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The Story of a New Name: The Neapolitan Novels, Book Two by [Ferrante, Elena]
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The Story of a New Name is an extraordinary novel about two young women, Lila and Elena, growing up in Naples in the early 1960s.

At sixteen Lila marries the shopkeeper Stefano. She is filled with pleasure at her new wealth, and horror at the life she has chosen.

Elena's own attempts at romance seem to be sabotaged by Lila's turbulent affairs. As she tries to plot her way out of poverty via academic and literary success, her constant anxiety is that she is just a shadow of the brilliant Lila.

The sequel to My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name continues the enthralling chronicle of a friendship that is obsessive, loving, complicated, hurtful, enduring and constantly startling. It is an exhilarating reading experience.

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. Fragments, a selection of interviews, letters and occasional writings by Ferrante, will be published in early 2016. She is one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors.

Ann Goldstein is an editor at the New Yorker and a recipient of the PEN Renato Poggioli Translation Award.

'Ferrante transforms the love, separation and reunion of two poor urban girls into the general tragedy of their city, a place so beautiful and heartbreaking that it inspired the expression "Vedi Napoli e poi muori" - "See Naples and then die".' New York Times Book Review

'Elena Ferrante may be the best contemporary novelist you have never heard of...Ferrante's voice is startlingly honest...her storytelling both visceral and compelling.' Economist

'The writing and translation from Italian are first-class.' Otago Daily Times

'The first two Neapolitan novels [My Brilliant Friend and The Story of a New Name]...move far from contrivance, logic or respectability to ask uncomfortable questions about how we live, how we love, how we singe an existence in a deeply flawed world that expects pretty acquiescence from its women. In all their beauty, their ugliness, their devotion and deceit, these girls enchant and repulse, like life, like our very selves.' Sydney Morning Herald

'Ferrante writes so beautifully that you can't help but become engrossed with the lives, loves and loss of Lila and Elena...will leave readers salivating for the third instalment.' Courier Mail

'[Elena Ferrante's] brilliance isn’t limited to her mechanics, her finesse or her creativity as a writer, but it’s her willingness to continually address the psychological machinations of women who have very unfeminine feelings.' Three Percent

'The Neapolitan novels are smart, thoughtful, serious literature. At the same time, they are violent, suspenseful soap operas populated with a vivid cast of scheming characters...Ferrante’s novels are deeply personal and intimate, getting to the very heart of what it means to be a woman, a friend, a daughter, a mother.’ Debrief Daily


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1911 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Text Publishing (25 September 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DTGN4SM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #896 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This series of novels is absolutely mind-blowing; the lead characters so vividly drawn, that I'm absolutely hooked and am about to start the 3rd in the sequence.
Following best friends - and rivals - studious narrator Elena and the equally brilliant Lila who was pulled out of school to follow a very different life - this volume takes us through Elena's years in upper school and university; her friend has married the wealthy Stefano, but can it be a happy union with the capricious and difficult Lila?
Their lives ebb and flow; they draw close together then go for months without meeting. Elena has times of teenage depression when she almost abandons her studies, but goes on to succeed. And around them are the characters we met in the first volume; the Mafia type Solara brothers, Nino Sarratore, whom Elena adores from afar, and the numerous others in their part of Naples. There are marriages, engagements, affairs, and violent feuds.
I can't recommend Elena Ferrante enough, this was unputdownable
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My word, this woman can write. I was fairly luke warm about part one in the four part Neapolitan Novels - My Brilliant Friend, but this one, the second novel in the series, has converted me to the brilliance of her writing and her story telling. Picking up where My Brilliant Friend finished - Lila's wedding - we are immediately thrust into the rest of the reception. The two childhood friends are now 16, and this novel covers much of the next ten years in their lives. As much a story about friendship and growing up as a story of the savagery of the society they live in, it really is gripping reading. Both girls are struggling to break out of the poor, downtrodden, violent community they have been born into, finding different ways and means, not always successful. The book is huge, and really over the ten years there is not a great deal of plot. But what is so stunning is the author's, and it also has to be said her translator's, skill and uncanny ability to dig deep into the souls of her characters. Books three and four also look like whoppers, and no doubt will be just as grim, but riveting reading as this one.
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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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I enjoyed My Brilliant Friend and all it revealed of Naples in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Best of all I loved the exploration of the friendship and lives of the 2 protagonists. This 2nd book takes these themes to a new level and allows us to see the role of class. Politics and education in its various manifestations and the rewards and costs of education. Opportunity and hard work are counterpointed with fate and choice. Then add the ingredients of family, love and friendship, and now we have the unbeatable combination that drives Ferrante's story telling in the context of the changes and developments in Italy in the 1960s. Hard to put it down! I will look forward to the next 2 volumes with a certain pleasure and great admiration for such a deep rich writer of our times.
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ever since I Saw sophia loren walk along an Italian street in a fifties film I compared my safe happy childhood with other countries. When puberty arrived I longed for that bravado and passion. I couldnt go there but in books. I was reduced to tears as in book two Lilas decision to marry revealed domestic vioence so casually acccepted. or was it. from this station she dominated the neighbourhood and the reader. God help the book clubs I thought. The four neapolitan novels rocked me with their honesty and I was sucked in to that foreign volcano where rough life was an indoors and outdoors brawl with poverty and education hammering out an Italian symphony. Never sorry for itself. che sera. Bravo.
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I loved this latest book. If brought everything together for me. I was amazed that Elena got together with Nino after such a long passion for him! I am not sure whether you are meant to like Lila but. She is an admirable character, although she does wreak havoc wherever she goes and I think is her own worst enemy in a lot of ways. Interesting to find out what is revealed in the fourth book. I can't wait!
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Elena Ferrante has the ability to captivate he reader from beginning to end. Every character had a story that needed to be told.

It was a page turner right to the end of the quartet.

Perfectly captured the life of a small town.

Highly recommend Elena Ferrante
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Although the social context is unfamiliar to me the description of it and the different characters is so vivid that I feel I know them and can empathise with their trials and tribulations
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