Story of A New Name

Story of A New Name

eBook - 2013
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The second book, following last year's My Brilliant Friend, featuring the two friends Lila and Elena. The two protagonists are now in their twenties. Marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila. Meanwhile, Elena continues her journey of self-discovery. The two young women share a complex and evolving bond that brings them close at times, and drives them apart at others. Each vacillates between hurtful disregard and profound love for the other. With this complicated and meticulously portrayed friendship at the center of their emotional lives, the two girls mature into women, paying the cruel price that this passage exacts.
Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2013
ISBN: 9781609451479
1609451473
1609451341
9781609451349
Branch Call Number: FICTION Fer
Characteristics: 1 online resource (471 pages)
Additional Contributors: Goldstein, Ann 1949-
OverDrive, Inc

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Bunny_Watson716 Jul 25, 2017

This is the second book in Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels. I couldn't put it down and loved the way that the friendship between Elena and Lina is described - all the conflicting feelings, tensions, and betrayals. I also love that the novel charts Elena's intellectual development and her struggle to find her place in the new worlds she inhabits away from her family.

kslavik Apr 08, 2017

Damn, I cried near the end of this book. The characters drew me in so much I couldn't stop reading and I ended up finishing the book in 10 days. If you're interested in feminism definitely check out this book.

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empbee
Feb 02, 2017

I want to put it down but I can't.

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FVReader
Nov 19, 2016

I enjoyed this continuation of Lina and Elena's story. This story takes the girls through their teens and into their early 20s.
It's a story of raising oneself above one's beginning and the various directions this can take one. It's about feeling out of place and struggling to find comfort and security within oneself.
Who hasn't gone through all that in one's life?
These girls are interesting. Their friendship is complicated.
Elena Ferrante tells a good story. I look forward to continuing with this story very soon.
Also, loved the ending! What a way to end this segment of the story!

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NanCcan
Sep 06, 2016

Only continuing the series because I do enjoy finding out what happens to characters I've come to know. I am still dismayed with Elena's depressing inability to ever appreciate the value of her own dreams and achievements. She makes so much progress in this book, but still doesn't feel she is "good enough."

sungeun2k1 Aug 20, 2016

"I had made that whole journey mainly to show her what she had lost and what I had won. But she had known from the moment I appeared, and now... she was explaining to me that I had won nothing, that in the world there is nothing to win, that her life was full of 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 other every so often to hear the mad sound of the brain of one echo in the mad sound of the brain of the other."

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Hshswiss
Aug 15, 2016

Do not read until you've finished 'My Brilliant Friend,' as you'll miss some important character development and plot points. That being said, I think this book is much better. The story is beautiful, and I can't wait to read the 3rd one. I actually bought this book after checking it out from the library. It's not every day that a story is written this beautifully and is this intriguing.

Chapel_Hill_ShannonB Jun 10, 2016

The second book in Ferrante's Neapolitan novels picks up right up where we left Elena and Lila at the end of "My Brilliant Friend." They have now begun to navigate life as young adults, and their story continues to be engrossing and compelling. Fans of the first novel will not be disappointed.

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brangwinn
May 16, 2016

The continuation of the story of two friends in a small town outside Naples. Readers need to read the books in order to understand the relationships of all the characters. The story is character driven by Elena who was determined to go to university and her friend Lina who chose to quit school as soon as possible and married the most important man in the village. Two lives so different yet so closely tied.

mallc May 11, 2016

The soap opera continues in the second book and it's just as engrossing as the first novel.

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vickiz
Mar 04, 2017

I saw her standing by the bonfire, without the shape of a woman in that outfit, as she leafed through the pages of the Blue Fairy. Suddenly she threw it on the fire.

sungeun2k1 Aug 20, 2016

"I had made that whole journey mainly to show her what she had lost and what I had won. But she had known from the moment I appeared, and now... she was explaining to me that I had won nothing, that in the world there is nothing to win, that her life was full of 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 other every so often to hear the mad sound of the brain of one echo in the mad sound of the brain of the other."

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