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review 2017-07-01 21:58
[REVIEW] The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
The Story of a New Name - Elena Ferrante
"[...] she was explaining to me that I had won nothing, that in the world there is nothing to win, that her life was full of varied and foolish adventures as much as mine, and that time simply slipped away without any meaning, and it was good just to see each other every so often to hear the mad sound of the brain of one echo in the mad sound of the brain of the other." (98%)



TW: This book contains SEXUAL ASSAULT, RAPE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 

What a rollercoaster. The thing is that these books are so intense and so emotionally exhausting, you end up feeling beside yourself when you finish. On hand you are marveled at the character development, the twists and turns of the plot, on another you are feeling so depressed and hopeless you might need to drown your sorrows into a cup of tea (or bourbon) just to feel like a human again.

This book is intense and so hard to rate. I hated it because of how desolate it made me feel. I also think it's a gripping story that ends with an effin' cliffhanger, again.

The character names are at times similar so you get confused or who is who. There are many nicknames and names to keep track of. It can make for a challenging reading experience, but a worthwhile one.

One thing is for certain, I have never read characters like the ones Ferrante writes about. Yes, they are fucking awful people but you feel for them. You identify with them, you try to reason or justify their faults, you want to believe the best in them. And when they disappoint you it feels like you're being gutted. 

I am all about happy endings but I'm seriously wondering if it's even possible that Lenù or Lila will get theirs.

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review 2016-12-13 00:00
The Story of a New Name
The Story of a New Name - Elena Ferrante Brilliant book. Loved Lila's intellectual curiosity, the description of their time spent in Ischia and the timid beginning of realisation that she's (Elena) not a fake intellectual.
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review 2016-10-09 20:53
The Story of a New Name - Elena Ferrante

2016 UC book club pick for Oct. Look, I don't care what anyone else says, this is a book about betrayal. It's about sexual betrayal, emotional betrayal, self betrayal, and a betrayal of everything. I know everyone will be taking about the whole Elena and Nino plot, but for me the hardest, heart breaking betrayal was

[spoiler]the destruction of Lila's journals by Elena, who destroys them after reading them, despite the fact that they were placed in her keeping to keep them self. And then Elena is surprised by the destruction at the end of the novel, seriously, honey what did you do?

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. You know, bestseller lists are not usually right, look at 50 Shades of Grey, but when they are, oh man.

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review 2016-09-30 02:57
The Story of a New Name - Elena Ferrante

The narrative of Elena and Lila's lives is exhaustive, and I find it utterly compelling.

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text 2016-04-22 15:16
Neapolitan Novels
My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante,Ann Goldstein
The Story of a New Name - Elena Ferrante
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay - Elena Ferrante
The Story of the Lost Child: The fourth and final Neapolitan novel. - Elena Ferrante,Ann Goldstein

Such an incredible series. I consider myself lucky to be alive in a time where I was able to read this story in its entirety. This is the kind of narrative that feels to be one long tale vs. four separate books. If pressed, though, my favorites as stand alone titles would be #2 and #4. Lila and Elena are the two women who foster a friendship, a rivalry, and ultimately, a uniquely honest love in these wonderful books. The setting is mainly Naples, Italy in the middle of the twentieth century. These books are so very worth your time, and I found myself exposed to a world and a perspective that I continually craved as I got further and further into the series. You've got to pick this up--there is nothing else like it! 

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