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Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay : The Neapolitan Novels : Book 3 - Elena Ferrante

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

The Neapolitan Novels : Book 3

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Since the publication of the acclaimed My Brilliant Friend and The Story of A New Name, Elena Ferrante's reputation has grown enormously. Her novels about the friendship between Lila and Elena, about the mysteries of human relationships, are utterly compelling.

In Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, the two protagonists are now in their thirties. Lila, married at sixteen, has left her husband and the comforts of her marriage, and has now joined the workforce. Elena has left the neighbourhood in Naples, been to university, and published a successful novel, all of which has brought her into a wealthier, more cultured world. Both women are seizing opportunities to flee a life of poverty, ignorance and submission. Yet they are still very much bound to each other by an unbreakable bond.

About the Authors

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 is an editor at the New Yorker and a recipient of the PEN Renato Poggioli Translation Award.

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      Loving her stories, although 'My brilliant friend' was my favourite.

       
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      The Neapolitan Novels for those who cannot stop reading them

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        Comments about Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay:

        One more book from the series which is hard to put down. Real characters, heart touching stories.

         
        5.0

        Gripping tale of two friends. Part of a series.

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            This is part of a series of four books. It is preferable to start at book one. All four are well worth reading

             
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            Great series

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              Loved this series and was eager to read each next book

               
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              Can't wait to read the final book in the series

               
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                Comments about Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay:

                I love the series and this book lives up to its promise. The two principal women characters are complex, but their relationship is important even when they are apart for long periods. Elena Ferrante is a talent to watch and her translator should get a medal!

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                'Those Who Leave is as expansive and broad as it is intimate...Ferrante writes with the kind of power saved for weather systems with female names, sparing no one, and Those Who Stay is a tour de force. I don't want to read anything else.' LA Times

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

                'Ferrante is an expert above all at the rhythm of plotting...Whether it's work, family, friends or sex-and Ferrante, perhaps thanks to her anonymity as an author, is blisteringly good on bad sex-our greatest mistakes in life aren't isolated acts; we rehearse them over and over until we get them as badly wrong as we can.' Independent

                '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.' -- James Freeman

                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: 9781925240023
                ISBN-10: 9781925240023
                Series: The Neapolitan Novels
                Audience: General
                Format: Paperback
                Language: English
                Number Of Pages: 416
                Published: 25th February 2015
                Publisher: Text Publishing Co
                Country of Publication: AU
                Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1  x 3.1
                Weight (kg): 19.8