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The Story of the Lost Child: The fourth and final Neapolitan novel. - Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein
The Story of the Lost Child: The fourth and final Neapolitan novel.
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“Nothing quite like this has ever been published before,” proclaimed The Guardian newspaper about the Neapolitan Novels in 2014. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, the third book in the series, was an international best seller and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Its author was dubbed... show more
“Nothing quite like this has ever been published before,” proclaimed The Guardian newspaper about the Neapolitan Novels in 2014. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, the third book in the series, was an international best seller and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Its author was dubbed “one of the great novelists of our time” by the New York Times Book Review. This fourth and final installment in the series raises the bar even higher and indeed confirms Elena Ferrante as one of the world’s best living storytellers. Here is the dazzling saga of two women, the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery uncontainable Lila. In this book, both are adults; life’s great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women’s friendship, examined in its every detail over the course of four books, remains the gravitational center of their lives. Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up—a prison of conformity, violence, and inviolable taboos. Elena married, moved to Florence, started a family, and published several well-received books. But now, she has returned to Naples to be with the man she has always loved. Lila, on the other hand, never succeeded in freeing herself from Naples. She has become a successful entrepreneur, but her success draws her into closer proximity with the nepotism, chauvinism, and criminal violence that infect her neighborhood. Yet somehow this proximity to a world she has always rejected only brings her role as unacknowledged leader of that world into relief. For Lila is unstoppable, unmanageable, unforgettable! Against the backdrop of a Naples that is as seductive as it is perilous and a world undergoing epochal change, this story of a lifelong friendship is told with unmatched honesty. Lila and Elena clash, drift apart, reconcile, and clash again, in the process revealing new facets of their friendship. The four volumes in this series constitute a long remarkable story that readers will return to again and again, and, like Elena and Lila themselves, every return will bring with it new discoveries. Four starred reviews for Book 3 in the series14 best-of-the-year appearances for Book 3
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781609452865 (1609452860)
ASIN: 1609452860
Publisher: Europa Editions
Pages no: 464
Edition language: English
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Nicole Reads
Nicole Reads rated it
3.0 [REVIEW] The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
"I loved Lila. I wanted her to last. But I wanted it to be I who made her last. I thought it was my task. I was convinced that she herself, as a girl, had assigned it to me." (98%) Actual reviewHonestly, I don't even know what to think. This final book in the series was the one that to me, contained...
Silvie's bookshelf
Silvie's bookshelf rated it
4.0 The Story of the Lost Child: The fourth and final Neapolitan novel.
I just finished the Neapolitan series. Such powerful books about daily life, friendship, family, passion and love. With love stories that get you involved and deaths that shock you, the series is more than the story of a friendship between two women. It's the story of Lila/Lina/Rafaella, of the thin...
Lydia's Page
Lydia's Page rated it
4.5
This series was so beautifully written and so perfectly told that it truly didn't feel like fiction. It could have been a memoir, it rang so true to life and relationships. I haven't come across such a rich world in a long time.
KatieMc
KatieMc rated it
5.0 The Story of the Lost Child: The fourth and final Neapolitan novel.
Holy cannoli , that was incredible. Shit got real with this fourth and final installment of the Neapolitan Novels series. The violence, thugs, and corrupted power structures in Naples were featured through all four books, but view and perspective evolves. Initially it is seen from an child's persp...
Merle
Merle rated it
4.5 The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
I was eagerly awaiting this conclusion to the Neapolitan quartet, and it turned out to be all that I’d hoped. Now that it’s finished, I can wholeheartedly recommend the series to anyone, especially to women but also to men.Two things you should know right away. First, please don’t be put off by the ...
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