The Story of the Lost Child The Story of the Lost Child is the long awaited fourth volume in the Neapolitan novels My Brilliant Friend The Story of a New Name Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay The quartet traces the friendshi

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  • The Story of the Lost Child is the long awaited fourth volume in the Neapolitan novels My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay The quartet traces the friendship between Elena and Lila, from their childhood in a poor neighbourhood in Naples, to their thirties, when both women are mothers but each has chosen a different path TheirThe Story of the Lost Child is the long awaited fourth volume in the Neapolitan novels My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay The quartet traces the friendship between Elena and Lila, from their childhood in a poor neighbourhood in Naples, to their thirties, when both women are mothers but each has chosen a different path Their lives are still inextricably linked, for better or worse, especially when it comes to the drama of a lost child Elena Ferrante was born in Naples She is the author of seven novels The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, The Lost Daughter, and the quartet of Neapolitan novels My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child She is one of Italy s most acclaimed authors Ann Goldstein has translated all of Elena Ferrante s work She is an editor at the New Yorker and a recipient of the PEN Renato Poggioli Translation Prize Praise for Ferrante and the Neapolitan novels Ferrante s charting of the rivalries and sheer inscrutability of female friendship is raw This is high stakes, subversive literature Sunday Telegraph Ferrante is an expert above all at the rhythm of plottingWhether it s work, family, friends or sex and Ferrante, perhaps thanks to her anonymity as an author, is blisteringly good on bad sex our greatest mistakes in life aren t isolated acts we rehearse them over and over until we get them as badly wrong as we can Independent Great novels are intelligent far beyond the powers of any character or writer or individual reader, as are great friendships, in their way These wonderful books sit at the heart of that mystery, with the warmth and power of both Harper s Elena Ferrante is one of the great novelists of our time Her voice is passionate, her view sweeping and her gaze basiliskIn these bold, gorgeous, relentless novels, Ferrante traces the deep connections between the political and the domestic This is a new version of the way we live now one we need, one told brilliantly, by a woman New York Times Sunday Book Review When I read the Neapolitan novels I find that I never want to stop I feel vexed by the obstacles my job, or acquaintances on the subway that threaten to keep me apart from the books I mourn separations a year until the next one how I am propelled by a ravenous will to keep going New Yorker The best thing I ve read this year, far and away She puts most other writing at the moment in the shade She s marvellous Richard Flanagan The Neapolitan series stands as a testament to the ability of great literature to challenge, flummox, enrage and excite as it entertains Sydney Morning Herald The depth of perception Ms Ferrante shows about her character s conflicts and psychological states is astonishingHer novels ring so true and are written with such empathy that they sound confessional Wall Street Journal The older you get, the harder it is to recapture the intoxicating sense of discovery that comes when you first read George Eliot, Nabokov, Tolstoy or Colette But this year it came again when I read Elena Ferrante s remarkable Neapolitan novels.

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    1. Elena Ferrante Ann Goldstein

      Elena Ferrante is a pseudonymous Italian novelist.Ferrante is the author of a half dozen novels, including The Lost Daughter originally published as La figlia oscura, 2006 In 2012, Europa Editions began publication of English translations of Ferrante s Neapolitan Novels , a series about two perceptive and intelligent girls from Naples who try to create lives for themselves within a violent and stultifying culture Critics have praised her for her devastating power as a novelist and for a style that is pleasingly rigorous and sharply forthright Ferrante holds that books, once they are written, have no need of their authors 10th March 2016, The Story of the Lost Child was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International prize, celebrating the finest in global fiction translated to English.

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    1. This novel nearly broke me.The Story of the Lost Child is beautifully heartbreaking. It is the culmination of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan series, and it wraps up the story of two friends, Elena and Lila. I spent my summer with these two women. I read the first book, My Brilliant Friend, just to see what all the Ferrante Fever fuss was about, and I didn't expect to read any more of the series. But I ended up intrigued and wanting more, and I gobbled up Books 2 and 3 as quickly as I could. In this [...]

    2. I'm done. I'm actually done. The journey is over, and what a wonderful journey it was. Maybe soon I will be able to write a better review, but for now I can only say that this series is truly unlike anything I've read. It's a modern masterpiece, and Elena Ferrante is one of the greatest living authors. I'm sure to revisit these books again and again and again. In the mean time, goodbye Lila & Lenu. It's been a pleasure.

    3. This is the end Beautiful friend This is the end My only friend, the end Of our elaborate plans, the end Of everything that stands, the end No safety or surprise, the end I'll never look into your eyes.n Can you picture what will be So limitless and free Desperately in needof someranger's hand In asperate land Lost in a Romanwilderness of pain And all the children are insane All the children are insane Waiting for the summer rain, yeah~The Doors, "The End"Nothing about the way the Neapolitan Nov [...]

    4. I’ve never read a series before. Finally I understand why people sleep outside bookstores the day before the next instalment is due to be published. Were there to be a book five I might well zipper myself inside a bag outside Feltrinelli the night before release. Except there will be no next instalment here. I’m done. Lila has left my life and I will never know anything more about her. I feel horribly bereft. Book Four has less of a feel of fictional memoir about it; it reads more like a nov [...]

    5. Slum, Naples, Italy, 1947In reading the 'Neapolitan series' of Elena Ferrante, I am constantly reminded of the clear influence of 19th-century realism - description of ordinary or familiar events as they are, with digressions into political events or societal norms to fill in the background. But the ordinary or real does not mean the banal. One could reasonably say that this is series of war novels. It speaks without bombast or pretensions, and describes, with precise and subtle prose, a war of [...]

    6. Book Four.The Final Conclusion to the Neapolitan novels:And so this story begins-[page 1]:"From October 1976 until 1979, when I returned to Naples to live, I avoided resuming a steady relationship with Lila. But it wasn't easy. She almost immediately tried to reenter my life by force, and I ignored her, tolerated her, endured her. Even if she acted as if there were nothing she wanted more than to be close to me at a difficult moment, I couldn't forget the contempt with which she had treated me". [...]

    7. There is a terrible sense of loss once you reach the last line of the last volume of Ferrante's saga, her writing is so addictive, it has kept me company for over a year now and waiting for the next installment of the story has been a delightful suspense.I feel abandoned to my own device now that the curtain fell on this wonderful story. The last volume "La bambina Perduta" has just been published in Italy,so I've devoured it in three days and it's not a disappointment. It has a somehow slow sta [...]

    8. IL CERCHIO SI CHIUDEDiventare amiche:mi diede la mano. Questo gesto cambiò tutto tra noi per sempre.Per il primo paio di pagine ho fatto un po’ fatica a riannodare il filo: benché il racconto riprenda esattamente dal punto dove era stato interrotto la volta precedente, alla fine del terzo romanzo, Storia di chi parte e di chi resta, è comunque passato un anno da allora.Ma è stata una sensazione di breve durata: in poco tempo Elena Ferrante mi ha preso e portato via, mi ha trascinato con s [...]

    9. What can I say about this book that has yet to be said. This is the fourth and final book in The Neapolitan Novels. It is the culmination of the lifetime of two dominate, strong women. It is the story of one lost child and the impact it has on so many lives. But it's also so much more. It is the final story of many of the characters that lived in this town and came in and out of Lila and Elena lives.I'm not sure how to feel about this one. On one hand, I'm happy to hear more of the story of thes [...]

    10. 3.5 stars"I’ve been writing for too long, and I’m tired; it’s more and more difficult to keep the thread of the story taut within the chaos of the years, of events large and small, of moods. So either I tend to pass over my own affairs to recapture Lila and all the complications she brings with her or, worse, I let myself be carried away by the events of my life, only because it’s easier to write them."Gosh, relationships - particularly those of the ‘girlfriends’ variety - are quite [...]

    11. [From Celle qui fuit et celle qui reste]Whenever you read a book that the author seriously cared about, you realise after a while that in fact it's two books: there's the book that got written, the one you're holding in your hands, and there's the other book, the one the author wanted to write but couldn't, due to the problems inherent in being a mortal human being. Sometimes the distance between the two books is close enough that you can believe they're the same. (I don't know how one would imp [...]

    12. Brilliant, though I'm feeling a bit bereft now. Better review to follow, but for now I'll just say that this has been a year of great reads for me, highlighted boldly by Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels. Read them, trust me.Find more reviews and bookish fun at princessandpen

    13. This review originally appeared on my blog, ShouldaCouldaWoulda Books.I’ve been writing for too long, and I’m tired; it’s more and more difficult to keep the thread of the story taut within the chaos of the years, of events large and small, of moods…What to do then? Admit yet again that she is right? Accept that to be adult is to disappear, is to learn to hide to the point of vanishing?It’s been a few weeks, but I’m finally able to deal with this. This is the last novel in Elena Ferr [...]

    14. I can't believe it's over! I mean really, after finishing Ferrante's riveting tetralogy, I feel a sense of loss. The fourth volume was fast-paced and full of reveals (no spoilers!). It was hard to read at several points, but always entertaining and thought provoking. If you have not read it yet, please do so this year. Definitely a journey to Naples that you do not want to miss.

    15. After reading all four books in the series, I am still unsure whether this is a fictional memoir, or a story based on the truth. It probably is a little of both. There is a showcase full of people involved: the Grecos, Cerullos, Carraccis, Pelusos, Sarratores , and the path of tragedy and heartbreak is as difficult as it can get for all of them, no matter how well veneered their lives seemed to be.Lila and Elena completed their journey in this final book in the series. The first book started out [...]

    16. No jornal Público há um texto intitulado O Pêndulo Ferrante no qual várias pessoas falam sobre A Amiga Genial. Uns dizem bem, outros dizem mal. É normalDo longo artigo retirei a penúltima frase, de António Lobo Antunes: ("enquanto lia pedaços de página, sem ordem, para trás e para a frente):- Não é má. Estava agora a ver. Não é má, é o que posso dizer."Se um homem (genial), que diz, quase sempre, mal dos outros escritores, afirma que Ferrante não é má, poderemos deduzir que [...]

    17. I want to thank Elena Ferrante aka Lenu, for writing such an excellent and complete story of the lives of herself and her soulmate-crazy and brilliant best friend, Lila. The four books are chronological and start when the two girls are about 8 years old and continue into their sixties. I don't want to tell the story here but here are some of my observations about reading such a poignant, emotionally honest and complete story:1. Life is hard and then you die. There is nothing easy about relations [...]

    18. Posso esimermi dal dare un commento lucido e ragionato? Ho appena chiuso il volume. Ciò che sento è di aver lasciato una storia cattiva, smarginata, insalubre. È stato come guardare un pozzo nero, con qualche riflesso di luce appena che però mi ha abbagliato.

    19. I am saying a very sad farewell to the Neapolitan Novels. To say that Lenu and Lila's story gripped me it would an understatement. I was consumed by these books. I have never read anything like this before. It's hard to put into words what I felt when listening to these books. The thing is these novels are not perfect. But all the good, scratch that, all the great things far outweigh their imperfections, uncannily, making the novels feel more authentic, more impactful. These books will have a sp [...]

    20. This is a two part review of the Neapolitan Novels as a whole: one about how good they are, the other about the series' very deep flaws. The other review, about how good they are can be found here.I am, I realize, pissing into the wind here, but someone has to do it. Ferrante deserves much of the praise, but, like any serious author, she also deserves criticism, because these are some deeply, deeply flawed novels. In Story of the Lost Child, Elena publishes an MS that she'd written some years be [...]

    21. Those who haven't enjoyed the first three books of this series will like this one even less; but that's irrelevant, isn't it: if they haven't made it this far, they're not likely to read this last installment. Upon starting it, I immediately thought of my brilliant friend Karen's review of Dept. of Speculation, which contrasted that slim novel with "blowsy baroque behemoths" and their "telling and telling and telling, spewing out words and more words and yet more words" -- yep that's the Neapoli [...]

    22. The Neapolitan Novels, #1-4: Literary Experience Unlike Any Before in Connection or Syncopation of my Mind to the Female Author'sMs. Ferrante has intrigued me in my reading experiences as has no other female author and just about any male writer. I imagine Charlotte Bronte would have written such brilliant, introspective, perceptive and at times sexually provocative prose if the style had been around way back then. For some reason, I've just not connected on such a personal, human level with Woo [...]

    23. This fourth and final book in The Neapolitan Novels was good, but not as good as the other three novels. In this book, the narrator Elena becomes a lot more reflective, and the story is more about her children and their struggles than it is about Elena's and Lila's friendship. I liked how this implies that Elena is growing up and starting to care more about the people around her, but at the same time this book just didn't click as well with me as the other ones. Another reason why I think this i [...]

    24. So ends the final part of the Neapolitan series in which I have been immersed, one after the other. I feel I have lived alongside Lena and Lenu, have experienced their many trials and tribulations, have gazed up at Mt Vesuvius and heard the clatter of the neighbourhood. And now it is over! I wonder if I will ever read another epic story of friendship and rivalry that will compare.I enjoyed it just for the story's sake - as in, what will happen NEXT? But I also enjoyed its self-reflective and cer [...]

    25. «…Όποιος νιώθε ταμένος στις τέχνες και κυρίως στη λογοτεχνία, κρύβει μέσα αυτή την αλαζονεία: δουλεύει θαρρείς και έχει αναλάβει μία αποστολή, μα στην ουσία κανείς δεν του έχει αναθέσει το παραμικρό, ο ίδιος εξουσιοδότησε τον εαυτό του να γίνει συγγραφέας και παρ΄όλα αυτά [...]

    26. "Só nos romances feios é que as pessoas pensam sempre a coisa certa, dizem sempre a coisa certa, cada efeito tem a sua causa, há os simpáticos e os antipáticos, os bons e os maus, e no fim tudo te consola."Pág.399 Não, não é um romance feio; é um livro de uma honestidade cruel, é um livro que nos fala de uma amizade magnífica e tenebrosa, de rivalidade e competição, de gente pobre, gente rica, gente corrupta, gente corajosa, de uma cidade onde reina a miséria física e moral, de u [...]

    27. So The end of the story of Lila and Elena this last book had a lot of happeningswe have been with these woman since young girls growing up in Naples. Sad to see it end.

    28. (review in English below)Um final brilhante para esta história! Em retrospectiva, acho que a tetralogia, no seu todo, merece bem as cinco estrelas!Parece-me impossível que esta narrativa (refiro-me aos 4 volumes d' A Amiga Genial) não tenha uma parte autobiográfica substancial. Não vislumbro outra forma de produzir esta escrita que se nos impõe sem pedir licença, que se nos mete pelos olhos e pelo cérebro adentro sem querer saber se estamos a gostar da história, das personagens, da ling [...]

    29. I started "My Brilliant Friend", the first of the Neopolitan novels, as they have come to be known, almost 2 years ago, in February of 2015. It was a year before I read the 2nd one, "The Story of a New Name". These books are intense and emotional and dense, so, for me, it is better to let a few months pass in between one book and the next. "Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay" was read this past summer, and I wanted to get this last one read before the year was out. What a way to end the year!The [...]

    30. Comecei a ler o primeiro livro desta tetralogia sem sequer saber que de uma tetralogia se tratava e apenas porque a minha melhor amiga me tinha oferecido o livro no meu aniversário. Depressa – e através do me apercebi que tinha uma tarefa longa pela frente a qual me parecia não difícil, mas sim “demanding”Os primeiros dois volumes li-os rapidamente sem ter a noção de urgência que se apoderava de mim e que se afirmou no terceiro volume, onde logo a partir das primeiras páginas me d [...]

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