Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

I consider David Copperfield to be a great book, one of many  masterpieces by Charles Dickens.  It’s a long book, a very long book, telling nearly the entire life story of its narrator and title character. People may prefer different sections of David Copperfield over other parts of the book, the bits with Francis Micawber are the best parts by the way, but you can’t really judge … Continue reading Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein

 That people, even more than things, lost their boundaries and overflowed into shapelessness is what most frightened Lila in the course of her life.  The loss of those boundaries in her brother, whom she loved more than anyone in her family, had frightened her, and the disintegration of Stefano in the passage from fiance to husband terrified her. I learned only from her notebooks how … Continue reading The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

I loved it! I’m ordering book two in the series later this week. But I don’t really have much to say about Elena Ferrnte’s wonderful novel My Brilliant Friend translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein. Not much but I did note three things. First how similar the novel is to Miles Franklin’s 1901 novel My Brilliant Career, not just in the titles either.  Both novels are about … Continue reading My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante