Annotations: The Story of the Lost Child (The Neapolitan Novels #4)

Thoughts. I’m still putting together my thoughts about the final installment in Ferrante’s tetralogy. I loved it. Not as much as the second and third installments. More than I love most books I read. Ferrante’s genius is in her ability to capture the minute in a landscape of expansive scope. In her ability to paintContinue reading “Annotations: The Story of the Lost Child (The Neapolitan Novels #4)”

Annotations: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (The Neapolitan Novels #3)

Thoughts. Each Neapolitan Novel is better than the last. In the third installment, I was particularly struck by Ferrante’s ability to capture dissatisfaction. The lived experience of it, off the page, is obviously disagreeable—and yet Ferrante’s communication of it is the opposite: thrilling and dynamic and wholly absorbing. Similarly, the complexity of Elena’s and Lila’sContinue reading “Annotations: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (The Neapolitan Novels #3)”

Annotations: The Story of a New Name (The Neapolitan Novels #2)

Thoughts. Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels are literary quicksand. I am convinced there is no way to dip in and dip out. These novels are lengthy—My Brilliant Friend is over 300 pages, The Story of a New Name is nearly 500—and yet, I’m not even considering reading something else. (And it’s worth noting that I have, I am notContinue reading “Annotations: The Story of a New Name (The Neapolitan Novels #2)”

Annotations: My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels #1)

Thoughts. As much as I fancy eccentric taste and being glamorously out of sync with my contemporaries, on the heels of My Brilliant Friend (the novel) and The Lost Daughter (the film), it turns out I love Elena Ferrante. Just like everyone else. The prose in My Brilliant Friend is unmentionable. This is a comment meant as praise. Ferrante is notContinue reading “Annotations: My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels #1)”