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The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

The Story of a New Name (2012)

by Elena Ferrante

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Series: Neapolitan Novels (2)

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I actually read the whole thing just today. Even more engaging and accessible than the first, I can't explain why this soapy tale of teenage girls in the 60s is so captivating. On the one hand it's feather-light, but it's also wise and clear-sighted about the capricious nature of young lovers. Joyous. ( )
  asxz | Mar 13, 2019 |
I love this book. The characters are complex and completely believable. I really care about them, their struggles, their futures. I can't wait to read the next one! ( )
  anitatally | Feb 28, 2019 |
This is part two of a four part series about childhood friends Lila and Elena. As they have come of age, they have been become more and more competitive and have also been divided by their differing roles in life, and their love for the same man.

Lila has chosen marriage to a well-to-do neighborhood boy. Elena has gone on to high school and then University. Nevertheless, their paths continue to cross and their relationships continue to be highly complex.

Like the first book, this one also ends with a twist leading to a major cliffhanger. ( )
  streamsong | Feb 28, 2019 |
This story begins in the book "My Brilliant Friend". This second novel in the story quite brilliantly moves the story forward and binds the threads of the first.

A tale of growth in self-knowledge ( and lack of it), the novel is follows the maturing of two girls from a poor neighborhood of Naples. Their education and distinctly different paths into life but completely entangled lives none the less.

An interesting enjoyable read. ( )
  yhgail | Feb 20, 2019 |
I do like this Dickensian tendency to end the books abruptly with a twist! ( )
  RekhainBC | Feb 15, 2019 |
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Every so often you encounter an author so unusual it takes a while to make sense of her voice. The challenge is greater still when this writer’s freshness has nothing to do with fashion, when it’s imbued with the most haunting music of all, the echoes of literary history. Elena Ferrante is this rare bird: so deliberate in building up her story that you almost give up on it, so gifted that by the end she has you in tears.
added by Laura400 | editNew York Times, Joseph Luzzi (Sep 27, 2013)

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Elena Ferranteprimary authorall editionscalculated
Damien, ElsaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goldstein, AnnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Laake, Marieke vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Nella primavera del 1966 Lila, in uno stato di grande agitazione, mi affidò una scatola di metallo che conteneva otto quaderni.
In the spring of 1966, Lila, in a state of great agitation, entrusted to me a metal box that contained eight notebooks.
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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.… (more)

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