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The Story of the Lost Child: The Neapolitan Novels, Book Four by [Ferrante, Elena]
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The Story of the Lost Child is the long-awaited fourth volume in the Neapolitan novels (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay). The quartet traces the friendship between Elena and Lila, from their childhood in a poor neighbourhood in Naples, to their thirties, when both women are mothers but each has chosen a different path. Their lives are still inextricably linked, for better or worse, especially when it comes to the drama of a lost child.

Elena Ferrante was born in Naples. She is the author of seven novels: The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, The Lost Daughter, and the quartet of Neapolitan novels: My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child. She is one of Italy's most acclaimed authors.

Ann Goldstein has translated all of Elena Ferrante's work. She is an editor at the New Yorker and a recipient of the PEN Renato Poggioli Translation Prize.

Praise for Ferrante and the Neapolitan novels

'[Ferrante’s] charting of the rivalries and sheer inscrutability of female friendship is raw. This is high stakes, subversive literature.' Sunday Telegraph

'Ferrante is an expert above all at the rhythm of plotting...Whether it's work, family, friends or sex–and Ferrante, perhaps thanks to her anonymity as an author, is blisteringly good on bad sex–our greatest mistakes in life aren't isolated acts; we rehearse them over and over until we get them as badly wrong as we can.' Independent

'Great novels are intelligent far beyond the powers of any character or writer or individual reader, as are great friendships, in their way. These wonderful books sit at the heart of that mystery, with the warmth and power of both.' Harper's

'Elena Ferrante is one of the great novelists of our time. Her voice is passionate, her view sweeping and her gaze basilisk...In these bold, gorgeous, relentless novels, Ferrante traces the deep connections between the political and the domestic. This is a new version of the way we live now—one we need, one told brilliantly, by a woman.' New York Times Sunday Book Review

'When I read [the Neapolitan novels] I find that I never want to stop. I feel vexed by the obstacles—my job, or acquaintances on the subway—that threaten to keep me apart from the books. I mourn separations (a year until the next one—how?). I am propelled by a ravenous will to keep going.' New Yorker

'The best thing I’ve read this year, far and away…She puts most other writing at the moment in the shade. She’s marvellous.' Richard Flanagan

‘The Neapolitan series stands as a testament to the ability of great literature to challenge, flummox, enrage and excite as it entertains.’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘The depth of perception Ms. Ferrante shows about her character's conflicts and psychological states is astonishing...Her novels ring so true and are written with such empathy that they sound confessional.’ Wall Street Journal

‘The older you get, the harder it is to recapture the intoxicating sense of discovery that comes when you first read George Eliot, Nabokov, Tolstoy or Colette. But this year it came again when I read Elena Ferrante’s remarkable Neapolitan novels.’ Jane Shilling, New Statesman

‘There is nothing remotely tiring or trying about the experience of reading the Neapolitan novels, which I, and a great many others, now rank among our greatest book-related pleasures…it is writing that holds honesty dear.’ Weekend Australian

'This stunning conclusion further solidifies the Neapolitan novels as Ferrante’s masterpiece and guarantees that this reclusive author will remain far from obscure for years to come.' Publishers Weekly


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3853 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Text Publishing (1 September 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00YRHQPZQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,040 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This is a review of the 4-book series. My apologies to the author and all who loved it. I did not. I give it four stars because of the depth of the writing, the intense exploration of human psychology, the well-wrought settings, and the variety of characters who are fully realized.

Partly I disagreed with Ms. Ferrante's bleak worldview; the majority of her characters are depicted as negative in the extreme, their small kindnesses and generosities are few and far between. Mainly their cruelty to each other is stunning. I believe this is true of humans at times, but not to this extent. So Ms. Ferrante and I see things differently, and her view depressed and annoyed me. This is only a preference; it wouldn't affect my rating. I can live with disagreement for a good story. Unfortunately, this wasn't a good story in the sense of having a beginning and an end, although the hundreds of vignettes were interesting.

The main character/narrator, Elena Greco, was passive, capricious, and self-destructive to a frustrating degree. Time and again, she stands at a fork in the road and either waits, incomprehensibly, for the narcissistic lover to rescue her, or shrugs her shoulders and makes the bad choice. It's okay to have an unlikeable protag, but I kept waiting for some blue sky, and the little glimpses through the pervasive cloud cover were unsatisfying.

But Lila! How is one to understand Elena's love for her childhood friend who resembles a sociopath at times? How is one to understand or care about this person? And Elena's attempts to rationalize Lila's behavior are equally illogical. Black is white, up is down, and in the end, I see no change. The two women are as incomprehensible after four books as they were in the beginning.

To me, anyway.
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Finally, I made it to the end of this saga - the Neapolitan series. Phew. And despite what I have heard from my fellow readers, this is the one I enjoyed the most. Why? Because I have finally realised that I love books where things happen - a plot, action, events. Less of the stream of consciousness stuff, the hand wringing and naval gazing. Give me a story! For me this has been the best of the four, although there were times my eyes were glazing over, and just when I am gritting my teeth and wondering how much more of the introspection, internal dialogue I can put up with, something will happen. My attention is immediately got, and off I go on the Lena/Lila journey until the next time.

A lot happens in this novel and the friendship itself has a much more central role in the relationship between the two women. During the story, Lena moves back to the old neighbourhood to live in apartment above Lila. Book three ended with Lena leaving her husband and children to be with Nino and this relationship and its outcomes form the backbone to this last book. Actually the relationship of these three characters - Lila, Lena and Nino is really what the whole series is about, not just the friendship between the two women. Lena has become a very successful writer, and Lila still continues to own and manage the computer business she and Enzo established in book three. But the Solara brothers never go away, always a menacing presence, as is the political unrest.

I have never really liked any of the characters in these novels, and that has been part of my ambivalence over these novels. I still don't really, but the quality of the writing does continue to be outstanding.
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I love Ferrante's style and descriptiveness. Having lived in the area for more than 18 years I find her writing incredibly descriptive, true and believable. Certainly her character come from some true space in her mind. I loved her trilogy and found this 4th book wonderful. She has cleverly left room for a fifth book......What happened her best friend who vanished?
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Having read all four books in the Neapolitan Series, I am going to apply this review to all of them. Such excellent writing and the content so confronting and informative, I couldn't wait to continue reading. Life in Naples during more difficult times and changing times, portrayed in such a unique style. I loved these books.
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This book is real, pungent, satisfying like a meal. In every way it has surprised and engaged me. It has exploded the niceties of friendship into deep growling tender jealous truths. Love and hate , instinct and study, fortune and tragedy are ever moving rivers. I see this quartet of novels as a great effort of love for all people, but especially women, Elena knows female treachery she knows the brilliance and fate of women. This is a book like all the other 3 that cannot be put down. If you think my words excessive read through to book 3 .... Here is a story told in every day language that exposes the passion the madness the cruelty of a woman in love. She spares herself nothing exposing her desperation her abandonment even of her children, it tells of her incapacity to do anything other than to satisfy a childhood love that we and even she knows must finally betray her. Her knowing is a cleansing an explosion of truth, the lid is finally off female rage. So satisfying, excellent, an apostle of the female experience.
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