The Story of a New Name
Book 2, Neapolitan Novels - Neapolitan Novels, Book Two
Elena Ferrante & Ann Goldstein
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The second book, following last year’s My Brilliant Friend, featuring the two friends Lila and Elena. The two protagonists are now in their twenties. Marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila. Meanwhile, Elena continues her journey of self-discovery. The two young women share a complex and evolving bond that brings them close at times, and drives them apart at others. Each vacillates between hurtful disregard and profound love for the other. With this complicated and meticulously portrayed friendship at the center of their emotional lives, the two girls mature into women, paying the cruel price that this passage exacts.
From Publishers Weekly
© Publishers Weekly
If Lila is Elena's alter ego, then she occupies her darker self. The vacation on Ischia in volume two, which Ferrante presents with microscopic detail, reveals a destructive and malevolent Lila. Yet she still manages to win the reader's sympathy (not to mention the narrator Elena's) because of her uncompromising desire to lead a meaningful life amidst the backward even brutish society in which she is trapped.
- Category: Fiction & Literature
- Published: Sep 03, 2013
- Publisher: Europa
- Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
- Print Length: 480 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 2, Neapolitan Novels