Elena Ferrante

The Story of the Lost Child

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The “stunning conclusion” to the bestselling saga of the fierce lifelong bond between two women, from a gritty Naples childhood through old age (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
The Story of the Lost Child concludes the dazzling saga of two women, the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila, who first met amid the shambles of postwar Italy. In this book, life’s great discoveries have been made; its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women’s friendship remains the gravitational center of their lives.
Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up. Elena married, moved to Florence, started a family, and published several well-received books. But now, she has returned to Naples to be with the man she has always loved. Lila, on the other hand, never succeeded in freeing herself from Naples. 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. Yet, somehow, this proximity to a world she has always rejected only brings her role as unacknowledged leader of that world into relief.
“Lila is a magnificent character.” —The Atlantic
“Everyone should read anything with Ferrante’s name on it.” —The Boston Globe
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528 printed pages
Original publication
2015

Impressions

    Дина Ключареваshared an impression4 years ago
    🔮Hidden Depths
    🐼Fluffy

    Это скорее не История о потерянном ребёнке, а о биполярном расстройстве и виктимной душе.

    Olga Nerushevashared an impression4 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    🚀Unputdownable

    I now think that I could have enjoyed the last two books of the Neapolitan novels more if I gave them more time. Sometimes gobbling up a book leaves it a little chance to be thoroughly thought through, it leaves a little chance for the characters to be understood and related to. And I got annoyed with every one of the characters in the "story of the lost child".
    But I still could not put the book down. And I'm glad it leaves readers with a somewhat open ending as I've always been good in inventing ones of my own.

    Anna Paputsashared an impression4 years ago
    🚀Unputdownable

    That's that book, which you could't stop reading

Quotes

    Zhenya Shabyninahas quoted4 years ago
    Where is it written that lives should have a meaning?
    Gabriela Martínez Reynahas quoted6 days ago
    Only she can say if, in fact, she has managed to insert herself into this extremely long chain of words to modify my text, to purposely supply the missing links, to unhook others without letting it show, to say of me more than I want, more than I’m able to say.
    b7503536293has quoted19 days ago
    How exhausting our relationship was, and how many hazards were concealed in every gesture, in every sentence that I uttered, that he uttered.

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