Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

eBook - 2014
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Since the publication of My Brilliant Friend, the first of the Neapolitan novels, Elena Ferrante's fame as one of our most compelling, insightful, and stylish contemporary authors has grown enormously. She has gained admirers among authors--Jhumpa Lahiri, Elizabeth Strout, Claire Messud, to name a few--and critics--James Wood, John Freeman, Eugenia Williamson, for example. But her most resounding success has undoubtedly been with readers, who have discovered in Ferrante a writer who speaks with great power and beauty of the mysteries of belonging, human relationships, love, family, and friendship. In this third Neapolitan novel, Elena and Lila, the two girls whom eaders first met in My Brilliant Friend, have become women. Lila married at sixteen and has a young son; she has left her husband and the comforts of her marriage brought and now works as a common laborer. Elena has left the neighborhood, earned her college degree, and published a successful novel, all of which has opened the doors to a world of learned interlocutors and richly furnished salons. Both women have attempted are pushing against the walls of a prison that would have seem them living a life of mystery, ignorance and submission. They are afloat on the great sea of opportunities that opened up during the nineteen-seventies. Yet they are still very much bound to see each other by a strong, unbreakable bond.
Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2014.
ISBN: 9781609452230
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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Sep 17, 2019

What can you say about the third in a series of books which utterly blows your mind and overall comprehension of the depths to which Fiction can be realized in the astute and compelling hands of a mistress Storyteller? Pulsating from the first sentence with such truth, depth, raw honesty and uncompromising realism that I felt mesmerized and a little shell shocked. Elena's ability to reveal the psychological ferocity & cavernous aspects of the human psyche is revelatory causing me to feel vexed and instructed at the same time. I've been privileged to listen to the Audiobooks as well and Hillary Huber is the consummate Narrator for this Series, her voice and tones are delightfully flexible & expansive, which completely enthralls you. In case I'm not being clear, not only do I greatly recommend this book and the series overall, I think it should be on Literature curriculums everywhere!!


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