Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

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Since the publication of My Brilliant Friend, the first of the Neapolitan novels, Elena Ferrante's fame as one of our most compelling, insightful, and stylish contemporary authors has grown enormously. She has gained admirers among authors--Jhumpa Lahiri, Elizabeth Strout, Claire Messud, to name a few--and critics--James Wood, John Freeman, Eugenia Williamson, for example. But her most resounding success has undoubtedly been with readers, who have discovered in Ferrante a writer who speaks with great power and beauty of the mysteries of belonging, human relationships, love, family, and friendship. In this third Neapolitan novel, Elena and Lila, the two girls whom eaders first met in My Brilliant Friend, have become women. Lila married at sixteen and has a young son; she has left her husband and the comforts of her marriage brought and now works as a common laborer. Elena has left the neighborhood, earned her college degree, and published a successful novel, all of which has opened the doors to a world of learned interlocutors and richly furnished salons. Both women are pushing against the walls of a prison that would have seen them living a life of mystery, ignorance and submission. They are afloat on the great sea of opportunities that opened up during the nineteen-seventies. Yet they are still very much bound to see each other by a strong, unbreakable bond.
Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2014.
ISBN: 9781609452339
Branch Call Number: FER
Characteristics: 418 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Goldstein, Ann 1949-- Translator


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kslavik Apr 29, 2017

Addicting read! This is a fascinating psychological study of a cast of characters from a female perspective.

Mar 18, 2017

This series is one of my favorites...each one is brilliant. But this book was a mind-blower. There were several scenes in it that I will never forget.

The realistic portrayal of women's lifelong relationships with each other is revealing and brutal. A lot can be learned about the stalling or failures of feminism observing the relationships in these books.

Mar 13, 2017

This is not what I would call a friendship. It is a dysfunctional relationship - a rivalry of sorts - that does not help either woman in her life. Really didn't like these books. Though I read all four to see if they would redeem themselves in the end.
The most interesting part of the story was the portrayal of poverty in Naples in the 1950s. The relationships were really unhealthy and depressing.

Mar 12, 2017

A remarkable book about many aspects of friendship; an honest and deep look at friendship, the changes and influences during the years, including jealously, motherhood, sexual behavior, political beliefs and ignorance. Ann Goldstein's translation makes this book(s) truly enjoyable.

Oct 17, 2016

this trilogy had me hooked from beginning-to-end. The elements of childhood friendships made it that much more engaging for me.

Jul 13, 2016

"Each of us narrates our life as it suits us."
First a correction: this a series of 4 novels, not a trilogy. Elena Ferante's Neaplotian Novels are one of the great literary events of our time and the friendship of Lina and Elena is an incredibly vivid and nuanced portrait. The rare literary phenomenon that justifies the hype. Followed by "The Story of the Lost Child."

Feb 26, 2016

We are now in the late 1960s and 1970s, a time of student revolt and clashes between the fascist ruling class and those trying to create a more equitable society. It is also the time of the rise of feminism as Lenu begins to think differently.

Dec 13, 2015

Book 3 Neapolitan Series

athompson10 May 11, 2015

Elena and Lina in womanhood. Much more interesting and involving than Story of a New Name.

Oct 22, 2014

third in the trilogy

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Mar 28, 2017

The day will come when I reduce myself to diagrams, I'll become a perforated tape and you won't find me anymore.

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