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The Days of Abandonment- Elena Ferrante

Readers who have gone through a painful breakup may be advised to pass on this novel: it is a powerful, emotionally charged account of abandonment which draws the reader right into the consciousness of the female narrator, her pain and … Continue reading

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Elena Ferrante- The Story of the Lost Child

And so to the final book in the quartet of Ferrante’s ‘Neapolitan Novels’ : ‘The Story of the Lost Child’ . (For background see my  reviews of the previous books ‘My Brilliant Friend’, ‘The Story of a New Name‘ and ‘Those … Continue reading

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Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels-Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

A short trip to Venice seemed like the ideal opportunity to read the third volume of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series- ‘Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay’. I’ d enjoyed hugely the first volume ‘My Brilliant Friend’ reviewed here and the … Continue reading

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The Story of a New Name- Elena Ferrante- the box set effect?

By that I mean that reading the second of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels is a bit like watching your favourite TV series or box set : while the main characters continue their relationships centre stage, minor characters creep out from … Continue reading

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My Brilliant Friend- by Elena Ferrante, translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein.

In a grey and dismal Derbyshire December how could anyone not be attracted to a novel set in sun soaked Naples? A story of the friendship between two girls, Lenu and Lila, growing up in the same overcrowded working class … Continue reading

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