Novel Comments

20 Aug

Elena Ferrante’s second novel in her Neapolitan quartet, The Story of a New Name(2012), recounts a rather distant but still connected relationship between two best girlfriends as they pass from their late teens into their mid twenties. The distance comes primarily from the complications that arise as they become intensely involved with men and their competition for one in particular. However there is also their choice of difference paths- One goes into a tumultuous and destructive marriage, and the other, the voice of the writer, struggles to establish one of education and creativity in spite of their working class backgrounds. The writer, Elena, uses men to further her more urbane, intellectual ambitions; the other, Lila, uses men to express her emotional instability. I am ready to read the third novel.

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