The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
Jan07

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

I bought The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante with my birthday money a few months ago, because I loved her Neopolitan Quartet. The Lying Life of Adults has a lot in common with the Neopolitan Quartet – My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child. The main character, Giovanna, is like a cross between the two main characters in the Neopolitan Quartet...

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The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
Feb05

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

The Story of the Lost Child is the final part in the brilliant Neopolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante. Once again, it tells the story of best friends Elena (known as Lenu) and Lila, and is narrated by Elena. Although Elena shares a first name with the author, this isn’t an autobiography. This time the story takes us from Elena and Lila’s 30s right up to old age. Right from the start of the series, in My Brilliant Friend, the...

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Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
Jan15

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay is the third book in the Neopolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante. Once again narrated by Elena (a fictional character who happens to share a first name with the author), it tells the story of Elena and best friend Lila’s lives as they move through their 20s and into their 30s. Elena has a degree from a prestigious college and is a famous author who has written a shocking book, while Lila is...

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The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
Nov20

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

The Story of a New Name is the second book in the Neopolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante. I read the first part, My Brilliant Friend, in the summer and really enjoyed it. So I rushed out and bought books 2 and 3, then for some reason didn’t get round to reading them. Since reading The Story of a New Name I have also bought the final book in the quartet. The Story of a New Name is set in Naples in the early 1960s and continues the...

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My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Jul24

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

I bought My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante when we were in the dark depths of lockdown and I was in need of new books. I try to avoid buying from Amazon wherever possible, so picked up a few books in Sainsbury’s, whose book shelves were looking rather bare. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have chosen this book. My Brilliant Friend is the first book Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan Quartet. Set in a poor neighbourhood...

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