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


Дина Ключарева
Дина Ключареваshared an impression3 years ago
🔮Hidden Depths

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

Olga Nerusheva
Olga Nerushevashared an impression3 years ago
👍Worth reading

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 Paputsa
Anna Paputsashared an impression4 years ago

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


Zhenya Shabynina
Zhenya Shabyninahas quoted3 years ago
Where is it written that lives should have a meaning?
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I hit him in the chest with my fists and as I did I felt as if there were a me unglued from me who wished to hurt him even mor
GalaMezahas quoted4 months ago
said obscurely that in his view love ended only when it was possible to return to oneself without fear or disgust, and
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