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I m still a bit uzzled about the Out of Left Field phenomen that Ferrante s cycle is I don t find writingarticuralry brilliant I think I didn t mark any single uote here and yet enjoyed the story I thought it was very Salvage predictible at times I could see what was coming and mostly hadn t been suprised by the course of events and still kept reading I can t say it was innovative or imaginative yet Ferrante managed to draw me in her world entirely Maybe I m mistaken but as I mentioned in the review of MBF I still haven t spotted in the second volume anything to not maintain that Ferrante is excorcising herast Her writing here feels too intimate too Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman personal to think about this one only as a fictional story Perhaps her case is similar to other writers including Edward St Aubyn and his Patrick Melrose or My struggle by Karl Ove Knausg rd that I m reading now and this is her way to deal with the demons of theast a necessary step on the way to move on to finally let goI ve returned to Lila and Elena story after over two years and I find myself still engaged in their story and difficult friendship the relationship that actually feels like challenging than supporting each others I was suprised how easily I entered their lives again and how much I rememberd from the All of This Is True previous tome Of course some names eluded me but the mainrotagonists didn t fade in my memory Like in the first installment this one bases on choices girls had made already and its aftermaths It s useless to describing the lot for you either buy this story or not either you re involved and concerned their fates or are bored and somewhat dismissive like you know such things still happen so what s the oint to write hundreds Voltron: Legendary Defender pages about it I for myart was really engaged from the first Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest Volume 9 page and thought that strength of the novel lies just in this meticulous description this detailed dissection this ugly at times mundanity and sheer ordinariness of their lives The Story of a New Name is about losing old self and identity and by adopting a new name the husband s name forging the new one It s about struggling to remain oneself in mostly man s world where masculineoint of view is sanctity and it s highly unreasonable to defy established order It s about violence womens were still subjected to and time honoured agreement to it It s about humilitian that not only fathers or husbands deliver but also women to themselves It s about attempting to break the vicious circle of Clinical Guide to Gluten-Related Disorders poverty and misery by abandoning not only family home not even a uarter and neighbourhood but also a city if it needsLila s figure is complicated one and she is far reckless rebellious and untamed than in the first volume she hurts and degradates Elena because she herself is a victim Their relationship once again is full of mutual resentments and envy and admiration and their sense of closeness andrecarious Ferrante doesn t shy away from speaking of violence and abuse and rape and wife beaters she bluntly describes the ugly face of Lila s marriage and where and why it failed She lets us know the moment when the girls young women actually had to acknowledge the truth that no matter what they would do no matter how much money Lila has now or how educated Elena is they still would have no chance with thoroughbred that true class and natural grace is not to buy or imitateI think I m enjoying the story because it has an air of something tangible it s like hearing about The Oxford Book of Military Anecdotes people you know in real lifeeople you re supporting in their struggling I don t expect anything spectacular or flamboyant or bigger than life And I think I ll stop here For your whole life you love A Spring Betrayal people and you never really know who they are Nunzia to Len215This one s a heartbreaker So exuisitely rendered that you ll recognize your own hideous ain rising up to assail you again dear Reader your losses your miseries in the cause of love Ferrante makes universal the disparate ain all loving creatures suffer Toward the end when reality becomes too much for some of the characters they descend into scarily dissociative states that surprise and rattleThe novel s narrative leasure is dizzying Every action naturally folds into the next the continuity is superb The clarity is extraordinary it never relents I found myself slowing down to take in the richness as I would when reading a oem That s the You're The Only Star (In My Blue Heaven): Popular Standard; Single Songbook paradox Ferrante incites in readers between wanting to gallop through the stunning tale to just gobble it up like cake and slowing down to take in the beauty of its structure and languageIt s the early 1960s in Naples and Lina Carracci n e Cerullo is newly and miserably married and living in virtualurdah with her husband Stefano whom she has uickly learned to hate because he is a tool of the Solaras who are Cammora Mr and Mrs Carracci live uite well in a new apartment with modern decor and lots of money because of their connection to these local criminals Lina we will recall from volume one My Brilliant Friend was unable to go on with her education at age ten or so and was made to work in her father s shoe shop Her chance of a higher education gone even though she was the smartest girl in the school she then had to resort to other means of self advancement namely marriage In the early going here it s not going so well She feels not without justification that Stefano tricked her into marriage So she refuses him the
GREAT GIFT AND HE BEATS HER gift and he beats her a Kissing Another Grimaldi (Bovaghnian Rogues pulp regularly in effect raping his wifeIn her friend Len our narrator Lina sees her own lost dream of education still alive Yet Len s having her manroblems too Her lover Antonio a car mechanic suspects her of interest in another fellow Nino who is intellectually Len s match in a way Antonio can never be Len stays with the blue collar Antonio though because she doesn t feel worthy of Nino having come from a background much like Antonio s Len disparages her intellect and achievements lusting over the distant Nino She is trying to make that leap but *Can T See How She *t see how she do it This is all a little silly when you consider that Nino is actually from her own neighborhood She s known him since she was a child But his father moved out of the neighborhood many years ago and became a college rofessor And now Len feels Nino s somehow out of her leagueThere was no escape No neither Lina nor I would ever become like the sophisticated girl who had waited
Nino after school both lacked something intangible but fundamental which was obvious in her even if you simply saw her from a distance and which one ossessed or did not because to have that thing it was not enough to learn Latin or Greek or Out of the Shoebox: An Autobiographic Mystery philosophy nor was the money from groceries or shoes of any use 84Suffice it to say Nino is available then Len suspects That s the Justin - Geliebter Kater problem I say no ReadThe long interlude on the beach at Ischia reminds me very much of Cesare Pavese s novellasarticularly The Beach as found in The Selected Works One of Nino s sisters is even named Clelia Another work which harrowingly evokes the terrors of youthful sexual awakening is brought to mind by The Story Of A New Name and that s Knut Hamsun s Pan From Lieutenant Thomas Glahn s Papers See my reviews of both booksOn to Volume 3 Elena Ferrante is an absolute marvel This was utterly ravishing How does she do it Structurally her novels could hardly be conservative her subject matter the fraught friendship of two women has been done to death And yet you re constantly left with the feeling that no one has ever done what she does before Or at least no one has done it with such searing insight and freshness Only a handful of writers can undress and get to the heart of women as lucidly and thrillingly as Ferrante The first hundred Numbers: The Universal Language pages especially were uite simply a dazzling display of a writer removing all theaint and Der Unterschied: Was den Mensch zum Menschen macht powder from a woman s face mask and showing us the naked truths beneath Ferrante is like a kind of dreamsychoanalysis She dispels all the fog unravels all the knots of a woman s deepest feeling and elucidates in simple language the fount the hidden motive She always knows the secret as to why her women are doing what they do She once said in an interview that her ambition was to make the facts of ordinary life gripping She achieves this by elucidating the emotionalmotivational source of many of these facts She also has this extraordinary talent for easing into her narrative and explaining difficult subjects without sacrificing a single beat of the fabulous driving momentum of her story There are no divergences in this novel every line is intrinsic to understanding Elena and Lila s struggles to achieve identity and autonomy For example the domestic violence in this novel is all the owerfully disturbing for the lack of emphasis she gives it as if it s no extraordinary than a trip to the shops It makes the domestic violence in for example A Girl Is a Half formed Thing seem written up and theatrical In fact the ease with which she feeds hugely complex and ivotal experience into her narrative makes most other contemporary novelists seem a bit written up and theatrical There s a fleet footed breeziness to Ferrante s storytelling which is uite simply bewitching in its ease of assurance I An Atheist and a Christian Walk Into a Bar: Talking about God, the Universe, and Everything put off reading this for ages because for some reason I thought it might be a disappointment after My Brilliant Friend On the contrary it s even better From L amierodigieuse Choice of roleYou can be either a bad girl or a good girl When you have Ella's First Exam: A Medical Exam Fiction (Ella's Exams Book 1) played a bit you can even try combining these two roles See Advanced options belowBad girlIf you are a bad girl you will be able to speak your mind and express your sexuality freely but you will be beaten raped and called a whore and a witch You may also be subjected to otherunishments such as being disowned by your family or forced into a dangerous and oorly remunerated job Good girlIf you are a good girl you will be grudgingly accepted by society but you will have to work twenty four hours a day to learn the complex rules you need to follow you will constantly feel that you are a fraud and an imposter and you will need to sleep with eople who do not attract you while Principios de economía política pretending that they do Goal of the gameYour goal is to have children and live long enough to see them grow up only mildly damaged You will find that this is harder tha. Ella me demostró ue yo no había ganado nada simplementeorue en este mundo nuestro no había nada ue ganary lo ue de verdad valía la Aunt Jane's Nieces pena era verse de vez en cuandoara ue el sonido enlouecido de nuestras mentes fuera rebotando de la una a la otra sin ararElla es una mujer hermosa alocada y su nombre es Lila Es la misma niña ue conocimos en La amiga estupenda el rimer tomo de esta espléndida trilogía y ahora recién cumplidos lo. N it sounds but that s all art of the funAdvanced optionsWhen you have Lascia che sia felice played the game a few times you may want to try combining the bad girl and good girl roles You may for example be a bad girl who gets married and tries to stay faithful to her husband or a good girl who writes a daring and truthful novel about her life Note however that none of these strategies will actually let you winUseful tipsIf you decide to get serious about WOMAN there are several excellent books which will help you improve your skills Elena Ferrante s series isarticularly good Go out and buy a copy tomorrow you won t regret it WARNING Spending too much time This Beats Working for a Living: The Dark Secrets of a College Professor playing WOMAN can be very depressing Make sure you take freuent breaks and remember that it s only a gameEnjoy To Celle ui fuit et celle ui reste Loved it just as much the 2nd time reading it I adore these characters and would read 100 books about them 45 stars Update Bumping this one up to a 5 stars because after a few months of thinking about it it s definitely my favorite in the series I keep finding myself thinking of certain scenes and elements of this installment and I love it I m not sure if I can write a coherent review of this book right now There are so many layers to this story so much to unpack and yet still as this is book 2 of 4 so much left to discover I am incredibly impressed by Ferrante s ability to develop characters that are real real than almost any other characters I have read before They have ambition are flawed fight and love and inspireThere is highrobability I will come back and give this book a 5 star rating later but for now I want to finish the series and accumulate my thoughts Oh and this book has one of the best We'll Make It Through pages of literature I ve ever read so there s that I can t wait to read books 3 4 What s your uglylaceWe all have one We all have a The Silent Earth: The Complete Trilogy place we uite deliberately do not go to That we are aware is there but have developed systems and defensive walls and jokes and denials in order to keep it out of the light of day It s thelace you can t help but end up sometimes when something articularly embarrassing happens to you something tragic an epiphany about yourself that you didn t articularly want occurs to you It s the The Age of Apollyon place where you were theerson you never ever wanted to be lives and the memories of when that erson came out that one time that you never want to think about againThat deep down dark it of your stomach feeling that s welling up and over as that image comes to your brain That s it That s the visceral level of vulnerability insecurity ugliness and Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples pain that I saw there And there is where you need to be to understand everything I m about to tell youBecause thatlace is where this novel goes This thing hit me where I live Which means as you can robably tell already that reading Story of a New Name is not something I would recommend for anyone in a fragile emotional state It isn t for anyone who is still too close to being an insecure bookish not uite teenager any with major self esteem issues Even a few years ago I think reading this might have sent me into a depressive melodramatic spiral like when I saw Melancholia which had to have been the literal worst thing I could have chosen to see while writing my thesis in a foreign country at a school full of eople smarter than me I saw it three times and lost a weekend before I could see straight againWhich is what may happen with Elena Ferrante Which is totally insane when you read these books objectively Or at least I think it would be I have no way of really telling right now Her style is for the most The Lost Masters: Grace and Disgrace in '68 part this totally bare bald faced thing that just tells you exactly what is happening to her characters in their mundaneerfectly ordinary 1960s The National Debt: A Short History poor Italian lives The engine driving the drama that the things that keep happening keep right on damn happening to them and the second volume is no better Ferrante is as merciless as time marching on without a thought for her characters and their development who really could use some time in this stage of theirersonal development or other Ferrante like the harsh Naples neighborhood she raises her characters in doesn t allow herself to give a damn I can absolutely guarantee you whatever you sign up for you should sign up for some shit happens and very little mercy granted because that s how it goes with Ferrante Sometimes I think that the main narrator s school and career arc is the mercy bone she threw us just to keep us from looking awayThe second volume of this series focuses on the girls late adolescence and Rites, Rights and Rhythms: A Genealogy of Musical Meaning in Colombia's Black Pacific post adolescence the years that for most of us would be covered by late high school college and your firstost college job As with the first novel the ages of the novel are covered over with a owerful atmosphere that burns right through the ages until you re sitting right with Lila and Elena with sand in your outdated bathing suit on the beach at Ischia standing on a street corner watching a too flashy sports car go by catching a glimpse of a movie star that looks like your friend with Elena in a cramped corner of a bedroom like a modern Italian Fanny Price angrily swatting at mosuitoes and trying to keep still in the suffocating heat The courtyards of broken glass wailing from the windows and women uncommented upon wearing bruises to work the next day is as sickeningly evoked as ever One of the fascinating atmospheric elements that Ferrante added demonstrated the stage of development where you become aware that you are not the center of the universe in a variety of ways in this case for characters living in overty and owerlessness most of them borne in forcibly upon you whether you like it or not Ferrante starts to introduce the gradual intrusion of olitics and Les Ténébreuses - Tome I - La Fin d'un monde political identity tellingly it mostly shows in one tribal identity one way for the kids to divide themselves mostly in increased accusations of Fascistig and Red communist thrown around in Karneval, Vol. 4 place of remarks on one s face anderson and one kid going to one meeting and one going to another Elena also encounters this world but again not in itself but as a iece of currency in the game of the class system another iece of another kind of tribal mask that she s trying hard to don Professor Airota and his daughter had for example affectionate skirmishes on olitical subjects that I had heard about from Pasuale from Nino but whose substance I knew almost nothing about Arguments like you ve been trapped by inter class collaboration you call it a trap I call it mediation mediation in which the Christian Democrats always and only win you re not reforming a thing in our lace what would you do revolution revolution and revolution revolution is taking Italy out of the middle ages Like that a swift back and forth a olemical exercise that they both obviously enjoyed What I had never had and I now knew would always lack What was it I wasn t able to say recisely the training The Elephants Journey perhaps to feel that the uestions of the world were deeply connected to me the capacity to feel them as crucial and noturely as information to display at an exam in view of a good grade a mental conformation that didn t reduce everything to my own individual battle to the effort to be successful That one hit me hard This is is a really tough book on the class system and the unseen building damage that it does to the Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' psyche The sort ofsychology on display here is the sort of thing I learned in my urban teacher training rogram or learned first hand when faced with some of my students Elena spends a great deal of the back half of this book anxiously trying to decode and adopt the unwritten rules of being middle class the words the clothes what I was trained to call the cultural knapsack that middle class kids often get seemingly by osmosis Ferrante shows the utter human waste that happens as a result invisible waste as far as we re concerned the brilliant minds that never get a chance to take over the world the fruit seller who is unexpectedly good at math the entrepreneurial ideas crushed by self confidence issues and family suabbles It s much harder to look at than any of the wasted landscapes or shabby apartments that she describesAnd watching Elena sew her middle class mask onto her face tighter and tighter laboring at it for years and watching the ugly ugly road that it takes to get there of which Ferrante only tells you the barest art "but it isn t hard to guess it well did anyone else watch Battlestar Galatica Do you remember " it isn t hard to guess it well did anyone else watch Battlestar Galatica Do you remember time that Baltar was in jail after fucking up yet again and he talks to Lee I think finally opening up to him a little bit about where he s from Fuck I wish I could find it But while he s talking to him hanging his head in the darkness with his hair covering his face he slowly lets his cultured British accent morph into a thick gravelly hick voice that is clearly his natural tone He makes it as scary as Changing Face of the Hero possible throwing it at aristocratic Lee like a weapon moving to the bars with red eyes like he s morphing himself into the monster he believes himself to be It s like that but mannered expressed in ladylike spare lines like this I was so glad that no one in that nice little family had asked me as happened freuently where I came from what my father did and my mother I was I I I It makes sense why later in the novel there s aassage about how so many characters are confused when Lila wants to go take a job in the center of the city She s a veritable ueen in the old neighborhood and can lord it over anyone there lend them money show them up in clothes The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time: A Collection of Poetry people are now afraid to cross her Why would she want to go to the nicerart of town where her illusions will be shattered Why would she want to take that away that illusion from herselfThis class angle had a lot to do with the ugly lace I was telling you about before which is the deep seeded insecurity that runs throughout this entire book But while class and lace and atmosphere are the bedrock reasons the
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Insecurity I M Talking I m talking here has to do with friendship This series is after all about a friendship No matter what other It's A Wonderfully Sexy Life powerful stuff buttresses it under the surface thatrovided it with its foundation we re far enough along into the lives of these girls that the friendship has now taken on a life. S dieciséis años acaba de casarse con un hombre al ue desprecia La otra ue escucha la sigue y sin uerer la imita es Nanú una alumna brillante empeñada en aprender de los libros todo auello ue Lila aprende de la vida a secasAsí en este rebote de sensaciones se desarrolla una amistad muy Lignin Biodegradation peculiar una relación donde la complicidad es ley Basta una mirada de Lilaara ue Nanú entienda ué asa realmente en el dormitorio de su amiga Bas.
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Of its own We ve reached the oint as happens in a lot of long running friendships where the thing has become overripe it s become something rotten and The Lady and the Lionheart possiblyoisonous something that robably should have been dumped overboard a long time ago But you re still at the lace where you can t uite let it goEspecially when it s a owerful relationship with someone as charismatic as Lila someone you looked up to someone you ut on a Schilder's Struggle for the Unity of the Church pedestal and set up as a sort ofersonal musedeitydevil It s a fascinating minute examination of a A (kinda) Country Christmas part of the conseuences of an expanding consciousness of the world namely that you realize that you your friend and your courtyard are no longer the center of the universe Elena is starting to become aware in fits and starts of the fact that Lila has aersonality and limits just like she does She starts to say things like this is what she does She starts to express annoyance and there s even a few times where she athetically tries to keep Lila out In the ast there had been Lila a continuous happy detour into surprising lands Now everything I was I wanted to get from myself I was almost nineteen I would never again depend on someone and I would never again miss someone And even a whole chapter where she experiments writing about her own life without referencing Lila at all something neat clean undisturbed And something that lasts two ages before Lila returns How easy it is to tell the story of myself without Lila time uiets down and the important facts slide along the thread of the years like suitcases on a conveyor belt at an airport you ick them up and National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 put them on aage and it s doneIt s complicated to recount what happened to her in those years The belt slows down accelerates swerves abruptly goes off the tracks The suitcases fall off fly open her things end up among mine to accommodate them I am compelled to return to the narrative concerning me and that had come to be unobstructed and expand hrases that now sound too concise My life forces me to imagine what hers would have been if what happened to me had happened to her what use she would have made of my luck And her life continuously appears in mine in the words that I ve uttered in which there s often an echo of hers in a articular gesture that is an adaptation of a gesture of hers in may less which is such because of her in my which is yielding to the force of her less She can t leave her behind There s a lot of reasons why but at the heart of it is another class battle of sorts to do with Elena s identification as an intellectual and a discussion of different kinds of intelligence and which one is better Lila s is the kind that Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism poets romanticizeeople are magnetically drawn to that succeeds when it shouldn t but also continues to Gods and fighting men: the story of the Tuatha de Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland, arranged and put into English by Lady Gregory push andush until it inevitably breaks something Is it Charming the Firefighter possible that you must always do harm Lila When will you stop When will your energy diminish will you be distracted when will you finally collapse like a sleepy sentinel When will you grow wide and sit at the cash register in the new neighborhood with your stomach swelling and make Pinuccia and aunt and me me me leave to go my own way runs the imagined inner monologue of one of the characters While Elena s well Elena s is kind that gets you through high school and college and into a steady job and thelaudits of those around you It s the sort of self unishing struggle that most intellectuals ut themselves through at some Everyone Loves Clowns and Other Tales point androbably most of their lives if they identify as or are The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles put into the role of a smart kid early enough You were that kid right A lot of us were But then you met that other kid right The one who was smarter than you If you re me you met a whole group of them in which you were the least intelligenterson If you re lucky you felt challenged you felt yourself blossom If you weren t you felt inadeuate like your identity had melted away and you never uite recovered If you re super unlucky like Elena you get the triple double horrible unch of feeling elatedexhilaratedproudbetrayedinsecureunhappyangrysad every time you see this erson wasting themselves away If you ve never had that sort of deep friendship the kind that s gone wrong and back around the corner again or even if it never uite come back again the sort that s steered your life I don t know how to explain it to you The closest I can come is that Cathy Heathcliff thing it s that thing where Cathy tells eople that Heathcliff is a art of her and that really sucks and it s no Hitler's First War: Adolf Hitler, the Men of the List Regiment, and the First World War pleasure to her most of the time but there he is and there s really no way to tear him out again and you re going to have to live with the goddamn thing because if you don t you llull out such a big iece of you that what you consider your Self will effectively dieShe burns it up again at the end though even after everything we see them go through That end man I can t leave without talking about it Elena goes to see Lila to share some important happy news with her news that she is convinced will change things will ignite something good in her again And she does but then Lila s reaction what she sees her do in response And what happens to her what she thinks she realizes It was a gut unch that I can only describe by going back to Baltar again Remember in the last episoe he s with Six and they re trying to figure out how they re going to get by on the new lanet and he says in the most broken little voice you ve ever heard like 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believe he s bringing it up You know I know about farming If you were the erson who like me washe s bringing it up You know I know about farming If you were the erson who like me was destroyed by that moment then you need to read this book If you were any of the eople described above or if you have that ugly Último asalto place you need to read this book If you re looking to be transported if you re looking for something that can consume you for days you need to read this book So I guess really I would say that if you re alive in any way I m sure that there s a reason that you shouldrobably read this bookInstant ersonal classic instant all time favorites list will be re reading this once a decade for the rest of my life Why She was explaining to me that I had won nothing that in the world there is nothing to win that her life was full of varied and foolish adventures as much as mine and that time simply slipped away without any meaning and it was good just to see each other every so often to hear the mad sound of one brain echo in the mad sound of the brain of the other That s whyThis review originally appeared on my blog at I finished Elena Ferrante s second volume a few hours ago and I m overwhelmed by her ower She writes with her fingers stuck inside a electric lug She drills and drills all the way through the tiniest sensation till she reaches raw matter The story of the New Name is even entrancing than My brilliant friend the first volume of the trilogy which I devoured Lila and Lena the two rotagonists of volume one are now two women Their love hate relationship grows intri 45 starsYes it s Lila who makes writing difficult My life forced me to imagine what hers would have been if what happened to me had happened to her what
USE SHE WOULD HAVE MADE OFshe would have made of luck And her life continuously appears in mine in the words that I ve uttered in which there s often an echo of hers in my less which is such because of her in my which is the yielding to the force of her lessThis second book in Elena Ferrante s Neapolitan series continues the story of two childhood friends now young adults Lila and Elena Just as riveting as My Brilliant Friend The Story of a New Name captured my attention from age one It s uite dramatic really and I found that at times my head was spinning from the depth of the enetrating look at the lives behaviors motivations and innermost thoughts of this Conta and Boehme Porcelain Identification and Value Guide pair Now a book that sets my head spinning can be a good thing and it was here An accomplished writer like Ferrante can draw you in like you are watching the dramalay out right in front of you It did reuire however a step back from time to time to relax and catch my breath A bit of re energizing is necessary to take it all in Imagine yourself a teenager still with all the complexities of emotions the uncertainties the jealousies and t This is a marvelous novel with heart and soul Neapolitan heart and soul that is The second installment in the famous Elena Ferrante tetralogy for me anyway exceeded the first book in originality and lot line I found it moving *and a very uick read despite its nearly 500 age lengthFor this review I wanted to focus on the title and *a very uick read despite its nearly 500 age lengthFor this review I wanted to focus on the title and importance of names in Ferrante s work First off there is it seems to me a Proustian reference here to Le nom du ays Le nom which is the somewhat ambiguous subtitle of one of the early sections of La Recherche du Temps Perdu There are some similarities between Proust s style of describing Marcel s youth to how Ms Ferrante describes Elena s youth There is also a second subtle Proustian techniue we learn in this book that the narrator writes her first book and ublishes it under her name Elena and we know the author s name is given as Elena so as th This novel broke my heart It broke my heart so badly that I had to stop reading it for a few days to recoverThis is the second book of Elena Ferrante s Neapolitan series and it follows Elena and Lila from their teenage years and into their early 20s Their neighborhood in Naples is still rough and violent in the 1960s but Lila s marriage to the wealthy grocer Stefano allows her to climb out of the overty The two friends were often competitive especially about school but in book two they are also competitive about menWhich brings me to why this novel broke my heart It s hard to talk about this book without spoilers so I shall hide it for those who don t want to know yet view spoilerElena who is our narrator has been in love with Nino Sarratore since they were children Nino is smart and driven but also uiet and elusive While on vacation the beautiful Lila steals Nino away and the two begin an affair Lila insists she s fallen in love with Nino and wants to leave her husband Meanwhile Elena is so depressed over losing her chance with Nino that she ends up in a situation where she s seduced you could also say raped by Nino s creepy father hide spoiler. Ta una sonrisa ara descubrir ué se esconde tras esos vestidos caros ue se acoplan al cuerpo de Lila como un guante rovocando a los hombres del barrio Basta un gesto Prophets Unarmed: Chinese Trotskyists in Revolution, War, Jail, and the Return from Limbo para ue Nanú sepa ue Lila va a cometer una locura y nadie será capaz de detenerlaNápoles la ciudad ue las ha visto crecer es el escenario de esta comedia ue tiene la fuerza de un drama y se uedará entre nosotros como una e las obras maestras de la literatura del siglo