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The Story of a New Name : My Brilliant…
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The Story of a New Name : My Brilliant Friend Book 2 (Neapolitan Novels):… (original 2012; edição 2013)

por Elena Ferrante (Autor)

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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.… (mais)
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Título:The Story of a New Name : My Brilliant Friend Book 2 (Neapolitan Novels): My Brilliant Friend Book 2: Youth
Autores:Elena Ferrante (Autor)
Informação:Europa Editions (2013), Edition: 01, 480 pages
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Etiquetas:Italian author, Italian literature, Naples, Neapolitan Quartet, coming of age, relationships, bildungsroman, female friendship, contemporary fiction, literary fiction, feminism, historical fiction, post-WWII, rivalry, education, Publication: Europa Editions, adolescence, friendship, Italy, marriage, poverty, working class, class relations, violence, non-American authors

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The Story of a New Name por Elena Ferrante (2012)

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As I already said, I am going to finish the whole Neapolitan series before I attempt to write a review. But I wanted to note that I just realized that there are 4 books on this series and not 3 as I previous though. I am enthralled enough that I think I will finish the four books, but Elena Ferrante does need a better editor. Some passages are getting to be too long....

The review, finally:

Even if we don’t admit or try to deny it, we all have a difficult relationship with mirrors. As I age, I believe I have become more disdainful of it, less preoccupied with the reflection of myself, less worried that I don’t conform to some societal rules of beauty or femininity. Yet, if I don’t scrutinize the mirror as I once did in my teenage years – oh, those years when the mirror seemed to reflect so much of my perceived faults – these days the mirror surprises me. There are times when a fast glance shows not the person I perceive myself to be, but I get glimpses of my mother, my grandmothers, my sisters, or even my father in a nanosecond of time. A smile, a wrinkle, a stance… all remind me of others, what I have become or will become, and what I am no longer.

What if then the mirror was alive, an organic entity, that also changed as time went by? Would the mirror see in us its faults? Would the mirror idealize us or hate us?

In this series – I am writing this one single review for the 4 books as I felt them to be too interconnected to be reviewed separately – Elena Ferrante’s writing made me think of mirrors constantly. The 2 main characters lives are connected in a web of relationships, friendship, cultural and geographical background, aspirations, tragedy, envy, love and hate. They reflected each other’s lives and used such reflection as measurement of themselves, either being propelled forward by the comparison, or held back in a stated of continual resentment and hurt for what they did not achieve. We all have experienced this, I am sure. The facebook friend’s vacation that reminds us that we have not had a vacation in a long time. The high school classmate that looks so much younger, happier and richer than we do. Or the one that has been struck by personal tragedy and that reminds us that our own lives are blessed after all. All reflecting back at us, as true mirrors, our unfilled dreams, our shortcomings and, if we perceive ourselves being happy and successful, our pride and entitlement.

In the background of the main storyline, the lives of two women for more than 50 years, we learn of the neighborhood dynamics in this Naples shantytown, then of the political and cultural waves happening in Italy. We are exposed to motherhood, feminism, class warfare, family dysfunction, sexual awakening, violence, etc, etc, etc….

If I have one complain about Elena Ferrante’s writing is that it seems too long winding at times. She – whoever she may be, or he, as Elena Ferrante is an alias and although all the speculation about its true identy, we might never know – has a love for words and descriptions. We as readers can almost feel the pleasure she must have felt writing long and beautiful lines. I felt as drunk for her words as she must have felt writing them. But at times I wished that the narrator hurried on. The amount of detail seemed unnecessary and overly done. However I will forgive her, because when it was finally done, I felt sorry that she had not keep on going and lulled me along for yet longer.

I should mention that I listened to the whole series in audio and that Hilary Huber does a beautiful and nuanced reading of it.
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  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
The Story of a New Name is the second of the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante. I read the German translation (Die Geschichte eines neuen Namens) by Karin Krieger.

Content Note: rape, domestic violence, abuse

Plot:
With Lila’s marriage, she and Elena develop away from each other even more. But at the same time, they cannot let go of each other. Elena watches from a distance as Lila’s abusive marriage to Stefano turns ever more complicated by her husband’s business relations. Meanwhile Elena is dating Antonio more out of a sense of obligation, while still yearning for Nino who seems to be everything she aspires to. After Lila has a miscarriage, she asks Elena to accompany on a holiday to get her strength back. During that holiday, their paths cross with Nino and everything changes.

After reading My Brilliant Friend, I was reluctant but curious to continue, not quite sure what apparently millions of other people saw in the novel. The same thing is still true for The Story of a New Name. I read it, I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it, either and I am still scratching my head as to why this series has gotten quite this big.

Read more on my blog: https://kalafudra.com/2021/04/11/the-story-of-a-new-name-elena-ferrante/ ( )
  kalafudra | Apr 11, 2021 |
Elsa Ferrante a réussi à écrire une fresque ample et très vivante de Naples et de l’Italie, au sortir de la seconde guerre mondiale jusqu’à la fin du siècle, en passant par les noires années du fascisme.
C’est une véritable saga mettant en scène de multiples personnages presque tous liés les aux autres d’une manière ou d’une autre. Il y est question de plusieurs familles dont certaines se vouent une haine féroce.
Les personnages au centre du récit sont Elena, la narratrice qui, aux moyens d’efforts scolaires sans compter, parviendra à sortir du lot jusqu’à devenir une auteure assez célébrée, et Lila, camarade d’école extraordinairement intelligente et douée qui, happée par la pauvreté de son milieu, se marie très jeune avec un boutiquier sans jamais mettre à profit ses dons hors du commun.
Tandis que le premier volume décrit les années d’enfance et d’adolescence, les deux tomes qui suivent font le récit de l’âge adulte, le quatrième allant jusqu’à l’orée de la vieillesse.
Fidélité à l’enfance en même temps qu’un immense besoin de s’affranchir de la misère qu’elle caractérise, tant matérielle qu’intellectuelle au sein de la famille : la tétralogie d’Elena Ferrante est un long roman d’apprentissage dans lequel l’évolution n'est jamais linéaire. De doutes en remises en question, d’échecs en succès, de belles surprises en revers, rien n’est jamais acquis et l’objectif d’une vie supérieure et « heureuse » (si tant est que le bonheur ait véritablement un sens dans ce récit) se vit d’abord comme une course aveugle entre rivaux (mais n’en est-il pas hélas ainsi de tant de vies ?). Elena et Lila n’ont de cesse de se mesurer l’une à l’autre, de s’ignorer et de se dévorer tour à tour, de s’aimer et de se détester. Elles peinent à exister sans le regard de l’autre, encore davantage sous le regard de l’autre.
Caractère insondable, trouble, ambivalent et terriblement inconstant des relations que l’on entretient avec autrui, notamment au sein d’une relation « amicale ». On est loin de l’amitié de Montaigne et de La Boétie !
Il faut dire qu’aucun personnage ne suscite la sympathie dans cette tétralogie à la fois sombre et réaliste (ou alors de courte durée). Chacun est dépeint, à commencer par la narratrice, dans sa vérité la plus crue et souvent peu reluisante. Colère, envie, jalousie, désir de vengeance et d’écraser « son prochain » occupent la plupart des personnages. Il y a heureusement des exceptions : Enzo, compagnon taiseux et stable de Lila après qu’elle ait quitté son mari, et Pietro, mari d’Elena que cette dernière quittera pour Nino, l’amour d’enfance, brillant et séduisant, ambitieux et malin, mais qui aime toutes les femmes et qui n’appartient à personne.
Source d’agacement régulière par la profusion de détails qu’il charrie, ce long roman n’en étonne pas moins par son ampleur et sa force. Que de personnages, que de thématiques, quel regard acéré et sans concession porté sur les relations interpersonnelles ! Amitié, folie amoureuse, carcan familial, affranchissement par l’acquisition de connaissance, militantisme, mafia, écriture, sexualité, violence, féminisme, maternité, deuil, etc., font partie des nombreuses thématiques véritablement développées et en aucun cas effleurées.
On est effrayé par le degré de violence omniprésente régnant à Naples au siècle dernier (et il n’est pas certain que cette violence se soit radicalement apaisée depuis), par le caractère inextricable de l’attachement à la famille, y compris quand elle montre son visage le plus monstrueux.
Le premier tome, plus particulièrement dédié aux années d’enfance et d’adolescence des deux protagonistes, a suscité chez moi un intérêt somme toute un peu tiède. Il n’en a pas été de même avec les deux tomes suivants, que j’ai trouvés plus mûrs et plus percutants, alors que l’on assiste au combat de personnages, désormais plus familiers et plus riches par l’épaisseur que l’auteure leur a conféré, tentant de faire face à leur existence et même de lui donner un sens (par le militantisme, le terrorisme, l’écriture, l’amour, l’agent…). Petite baisse de régime, me semble-t-il, dans le quatrième et derrnier tome... peut-être en écho au rythme des existences qui faiblit au fur et à mesure du temps qui passe ? ( )
  biche1968 | Feb 5, 2021 |
The second installment in this miniseries covers the years of Lila's marriage and Lenu's studies. Their struggles for independence and love are very different, and the portrayal of living poorly, especially as a woman, is quite moving -- whether it is the struggle to be the first to go to university -- and, as a woman, not to be encouraged to be anything but an elementary school teacher, or the attempts to raise a child in a setting that does not encourage creativity. Still, I think I will need to wait a while before I continue. The characters are truly getting on my nerves, which I am sure is supposed to happen. ( )
  WiebkeK | Jan 21, 2021 |
Wow. Now I just have to decide if I should inhale the next two or ration them out, making them last as long as possible. I suppose it doesn't really matter, as they will always be with me! ( )
  giovannaz63 | Jan 18, 2021 |
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Every so often you encounter an author so unusual it takes a while to make sense of her voice. The challenge is greater still when this writer’s freshness has nothing to do with fashion, when it’s imbued with the most haunting music of all, the echoes of literary history. Elena Ferrante is this rare bird: so deliberate in building up her story that you almost give up on it, so gifted that by the end she has you in tears.
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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.

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