Unlikable She was to me She self describes as the unnatural Mother It s a state of hurt from both generational directions here in full detail of aftermath Harsh loud and blunt Honestly I would only rec this book if you have high interest in extremely unhappy women within the classic dichotomies of psychological self identity dislike coupled with perpetual dissatisfaction in life and particularly their role fulfillment Not ust in Motherhood either As excellent a writer as Elena Ferrante is and she IS genius she tends to write the same type of woman over and over again Basically that woman and they are various ages spiteful vengeful and trouble seeking apt to cheat and intimidate arising from their own dissatisfaction of both mood and insecurities in work and role Southern Italian culture and the extended familial patterns of male patriarchy with matriarchal role ideals for intense and long patterned nurturing those are often the stage for her unhappy women It s what she knows and she can slice the layers to single cell thinness This one was a short novella length that exposed this woman s soul what she believes about herself and her general self defeating uite automatic to me response It s one that assuredly earns her separation and freedom But the freedom tastes like water from her own solitary poisoned well This is signature Elena Ferrante there is no mistaking her writing She captures the torment of motherhood beautifully The internal conflict of remaining an individual woman versus the constraints of motherhood The regrets and remorse that constantly weigh a woman down that uxtaposition really defines her books This novel is weird in a good way The conflicted nature of the main character suffering what I believe to be classic empty nest syndrome tinged with terrible regrets she encounters a family she becomes slightly obsessed with while holidaying alone this obsession makes her act in some strange and objectionable ways It s weird and wonderful in true Ferrante style A truly intriguing read I loved this short novel from the ever incredible Elena Ferrante The twisted story of the protagonist who steals a doll on a beach is both captivating and heartbreaking In typical Ferrante fashion the narration wanders between the primary narrative of the protagonist s seaside vacation and her memories of her now moved away daughters It is a poignant portrait of motherhood and dealing with getting old A must read for fans of the Naples tetralogy for me perhaps her strongest standalone novella After four read books I can conclude that I experience an unconditional devotion to Ferrante s novels and emphatically place her amongst my favorite authors I simply admire the frankness and the brutality of her thoughts and celebrate eagerly the woman s manifest in each sentence Ferrante s struggle is to shatter the assumed especially in conservative societies image of the woman the mother the wife the housekeeper This is the similarity I find in each novel the endeavor to redeem past presumption for the sake of the womanhood Elena Ferrante possesses one of the most elegant and precise literary styles I have encountered in contemporary literature This is going to sound strange I loved this book but I didn t enjoy it The story involves a mother of grown daughters who is dealing with her own ambivalence at what she gave up to assume that role The author manages to take the flicker of lost independence that every mother feels and magnify it and state it in a brutal and unflinching way I hated the narrator but I couldn t look away. Az Leda se lembrar de si mesma uando ovem e cheia de expectativas A aproximação das duas no entanto desencadeia em Leda uma enxurrada de lembranças da própria vida e de segredos ue ela nunca conseguiu revelar a ninguémNo estilo inconfundível ue a tornou conhecida no mundo todo Elena Ferrante parte de elementos simples para construir uma narrativa poderosa sobre a maternidade e as conseuências ue a família pode ter na vida de diferentes gerações de mulher.
Troubling Love The Days of Abandonment The Lost Daughter Throw these titles up in the air and whichever lands on whichever book it would fit Not the covers though each is uniuely apt Ferrante s first person female narrators could almost be the same woman at different stages of life except for the three being too close in age and possessing different voices They are creative women with similar Neapolitan mothers though with different family ties single childless Delia a cartoonist whose Voyage to the Underworld (Star Wars Missions, job is barely spoken of comes from an abusive home writer Olga deserted by her husband has two young children and here it s a slightly older Leda a divorced English literature professor with two adult daughtersMaybe I m getting used to Ferrante or likely it s Leda s dispassionate tone because I didn t find this one as unsettling as the previous two though its themes especially the one at its core are arguably even provocative I admired the novel s circularity and its repetition of lost daughters including a reference to a story called Olivia if I m correct in believing it s the Italian folktale that Italo Calvino collected under the title of Olive As all of Ferrante s novels do The Lost Daughter looks intimately at the complicated nature of motherhood and femininity Leda a 47 year old divorcee is on vacation after her two daughters now adults move to live with their father in Canada She spends her summer by the beach where she meets Nina a young mother and her daughter Lenuccia who is obsessed with her doll that eventually goes missing Leda s interactions with this Neapolitan family gets her tied up in something bigger than herself and also forces her to confront her role as mother and the choices she s made in the past It s a tightly written novel expertly crafted but lacks the insight and power that Ferrante s other novels have Overall an interesting read but not one that will blow you away This novella starts off reminding me in terms of the setting only very much of the longish story The Beach in Cesare Pavese s The Selected Works translated by RW Flint As in the Neapolitan novels Ferrante again shows in harrowing detail the absolute misery of child rearing The annoyances the resentments the hatreds to and from both parent and child It s like a trap for all involved a prison It seems the Italians don t go in much for psychoanalysis at least not the characters in Ferrante s books But Ferrante knows her characters minds and the truly bizarre scenes they produce The narrator saysFor a while I made no distinctions between public areas and private ones I didn t care if people heard me andudged me I felt a strong desire to act out my rage as if in the theater p77She is a middle aged woman a college teacher of English Literature who begins her story by talking about how liberating it has been for her personally to send her two teenage daughters off to live in Canada with their father from whom she is bitterly divorced With regard to another younger mother whose little girl is throwing a fit at the moment she saysShe had tried to see herself in the mirror as she had been before bringing that organism into the world before condemning herself forever to adding it on to hers Soon she ll start yelling I thought soon she ll hit her trying to break that bond Instead the bond will become twisted will strengthen in remorse in the humiliation of having shown herself in public to be an unaffectionate mother not the mother of church or the Sunday supplements p67There s The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante was out bookclub end of season read. As coisas mais difíceis de falar são as ue nós mesmos não conseguimos entender Com essa afirmação ao mesmo tempo simples e desconcertante Elena Ferrante logo alerta os leitores preparem se pois verdades dolorosas estão prestes a ser reveladasLançado originalmente em 2006 e ainda inédito no Brasil o terceiro romance da autora ue se consagrou por sua série napolitana acompanha os sentimentos conflitantes de uma professora universitária de meia idade Leda
In this Novella The narrator a forty seven year old divorc e summering alone on the Ionian coast becomes obsessed with a beautiful young mother who seems ill at ease with her husband s rowdy slightly menacing Neapolitan clan When this woman s daughter loses her doll the older woman commits a small crime that she can t explain even to herself I have to admit I totally struggled with the characters and the plot of this novel I could not identify with Leda or any of her ideas on motherhood I found the novel bizarre and while the writing in places was strong the plot and the characters were The First Ghost just too bizarre for my likingIt didn t generate the discussion as a group we had hoped forThe book has received great reviews online and once again I am in the minority in my dislike of this one It s been awhile since I read and obsessively enjoyed Elena Ferrante s Neapolitan series especially loved book 2 and 3I went into this book completely blind It s a thin slim thick thought provoking novella I was immediately pulled in from the get go with these words When my daughters moved to Toronto where their father had lived and worked for years I was embarrassed and amazed to discover that I wasn t upset rather I felt light as if only then had I definitely brought them into the world For the first time in almost twenty five years I was not aware of the anxiety of having to take care of them The house was neat as if no one lived there I no longer had the constant bother of shopping and doing laundry the woman who for years had helped with the household chores found a better payingob and I felt no need to replace her We meet divorced 47 year old Leda She s an English Professor Summer vacation is ust beginning Leda feels lighter being completely alone without her two young adult daughters living with her She calls her daughters on the phone once a day but is surprisingly ecstatic to be alone Leda uickly becomes physically lighter eating only one meal a dayShe rents a summer beach house for a six week summer vacation near Naples bringing her school books to prepare assignments for when the fall term begins Ok sounds good a nice summer break beach vacation not so fastThings become odd puzzling mysterious haunting and down right creepy Leda meets a young family also vacationing at the same beachShe is fixated with another young mother Nina her child Elena and Elena s doll From Leda s observations udgements projections and evaluations of the motherdaughter relationship between Nina ElenaLeda s behavior becomes disturbing Her choices mysteriously disturbing Leda s inner reflective voicedialogue with herself is intriguingand unsettling Leda s memories surface from her own younger days as a daughter wife mother and lover Regrets are heightened and an almost Stream of consciousness unfolds What emerges is uite dark seriously hauntingThe self assessment Leda has with herself is conflicting sad and psychologically complex A very unsettling novel hard to feel sympathetic for Ledayet Elena Ferrante s writing is gripping Rather than leaving this novel with the satisfaction of an insightful resolution I m left with the bare bone reality of how devastating and brutally life altering loss is Ewww This is certainly not a 4 star for enjoyment but in writing ability and emotive core character layered nearly a 5 Elena Ferrante is absolutely able to conceptualize feel display and express dichotomy of wantrepulse lovehate scattered self identity and in other general minutia the Italian culture s brand of personality disordered woman This one is vilely. E aliviada depois de as filhas Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential já crescidas se mudarem para o Canadá com o pai decide tirar férias no litoral sul da Itália Logo nos primeiros dias na praia ela volta toda a sua atenção para uma ruidosa família de napolitanos em especial para Nina aovem mãe de uma menininha chamada Elena ue sempre está acompanhada de sua boneca Cercada pelos parentes autoritários e imersa nos cuidados com a filha Nina parece perfeitamente à vontade no papel de mãe e
Elena Ferrante is a pseudonymous Italian novelist Ferrante's books originally published in Italian have been translated into many languages Her four book series of Neapolitan Novels are her most widely known works