The Story of the Lost Child

The Story of the Lost Child Nothing quite like this has ever been published before proclaimed the Guardian about the Neapolitan Novels in The first book in the series My Brilliant Friend was a New York Times bestseller B

  • Title: The Story of the Lost Child
  • Author: Elena Ferrante Ann Goldstein Hillary Huber
  • ISBN: 9781504630061
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Nothing quite like this has ever been published before, proclaimed the Guardian about the Neapolitan Novels in 2014 The first book in the series, My Brilliant Friend, was a New York Times bestseller Book three was a Times bestseller and a Notable Book of the Year It was named a best book of 2014 twenty five times, including in the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardi Nothing quite like this has ever been published before, proclaimed the Guardian about the Neapolitan Novels in 2014 The first book in the series, My Brilliant Friend, was a New York Times bestseller Book three was a Times bestseller and a Notable Book of the Year It was named a best book of 2014 twenty five times, including in the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle, Slate, the Daily Beast, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and the Boston Globe This final installment in the series gives validation to the New York Times Book Review s opinion of its author, Elena Ferrante, as one of the great novelists of our time Here is the dazzling saga of two women the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila Both are now adults many of life s great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered Through it all, the women s friendship has remained the gravitational center of their lives Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up a prison of conformity, violence, and inviolable taboos Elena married, moved to Florence, started a family, and published several well received novels In this final book, she has returned to Naples Lila, on the other hand, never succeeded in freeing herself from the city of her birth She has become a successful entrepreneur, but her success draws her into closer proximity to the nepotism, chauvinism, and criminal violence that infect her neighborhood Nearness to the world she has always rejected only brings her role as its unacknowledged leader into relief For Lila is unstoppable, unmanageable, and unforgettable.Against the backdrop of a Naples that is as seductive as it is perilous, the story of a lifelong friendship is told with unmatched honesty and brilliance The four volumes in this series constitute a long, remarkable story that listeners will return to again and again, and every return will bring with it new revelations.

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    1. Elena Ferrante is a pseudonymous Italian novelist.Ferrante is the author of a half dozen novels, including The Lost Daughter originally published as La figlia oscura, 2006 In 2012, Europa Editions began publication of English translations of Ferrante s Neapolitan Novels , a series about two perceptive and intelligent girls from Naples who try to create lives for themselves within a violent and stultifying culture Critics have praised her for her devastating power as a novelist and for a style that is pleasingly rigorous and sharply forthright Ferrante holds that books, once they are written, have no need of their authors 10th March 2016, The Story of the Lost Child was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International prize, celebrating the finest in global fiction translated to English.

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    1. This novel nearly broke me.The Story of the Lost Child is beautifully heartbreaking It is the culmination of Elena Ferrante s Neapolitan series, and it wraps up the story of two friends, Elena and Lila I spent my summer with these two women I read the first book, My Brilliant Friend, just to see what all the Ferrante Fever fuss was about, and I didn t expect to read any of the series But I ended up intrigued and wanting , and I gobbled up Books 2 and 3 as quickly as I could In this fourth book, [...]

    2. I m done I m actually done The journey is over, and what a wonderful journey it was Maybe soon I will be able to write a better review, but for now I can only say that this series is truly unlike anything I ve read It s a modern masterpiece, and Elena Ferrante is one of the greatest living authors I m sure to revisit these books again and again and again In the mean time, goodbye Lila Lenu It s been a pleasure.

    3. This is the end Beautiful friend This is the end My only friend, the end Of our elaborate plans, the end Of everything that stands, the end No safety or surprise, the end I ll never look into your eyes.n Can you picture what will be So limitless and free Desperately in needof someranger s hand In asperate land Lost in a Romanwilderness of pain And all the children are insane All the children are insane Waiting for the summer rain, yeah The Doors, The End Nothing about the way the Neapolitan Nove [...]

    4. I ve never read a series before Finally I understand why people sleep outside bookstores the day before the next instalment is due to be published Were there to be a book five I might well zipper myself inside a bag outside Feltrinelli the night before release Except there will be no next instalment here I m done Lila has left my life and I will never know anything about her I feel horribly bereft Book Four has less of a feel of fictional memoir about it it reads like a novel It contains some [...]

    5. Slum, Naples, Italy, 1947In reading the Neapolitan series of Elena Ferrante, I am constantly reminded of the clear influence of 19th century realism description of ordinary or familiar events as they are, with digressions into political events or societal norms to fill in the background But the ordinary or real does not mean the banal One could reasonably say that this is series of war novels It speaks without bombast or pretensions, and describes, with precise and subtle prose, a war of attriti [...]

    6. Book Four.The Final Conclusion to the Neapolitan novels And so this story begins page 1 From October 1976 until 1979, when I returned to Naples to live, I avoided resuming a steady relationship with Lila But it wasn t easy She almost immediately tried to reenter my life by force, and I ignored her, tolerated her, endured her Even if she acted as if there were nothing she wanted than to be close to me at a difficult moment, I couldn t forget the contempt with which she had treated me Today I thi [...]

    7. There is a terrible sense of loss once you reach the last line of the last volume of Ferrante s saga, her writing is so addictive, it has kept me company for over a year now and waiting for the next installment of the story has been a delightful suspense.I feel abandoned to my own device now that the curtain fell on this wonderful story The last volume La bambina Perduta has just been published in Italy,so I ve devoured it in three days and it s not a disappointment It has a somehow slow start, [...]

    8. IL CERCHIO SI CHIUDEDiventare amiche mi diede la mano Questo gesto cambi tutto tra noi per sempre.Per il primo paio di pagine ho fatto un po fatica a riannodare il filo bench il racconto riprenda esattamente dal punto dove era stato interrotto la volta precedente, alla fine del terzo romanzo, Storia di chi parte e di chi resta, comunque passato un anno da allora.Ma stata una sensazione di breve durata in poco tempo Elena Ferrante mi ha preso e portato via, mi ha trascinato con s , all inseguimen [...]

    9. What can I say about this book that has yet to be said This is the fourth and final book in The Neapolitan Novels It is the culmination of the lifetime of two dominate, strong women It is the story of one lost child and the impact it has on so many lives But it s also so much It is the final story of many of the characters that lived in this town and came in and out of Lila and Elena lives.I m not sure how to feel about this one On one hand, I m happy to hear of the story of these two women an [...]

    10. 3.5 stars I ve been writing for too long, and I m tired it s and difficult to keep the thread of the story taut within the chaos of the years, of events large and small, of moods So either I tend to pass over my own affairs to recapture Lila and all the complications she brings with her or, worse, I let myself be carried away by the events of my life, only because it s easier to write them Gosh, relationships particularly those of the girlfriends variety are quite complex, aren t they Never be [...]

    11. From Celle qui fuit et celle qui reste Whenever you read a book that the author seriously cared about, you realise after a while that in fact it s two books there s the book that got written, the one you re holding in your hands, and there s the other book, the one the author wanted to write but couldn t, due to the problems inherent in being a mortal human being Sometimes the distance between the two books is close enough that you can believe they re the same I don t know how one would improve [...]

    12. Brilliant, though I m feeling a bit bereft now Better review to follow, but for now I ll just say that this has been a year of great reads for me, highlighted boldly by Ferrante s Neapolitan Novels Read them, trust me.Find reviews and bookish fun at princessandpen

    13. This review originally appeared on my blog, ShouldaCouldaWoulda Books.I ve been writing for too long, and I m tired it s and difficult to keep the thread of the story taut within the chaos of the years, of events large and small, of moods What to do then Admit yet again that she is right Accept that to be adult is to disappear, is to learn to hide to the point of vanishing It s been a few weeks, but I m finally able to deal with this This is the last novel in Elena Ferrante s celebrated Neapol [...]

    14. I can t believe it s over I mean really, after finishing Ferrante s riveting tetralogy, I feel a sense of loss The fourth volume was fast paced and full of reveals no spoilers It was hard to read at several points, but always entertaining and thought provoking If you have not read it yet, please do so this year Definitely a journey to Naples that you do not want to miss.

    15. After reading all four books in the series, I am still unsure whether this is a fictional memoir, or a story based on the truth It probably is a little of both There is a showcase full of people involved the Grecos, Cerullos, Carraccis, Pelusos, Sarratores , and the path of tragedy and heartbreak is as difficult as it can get for all of them, no matter how well veneered their lives seemed to be.Lila and Elena completed their journey in this final book in the series The first book started out wit [...]

    16. No jornal P blico h um texto intitulado O P ndulo Ferrante no qual v rias pessoas falam sobre A Amiga Genial Uns dizem bem, outros dizem mal normalDo longo artigo retirei a pen ltima frase, de Ant nio Lobo Antunes enquanto lia peda os de p gina, sem ordem, para tr s e para a frente N o m Estava agora a ver N o m , o que posso dizer Se um homem genial , que diz, quase sempre, mal dos outros escritores, afirma que Ferrante n o m , poderemos deduzir que muito boa Eu digo Sim Li compulsiva e obsessi [...]

    17. I want to thank Elena Ferrante aka Lenu, for writing such an excellent and complete story of the lives of herself and her soulmate crazy and brilliant best friend, Lila The four books are chronological and start when the two girls are about 8 years old and continue into their sixties I don t want to tell the story here but here are some of my observations about reading such a poignant, emotionally honest and complete story 1 Life is hard and then you die There is nothing easy about relationships [...]

    18. Posso esimermi dal dare un commento lucido e ragionato Ho appena chiuso il volume Ci che sento di aver lasciato una storia cattiva, smarginata, insalubre stato come guardare un pozzo nero, con qualche riflesso di luce appena che per mi ha abbagliato.

    19. I am saying a very sad farewell to the Neapolitan Novels To say that Lenu and Lila s story gripped me it would an understatement I was consumed by these books I have never read anything like this before It s hard to put into words what I felt when listening to these books The thing is these novels are not perfect But all the good, scratch that, all the great things far outweigh their imperfections, uncannily, making the novels feel authentic, impactful These books will have a special place in [...]

    20. This is a two part review of the Neapolitan Novels as a whole one about how good they are, the other about the series very deep flaws The other review, about how good they are can be found here.I am, I realize, pissing into the wind here, but someone has to do it Ferrante deserves much of the praise, but, like any serious author, she also deserves criticism, because these are some deeply, deeply flawed novels In Story of the Lost Child, Elena publishes an MS that she d written some years before [...]

    21. Those who haven t enjoyed the first three books of this series will like this one even less but that s irrelevant, isn t it if they haven t made it this far, they re not likely to read this last installment Upon starting it, I immediately thought of my brilliant friend Karen s review of Dept of Speculation, which contrasted that slim novel with blowsy baroque behemoths and their telling and telling and telling, spewing out words and words and yet words yep that s the Neapolitan Novels, especia [...]

    22. The Neapolitan Novels, 1 4 Literary Experience Unlike Any Before in Connection or Syncopation of my Mind to the Female Author sMs Ferrante has intrigued me in my reading experiences as has no other female author and just about any male writer I imagine Charlotte Bronte would have written such brilliant, introspective, perceptive and at times sexually provocative prose if the style had been around way back then For some reason, I ve just not connected on such a personal, human level with Woolf or [...]

    23. This fourth and final book in The Neapolitan Novels was good, but not as good as the other three novels In this book, the narrator Elena becomes a lot reflective, and the story is about her children and their struggles than it is about Elena s and Lila s friendship I liked how this implies that Elena is growing up and starting to care about the people around her, but at the same time this book just didn t click as well with me as the other ones Another reason why I think this is the case is t [...]

    24. So ends the final part of the Neapolitan series in which I have been immersed, one after the other I feel I have lived alongside Lena and Lenu, have experienced their many trials and tribulations, have gazed up at Mt Vesuvius and heard the clatter of the neighbourhood And now it is over I wonder if I will ever read another epic story of friendship and rivalry that will compare.I enjoyed it just for the story s sake as in, what will happen NEXT But I also enjoyed its self reflective and cerebral [...]

    25. S nos romances feios que as pessoas pensam sempre a coisa certa, dizem sempre a coisa certa, cada efeito tem a sua causa, h os simp ticos e os antip ticos, os bons e os maus, e no fim tudo te consola P g.399 N o, n o um romance feio um livro de uma honestidade cruel, um livro que nos fala de uma amizade magn fica e tenebrosa, de rivalidade e competi o, de gente pobre, gente rica, gente corrupta, gente corajosa, de uma cidade onde reina a mis ria f sica e moral, de um pa s a bra os com uma crise [...]

    26. So The end of the story of Lila and Elena this last book had a lot of happeningswe have been with these woman since young girls growing up in Naples Sad to see it end.

    27. review in English below Um final brilhante para esta hist ria Em retrospectiva, acho que a tetralogia, no seu todo, merece bem as cinco estrelas Parece me imposs vel que esta narrativa refiro me aos 4 volumes d A Amiga Genial n o tenha uma parte autobiogr fica substancial N o vislumbro outra forma de produzir esta escrita que se nos imp e sem pedir licen a, que se nos mete pelos olhos e pelo c rebro adentro sem querer saber se estamos a gostar da hist ria, das personagens, da linguagem S sabemos [...]

    28. I started My Brilliant Friend , the first of the Neopolitan novels, as they have come to be known, almost 2 years ago, in February of 2015 It was a year before I read the 2nd one, The Story of a New Name These books are intense and emotional and dense, so, for me, it is better to let a few months pass in between one book and the next Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay was read this past summer, and I wanted to get this last one read before the year was out What a way to end the year The magnitud [...]

    29. Comecei a ler o primeiro livro desta tetralogia sem sequer saber que de uma tetralogia se tratava e apenas porque a minha melhor amiga me tinha oferecido o livro no meu anivers rio Depressa e atrav s do me apercebi que tinha uma tarefa longa pela frente a qual me parecia n o dif cil, mas sim demanding Os primeiros dois volumes li os rapidamente sem ter a no o de urg ncia que se apoderava de mim e que se afirmou no terceiro volume, onde logo a partir das primeiras p ginas me dei conta que o meu r [...]

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