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THE STORY OF THE LOST CHILD ELENA FERRANTE

November 29, 2015

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THE STORY OF THE LOST CHILD ELENA FERRANTE

Here is the dazzling saga of two women, the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila. Both are now adults; life’s great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women’s friendship has remained 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. In this final book, she has returned to Naples. Lila, on the other hand, never succeeded in freeing herself from the city of her birth. 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. Proximity to the world she has always rejected only brings her role as its unacknowledged leader into relief. For Lila is unstoppable, unmanageable, unforgettable!
My review
Nothing quite like this has ever been published before. Against the backdrop of a Naples that is as seductive as it is perilous and a world undergoing epochal change. Elena Ferrante tells the story of a lifelong friendship between two woman with unmatched honesty and brilliance. The four volumes in this series constitutes a long remarkable story that readers will return to again and again, and each return will bring with it new revelations.

 

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