anything spectacular or flamboyant or bigger than life And I think I ll stop here For your whole life you love people and you never really know who they are Nunzia to Len p215This one s a heartbreaker So exuisitely rendered that you ll recognize your own hideous pain rising up to assail you againear Reader your losses your miseries in the cause of love Ferrante makes universal the The City Of Heavenly Tranquillity disparate pain all loving creatures suffer Toward the end when reality becomes too much for some of the characters theyescend into scarily Penguins Poems for Life dissociative states that surprise and rattleThe novel s narrative pleasure isizzying Every action naturally folds into the next the continuity is superb The clarity is extraordinary it never relents I found myself slowing own to take in the richness as I would when reading a poem That s the paradox Ferrante incites in readers between wanting to gallop through the stunning tale to just gobble it up like cake and slowing own to take in the beauty of its structure and languageIt s the early 1960s in Naples and Lina Carracci n e Cerullo is newly and miserably married and living in virtual purdah with her husband Stefano whom she has uickly learned to hate because he is a tool of the Solaras who are Cammora Mr and Mrs Carracci live uite well in a new apartment with modern ecor and lots of money because of their connection to these local criminals Lina we will recall from volume one My Brilliant Friend was unable to go on with her education at age ten or so and was made to work in her father s shoe shop Her chance of a higher education gone even though she was the smartest girl in the school she then had to resort to other means of self advancement namely marriage In the early going here it s not going so well She feels not without justification that Stefano tricked her into marriage So she refuses him the great gift and he beats her to a pulp regularly in effect raping his wifeIn her friend Len our narrator Lina sees her own lost ream of education still alive Yet Len s having her man problems too Her lover Antonio a car mechanic suspects her of interest in another fellow Nino who is intellectually Len s match in a way Antonio can never be Len stays with the blue collar Antonio though because she Divine Beauty doesn t feel worthy of Nino having come from a background much like Antonio s Lenisparages her intellect and achievements lusting over the Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone distant Nino She is trying to make that leap but can t see how she mighto it This is all a little silly when you consider that Nino is actually from her own neighborhood She s known him since she was a child But his father moved out of the neighborhood many years ago and became a col. Ella me Down to the Sea in Ships demostró ue yo no había ganado nada simplemente porue en este mundo nuestro no había nada ue ganary lo uee verdad valía la pena era verse Wife by Wednesday (The Weekday Brides, de vez en cuando para ue el sonido enlouecidoe nuestras mentes fuera rebotando Dog Years de la una a la otra sin pararElla es una mujer hermosa alocada y su nombre es Lila Es la misma niña ue conocimos en La amiga estupenda el primer tomoe esta espléndida trilogía y ahora recién cumplidos lo.
Lege professor And now Len feels Nino s somehow out of her leagueThere was no escape No neither Lina nor I would ever become like the sophisticated girl who had waited for Nino after school We both lacked something intangible but fundamental which was obvious in her even if you simply saw her from a Chain of Fire distance and which one possessed orid not because to have that thing it was not enough to learn Latin or Greek or philosophy nor was the money from groceries or shoes of any use p 84Suffice it to say Nino is available then Len suspects That s the problem I say no ReadThe long interlude on the beach at Ischia reminds me very much of Cesare Pavese s novellas particularly The Beach as found in The Selected Works One of Nino s sisters is even named Clelia Another work which harrowingly evokes the terrors of youthful sexual awakening is brought to mind by The Story Of A New Name and that s Knut Hamsun s Pan From Lieutenant Thomas Glahn s Papers See my reviews of both booksOn to Volume 3 Elena Ferrante is an absolute marvel This was utterly ravishing How The Devils Elbow (Mrs. Bradley, does sheo it Structurally her novels could hardly be conservative her subject matter the fraught friendship of two women has been The Making of a Caribbeanpreneur done toeath And yet you re constantly left with the feeling that no one has ever Maharaj done what sheoes before Or at least no one has Kuduz done it with such searing insight and freshness Only a handful of writers can undress and get to the heart of women as lucidly and thrillingly as Ferrante The first hundred pages especially were uite simply aazzling isplay of a writer removing all the paint and powder from a woman s face mask and showing us the naked truths beneath Ferrante is like a kind of ream psychoanalysis She The Stanforth Secrets (Lovers and Ladies, dispels all the fog unravels all the knots of a woman seepest feeling and elucidates in simple language the fount the hidden motive She always knows the secret as to why her women are The Taste of Ashes doing what theyo She once said in an interview that her ambition was to make the facts of ordinary life gripping She achieves this by elucidating the emotionalmotivational source of many of these facts She also has this extraordinary talent for easing into her narrative and explaining ifficult subjects without sacrificing a single beat of the fabulous riving momentum of her story There are no ivergences in this novel every line is intrinsic to understanding Elena and Lila s struggles to achieve identity and autonomy For example the omestic violence in this novel is all the powerfully The Highwayman (Victorian Rebels, disturbing for the lack of emphasis she gives it as if it s no extraordinary than a trip to the shops It makes theomestic violence in for example A Girl Is a Half formed Thing seem written up and theatrical In fact the ease with which she feeds hugely complex and pivotal experience into her narrative makes most other contemporary novelists seem a bit written up and theatrical There s a fleet footed breeziness to Ferrante s storytelling which is uite simply bewitching in its ease of assurance I put off reading this for ages because for some reason I thought it might be a China: la edad de la ambicin (Ensayo poltico) disappointment after My Brilliant Friend On the contrary it s even better From L amie prodigieuse Choice of roleYou can be either a bad girl or a good girl When you have played a bit you can even try combining these two roles See Advanced options belowBad girlIf you are a bad girl you will be able to speak your mind and express your sexuality freely but you will be beaten raped and called a whore and a witch You may also be subjected to other punishments such as beingisowned by your family or forced into a Green River Rising dangerous and poorly remunerated Loved it just as much the 2nd time reading it I adore these characters and would read 100 books about them 45 stars Update Bumping this one up to a 5 stars because after a few months of thinking about it it sefinitely my favorite in the series I keep finding myself thinking of certain scenes and elements of this installment and I love it I m not sure if I can write a coherent review of this book right now There are so many layers to this story so much to unpack and yet still as this is book 2 of 4 so much left to Wife Swap discover I am incredibly impressed by Ferrante s ability toevelop characters that are real real than almost any other characters I have read before They have ambition are flawed fight and love and inspireThere is high probability I will come back and give this book a 5 star rating later but for now I want to finish the series and accumulate my thoughts Oh and this book has one of the best pages of literature I ve ever read so there s that I can t wait to read books 3 4 What s your ugly placeWe all have one We all have a place we uite Pies deliberatelyo not go to That we are aware is there but have Gorbals Diehards developed systems andefensive walls and jokes and From the Dust denials in order to keep it out of the light ofay It s the place you can t help but end up sometimes when something particularly embarrassing happens to you something tragic an epiphany about yourself that you Finale (Caraval, didn t particularly want occurs to you It s the place where you were the person you never ever wanted to be lives and the memories of when that person came out that one time that you never want to think about againThateep Merlin and the Making of the King downark pit of your stomach feeling that s welling up and over as that image comes to your brain That s it That s the visceral level of vulnerability insecurity ugliness and pain that I saw there And there is where you need to be to understand everything I m about to tell youBecause that place is where this novel goes This thing hit me where I live Which means as you can probably tell already that reading Story of a New Name is not something I would recommend for anyone in a fragile emotional state It isn t for anyone who is still too close to being an insecure bookish not uite teenager any with major self esteem issues Even a few years ago I think reading this might have sent me into a Mrs. Bridge depressive melodramatic spiral like when I saw Melancholia which had to have been the literal worst thing I could have chosen to see while writing my thesis in a foreign country at a school full of people smarter than me I saw it three times and lost a weekend be. Sieciséis años acaba Mennyms Alone (Mennyms, de casarse con un hombre al ueesprecia La otra ue escucha la sigue y sin uerer la imita es Nanú una alumna brillante empeñada en aprender Dreamwalker (The Ballad of Sir Benfro, de los libros todo auello ue Lila aprendee la vida a secasAsí en este rebote Akenfield de sensaciones seesarrolla una amistad muy peculiar una relación Gym and Slimline donde la complicidad es ley Basta una miradae Lila para ue Nanú entienda ué pasa realmente en el ormitorio e su amiga Bas.
Elena Ferrante is a pseudonymous Italian novelist Ferrante's books originally published in Italian have been translated into many languages Her four book series of Neapolitan Novels are her most widely known works