The Neopolitan quartet traces the friendship between Elena and Lila, from their childhood in a poor neighbourhood in Naples to their 30s, when both women are mothers but each has chosen a different path.
Their lives are still inextricably linked, for better or worse, especially when it comes to the drama of a lost child.
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"Ferrante’s project is bold: her books chronicle the inner conflicts of intelligent women.... Her writing has a powerful intimacy...a bona fide literary sensation - the famous writer nobody knows." (The Guardian)
Just completed the last of these novels - so sad I've finished. A truly wonderful journey. I personally thought the narrator did an amazing job. These will be a hard act to follow. Intelligent, insightful, historically interesting period - I loved learning more about Italy and Naples especially.
Having gotten sucked in with the first few novels, I had to carry on. Found myself less interested by novel 4 and the focus on the women's relationship dynamics wearing. Had to see it through to the end, however!
So many things. The language, the characters. They get under your skin and you feel like they are someone you have known for a long time.
The plot line at the heart of The Lost Child. I can't reveal anymore!
Elena although I came to see that she was flawed, just like all of the characters, and yet you can forgive her.
The story of a friendship and of two lives, for better or worse.
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