The Story of a New Name

The Story of a New Name In 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

  • Title: The Story of a New Name
  • Author: Elena Ferrante Ann Goldstein
  • ISBN: 9781609451349
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 ofIn 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 late 1950s through to the current day and about two remarkable young 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 friendship.In The Story of a New Name, Lila has recently married and made her entr e 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, commitment, 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 two young 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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    1. Elena Ferrante Ann Goldstein

      Elena Ferrante is a pseudonymous Italian novelist.Ferrante is the author of a half dozen novels, including The Lost Daughter originally published as La figlia oscura, 2006 In 2012, Europa Editions began publication of English translations of Ferrante s Neapolitan Novels , a series about two perceptive and intelligent girls from Naples who try to create lives for themselves within a violent and stultifying culture Critics have praised her for her devastating power as a novelist and for a style that is pleasingly rigorous and sharply forthright Ferrante holds that books, once they are written, have no need of their authors 10th March 2016, The Story of the Lost Child was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International prize, celebrating the finest in global fiction translated to English.

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    1. 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 more 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 more intricate, so does [...]

    2. This novel broke my heart. It broke my heart so badly that I had to stop reading it for a few days to recover.This is the second book of 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 out of the poverty. The two friends were often competitive, especially about school, but in book two, they [...]

    3. Elena Ferrante is an absolute marvel. This was utterly ravishing. How does she do it? Structurally her novels could hardly be more conservative, her subject matter – the fraught friendship of two women – has been done to death. And yet 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 [...]

    4. What's your ugly place?We all have one. We all have a place we quite 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 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 want occurs to you. It's the place where you were the person you never, ever wan [...]

    5. 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 quick read despite its nearly 500 page length.For 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" which is the somewhat [...]

    6. 4.5 stars"Yes, 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 more, in my more which is the yielding to the force of her less."This second book in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series continues the story of [...]

    7. "For your whole life you love people and you never really know who they are." (Nunzia to Lenù, p.215)This one's a heartbreaker. So exquisitely rendered that you'll recognize your own hideous pain rising up to assail you again, dear Reader; your losses, 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 [...]

    8. AMICHE GENIALIL'adattamento della tetralogia My Brilliant Friend andato in scena a Londra al Rose Theatre di Kingston.La lingua napoletana, che con generosità, a volte invadenza, ci viene offerta, o imposta, dagli scrittori e dagli abitanti di quella splendida città, qui manca del tutto. Ho l'impressione che manchi perfino più che nel primo episodio di questa saga, e quasi se ne sente la mancanza: forse perché a volte Ferrante si prodiga a spiegarci il tipo di dialetto che sta usando un suo [...]

    9. 4.5 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 yet still, as this is book 2 of 4, so much left to discover. I am incredibly impressed by Ferrante's ability to develop ch [...]

    10. 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 quote 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 of events and still kept reading. I can't say it was innovative or imaginative yet Ferrante managed to draw me in her world entirely. Maybe I’m mistaken, but as I mentioned in the revie [...]

    11. When we get to the end of the second book in Ferrante’s quartet of novels, we think we see the genesis of that quartet: a twenty-day writing exercise that took the angst out of university graduation for Elena Greco, also called Lenù. Although I struggled through this volume, listening to the voices of teens talking about their confusion and noting their lack of confidence while they strode boldly ahead, all was forgiven in the last one hundred pages.The girls are now women, having earned a fe [...]

    12. It is the early-mid 1960s and Naples is experiencing an economic and cultural renaissance: the post-war boom has created a new consumer class, with fancy shoe boutiques staffed by pretty girls dressed up like Jackie O. In university halls, students speak of the two Germanys, Indochina, nuclear arms, and Communism. But not everything has changed. In the darker neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city, where violence is an accepted means of communication and a woman’s worth is tallied by first [...]

    13. Choice of roleYou can be either a bad girl or a good girl. When you have played a bit more, you can even try combining these two roles! See "Advanced options" below.Bad 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 other punishments, such as being disowned by your family or forced into a dangerous and poorly remunerated job. Good girlIf you are a good gir [...]

    14. "Your name is no longer Cerullo. You are Signora Carracci and you must do as I say." By changing her name, Lila/Lina had changed her whole life. For the worse. From the frying pan into the fire. "What have I done, she thought, dazed by wine, and what is this gold circle, this glittering zero I’ve stuck my finger in." She had changed her name, and exchanged it for a web of lies, a different level of violence. The first inclination she had came from those shoes. Marcello Solara was shod in those [...]

    15. Rating a 4.5Elena Greco and Lila Cerullo are friends, and through these books, you get the details of their lives and their friendship. You do not get a glimpse of their lives, you hear the minutiae of their daily lives. And you know what's utterly fascinating. This is a book to be savored slowly. There really is so much going on and there are so many people from the neighborhood that move in and out of the story. The story packs in so much - love, betrayal, friendship, marriage, adultery, inter [...]

    16. Phenomenal Favola--Due Amici"Whenever this world is cruel to meI got you to help me forgiveOoh you make me live now honeyOoh you make me live."You're My Best Friend, Queen, 1975This is the second of a tetralogy called the "Neopolitan Novels," by Italian novelist Elena Ferrante (pseudonym), who says she considers the four volumes to constitute one novel. The books are so popular in Italy that the periodical publications have regularly engaged in a game of speculation on the author's true identity [...]

    17. "Partly because her work describes domestic experiences – such as vivid sexual jealousy and other forms of shame – that are underexplored in fiction, Ferrante’s reputation is soaring, especially among women (Zadie Smith, Mona Simpson and Jhumpa Lahiri are fans). Her writing has a powerful intimacy – as if her characters, to paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson, are the lenses through which we read our own minds. The novelist Claire Messud emailed, “When you write to me and say you love her w [...]

    18. This Europa editions' cover is silly, even more unsuitable than the cover of the first book of the series. Ferrante's focus is not on romance at all -- there is nothing romantic about the desperate, grasping lives these people lead -- her scope is epic: social and political.In my review of My Brilliant Friend I noted that flight was not yet an option for the girls. Even if it becomes so, the impossibility of fleeing your origins hovers over them in this installment. While reading one section, I [...]

    19. As palavras parecem pipocas a querer saltar da minha boca para fora, mas para não saírem atabalhoadas tal é a excitação, vamos resumir a coisa ao mínimo possível: desde as leituras do Zafon que não ficava assim alucinada e envolvida com uma história e umas personagens que se colaram a mim dia e noite!Venham os próximos!

    20. Rarely have I experienced a more personal and honest picture of someone’s private inner thoughts, the mechanics of friendship and growing up, with all of the pressures of deeply ingrained habits and customs of a different culture and generation: If you are chosen by a young male from a successful family and asked to marry, who are you to turn him down? It doesn’t matter that you aren’t attracted to him. If you were to say no, your father would beat you and disown you. But don’t worry, ov [...]

    21. Stayed up until 4am to finish. So worth it. Will review when I can collect my thoughts (and get some sleep).

    22. I read the first book in this series, My Brilliant Friend, over a year ago, but always thought I liked it enough to read the next one sometime. I just wasn't in a hurry. (You can read my review of book one here.)I'm certainly glad I finally dug into this one. Where the first book was about childhood and adolescence, with the microcosmic world of girlhood friendships (and conflicts) and aspirations, this book focuses on the two women, Lila and Elena, in their upper teen years. For Lila, this is a [...]

    23. How does one even begin to review this second volume in the Neapolitan series?What an incredible, mesmerising, overwhelming, raw, audacious, intimate novel this is. How masterful Ferrante's writing is, managing to unfold the complexities of life in a poor neighbourhood of Naples in the early 60's, but most importantly, the human complexities, especially of the two female protagonists, Lila and Elena (Lenu). This second instalment picks up where it left off in the previous volume, with Lila being [...]

    24. Another great narrative that continues the story of Lila's and Elena's friendship. In this book, tensions between them become even more strained as they grow up to become adults. The dynamics between them is very interesting to read about, and I liked this novel just as much as the first one in the series.

    25. I'm a lonely Elena Ferrante lover; won't you join me in my rabid admiration of this phenomenal Italian novelist? This book blew me away. It is poignant, enraging, sad, triumphant, inspiring, devastating. It continues the story (from My Brilliant Friend) of two besties in 1950s Naples who take (and I won't say choose) different paths in life. One escapes the brutal poverty and gratuitous violence of the neighborhood, the other sticks her toe into different lives but cannot escape her fate. Please [...]

    26. ΤΟ ΝΕΟ ΟΝΟΜΑ – ΕΛΕΝΑ ΦΕΡΡΑΝΤΕΔεύτερο μέρος της τετραλογίας της Νάπολης κι εδώ συναντάμε όλα τα καλά παιδιά που γνωρίσαμε και στο πρώτο μέρος «Η καλύτερη μου φίλη»… η Λενού, η Λίλα, ο Στέφανο, ο Ρίνο κλπ,κλπ… Κάποιοι παίζουν πλέον σημαντικότερο ρόλο, κάποιοι πηγαίνουν στα π [...]

    27. I continue to be surprised by my enjoyment of this series, and it continues to seem like a better written version of a commercial fiction plot - I've now realised, specifically the working-class-girl-who-became-a-writer story that I assumed sat between the covers of many of the Helen Forrester and Catherine Cookson novels which packed the adults' shelves in public libraries during my childhood. There's sometimes an attention to detail of characters' thoughts and reactions reminiscent of Tolstoy [...]

    28. The Story of a New Name is the second in Elena Ferrante's Neopolatan series (intended to be eventually, I believe, four books, three of which have appeared so far).My Brilliant Friend introduced us to Lila and Elena, two young girls growing up in an impoverished neighborhood in Naples, Italy. The two are friends, a relationship that is a complicated mixture of affection, need, hostility, and competitiveness. In other words, a real friendship between two very real females.The Story of a New Name [...]

    29. I am not sure what the title has to do with the content of the book. In this sequal to My Brilliant Friend the story of Lila and Elena continues from sixteen-year-old Lila's wedding night onwards into their early twenties. There is enough drama and pathos to declare their lives and loves a new Shakespearean tragedy. Each situation has a potential deadly outcome, but it never happens. The suspense is enough to ensure a few hair-raising moments for the reader. Keep lots of coffee nearby. The reade [...]

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