The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

The Story of the Lost Child (The Neapolitan Novels #4)The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the final volume in the Neapolitan Novels. I’ve lived these novels and sometimes it has been a difficult process. Elena and Lila were born the same year as me so it seemed natural to extrapolate (if that is the right word) what was happening in their lives in Italy to mine in a distant, different world. This final volume was, for me, the most harrowing. As with the other three volumes, while I read this book I had to take time away to recuperate and reflect on the story.

I realise these books are not for everyone but I believe that reading them has enriched my life. These stories have given me a new understanding of friendship, of engagement and life generally. If there was a fifth book in the series, I would snap it up in the blink of an eye.

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The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante