The Story Of The Lost Child: Neapolitan Novels, Book Four by Elena FerranteThe Story Of The Lost Child: Neapolitan Novels, Book Four by Elena Ferrante

The Story Of The Lost Child: Neapolitan Novels, Book Four

byElena Ferrante

Paperback | September 11, 2015

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Soon to be an HBO series, book four in the New York Times bestselling Neapolitan quartet about two friends in post-war Italy is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted epic by one of today's most beloved and acclaimed writers, Elena Ferrante, one of the great novelists of our time." (Roxana Robinson, The New York Times )Here is the dazzling saga of two women, the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery uncontainable Lila. In this book, life's great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women's friendship, examined in its every detail over the course of four books, remains the gravitational center of their lives. Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up. Elena married, moved to Florence, started a family, and published several well-received books. But now, she has returned to Naples to be with the man she has always loved. Lila, on the other hand, never succeeded in freeing herself from Naples. She has become a successful entrepreneur, but her success draws her into closer proximity with the nepotism, chauvinism, and criminal violence that infect her neighborhood. Yet somehow this proximity to a world she has always rejected only brings her role as unacknowledged leader of that world into relief.Ferrante is one of the world's great storytellers. With the Neapolitan quartet she has given her readers an abundant, generous, and masterfully plotted page-turner that is also a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight readers for many generations to come. "
Elena Ferrante was born in Naples. She is the author of The Days of Abandonment (Europa, 2005), Troubling Love (Europa, 2007), and The Lost Daughter (Europa, 2009). Her Neapolitan novels include My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and the fourth and final book in the series, The Story of th...
Title:The Story Of The Lost Child: Neapolitan Novels, Book FourFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8.25 × 5.29 × 1.4 inPublished:September 11, 2015Publisher:Europa EditionsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from When you hate a story so much you love it This has been one of the most exasperating series I have ever read. I wanted to take a hold of all the characters and shake some sense into them! Yet, the fact that you are helpless in changing the events you know are bound to happen sooner or later make these books so compelling. The characters are so fleshed out that you understand their motives and their faults, and therefore the outcomes are entirely fitting. While I found the third book too slow-paced, the fourth book returns to Ferrante's pattern of unrelenting emotional plot twists. There are pieces that will resonate with you deeply. Loved the series for consistently making me have strong reactions! #plumreview
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! I lagged reading this last novel. I was so sad to finish the series.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Very happy to have read the book
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great finale Wonderful compelling end to the series
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive An intenese ending to a big series!
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great character study After completing this series I have taken a few days to digest it in order to render my thoughts on it. I loved it. If you're someone who likes a slow-burn, well-articulated story this is it. Despite my cultural and social differences with the narrator I found a lot of her experiences I could relate to. This final book is a bit frustrating for me as a reader just because you are a spectator watching a train wreck happen. All you can do is shake your head at Elena's bad decisions. Of course as a reader we have all more than once made similarly bad decisions that our family and friends just shake their heads at. Elena's biggest flaw is her inability to see herself or others as they truly are. She misjudges almost everyone and puts people on pedestals that should never have been there to begin with. Even after they tumble off those high perches she still insists on seeing them as the exalted deities she made them out to be. Almost nothing convinces her they aren't as amazing as she thinks they are or that they aren't better than her. She has the worst self-image of any character in the book. None of her accomplishments seem to impress her or make her believe in herself or her own abilities. Her two biggest blind spots are Lila (Lina) and Nino. Both of which she ascribes almost god-like abilities and characteristics. She believes both of them to be smarter and better writers than her even though she is a published author. On occasion she begins to see Lila for the devious person that she is though with Elena she is different. She treats her often with more regard than she does anyone else in her life. Nino from start to finish is a self-absorbed, pompous ass. He is never Elena's equal never mind her superior. Yet she throws everything away to be his mistress. This is the fact that is so angering to me as a reader. That is a classic story that I think every woman can relate to. They have either watched a friend throw all the good things in their life away for love of a man or done it themselves. We all know that in those moments you will never convince that person to re-evaluate their situation. And so the reader is doomed to watch Elena live out the consequences of those bad decisions. Lila tries to help but even she is left with no recourse as Elena stubbornly resists her help and cuts herself off from Lila. Elena struggles to decide what world she wants to live in – the comfortable, wealthy life or the poor and violent existence of the neighbourhood she grew up in. This is a struggle she only understands at the end of this book. Though this series starts out as Elena telling Lila's story it really becomes her story though she is not aware of that fact. She has never and continues to give herself so little thought that even her own story is told as if it's someone else's. What I take from this book is to believe more in my own abilities, don't put people on pedestals and think of your own happiness as well as those around you.
Date published: 2016-06-07

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Longlisted for the 2016 MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZENamed TIME Magazine 's #1 Book in it's 10 Best Fiction Books of 2015" listNamed one of the "10 Best Fiction Books of 2015" by The New York Times Book Review Named one of the "10 Best Fiction Books of 2015" by People Magazine Featured in the Wall Street Journal's list of "15 Books to Read This Fall"Included as one of "30 blockbuster novels to look out for this fall" by Entertainment Weekly Listed as one of Publisher Weekly's "Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2015"Included in the Kirkus list of "21 Must-read Fall books"Featured as one of the New York Times Book Review's "100 Notable Books of 2015"Praise for The Story of the Lost Child "Dazzling? stunning? an extraordinary epic."-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "It's spectacular, but you will only realize how spectacular The Story of the Lost Child is if you do not cheat. You must read the three earlier (also superb) Neapolitan Novels or the perfect devastation wrought by the conclusion of this last novel will be lost on you."-Maureen Corrigan, NPR Fresh Air "It is the exploration of the women's mental underworld that makes the book so singular an achievement in feminist literature; indeed, in all literature."-Joan Acocella, The New Yorker "This is Ferrante at the height of her brilliance."-Elissa Schappell , Vanity Fair "Ms. Ferrante has in fact, for more than 20 years, written about female identity with a heft and sharpness unmatched by anyone since Doris Lessing."- The Wall Street Journal "What words do you save? Here's your chance to bring them out, like the silver for the wedding of the first-born: genius, tour de force, masterpiece. They apply to the work of Elena Ferrante, whose newly translated novel "The Story of the Lost Child" is the fourth and final one of her magnificent Neapolitan quartet, a sequence which now seems to me, at least within all that I've read, to be the greatest achievement in fiction of the post-war era."-Charles Finch, The Chicago Tribune "We are dealing with masterpieces here, old-fashioned classics, filled with passion and pathos. [? ] The sheer power of her books is a challenge to the chilly, dour craftsmanship of too many 21st century literary novels."-Joe Klein, TIME Magazine "The saga is both comfortingly traditional and radically fresh, it gives readers not just what they want, but something more than they didn't know they craved? through this fusion of high and low art, Ms. Ferrante emerges as a 21st-century Dickens."- The Economist "Ferrante's accomplishment in these novels is to extract an enduring masterpiece from dissolving margins, from the commingling of self and other, creator and created, new and old, real and whatever the opposite of real may be. [? ] Ferrante's voice is very much her own, but it's force is communal. Perhaps her quartet should be seen as one of the first great works of post-authorial literature."-Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic " Ferrante [. . .] adumbrates the mysterious beauty and brutality of personal experience."-Rachel Cusk, The New York Times Book Review "[. . .] with her new novel, "The Story of the Lost Child," Ferrante has written what I'd call a "city book," a knowing and complex tale that encompasses an entire metropolis. The breadth of vision makes this final installment feel like the essential volume."-John Domini, The Washington Post "This stunning conclusion further solidifies the Neapolitan novels as Ferrante's masterpiece." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Ferrante has created a mythic portrait of a female friendship in the chthonian world of postwar Naples."- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"Word of mouth launched this series, glowing reviews helped, and, eventually, a publishing phenomenon was born. The series' conclusion is a genuine literary event."- Booklist (starred review)Praise for The Neapolitan Novels "Ferrante's Naples Quartet is anything but theater. It is the first genuine literary classic of the 21st century."- The Huffington Post "One of modern fiction's richest portraits of a friendship."-John Powers, Fresh Air, NPR "The Neapolitan Novels tell a single story with the possessive force of an origin myth."-Megan O'Grady, Vogue "Elena Ferrante is one of the great novelists of our time? This is a new version of the way we live now - one we need, one told brilliantly, by a woman."-Roxana Robinson, The New York Times Book Review" A strong sense of chiaroscuro characterises the tetralogy: the thuggish violence of the Neapolitan stradone, the political activism of the "years of lead", the corruption at every level of society." - Jane Shilling The Evening Standard (UK) "