The Story Of The Lost Child (Paperback)Elena Ferrante (author)
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Most who seek to read The Story of the Lost Child will already be firmly in the grip of ‘Ferrante fever’, a current of enough strength that it has apparently swept James Franco along in its swell and has spawned its own Twitter hashtag.
The Story of the Lost Child is the fourth and final novel in the Neapolitan Quartet, the last hit of what the Sunday Times has called ‘the publishing story of the decade’ and that the Observer counts as ‘the first work worthy of the Nobel prize to have come out of Italy for many decades’. Indeed, the four books are written as a continuous epic of 1,700-plus pages and nothing about them is designed for bite-size consumption. Their fascination lies not just with the anonymity of their author, whose identity remains a locked-away mystery; but in the intensity of the friendship between the two now-women, Lenù and Lila, who its readers first met as young children in My Brilliant Friend.
Their union has warped, split and been conjoined again throughout their epic story, this time coming under strain as they individually and collectively grapple with the responsibilities of adulthood. Spoilers abound about the story’s close, but will not be found here, only that it rests on a conclusion that is resonant, disquieting and brutal, as has been so much of the girls’ interactions and environment in post-war Naples.
Publisher: Europa Editions
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 505 g
Dimensions: 210 x 135 x 38 mm
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“A beautifully bleak conclusion to the Neapolitan Novels.”
The Neapolitan novels absorbed me from the very first book, and rarely have I been so enchanted by a cast of characters. Ferrante's writing is brutal, honest and full of depth, allowing the reader to really fall... More
“Another great piece of the neopolotan story”
Elena Ferrante has written a consistently great story line which keeps you interested and makes you want to keep reading - which is what a real book is all about! I love it. It's real life brought together in an... More
The fourth and final Naepolitan novel only disappoints in that, that it is the final one. Not only does Ferrante somehow manage to bring together all that she has been building over the span of the three previous... More
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