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From L amie prodigieuse Choice f roleYou can be either a bad girl r a good girl When you have played a bit you can even try combining these two roles See Advanced ptions belowBad girlIf you are a bad girl you will be able to speak your mind and express your sexuality freely but you will be beaten raped and called a whore and a witch You may also be subjected to ther punishments such as being disowned by your family r forced into a dangerous and poorly remunerated job Good girlIf you are a good girl you will be grudgingly accepted by society but you will have to work twenty four hours a day to learn the complex rules you need to follow you will constantly feel that you are a fraud and an imposter and you will need to sleep with people who do not attract you while pretending that they do Goal De Odyssee van Drs. P of the gameYour goal is to have children and live long enough to see them grow upnly mildly damaged You will find that this is harder than it sounds but that s all part f the funAdvanced ptionsWhen you have played the game a few times you may want to try combining the bad girl and good girl roles You may for example be a bad girl who gets married and tries to stay faithful to her husband U.K. Kink (British Invasion or a good girl who writes a daring and truthful novel about her life Note however that nonef these strategies will actually let you winUseful tipsIf you decide to get serious about WOMAN there are several excellent books which will help you improve your skills Elena Ferrante s series is particularly good Go ut and buy a copy tomorrow you won t regret it WARNING Spending too much time playing WOMAN can be very depressing Make sure you take freuent breaks and remember that it s nly a gameEnjoy To Celle ui fuit et celle ui reste 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 and yet 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 Fallen Heroes of events and still kept reading I can t say it was innovativer imaginative yet Ferrante managed to draw me in her world entirely Maybe I m mistaken but as I mentioned in the review On Elegance While Sleeping 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 thisne Humphrey Bogart: A Bio-Bibliography only as a fictional story Perhaps her case is similar tother writers including Edward St Aubyn and his Patrick Melrose r My struggle by Karl Ove Knausg rd that I m reading now and this is her way to deal with the demons f the past a necessary step n the way to move n to finally let goI ve returned to Lila and Elena story after The X.Y.Z. of Love: Frank Answers to Every Important Question About Sex in Today's World over two years and I find myself still engaged in their story and difficult friendship the relationship that actually feels like challenging than supporting eachthers 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 Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change one basesn choices girls had made already and its aftermaths It s useless to describing the plot for you either buy this story r not either you re involved and concerned their fates r are bored and somewhat dismissive like 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 f the novel lies just in this meticulous description this detailed dissection this ugly at times mundanity and sheer rdinariness Edwardian Album of their lives The Storyf a New Name is about losing ld self and identity and by adopting a new name the husband s name forging the new ne It s about struggling to remain La Historia Secreta del Narco: Desde Navolato Vengo oneself in mostly man s world where masculine pointf view is sanctity and it s highly unreasonable to defy established rder It s about violence womens were still subjected to and time honoured agreement to it It s about humilitian that not nly fathers Heavenly Fragrance: Cooking with Aromatic Asian Herbs, Fruits, Spices and Seasonings or husbands deliver but also women to themselves It s about attempting to break the vicious circlef poverty and misery by abandoning not Desert Shadows: A True Story of the Charles Manson Family in Death Valley only family home not even a uarter and neighbourhood but also a city if it needsLila s figure is complicatedne 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 nce again is full f mutual resentments and envy and admiration and their sense Wrecking Ball of closeness and precarious Ferrante doesn t shy away from speakingf violence and abuse and rape and wife beaters she bluntly describes the ugly face Thumb Notes Almanac: Hitchhiking the Marcellus Shale of Lila s marriage and where and why it failed She lets us know the moment when the girls young women actually had to acknowledge the truth that no matter what they would do no matter how much money Lila has nowr how educated Elena is they still would have no chance with thoroughbred that true class and natural grace is not to buy Nowhere in Africa: An Autobiographical Novel or imitateI think I m enjoying the story because it has an airf something tangible it s like hearing about people you know in real life people you re supporting in their struggling I don t expect anything spectacular As the God of Death Dictates Volume 01 or flamboyantr bigger than life And I think I ll stop here 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 Sniper Training: FM 23-10 of my luck And her life continuously appears in mine in the words that I ve uttered in which there sften an echo Misguided Truths: Part Two of hers in my less which is such becausef her in my which is the yielding to the force A Criminal and an Irishman: The Inside Story of the Boston Mob-IRA Connection of her lessThis second book in Elena Ferrante s Neapolitan series continues the storyf two childhood friends now young adults Lila and Elena Just as riveting as My Brilliant Friend The Story The Irishman of a New Name captured my attention from pagene It s uite dramatic really and I found that at times my head was spinning from the depth f the penetrating look at the lives behaviors motivations and innermost thoughts f 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 you in like you are watching the drama play ut right in front f you It did reuire however a step back from time to time to relax and catch my breath A bit In the Ballpark of re energizing is necessary to take it all in Imagine yourself a teenager still with all the complexitiesf emotions the uncertainties the jealousies and the sometimes rash behaviors attributed to you and your friends and acuaintances But now add in a degree Uncle Remus [Penguin Twentieth Century Classics] (Annotated) of poverty that mostf us are fortunately not accustomed to violence that I pray most are not subjected to and the expectations and Escritos sobre el exilio 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 you haven t read the first book in the series you 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 you may feel the same I just want to talk about Lila and Elena a little bit Throughout the novel I found myself reflectingn the two and who was better ff who the stronger f the two characters etc I think the The Song of the Sea opening uote to my review really sums up the relationship between the two and I came to mywn conclusion whether right The Innkeeper's Wife or wrong that each completes thether Elena may have had educational Carnage on the Committee opportunities but without the encouragementf Lila as well as a sense Malignant Self-Love: Narcissism Revisited of competition she may not have had the drive to take advantagef those Malignant Pied Pipers of Our Time: A Psychological Study of Destructive Cult Leaders from Rev. Jim Jones to Osama Bin Laden 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 goalf 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 Drawers Of Powers From The Heavenlies 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 violencef the neighborhood KIDNAPPING KILEY (A erotic tale of bondage, domination, sadism and masochism (bdsm)) other than money The narrative is written from Elena s pointf view but we also get Tips Tricks For Keyholders occasional glimpses from Lila s pointf view through a series آرت کالت Artcult - نشریه الکترونیکی of notebooks she entrusted to Elena Notebooks that Elena was not given permission to read but that is neither here nor there If your best friend gave you her diary for safekeeping what would you do Maybe your friend gave you the diary because she couldn t express the deepest feelings in her heart and she knew that you would not be able to resist In this way you can share 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 pointf view here I don t know that I can say much about this book r this series it s ne that I could contemplate for an indefinite amount f time So much happens in these pages but none f it is confusing There are a lot Pinocho of names and variationsf names for the same person A guide at the front MPreg: Gaylord Of The Forest (Gay Male Pregnancy) 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 bitf a break in between 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 Amano Shiro Art Works Kingdom Hearts one up to a 5 stars because after a few monthsf thinking about it it s definitely my favorite in the series I keep finding myself thinking f certain scenes and elements f this installment and I love it I m not sure if I can write a coherent review f this book right now There are so many layers to this story so much to unpack and yet still as this is book 2 f 4 so much left to discover I am incredibly impressed by Ferrante s ability to develop characters that are real real than almost any Odd Billy Todd 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 hasne f the best pages f literature I ve ever read so there s that I can t wait to read books 3 4 For your whole life you love people and you never really know who they are Nunzia to Len p215This راوی بهاران one s a heartbreaker So exuisitely rendered that you ll recognize yourwn hideous pain rising up to assail you again dear Reader your losses your miseries in the cause Real Dogs Don't Whisper: Life Lessons from a Larger Than Life Dog - And His Owner! of love Ferrante makes universal the disparate pain all loving creatures suffer Toward the end when reality becomes too much for somef 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 f 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 f the Solaras who are Cammora Mr and Mrs Carracci live uite well in a new apartment with modern decor and lots Liber Lilith: A Gnostic Grimoire of money becausef their connection to these local criminals Lina we will recall from volume ne My Brilliant Friend was unable to go n with her education at age ten Incest of the Trinity or so and was made to work in her father s shoe shop Her chancef a higher education gone even though she was the smartest girl in the school she then had to resort to The Bitchy Waiter: Life on the Other Side of the Menu other meansf 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 My Savior our narrator Lina sees herwn lost dream f education still alive Yet Len s having her man problems too Her lover Antonio a car mechanic suspects her f 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 Return to Intimacy of Nino having come from a background much like Antonio s Len disparages her intellect and achievements lustingver 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 when you consider that Nino is actually from her A History Of Motion Picture Color Technology own neighborhood She s known him since she was a child But his father movedut Digital Copyright of the neighborhood many years ago and became a college. Ella me demostró ue yo no había ganado nada simplemente porue en este mundo nuestro no había nada ue ganary lo ue de verdad valía la pena era verse de vez en cuando para ue el sonido enlouecido de nuestras mentes fuera rebotando de la una a latra sin pararElla es una mujer hermosa alocada y su nombre es Lila Es la misma niña ue conocimos en La amiga estupenda el primer tomo de esta espléndida trilogía y ahora recién cumplidos lo.
Professor And now Len feels Nino s somehow ut f 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 bvious in her even if you simply saw her from a distance and which ne possessed Theogony and Works and Days or did not because to have that thing it was not enough to learn Latinr Greek The True Story of Ah Q or philosophy nor was the money from groceriesr shoes f any use p 84Suffice it to say Nino is available then Len suspects That s the problem I say no ReadThe long interlude n the beach at Ischia reminds me very much Where To?: A Hack Memoir of Cesare Pavese s novellas particularly The Beach as found in The Selected Works Onef Nino s sisters is even named Clelia Another work which harrowingly evokes the terrors f 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 f both booksOn to Volume 3 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 riginality and plot line I found it moving and a very uick read despite its nearly 500 page lengthFor this review I wanted to focus n the title and the importance The Orange Grove (Biblioasis International Translation Series Book 16) of names in Ferrante s work Firstff there is it seems to me a Proustian reference here to Le nom du pays Le nom which is the somewhat ambiguous subtitle f ne f the early sections f La Recherche du Temps Perdu There are some similarities between Proust s style Saltare il Muro of describing Marcel s youth to how Ms Ferrante describes Elena s youth There is also a second subtle Proustian techniue we learn in this book that the narrator writes her first book and publishes it under her name Elena and we know the author s name is given as Elena so as the same ambiguity exists between Marcel and Elena the narrators Marcel and Elena the characters and Marcel and Elena the authorsf the book Underneath this in the narrative itself names play a huge role in the story The and I apologize for the Filled By Five Alphas overwrought term ambiguitynce again ambiguous frontier between ElenaLinaLenucchia and LilaLen is apparent in their names and their nicknames As an aside is it me r does the Italian language have an incredible plethora f nicknames Elena s search for identity is complex and goes through ups and downs a reason for this is precisely how hard it is for her to distinguish herself from Lila in her wn head complex because their trajectories their looks their families are both so incredibly different and yet Elena has this magnetic inevitable attraction to her friend and this impedes her search for selfWe pick up the lives f Lila and Elena in the 60s after Lila s mariage to Stefano and during Elena s studies in high school and at university in Pisa The themes that were present in My Brilliant Friend resonate here nce again especially those f the subjugation f women and the problems f class Elena s sexual initiation and the battering The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Commentary on the Raja Yoga Sutras by Sri Swami Satchidananda of Lila by Stefano serve as examplesf the former whereas both characters struggles to escape the Neopolitan slums permeate both The First Year of their stories What fascinates me as a reader is the raw realistic descriptionsf Elena s success in gaining some recognition in good society and her complex feelings f shame and pride that envelope her As for Lila her attempts to escape her disastrous mariage lead her to mistreat Elena time and time again and despite her heart stopping beauty and sensuality she seems inescapably tied to the neighborhood the Camorra as represented by the Solari brothers and her dialect which binds her to her fate as well What also strikes me is the lucid interpretation f the characters actions When Nino kisses Elena n the cheek and then fatefully Lila In his view it meant Let s get rid f all the filters that prevent us from fully savoring ur being here and now real p 223 This is actually another theme f the book how do we live authentically despite the constraints f ur culture and ur upbringing The dialogs are rapid fire and full f irony and meaning I regret that I cannot read in Italian because I imagine that the passages between Italian and dialect and the intertextual inferences must be even better in the His Impetuous Debutante original The perceptionf The Place of Mind ourwn self deception Sanctification in Reverse: The Essence of Satanic Ritual Abuse on a daily basis also pervades the text There are moments when we resort to senseless formulations and advance absurd claims to hide straightforward feelings p 271 is a lucid truth that isbserved by the narrator again and again Time and time again Elena is led down corridors Manic Love of moral ambivalence I was theren the island the air stirred by the cab s movement assailed me with the intense Genghis Khan: 13th-Century Mongolian Tyrant odorsf the vegetation from which the night was evaporating But it was a mortified presence submissive to the demands f thers p 284 In this way both Naples and Ischia are also characters in the story in how they form the personality Strike Force of the protagonists The real problem for Elena is herwn lack f self identity self love Their passion invaded me disturbed me I loved them both and so I couldn t love myself feel myself affirm myself with a need for life f my wn ne that had the same blind mute force as theirs So it seemed to me p 284 There is a gorgeous passage Armageddon (The Fallen, on page 289f soul searching The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed on the beach where we feel her pain her alienation from herself that was literally painful to read Lila is right the beautyf things is a trick the sky is the throne The Battle for New York: The City at the Heart of the American Revolution of fear Powerful words Water and the sea are a consistent metaphor for the narrator s self loathing And ifn the surface my condition might seem solid compact here instead beside Lila I felt sodden earth too soaked with water p 294 Yet it is at this point after the fateful night away from Nunzio that Elena starts to change Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus once again and find herself This passage was brilliant And her life continuously appears in mine in the words that I ve uttered in which there sften an echo f hers in a particular gesture that is an adaptation f a gesture f hers in my less which is such because f her in my which is the yielding to the force f her less Not to mention what she never said but let me guess what I didn t know and read later in her notebooks Thus the story f the facts has to reckon with filters deferments partial truths half lies from it comes an arduous measurement Evenings with Horowitz: A Personal Portrait of time passed that is based completelyn the unreliable measuring device Pipe Dreams of words p 337 And yet those words are where Elena will find vindication and meaning as she is finally able to put themn paper and write her first book This comes Te vendo un perro of course after tribulation in Pisa where Elena feels the social distance between her and the academic society Gone was the pleasuref re educating my voice my gestures my way f dressing and walking as if I were competing for the prize f the best disguise the mask worn so well that is was almost a face p 400 This passage reminded me a lot Il tait une fois dans l'est of the Bal des Masues in Le Temps Retrouv And it is precisely at this momentf reflection that she writes her book I can t wait to read the third volume f this series and can t emphasize enough how engaging a read these books are I hope my review will incite you to read r reread this magnificent book C mon library hurry up What s your ugly placeWe all have ne 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 rder to keep it ut f the light Breaking India: Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines of day It s the place you can t help but end up sometimes when something particularly embarrassing happens to you something tragic an epiphany about yourself that you didn t particularly wantccurs to you It s the place where you were the person you never ever wanted to be lives and the memories Knave's Gambit of when that person cameut that Knave of Broken Hearts one time that you never want to think about againThat deep down dark pitf your stomach feeling that s welling up and ver as that image comes to your brain That s it That s the visceral level f vulnerability insecurity ugliness and pain that I saw there And there is where you need to be to understand everything I m about to tell youBecause that place is where this novel goes This thing hit me where I live Which means as you can probably tell already that reading Story f 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 few years 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 f 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 you read these books Parfois je suis un renard objectively Or at least I think it would be I have no wayf really telling right now Her style is for the most part this totally bare bald faced thing that just tells you exactly what is happening to her characters in their mundane perfectly rdinary 1960s poor Italian lives The engine driving the drama that the things that keep happening keep right n damn happening to them and the second volume is no better Ferrante is as merciless as time marching n without a thought for her characters and their development who really could use some time in this stage f their personal development r ther Ferrante like the harsh Naples neighborhood she raises her characters in doesn t allow herself to give a damn I can absolutely guarantee you whatever you sign up for you 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 This Time It's Forever of this series focusesn the girls late adolescence and post adolescence the years that for most Rosey wins over Bullies of us would be covered by late high school college and your first post college job As with the first novel the pagesf the novel are covered Gods, Gachupines and Gringos: A People's History of Mexico over with a powerful atmosphere that burns right through the pages until you re sitting right with Lila and Elena with sand in yourutdated bathing suit The Chalice on the beach at Ischia standingn a street corner watching a too flashy sports car go by catching a glimpse f a movie star that looks like your friend with Elena in a cramped corner f a bedroom like a modern Italian Fanny Price angrily swatting at mosuitoes and trying to keep still in the suffocating heat The courtyards f broken glass wailing from the windows and women uncommented upon wearing bruises to work the next day is as sickeningly evoked as ever One f the fascinating atmospheric elements that Ferrante added demonstrated the stage Erotic Slavehood: A Miss Abernathy Omnibus of development where you become aware that you are not the centerf the universe in a variety The Prophet Outcast: Trotsky, 1929-1940 of ways in this case for characters living in poverty and powerlessness mostf them borne in forcibly upon you whether you like it Sword and Lute: Stories of Healing from the Ancient Science of Chinese Acupuncture and Medicine or not Ferrante starts to introduce the gradual intrusionf politics and political identity tellingly it mostly shows in ne tribal identity ne way for the kids to divide themselves mostly in increased accusations f Fascist pig and Red communist thrown around in place f remarks n ne s face and person and ne kid going to ne meeting and ne going to another Elena also encounters this world but again not in itself but as a piece f currency in the game f the class system another piece f another kind Eden: It's an Endless World, Volume 2 of tribal mask that she s trying hard to don Professor Airota and his daughter had for example affectionate skirmishesn political subjects that I had heard about from Pasuale from Nino but whose substance I knew almost nothing about Arguments like you ve been trapped by inter class collaboration you call it a trap I call it mediation mediation in which the Christian Democrats always and nly win you re not reforming a thing in ur place what would you do revolution revolution and revolution revolution is taking Italy ut f the middle ages Like that a swift back and forth a polemical exercise that they both bviously 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 f 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 f a good grade a mental conformation that didn t reduce everything to my wn individual battle to the effort to be successful That The Incomparable Christ: Our Master and Model one hit me hard This is is a really tough bookn the class system and the unseen building damage that it does to the psyche The sort Guide To Investing in Gold Silver: Protect Your Financial Future of psychologyn display here is the sort The Incomparable Hester Santlow of thing I learned in my urban teacher training programr learned first hand when faced with some f my students Elena spends a great deal f the back half f this book anxiously trying to decode and adopt the unwritten. S dieciséis años acaba de casarse con un hombre al ue desprecia La tra ue escucha la sigue y sin uerer la imita es Nanú una alumna brillante empeñada en aprender de los libros todo auello ue Lila aprende de la vida a secasAsí en este rebote de sensaciones se desarrolla una amistad muy peculiar una relación donde la complicidad es ley Basta una mirada de Lila para ue Nanú entienda ué pasa realmente en el dormitorio de su amiga Bas.
Rules f being middle class the words the clothes what I was trained to call the cultural knapsack that middle class kids ften get seemingly by Diaries of a College Girl 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 takever 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 The Wallace and Gromit A Close Shave Pop-Up Book of the wasted landscapesr shabby apartments that she describesAnd watching Elena sew her middle class mask Becoming The Bride: Gender Swap Erotica onto her face tighter and tighter laboring at it for years and watching the ugly ugly road that it takes to get theref which Ferrante nly tells you the barest part but it isn t hard to guess it well did anyone else watch Battlestar Galatica Do you remember that time that Baltar was in jail after fucking up yet again and he talks to Lee I think finally pening 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 ne 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 f the city She s a veritable ueen in the ld neighborhood and can lord it ver 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 f 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 you 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 ther powerful stuff buttresses it under the surface that provided it with its foundation we re far enough along into the lives One Cause, Many Ailments: The Leaky Gut Syndrome: What It Is and How It May Be Affecting Your Health of these girls that the friendship has now takenn a life Cutting Edge Marketing Analytics: Real World Cases and Data Sets for Hands On Learning (FT Press Analytics) of itswn We ve reached the point as happens in a lot Paolo and Panetto of long running friendships where the thing has becomeverripe it s become something rotten and possibly poisonous something that probably should have been dumped Vivien Leigh overboard a long time ago But you re still at the place where you can t uite let it goEspecially when it s a powerful relationship with someone as charismatic as Lila someone you looked up to someone you putn a pedestal and set up as a sort By the Book of personal musedeitydevil It s a fascinating minute examinationf a part The Day After the Dollar Crashes: A Survival Guide for the Rise of the New World Order of the conseuencesf an expanding consciousness f the world namely that you realize that you your friend and your courtyard are no longer the center f the universe Elena is starting to become aware in fits and starts f 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 ut 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 n someone and I would never again miss someone And even a whole chapter where she experiments writing about her wn life without referencing Lila at all something neat clean undisturbed And something that lasts two pages before Lila returns How easy it is to tell the story f myself without Lila time uiets down and the important facts slide along the thread f the years like suitcases n a conveyor belt at an airport you pick them up and put them n a page and it s doneIt s complicated to recount what happened to her in those years The belt slows down accelerates swerves abruptly goes The Teachings of Spenser Carlyle: The Novel off the tracks The suitcases fallff fly pen 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 f my luck And her life continuously appears in mine in the words that I ve uttered in which there s Weirdo Noir: Gothic and Dark Lowbrow Art often an echof hers in a particular gesture that is an adaptation The Message of Salvation: By God's Grace, for God's Glory of a gesturef hers in may less which is such because Anonymums of her in my which is yielding to the forcef her less She can t leave her behind There s a lot f reasons why but at the heart f it is another class battle f sorts to do with Elena s identification as an intellectual and a discussion f different kinds Practical Ventriloquism of intelligence and whichne 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 you must always do harm Lila When will you stop When will your energy diminish will you be distracted when will you finally collapse like a sleepy sentinel When will you grow wide and sit at the cash register in the new neighborhood with your stomach swelling and make Pinuccia and aunt and me me me leave to go my wn way runs the imagined inner monologue f ne f the characters While Elena s well Elena s is kind that gets you through high school and college and into a steady job and the plaudits On Riemanns Theory of Algebraic Functions and Their Integrals of those around you It s the sortf self punishing struggle that most intellectuals put themselves through at some point and probably most Achtung ... U-Boats Passing: A Saga of War at Sea (Vol. 2) of their lives if they identify asr are put into the role Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat of a smart kid early enough You were that kid right A lotf us were But then you met that Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home other kid right Thene who was smarter than you If you re me you met a whole group f them in which you were the least intelligent person If you re lucky you felt challenged you felt yourself blossom If you weren t you felt inadeuate like your identity had melted away and you never uite recovered If you re super unlucky like Elena you get the triple double horrible punch f feeling elatedexhilaratedproudbetrayedinsecureunhappyangrysad every time you see this person wasting themselves away If you ve never had that sort f deep friendship the kind that s gone wrong and back around the corner again r even if it never uite come back again the sort that s steered your life I don t know how to explain it to you The closest I can come is that Cathy Heathcliff thing it s that thing where Cathy tells people that Heathcliff is a part f her and that really sucks and it s no pleasure to her most f the time but there he is and there s really no way to tear him Screwball Television: Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls out again and you re going to have to live with the goddamn thing because if you don t you ll pullut such a big piece Ya Gotta Believe!: My Roller-Coaster Life as a Screwball Pitcher and Part-Time father, and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer of you that what you consider your 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 what she sees her do in response And what happens to her what she thinks she realizes It was a gut punch that I cannly describe by going back to Baltar again Remember in the last episoe he s with Six and they re trying to figure Night's Pawn out how they re going to get byn the new planet and he says in the most broken little voice you ve ever heard like he absolutely can t believe he s bringing it up You know I know about farming If you were the person who like me was utterly destroyed by that moment then you need to read this book If you were any Firing the First Elder (Pioneers in the Pulpit Book 2) of the people described abover if you have that ugly place you need to read this book If you re looking to be transported if you re looking for something that can consume you for days you need to read this book So I guess really I would say that if you re alive in any way I m sure that there s a reason that you should probably read this bookInstant personal classic instant all time favorites list will be re reading this nce a decade for the rest f 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 f 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 ther every so The Secret Child often to hear the mad soundf Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook one brain echo in the mad soundf the brain f the ther That s whyThis review riginally appeared n my blog at 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 f two women has been done to death And yet you re constantly left with the feeling that no ne has ever done what she does before Or at least no Death by Inferior Design one has done it with such searing insight and freshness Only a handfulf writers can undress and get to the heart f women as lucidly and thrillingly as Ferrante The first hundred pages especially were uite simply a dazzling display f 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 Hitler's Northern War: The Luftwaffe's Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945 of dream psychoanalysis She dispels all the fog unravels all the knotsf 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 nce said in an interview that her ambition was to make the facts f rdinary life gripping She achieves this by elucidating the emotionalmotivational source f many A Philosophy of Cinematic Art of these facts She also has this extraordinary talent for easing into her narrative and explaining difficult subjects without sacrificing a single beatf the fabulous driving momentum The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified 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 lackf 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 White House Years (Henry Kissingers Memoirs 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 easef assurance I put ff 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 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 f Elena Ferrante s Neapolitan series and it follows Elena and Lila from their teenage years 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 ut f the poverty The two friends were In a World Created by a Drunken God 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 yet view spoilerElena who isur narrator has been in love with Nino Sarratore since they were children Nino is smart and driven but also uiet and elusive While Indo No Kao on vacation the beautiful Lila steals Nino away and the two begin an affair Lila insists she s fallen in love with Nino and wants to leave her husband Meanwhile Elena is so depressedver losing her chance with Nino that she ends up in a situation where she s seduced you could also say raped by Nino s creepy father hide spoiler I finished Elena Ferrante s second volume a few hours ago and I m verwhelmed 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 f the New Name is even entrancing than My brilliant friend the first volume Giant Peach Yodel of the trilogy which I devoured Lila and Lena the two protagonistsf volume Sinai and Zion one are now two women Their love hate relationship grows intricate so does their intellectual competition What a wonderful deep contradictory at times morbid violent yet luminous yet brilliant world does Ferrante s voice evoke I urge you to get your handsn this magnificent saga. Ta una sonrisa para descubrir ué se esconde tras esos vestidos caros ue se acoplan al cuerpo de Lila como un guante provocando a los hombres del barrio Basta un gesto para ue Nanú sepa ue Lila va a cometer una locura y nadie será capaz de detenerlaNápoles la ciudad ue las ha visto crecer es el escenario de esta comedia ue tiene la fuerza de un drama y se uedará entre nosotros como una e las bras maestras de la literatura del siglo
Elena Ferrante is a pseudonymous Italian novelist Ferrante's books originally published in Italian have been translated into many languages Her four book series of Neapolitan Novels are her most widely known works