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The Beach at Night - Elena Ferrante

Paperback Published: 1st November 2016
ISBN: 9781925355741
Number Of Pages: 40

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A fully illustrated, dark, profound and beautiful picture book from the extraordinary Elena Ferrante.

Inspired by one of Elena Ferrante's earlier novels, The Lost Daughter, this is a bewitching fable for girls and boys, but also for Elena Ferrante fans of all ages. Accompanied by full-colour illustrations by Mara Cerri, The Beach At Night is a beautiful picture book narrated by a doll named Celina.

Mati is a little girl so taken by her new kitten that she forgets about her doll and leaves her on the beach. Celina endures a terrifying night, only saved by the arrival of sunrise, when her beloved Mati returns to find her.

Industry Reviews

`A small delight, another lovely and brutal glimpse of female subtext, of the complicated bonds between mothers and daughters in a cruel and indifferent world.' * New York Times *
`Surreal and brilliant' * Times Literary Supplement *
`[An] unnerving little gem...Anyone who has suffered the pain of being cast aside in favour of a new love object will relate.' * Sydney Morning Herald *
`A book that will charm younger and older readers alike.' * BookMooch *
`One for kids-probably older ones-who are fascinated by the morbid, the macabre and the ever-so-slightly strange...Cerri's full-colour illustrations are bewitching; the story has poignant moments and, thankfully, a happy ending.' * New Zealand Herald *

A book that will charm younger and older readers alike.


4.5 stars The Beach at Night is a picture book for young readers by Italian author, Elena Ferrante. Readers familiar with Ferrante's adult novella, The Lost Daughter will recognise the bones of this story in that one. When five-year-old Mati's father brings her a black-and-white cat named MinĂ¹, she's so taken by her new pet, Mati accidentally leaves her doll, Celina behind on the beach. Lying in the sand as night falls, Celina hopes someone will come back for her, but no one does. When the Mean Beach Attendant of Sunset comes along with his Big Rake, Celina is frightened. But this scary man is not the only thing she will have to deal with during her night on the beach. Ferrante's story has all the essential elements of a children's story: adventure, danger, a bit of magic and a happy ending with a cute twist. All the Important Things are Capitalised, and there is some delightful descriptive prose: "The Storm is a lady in a long, dark-blue dress. She wears a crown of Lightning on her head and has a booming voice, because Thunderclaps are continually coming out of her wide mouth". Mara Cerri provides the evocative and somewhat haunting illustrations, while the text is translated by Ann Goldstein. A book that will charm younger and older readers alike.



The Beach at Night

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ISBN: 9781925355741
ISBN-10: 1925355748
Audience: Children
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 40
Published: 1st November 2016
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 16.7  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.17

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Elena Ferrante

About the Author

Elena Ferrante is one of Italy's most acclaimed authors. Her identity, however, is kept secret.

She was born in Naples and is the author of seven novels: The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, The Lost Daughter, and the quartet of Neapolitan Novels: My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child.

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