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The Story of a New Name: A Novel (Neapolitan Novels, 2) Paperback – September 3, 2013
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- Publisher : Europa Editions; Reprint edition (September 3, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 471 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1609451341
- ISBN-13 : 978-1609451349
- Item Weight : 1.11 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.3 x 1.8 x 8.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #24,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The stories are at once of a people, a place, and a time, yet they reveal the complexities of the characters as they change through the trajectory of their lives in Naples -- which is in the midst of a cultural change itself. This, is of course, how our lives will appear if, say, in advanced age we sit down with pen and paper or computer, to tell our grandchildren just how we were in our lifetime.
I have lived through the 40's, 50's, 60's and am still moving on. Imagine how surprised my grandchildren (or their children) will be when they who have only known me as kind, loving "Nana" read my journals! Wish I could be there and wish I could write as well as Ms Ferrante.
I think I am now done with the series. The betrayal, jealousy, romance here, all take on the quality of a soap opera as the events come thick and fast and everyone becomes more entangled. The unevenness of the friendship, and the divergence of their lives began to feel predictable to me, and the increasingly self-referential nature of the narrative felt worn. Mostly though, what I primarily took away from this book and the last was a feeling of unpleasantness, not alleviated by any especially eloquent phrases or gripping passages.
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I share a close friendship with two girls myself for over two decades and they are each so very magical. Not many people can enter our worlds but these girls in the books and Elena Ferrante really have. Best story telling.
I'd say this is the least favourite out the four- but it's still an integral part of the whole story that couldn't be without.
It was only when I came to the end of the book, reading more and more slowly as I didn't want it to end, that I discovered there are 3 books that follow this fascinating friendship from early twenties into adulthood.