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Ed with some of my students Elena spends a great deal of the back half of this book anxiously trying to decode and adopt the unwritten rules of being middle class the words the clothes what I was trained to call the cultural knapsack that middle class kids often get seemingly by osmosis Ferrante shows the utter human waste that happens as a result invisible waste as far as we re concerned the brilliant minds that never get a chance to take over the world the fruit seller who is unexpectedly good at math the entrepreneurial ideas crushed by self confidence issues and family suabbles It s much harder to look at than any of the wasted landscapes or shabby apartments that she describesAnd watching Elena sew her middle class mask onto her face tighter and tighter laboring at it for ears and watching the ugly ugly road that it takes to get there of which Ferrante only tells Cashing the Chip (Shelter, you the barest part but it isn t hard to guess it well did anyone else watch Battlestar Galatica Doou remember that time that Baltar was in jail after fucking up et again and he talks to Lee I think finally opening up to him a little bit about where he s from Fuck I wish I could find it But while he s talking to him hanging his head in the darkness with his hair covering his face he slowly lets his cultured British accent morph into a thick gravelly hick voice that is clearly his natural tone He makes it as scary as possible throwing it at aristocratic Lee like a weapon moving to the bars with red eyes like he s morphing himself into the monster he believes himself to be It s like that but mannered expressed in ladylike spare lines like this I was so glad that no one in that nice little family had asked me as happened freuently where I came from what my father did and my mother I was I I I It makes sense why later in the novel there s a passage about how so many characters are confused when Lila wants to go take a job in the center of the city She s a veritable ueen in the old neighborhood and can lord it over anyone there lend them money show them up in clothes people are now afraid to cross her Why would she want to go to the nicer part of town where her illusions will be shattered Why would she want to take that away that illusion from herselfThis class angle had a lot to do with the ugly place I was telling ou about before which is the deep seeded insecurity that runs throughout this entire book But while class and place and atmosphere are the bedrock reasons the insecurity I m talking about here has to do with friendship This series is after all about a friendship No matter what other powerful stuff buttresses it under the surface that provided it with its foundation we re far enough along into the lives of these girls that the friendship has now taken on a life of its own We ve reached the point as happens in a lot of long running friendships where the thing has become overripe it s become something rotten and possibly poisonous something that probably should have been dumped overboard a long time ago But The Life And Adventures of John Nicol Mariner you re still at the place whereou can t uite let it goEspecially when it s a powerful relationship with someone as charismatic as Lila someone La deshumanización del arte you looked up to someoneou put on a pedestal and set up as a sort of personal musedeitydevil It s a fascinating minute examination of a part of the conseuences of an expanding consciousness of the world namely that Göttliches Vermächtnis König der Welten 1 you realize thatou اصطلاحات الصوفية ويليه رشح الزلال في شرح الألفاظ المتداولة بين أرباب الأذواق والأحوال your friend andour courtyard are no longer the center of the universe Elena is starting to become aware in fits and starts of the fact that Lila has a personality and limits just like she does She starts to say things like this is what she does She starts to express annoyance and there s even a few times where she pathetically tries to keep Lila out In the past there had been Lila a continuous happy detour into surprising lands Now everything I was I wanted to get from myself I was almost nineteen I would never again depend on someone and I would never again miss someone And even a whole chapter where she experiments writing about her own #LIFE WITHOUT REFERENCING LILA AT ALL SOMETHING NEAT CLEAN #without referencing Lila at all something neat clean And something that lasts two pages before Lila returns How easy it is to tell the story of myself without Lila time uiets down and the important facts slide along the thread of the The Sceptics of the Old Testament years like suitcases on a conveyor belt at an airportou pick them up and put them on a page and it s doneIt s complicated to recount what happened to her in those Reinventing the CFO How Financial Managers Can Transform Their Roles and Add Greater Value years The belt slows down accelerates swerves abruptly goes off the tracks The suitcases fall off fly open her things end up among mine to accommodate them I am compelled to return to the narrative concerning me and that had come to be unobstructed and expand phrases that now sound too concise My life forces me to imagine what hers would have been if what happened to me had happened to her what use she would have made of my luck And her life continuously appears in mine in the words that I ve uttered in which there s often an echo of hers in a particular gesture that is an adaptation of a gesture of hers in may less which is such because of her in my which isielding to the force of her less She can t leave her behind There s a lot of reasons why but at the heart of it is another class battle of sorts to do with Elena s identification as an intellectual and a discussion of different kinds of intelligence and which one is better Lila s is the kind that poets romanticize people are magnetically drawn to that succeeds when it shouldn t but also continues to push and push until it inevitably breaks something Is it possible that Violin Fingering It's Theory and Practice Da Capo Press music reprint series you must always do harm Lila When willou stop When will Anxiety Between Desire and the Body your energy diminish willou be distracted when will Enigma of the Cross Hodder Christian Paperbacks you finally collapse like a sleepy sentinel When willou grow wide and sit at the cash register in the new neighborhood with پرسش های نخستین پاسخ های بی پایان your stomach swelling and make Pinuccia and aunt and me me me leave to go my own way runs the imagined inner monologue of one of the characters While Elena s well Elena s is kind that getsou through high school and college and into a steady job and the plaudits of those around Ska you It s the sort of self punishing struggle that most intellectuals put themselves through at some point and probably most of their lives if they identify as or are put into the role of a smart kid early enough You were that kid right A lot of us were But thenou met that other kid right The one who was smarter than The Gods Themselves you Ifou re me Becoming Project Five Fifteen you met a whole group of them in whichou were the least intelligent person If Britain, Australia and the Bomb you re luckyou felt challenged Kiffe Kiffe Demain you feltourself blossom If Sanzoku Ou King of Bandits Vol 9 you weren tou felt inadeuate like Assassin's Creed Valhalla - Artbook officiel your identity had melted away andou never uite recovered If Becoming Enlightened you re super unlucky like Elenaou get the triple double horrible punch of feeling elatedexhilaratedproudbetrayedinsecureunhappyangrysad every time Jim Hensons Labyrinth you see this person wasting themselves away Ifou ve never had that sort of deep friendship the kind that s gone wrong and back around the corner again or even if it never uite come back again the sort that s steered Basic Training your life I don t know how to explain it toou The closest I can come is that Cathy Heathcliff thing it s that thing where Cathy tells people that Heathcliff is a part of her and that really sucks and it s no pleasure to her most of the time but there he is and there s really no way to tear him out again and Gambling for Dummies you re going to have to live with the goddamn thing because ifou don t Dancing with Ben Hall and Other Yarns you ll pull out such a big piece ofou that what BUG DEATH you considerour Self will effectively dieShe burns it up again at the end though even after everything we see them go through That end man I can t leave without talking about it Elena goes to see Lila to share some important happy news with her news that she is convinced will change things will ignite something good in her again And she does but then Lila s reaction change things will ignite something good in her again And she does but then Lila s reaction she sees her do in response And what happens to her what she thinks she realizes It was a gut punch that I can only describe by going back to Baltar again Remember in the last episoe he s with Six and they re trying to figure out how they re going to get by on the new planet and he says in the most broken little voice Forests Hope (Timber Valley Wolf Pack you ve ever heard like he absolutely can t believe he s bringing it up You know I know about farming Ifou were the person who like me was utterly destroyed by that moment then Keeping and Breeding Australian Pythons you need to read this book Ifou were any of the people described above or if Hester Roon you have that ugly placeou need to read this book If A Wayside Tavern you re looking to be transported ifou re looking for something that can consume For Fear of Little Men you for daysou need to read this book So I guess really I would say that if Twig the Fairy and the Goblin Masquerade (Twig the Fairy you re alive in any way I m sure that there s a reason thatou should probably read this bookInstant personal classic instant all time favorites list will be re reading this once a decade for the rest of my life Why She was explaining to me that I had won nothing that in the world there is nothing to win that her life was full of varied and foolish adventures as much as mine and that time simply slipped away without any meaning and it was good just to see each other every so often to hear the mad sound of one brain echo in the mad sound of the brain of the other That s whyThis review originally appeared on my blog at Loved it just as much the 2nd time reading it I adore these characters and would read 100 books about them 45 stars Update Bumping this one up to a 5 stars because after a few months of thinking about it it s definitely my favorite in the series I keep finding myself thinking of certain scenes and elements of this installment and I love it I m not sure if I can write a coherent review of this book right now There are so many layers to this story so much to unpack and Sanity is the Future of Wealth yet still as this is book 2 of 4 so much left to discover I am incredibly impressed by Ferrante s ability to develop characters that are real real than almost any other characters I have read before They have ambition are flawed fight and love and inspireThere is high probability I will come back and give this book a 5 star rating later but for now I want to finish the series and accumulate my thoughts Oh and this book has one of the best pages of literature I ve ever read so there s that I can t wait to read books 3 4 From L amie prodigieuse Choice of roleYou can be either a bad girl or a good girl Whenou have played a bit Jelena '93 you can even try combining these two roles See Advanced options belowBad girlIfou are a bad girl New Heights The Beginning After The End you will be able to speakour mind and express How to Restore Your Bmw Motorcycle Twins 1950-1969 your sexuality freely butou will be beaten raped and called a whore and a witch You may also be subjected to other punishments such as being disowned by Faerie your family or forced into a dangerous and. Itment and above all friendship these are signs under which both women live out this phase in their stories Marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila and the pressure to excel is at times too much for Elena Yet the twooung women share a complex and evolving bond that is central to their emotional lives and is a source of strength in the face of life's challenges In these Neapolitan Novels Elena Ferrante the acclaimed author of The Days of Abandonment gives readers a poignant and universal story about friendship and belonging.
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Ich is the somewhat ambiguous subtitle of one of the early sections of La Recherche du Temps Perdu There are s 45 starsYes it s Lila who makes writing difficult My life forced me to imagine what hers would have been if what happened to me had happened to her what use she would have made of my luck And her life continuously appears in mine in the words that I ve uttered in which there s often an echo of hers in my less which is such because of her in my which is the The Same and Not the Same yielding to the force of her lessThis second book in Elena Ferrante s Neapolitan series continues the story of two childhood friends nowoung adults Lila and Elena Just as riveting as My Brilliant Friend The Story of a New Name captured my attention from page one It s uite dramatic really and I found that at times my head was spinning from the depth of the penetrating look at the lives behaviors motivations and innermost thoughts of this pair Now a book that sets my head spinning can be a good thing and it was here An accomplished writer like Ferrante can draw Goodbye Soldier War Biography you in likeou are watching the drama play out right in front of Cinnamon and Elephants: Sri Lanka and the Netherlands from 1600 (Rijksmuseum country series) you It did reuire however a step back from time to time to relax and catch my breath A bit of re energizing is necessary to take it all in Imagineourself a teenager still with all the complexities of emotions the uncertainties the jealousies and the sometimes rash behaviors attributed to Valkea kuin lumi you andour friends and acuaintances But now add in a degree of poverty that most of us are fortunately not accustomed to violence that I pray most are not subjected to and the expectations and obstacles faced by women in the late 1950s and early 1960s This is precisely what Lila and Elena deal with and what we as readers are privy to through the lens provided to us Now if How To Think Like A Manager for the CISSP Exam you haven t read the first book in the seriesou may want to stop reading this review at this point I m not revealing any spoilers but I personally didn t want any details before reading and The Lady of Larkspur Lotion you may feel the same I just want to talk about Lila and Elena a little bit Throughout the novel I found myself reflecting on the two and who was better off who the stronger of the two characters etc I think the opening uote to my review really sums up the relationship between the two and I came to my own conclusion whether right or wrong that each completes the other Elena may have had educational opportunities but without the encouragement of Lila as well as a sense of competition she may not have had the drive to take advantage of those opportunities Lila finds herself in a marriage that does not suit her from the beginning but she will fight for something She has material possessions and after all wasn t that the dream these two had as little girls Wasn t that the goal of going to school and receiving an education They wanted to become rich But happiness is elusive Perhaps riches are not enough Is it too late to re make oneself and achieve something I think Lila can sustain herself knowing that Elena has been successful with her studies Maybe there are ways to rise above the poverty and the violence of the neighborhood other than money The narrative is written from Elena s point of view but we also get occasional glimpses from Lila s point of view through a series of notebooks she entrusted to Elena Notebooks that Elena was not given permission to read but that is neither here nor there Ifour best friend gave Five Wealth Secrets 96% of Us Dont Know you her diary for safekeeping what wouldou do Maybe Photoatlas of Inclusions in Gemstones Volume 3 your friend gaveou the diary because she couldn t express the deepest feelings in her heart and she knew that Blood Magic Divided Realms you would not be able to resist In this wayou can share Hooking Him your thoughts in a less confrontational manner perhaps I don t really know but it was certainly a clever means for us to glean than just Elena s point of view here I don t know that I can say much about this book or this series it s one that I could contemplate for an indefinite amount of time So much happens in these pages but none of it is confusing There are a lot of names and variations of names for the same person A guide at the front of the book helps with this Otherwise it flows seamlessly and is written skillfully There is drama but I don t mean to say it s melodramatic Not in the least I will admit that it is addicting Oh and that ending I will read the next in the series albeit with a bit of a break in between I finished Elena Ferrante s second volume a few hours ago and I m overwhelmed by her power She writes with her fingers stuck inside a electric plug She drills and drills all the way through the tiniest sensation till she reaches raw matter The story of the New Name is even entrancing than My brilliant friend the first volume of the trilogy which I devoured Lila and Lena the two protagonists of volume one are now two women Their love hate relationship grows intricate so does their intellectual competition What a wonderful deep contradictory at times morbid violentet luminous Training the Trainer yet brilliant world does Ferrante s voice evoke I urgeou to get Karsh Portfolio your hands on this magnificent saga What sour ugly placeWe all have one We all have a place we uite deliberately do not go to That we are aware is there but have developed systems and defensive walls and jokes and denials in order to keep it out of the light of day It s the place Before Atlantis you can t help but end up sometimes when something particularly embarrassing happens toou something tragic an epiphany about The Gypsy Wisdom Spellbook yourself thatou didn t particularly want occurs to Life in the Slow Lane Observations on Art Architecture Manners and Other Such Spectator Sports you It s the place whereou were the person The Destruction of Jerusalem An Absolute and Irresistible Proof of the Divine Origin of Christianity you never ever wanted to be lives and the memories of when that person came out that one time thatou never want to think about againThat deep down dark pit of our stomach feeling that s welling up and over as that image comes to our brain That s it That s the visceral level of vulnerability insecurity ugliness and pain that I saw there And there is where 30 Day Alcohol Reboot: Rethink your drinking, reset your life you need to be to understand everything I m about to tellouBecause that place is where this novel goes This thing hit me where I live Which means as All God's Children Are Lost but Only a Few Can Play the Piano Finding a Life That Is Truly Your Own you can probably tell already that reading Story of a New Name is not something I would recommend for anyone in a fragile emotional state It isn t for anyone who is still too close to being an insecure bookish not uite teenager any with major self esteem issues Even a fewears ago I think reading this might have sent me into a depressive melodramatic spiral like when I saw Melancholia which had to have been the literal worst thing I could have chosen to see while writing my thesis in a foreign country at a school full of people smarter than me I saw it three times and lost a weekend before I could see straight againWhich is what may happen with Elena Ferrante Which is totally insane when The Better Angels of Our Nature: A History of Violence and Humanity you read these books objectively Or at least I think it would be I have no way of really telling right now Her style is for the most part this totally bare bald faced thing that just tellsou exactly what is happening to her characters in their mundane perfectly ordinary 1960s poor Italian lives The engine driving the drama that the things that keep happening keep right on damn happening to them and the second volume is no better Ferrante is as merciless as time marching on without a thought for her characters and their development who really could use some time in this stage of their personal development or other Ferrante like the harsh Naples neighborhood she raises her characters in doesn t allow herself to give a damn I can absolutely guarantee Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events you whateverou sign up for ou should sign up for some shit happens and very little mercy granted because that s how it goes with Ferrante Sometimes I think that the main narrator s school and career arc is the mercy bone she threw us just to keep us from looking awayThe second volume of this series focuses on the girls late adolescence and post adolescence the ears that for most of us would be covered by late high school college and සෝමපුර වීරයෝ your first post college job As with the first novel the pages of the novel are covered over with a powerful atmosphere that burns right through the pages untilou re sitting right with Lila and Elena with sand in Ordo Templi Orientis your outdated bathing suit on the beach at Ischia standing on a street corner watching a too flashy sports car go by catching a glimpse of a movie star that looks likeour friend with Elena in a cramped corner of a bedroom like a modern Italian Fanny Price angrily swatting at mosuitoes and trying to keep still in the suffocating heat The courtyards of broken glass wailing from the windows and women uncommented upon wearing bruises to work the next day is as sickeningly evoked as ever One of the fascinating atmospheric elements that Ferrante added demonstrated the stage of development where Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms you become aware thatou are not the center of the universe the stage of development where Music (Little Black Book) you become aware thatou are not the center of the universe a variety of ways in this case for characters living in poverty and powerlessness most of them borne in forcibly upon Notice Sur Les Ruines Et Le College Des Bernardins de Paris you whetherou like it or not Ferrante starts to introduce the gradual intrusion of politics and political identity tellingly it mostly shows in one tribal identity one way for the kids to divide themselves mostly in increased accusations of Fascist pig and Red communist thrown around in place of remarks on one s face and person and one kid going to one meeting and one going to another Elena also encounters this world but again not in itself but as a piece of currency in the game of the class system another piece of another kind of tribal mask that she s trying hard to don Professor Airota and his daughter had for example affectionate skirmishes on political subjects that I had heard about from Pasuale from Nino but whose substance I knew almost nothing about Arguments like ou ve been trapped by inter class collaboration ou call it a trap I call it mediation mediation in which the Christian Democrats always and only win Theoretical Anxiety and Design Strategies in the Work of Eight Contemporary Architects (The MIT Press) you re not reforming a thing in our place what wouldou do revolution revolution and revolution revolution is taking Italy out of the middle ages Like that a swift back and forth a polemical exercise that they both obviously enjoyed What I had never had and I now knew would always lack What was it I wasn t able to say precisely the training perhaps to feel that the uestions of the world were deeply connected to me the capacity to feel them as crucial and not purely as information to display at an exam in view of a good grade a mental conformation that didn t reduce everything to my own individual battle to the effort to be successful That one hit me hard This is is a really tough book on the class system and the unseen building damage that it does to the psyche The sort of psychology on display here is the *Sort Of Thing I Learned *of thing I learned my urban teacher training program or learned first hand when fac. Late 1950s through to the current day and about two remarkable oung women who are very much the products of that place and time Yet in doing so she has created a world in which readers will recognize themselves and has drawn a marvelously nuanced portrait of friendshipIn The Story of a New Name Lila has recently married and made her entrée into the family business; Elena meanwhile continues her studies and her exploration of the world beyond the neighborhood that she so often finds stifling Love jealousy family freedom comm. .
Elena Ferrante is an absolute marvel This was utterly ravishing How does she do it Structurally her novels could hardly be conservative her subject matter the fraught friendship of two women has been done to death And et Gifts of the Golden God you re constantly left with the feeling that no one has ever done what she does before Or at least no one has done it with such searing insight and freshness Only a handful of writers can undress and get to the heart of women as lucidly and thrillingly as Ferrante The first hundred pages especially were uite simply a dazzling display of a writer removing all the paint and powder from a woman s face mask and showing us the naked truths beneath Ferrante is like a kind of dream psychoanalysis She dispels all the fog unravels all the knots of a woman s deepest feeling and elucidates in simple language the fount the hidden motive She always knows the secret as to why her women are doing what they do She once said in an interview that her ambition was to make the facts of ordinary life gripping She achieves this by elucidating the emotionalmotivational source of many of these facts She also has this extraordinary talent for easing into her narrative and explaining difficult subjects without sacrificing a single beat of the fabulous driving momentum of her story There are no divergences in this novel every line is intrinsic to understanding Elena and Lila s struggles to achieve identity and autonomy For example the domestic violence in this novel is all the powerfully disturbing for the lack of emphasis she gives it as if it s no extraordinary than a trip to the shops It makes the domestic violence in for example A Girl Is a Half formed Thing seem written up and theatrical In fact the ease with which she feeds hugely complex and pivotal experience into her narrative makes most other contemporary novelists seem a bit written up and theatrical There s a fleet footed breeziness to Ferrante s storytelling which is uite simply bewitching in its ease of assurance I put off reading this for ages because for some reason I thought it might be a disappointment after My Brilliant Friend On the contrary it s even better Forour whole life The Butlerian Jihad you love people andou never really know who they are Nunzia to Len p215This one s a heartbreaker So exuisitely rendered that Visual Guide to Elliott Wave Trading: 593 (Bloomberg Financial) you ll recognizeour own hideous pain rising up to assail Confessions of an Immigrant's Daughter Social History of Canada ; 34 you again dear Readerour losses Address of Brevet Maj.-General Rutherford B. Hayes at the Fifth quadrennial congress your miseries in the cause of love Ferrante makes universal the disparate pain all loving creatures suffer Toward the end when reality becomes too much for some of the characters they descend into scarily dissociative states that surprise and rattleThe novel s narrative pleasure is dizzying Every action naturally folds into the next the continuity is superb The clarity is extraordinary it never relents I found myself slowing down to take in the richness as I would when reading a poem That s the paradox Ferrante incites in readers between wanting to gallop through the stunning tale to just gobble it up like cake and slowing down to take in the beauty of its structure and languageIt s the early 1960s in Naples and Lina Carracci n e Cerullo is newly and miserably married and living in virtual purdah with her husband Stefano whom she has uickly learned to hate because he is a tool of the Solaras who are Cammora Mr and Mrs Carracci live uite well in a new apartment with modern decor and lots of money because of their connection to these local criminals Lina we will recall from volume one My Brilliant Friend was unable to go on with her education at age ten or so and was made to work in her father s shoe shop Her chance of a higher education gone even though she was the smartest girl in the school she then had to resort to other means of self advancement namely marriage In the early going here it s not going so well She feels not without justification that Stefano tricked her into marriage So she refuses him the great gift and he beats her to a pulp regularly in effect raping his wifeIn her friend Len our narrator Lina sees her own lost dream of education still alive Yet Len s having her man problems too Her lover Antonio a car mechanic suspects her of interest in another fellow Nino who is intellectually Len s match in a way Antonio can never be Len stays with the blue collar Antonio though because she doesn t feel worthy of Nino having come from a background much like Antonio s Len disparages her intellect and achievements lusting over the distant Nino She is trying to make that leap but can t see how she might do it This is all a little silly whenou consider that Nino is actually from her own neighborhood She s known him since she was a child But his father moved out of the neighborhood many Puberty Blues years ago and became a college professor And now Len feels Nino s somehow out of her leagueThere was no escape No neither Lina nor I would ever become like the sophisticated girl who had waited for Nino after school We both lacked something intangible but fundamental which was obvious in her even ifou simply saw her from a distance and which one possessed or did not because to have that thing it was not enough to learn Latin or Greek or philosophy nor was the money from groceries or shoes of any use p 84Suffice it to say Nino is available then Len suspects That s the problem I say no ReadThe long interlude on the beach at Ischia reminds me very much of Cesare Pavese s novellas particularly The Beach as found in The Selected Works One of Nino s sisters is even named Clelia Another work which harrowingly evokes the terrors of One Night Denied youthful sexual awakening is brought to mind by The Story Of A New Name and that s Knut Hamsun s Pan From Lieutenant Thomas Glahn s Papers See my reviews of both booksOn to Volume 3 I m still a bit puzzled about the phenomen that Ferrante s cycle is I don t find writing particuralry brilliant I think I didn t mark any single uote here andet enjoyed the story I thought it was very predictible at times I could see what was coming and mostly hadn t been suprised by the course of events and still kept reading I can t say it was innovative the course of events and still kept reading I can t say it was innovative imaginative et Ferrante managed to
#DRAW ME IN HER WORLD ENTIRELY MAYBE I M #me in her world entirely Maybe I m but as I mentioned in the review of MBF I still haven t spotted in the second volume anything to not maintain that Ferrante is excorcising her past Her writing here feels too intimate too personal to think about this one only as a fictional story Perhaps her case is similar to other writers including Edward St Aubyn and his Patrick Melrose or My struggle by Karl Ove Knausg rd that I m reading now and this is her way to deal with the demons of the past a necessary step on the way to move on to finally let goI ve returned to Lila and Elena story after over two ears and I find myself still engaged in their story and difficult friendship the relationship that actually feels like challenging than supporting each others I was suprised how easily I entered their lives again and how much I rememberd from the previous tome Of course some names eluded me but the main protagonists didn t fade in my memory Like in the first installment this one bases on choices girls had made already and its aftermaths It s useless to describing the plot for Under a War-Torn Sky you either buy this story or not eitherou re involved and concerned their fates or are bored and somewhat dismissive like Politics in America, Alternate Edition you know such things still happen so what s the point to write hundreds pages about it I for my part was really engaged from the first page and thought that strength of the novel lies just in this meticulous description this detailed dissection this ugly at times mundanity and sheer ordinariness of their lives The Story of a New Name is about losing old self and identity and by adopting a new name the husband s name forging the new one It s about struggling to remain oneself in mostly man s world where masculine point of view is sanctity and it s highly unreasonable to defy established order It s about violence womens were still subjected to and time honoured agreement to it It s about humilitian that not only fathers or husbands deliver but also women to themselves It s about attempting to break the vicious circle of poverty and misery by abandoning not only family home not even a uarter and neighbourhood but also a city if it needsLila s figure is complicated one and she is far reckless rebellious and untamed than in the first volume she hurts and degradates Elena because she herself is a victim Their relationship once again is full of mutual resentments and envy and admiration and their sense of closeness and precarious Ferrante doesn t shy away from speaking of violence and abuse and rape and wife beaters she bluntly describes the ugly face of Lila s marriage and where and why it failed She lets us know the moment when the girlsoung women actually had to acknowledge the truth that no matter what they would do no matter how much money Lila has now or how educated Elena is they still would have no chance with thoroughbred that true class and natural grace is not to buy or imitateI think I m enjoying the story because it has an air of something tangible it s like hearing about people The Eat Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook you know in real life peopleou re supporting in their struggling I don t expect anything spectacular or flamboyant or bigger than life And I think I ll stop here This novel broke my heart It broke my heart so badly that I had to stop reading it for a few days to recoverThis is the second book of Elena Ferrante s Neapolitan series and it follows Elena and Lila from their teenage ears and into their early 20s Their neighborhood in Naples is still rough and violent in the 1960s but Lila s marriage to the wealthy grocer Stefano allows her to climb out of the poverty The two friends were often competitive especially about school but in book two they are also competitive about menWhich brings me to why this novel broke my heart It s hard to talk about this book without spoilers so I shall hide it for those who don t want to know et view spoilerElena who is our narrator has been in love with *Nino Sarratore since they were children Nino is smart and driven but also *Sarratore since they were children Nino is smart and driven but also and elusive While on vacation the beautiful Lila steals Nino away and the two begin an affair Lila insists she s fallen in love wit This is a marvelous novel with heart and soul Neapolitan heart and soul that is The second installment in the famous Elena Ferrante tetralogy for me anyway exceeded the first book in originality and plot line I found it moving and a very uick read despite its nearly 500 page lengthFor this review I wanted to focus on the title and the importance of names in Ferrante s work First off there is it seems to me a Proustian reference here to Le nom du pays Le nom wh. In 2012 Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend introduced readers to the unforgettable Elena and Lila whose lifelong friendship provides the backbone for the Neapolitan Novels The Story of a New Name is the second book in this series With these books which the New Yorker's James Wood described as large captivating amiably peopled a beautiful and delicate tale of confluence and reversal Ferrante proves herself to be one of Italy's most accomplished storytellers She writes vividly about a specific neighborhood of Naples from the.