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Elena Ferrante

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

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Part of the bestselling saga about childhood friends following different paths by “one of the great novelists of our time” (The New York Times).
In the third book in the New York Times–bestselling Neapolitan quartet that inspired the HBO series My Brilliant Friend, Elena and Lila have grown into womanhood. Lila married at sixteen and has a young son; she has left her husband and the comforts her marriage brought and now works as a common laborer. Elena has left the neighborhood, earned her college degree, and published a successful novel, all of which has opened the doors to a world of learned interlocutors and richly furnished salons. Both women are pushing against the walls of a prison that would have seen them living a life of misery, ignorance, and submission. They are afloat on the great sea of opportunities that opened up for women during the 1970s. And yet, they are still very much bound to each other in a book that “shows off Ferrante’s strong storytelling ability and will leave readers eager for the final volume of the series” (Library Journal).
“One of modern fiction’s richest portraits of a friendship.” —NPR
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  • Olga Nerushevashared an impression7 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    К концу третьей части, прочитанной взахлёб, начинает казаться, что и у этого сериала первые сезоны были самые классные.

  • Itzel Beltránshared an impression3 years ago
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    Buen libro, el tercero de la tetralogía. Terminé con sentimientos encontrados, coraje, sorpresa. Gran historia que no puedes dejar de leer.

  • Gabriela Martínez Reynashared an impression3 years ago
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  • Катя Кологриваяhas quoted3 months ago
    today: it’s not the neighborhood that’s sick, it’s not Naples, it’s the entire earth, it’s the universe, or universes. And shrewdness means hiding and hiding from oneself the true state of things.
  • Катя Кологриваяhas quoted3 months ago
    Settle in well-organized lands where everything really is possible. I had fled, in fact. Only to discover, in the decades to come, that I had been wrong, that it was a chain with larger and larger links: the neighborhood was connected to the city, the city to Italy, Italy to Europe, Europe to the whole planet. And this is how I see it to
  • b2938014837has quoted2 years ago
    showed that he knew the history of Naples, the literature, fables, legends, anecdotes, the visible monuments and those hidden by neglect. I imagined that he knew about the city in part because he was a man who knew everything, and in part because he had studied it thoroughly, with his usual rigor, because it was mine, because my voice, my gestures, my whole body had been subjected to its influence.

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