The Story of A New Name

The Story of A New Name

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Two friends, Lila and Elena, are now in their twenties. Marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila. Meanwhile, Elena continues her journey of self-discovery. The two young women share a complex and evolving bond that brings them close at times, and drives them apart at others. Each vacillates between hurtful disregard and profound love for the other. With this complicated and meticulously portrayed friendship at the center of their emotional lives, the two girls mature into women, paying the cruel price that this passage exacts.
Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2013.
ISBN: 9781609451349
1609451341
Branch Call Number: FIC Ferra
Characteristics: 471 p. --
Additional Contributors: Goldstein, Ann 1949-

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alicia_mcisaac
Jan 02, 2021

Book 2

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Pol1916HL
May 02, 2020

The Neopolitan Novels (4 novels)
1.My Brilliant Friend (already read) 2.The Story of a New Name 3.Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay 4.The Story of the Lost Child (n/a this library; can order on Amazon)

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NadiaHathor
Sep 17, 2019

This is a case where there aren't enough stars and or words to acclaim this book with! Elena has fast become one of my favorite Authors with her audacious, unsentimental ability to unmask the personalities of her characters with little fanfare while erupting the senses with her precise, yet fluid Writing style. She leaves the reader gasping for breath and seeking an anchor from the harsh realities of Love, anger, envy, delusion, expectation, and friendship held too loosely. Part Two of the Neopolitan Series is a masterclass in Storytelling. Every page held me spellbound and desperate for more. Love, Love, Love it!!

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NadiaHathor
Sep 17, 2019

This is a case where there aren't enough stars and or words to acclaim this book with! Elena has fast become one of my favorite Authors with her audacious, unsentimental ability to unmask the personalities of her characters with little fanfare while erupting the senses with her precise, yet fluid Writing style. She leaves the reader gasping for breath and seeking an anchor from the harsh realities of Love, anger, envy, delusion, expectation, and friendship held too loosely. Part Two of the Neopolitan Series is a masterclass in Storytelling. Every page held me spellbound and desperate for more. Love, Love, Love it!!

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jr3083
Mar 14, 2018

This is a four-part story, released at one volume each year between 2012 and 2015. Set in a poverty-stricken section of Naples in the 1950s, it is the story of a friendship between two women, Elena and Lina.
At times I found myself wondering whether anything really happened in these books. Is the whole thing just a souped-up soap opera, I wondered? But occasionally, I'd just sit bank and think- Yep, this woman sure can write. There's a huge scope of time encompassed in these books. The plotting of the series of books is masterful, clearly planned in its entirety from the opening pages of Book 1 which tie in so neatly with the closing pages of Book 4. This isn't a saga with one book added after another once they began to sell well: no, it's a complete whole, conceived as a unity from the start. It was always a little difficult to start each volume after a break, but about half way through each one , she'd put her foot to the metal and it was unputdownable.

I have loved these books. They capture so well the ambiguities of a close friendship, and they mark the passing of time and the 20th century development of Naples, with the chains of past family enmities and the allure of modernity. I flipped through the advertisements for Ferrente's other books at the back of the volume. No, I don't want to read any more. They sound too much the same. This was just perfect, just as it is.

For my complete review, see https://residentjudge.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/the-neapolitan-quartet-by-elena-ferrante/

Bunny_Watson716 Jul 25, 2017

This is the second book in Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels. I couldn't put it down and loved the way that the friendship between Elena and Lina is described - all the conflicting feelings, tensions, and betrayals. I also love that the novel charts Elena's intellectual development and her struggle to find her place in the new worlds she inhabits away from her family.

kslavik Apr 08, 2017

Damn, I cried near the end of this book. The characters drew me in so much I couldn't stop reading and I ended up finishing the book in 10 days. If you're interested in feminism definitely check out this book.

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empbee
Feb 02, 2017

I want to put it down but I can't.

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FVReader
Nov 19, 2016

I enjoyed this continuation of Lina and Elena's story. This story takes the girls through their teens and into their early 20s.
It's a story of raising oneself above one's beginning and the various directions this can take one. It's about feeling out of place and struggling to find comfort and security within oneself.
Who hasn't gone through all that in one's life?
These girls are interesting. Their friendship is complicated.
Elena Ferrante tells a good story. I look forward to continuing with this story very soon.
Also, loved the ending! What a way to end this segment of the story!

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NanCcan
Sep 06, 2016

Only continuing the series because I do enjoy finding out what happens to characters I've come to know. I am still dismayed with Elena's depressing inability to ever appreciate the value of her own dreams and achievements. She makes so much progress in this book, but still doesn't feel she is "good enough."

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vickiz
Mar 04, 2017

I saw her standing by the bonfire, without the shape of a woman in that outfit, as she leafed through the pages of the Blue Fairy. Suddenly she threw it on the fire.

sungeun2k1 Aug 20, 2016

"I had made that whole journey mainly to show her what she had lost and what I had won. But she had known from the moment I appeared, and now... 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 the brain of one echo in the mad sound of the brain of the other."

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