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The Story of the Lost Child : The Neapolitan Novels : Book 4 - Elena Ferrante

The Story of the Lost Child

The Neapolitan Novels : Book 4

By: Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Transcribed by)

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2015 Booktopia Books of the Year - A fitting conclusion to The Neapolitan Quartet, perhaps the finest literary series of the last 50 years. A brilliant, insightful, evocative novel from the elusive Elena Ferrante.

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The Story of the Lost Child is the long-awaited fourth volume in the Neapolitan Novels (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay). The quartet traces the friendship between Elena and Lila, from their childhood in a poor neighbourhood in Naples, to their thirties, 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.

About the Author

Elena Ferrante was born in Naples. She 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. She is one of Italy's most acclaimed authors. Ann Goldstein has translated all of Elena Ferrante's work. She is an editor at the New Yorker and a recipient of the PEN Renato Poggioli Translation Prize.

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5.0

The last one in the best sequel I've read in a long time!

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    Comments about The Story of the Lost Child:

    I fell in love with the characters, the story, just couldn't put the book down. Worth reading more than once. A deep glimpse into Italian soul. Love it!

     
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        Comments about The Story of the Lost Child:

        The fourth book is a bigger dimension and I find this totally annoying. I would like a set that is all the same size for my book case. Why do publishers make the books different sizes. Is there anywhere I can get the fourth book the same size as all the others? I would like to buy the set for my daughter but cannot find the fourth book in a smaller version. Does this annoy anyone else?

         
        4.0

        Fourth in a fascinating series

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          Comments about The Story of the Lost Child:

          It is preferable to read the first three books in this group first

           
          4.0

          great series. need to real all 4 books

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          • Wonderful Characters

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          Comments about The Story of the Lost Child:

          translation is sometimes a bid dodgy. characters have too many names. fortunately the characters are easily identified by the introduction to the books. I have read the whole series and have enjoyed the whole saga.

           
          5.0

          Worth the effort

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            Comments about The Story of the Lost Child:

            This is the fourth and final novel in the Neapolitan series and I thoroughly enjoyed them. Beginning with 'My Brilliant Friend' Elena Ferrante (that's the name she works under but no one knows who she actually is!) traces the life of two girls from Napoli as they take different paths but always seem to meet at the crossroads. The author's writing style is beautiful and I couldn't wait to get to bed each night so I could read each of the four books. I highly recommend these books to anyone who enjoys a quality storyline (as opposed to a quick thriller).

             
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            Brilliant author

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              Comments about The Story of the Lost Child:

              Bought the first book of this four book series from Booktopia and as soon as I had read the first few pages immediately ordered the next three. Brilliant author, wonderful translating. I am going to read them again

               
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                Very powerful writing with strong characters. The whole 4 books in the series were extremely engaging

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                '[Ferrante's] charting of the rivalries and sheer inscrutability of female friendship is raw. This is high stakes, subversive literature.' Sunday Telegraph

                'In the past decade, no fiction writer has made it more necessary to think about the performative aspect of being a woman than Elena Ferrante. Her novels, written originally in Italian and translated beautifully by Ann Goldstein, are ferociously engaged with the ways in which a woman-as a daughter, a teenager, a lover, and, most dramatically, a mother-is a kind of person in drag, speaking through a costume that slowly becomes all that one knows of her...It's Ferrante's ability to capture both the mirror and the woman standing before it that makes her a writer to be reckoned with.' -- John Freeman

                'Nothing you read about Elena Ferrante's work prepares you for the ferocity of it...This is a woman's story told with such truthfulness that it is not so much a life observed as it is felt.' New York Times

                'Great novels are intelligent far beyond the powers of any character or writer or individual reader, as are great friendships, in their way. These wonderful books sit at the heart of that mystery, with the warmth and power of both.' Harper's

                'Elena Ferrante is one of the great novelists of our time. Her voice is passionate, her view sweeping and her gaze basilisk...In these bold, gorgeous, relentless novels, Ferrante traces the deep connections between the political and the domestic. This is a new version of the way we live now-one we need, one told brilliantly, by a woman.' New York Times Sunday Book Review

                'When I read [the Neapolitan novels] I find that I never want to stop. I feel vexed by the obstacles-my job, or acquaintances on the subway-that threaten to keep me apart from the books. I mourn separations (a year until the next one-how?). I am propelled by a ravenous will to keep going.' New Yorker

                'Elena Ferrante's magnificent "Neopolitan novels" trace the relationship between two headstrong Italian women...But these books are more than autobiography by other means. They also look outward, offering a dissection of Italian society that is almost Tolstoyan in its sweep and ambition. They are, into the bargain, extraordinarily gripping entertainment; the plot in this latest instalment twists and turns, like a Naples alleyway, towards a sequel-enabling conclusion. Novel by novel, Ferrante's series is building into one of the great achievements of modern literature.' Independent UK

                '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.' Guardian UK

                Elena Ferrante

                Elena Ferrante was born in Naples. She 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. She is one of Italy's most acclaimed authors.

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                ISBN: 9781925240511
                ISBN-10: 1925240517
                Series: Neapolitan Novels
                Audience: General
                Format: Paperback
                Language: English
                Number Of Pages: 336
                Published: 1st September 2015
                Publisher: Text Publishing Co
                Country of Publication: AU
                Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0  x 4.5
                Weight (kg): 0.63