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Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: Neapolitan Novels, Book Three | Elena Ferrante
The incredible story continues in book three of the critically acclaimed Neapolitan Novels!Since the publication of My Brilliant Friend, the first of the Neapolitan novels, Elena Ferrantes fame as one of our most compelling, insightful, and stylish contemporary authors has grown enormously. She has gained admirers among authorsJhumpa Lahiri, Elizabeth Strout, Claire Messud, to name a fewand criticsJames Wood, John Freeman, Eugenia Williamson, for example. But her most resounding success has undoubtedly been with readers, who have discovered in Ferrante a writer who speaks with great power and beauty of the mysteries of belonging, human relationships, love, family, and friendship.In this third Neapolitan novel, Elena and Lila, the two girls whom readers first met in My Brilliant Friend, have become women. Lila married at sixteen and has a young son; she has left her husband and the comforts her marriage brought and now works as a common laborer. Elena has left the neighborhood, earned her college degree, and published a successful novel, all of which has opened the doors to a world of learned interlocutors and richly furnished salons. Both women have attempted are pushing against the walls of a prison that would have seen them living a life of misery, ignorance and submission. They are afloat on the great sea of opportunities that opened up during the nineteen-seventies. Yet they are still very much bound to each other by a strong, unbreakable bond.
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emmaturi
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This is number 3 in the series. I read the first two back to back, but now had a big gap before reading this one. I enjoyed hearing how things are going to Elena and Lina. Also all the other characters. You learn a lot about the politics in Italy at that time, which I knew next to nothing! #bookcover #elenaferrante

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emmaturi
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#gratefulreads - day 9 is book and snack, I have started this today. Glad to get back to this world of Ferrante
@OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻😊❤️ 6d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Ok stupid question, but what is the purple stuck in the bowl?! 💜 6d
emmaturi It is blue potato crisps! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 6d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @emmaturi ohhhhh ok duh!!!!! 🤣🤣🤣 5d
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Annashep
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A cup of tea and this wonderful book .. while on my break at work ... this is the third book in the series .. I‘m being a bit slow at reading at the moment but I just love the story of Elena and Lila and their neighbourhood and family and conflicts and growth .... it‘s wonderfully written ! 📚

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cajunsyd
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I can‘t wait to see how Elena and Lila navigate through adulthood. What a great series.

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Annashep
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Just finished reading The Story of a new name ... and managed to find the third and final volume of the Neopolitan series in a second hand book shop in Morecombe ... so excited to read the last two books I‘m loving the series so far ... there is such depth In Her writing and such emotional detail and description ...

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janeycanuck
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Another month, another TBR I‘ll never get through. My #AugustTBR is a lot of carry over from July, the rest of my #14books14weeks books. I‘m not holding out a lot of faith in making much progress this month - we‘re in the middle of a bunch of renos that at this point, seem like they‘ll never end.

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jdiehr
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As Lila and Lenu get older, marry and have children, their story keeps getting better and better. Ferrante is so good at describing the relationship between girlfriends and spouses.

One more book in this Neapolitan series. Good stuff!

Trashcanman I hope you are well. 3mo
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janeycanuck
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It‘s my #24in48 #stacksandsnacks!

I‘m hoping to polish off my three library books and then at least one or two other books over the course of my 24 hours.

I‘m undecided about picking Sophie‘s World and Less at some point this weekend. I‘m about 1/3 through Sophie‘s World and enjoying it but it‘s a slower read. Less is my Book Club book and I‘m not looking forward to it...

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Jen2
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Very good!

Ruthiella Loved this entire quartet!😍😍😍 4mo
Crazeedi Great great books 4mo
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Jen2
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It‘s too hot to do anything but read!

mdm139 All in perspective, it was 110 today here so I would love 89. I would actually go outside take the kids to splash pad. 4mo
Blh87 I go into hiding at 80 degrees unless I‘m on the lake😅 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick That description! 🤣hat's about what the weather was here in NJ today & luckily we had a breeze so it wasn't too bad. Still not pleasant for running errands, but tolerable. 4mo
Crazeedi "Hotter than a witches t__ in an iron bra"" ?? 4mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser Lol! That's why I prefer Winter, where I live (Melbourne, Aust) it's smack bang in the middle of Winter today. Stay indoors in the air-con unless you're Satan's Mistress! 4mo
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Joanne1
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The third instalment of the Neapolitan saga sees Elena and Lila as wives and mothers, with careers that rise and fall as relationships do the same. I have completely bought into this series and with this one finishing at a critical point I can‘t wait to listen to the final book.

Velvetfur Oohh I've got that one, but haven't read it because I have the trilogy and haven't read any of them yet! I like your review, I'm glad you enjoyed it 😊 5mo
Joanne1 @Velvetfur definitely one to read in order so start with My Brilliant Friend. PS there‘s 4 in the series, not 3. 5mo
Velvetfur @Joanne1 Oops, missed one, thank you! I only discovered them and the TV series at the start of this year, and have only watched the TV series so far. Have you watched it too? 5mo
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Joanne1 @Velvetfur no I haven‘t, the TV series is a bit tricky to get here but I think I‘ve found a way. 5mo
Bindrosbookshelf I still have the first book on my shelf and have never read it! 5mo
Velvetfur @Joanne1 If you've found a way to watch it, I highly recommend it, I thought it was brilliant without even having read the book 😊 5mo
JillR I‘m half way through the final book right now! 5mo
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daena
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I need to give a shout out to the folks participating in the #bookfitnesschallenge While I missed sign ups due to conflict during deadline, and I‘ll admit my own personal hang ups with self care and exercise, I was so inspired and motivated by ya‘ll‘s accomplishments. This a.m. I braved the gym and took a class. Thank you for inspiring me! Bravo to your dedication and hard work. It has not gone unnoticed! My sore body will now read this book..

Hestapleton Way to go! That first trip seems to always take so much courage! 5mo
wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 If you still want to join Round 2, go fill out this form RIGHT NOW! https://forms.gle/WjsPZ6yaJy1XYwYd9 Or you can continue to participate unofficially.m and sign-up for Round 3. 5mo
daena @wanderinglynn done! Signed up! 5mo
wanderinglynn Got it! Welcome aboard! 🙌🏻 5mo
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Joanne1
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I really do enjoy these delves into Italian life. The historic context is so interesting and the two MCs are wonderfully complex.

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Minervasbutler
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nice job! 📖💖 8mo
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Minervasbutler
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Book 3 in the Neapolitan Quartet. Elena is slowly forging a literary career for herself while Lila, her disastrous marriage behind her, seems, notwithstanding her ferocious intelligence, to be destined to a life of poverty and humiliation. The menacing Solaro brothers play a more prominent role as Communists fight Fascists and Elena tries to find some fleeting satisfaction in marriage and motherhood. Stunning.

Cathythoughts Stunning is the word ! 👍🏻 8mo
Minervasbutler @Cathythoughts Isn't it? Just keeps getting better and better. 8mo
rachaich Adored this trilogy. I've just started watching the adaptation :) 8mo
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Minervasbutler
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Cathythoughts I loved this series 👍🏻♥️ 8mo
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AyaOfSiwa
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I got a new book.

#croatianedition

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Mtroiano
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Savoring the last few pages of this book with a glass of wine. I think this is my favorite in the series so far. #booksandwine

Minervasbutler Mine too! 8mo
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Mtroiano
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Happy Saturday, everyone! #bookandbreakfast

Karisa Hurray for the weekend! 😀 9mo
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Mtroiano
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Nap time, quiet time, reading time. This is Bella. She‘s 13 so most of her day is nap time. 🐶💤

#dogsoflitsy

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Mtroiano
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Getting back to this series. #currentlyreading

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Booksbymybed
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Mehso-so

This one is my least favorite out of three I‘ve read so far. Hopefully the last one will be better.

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Reading_E
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What a sad thought.

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longisland_mom
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Cried on the train a lot

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purebugbeauty72
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Good Reads review.

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mirellalella86
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An audiobook... hope to finish it this evening. 😊

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tricours
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My favorite so far! Finally things are happening!

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Whitwhit
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Awesome

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Sienopoli
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The writing in this series is intoxicating. The way it‘s told and how these characters become a part of your life is something I‘ve never seen. This book makes you reflect on their actions and along the way stop to think about moments in your own life. It‘s incredible.

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irre
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I‘ve been reading one book in this series every summer. I like it, but don‘t love it. I can‘t wait to watch the HBO series. Looks great.

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Booksnob
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Back in my happy place and immersed in book 3. #lovesumner

rachaich I loved these books. 1y
Booksnob @rachaich Me too. Loving them. Looking forward to watching them come alive on HBO. 1y
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Deborah42
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Neapolitan Novels, book 3.

“In the fairy tales one does as one wants, and in reality one does what one can.”

The saga of Elena and Lila continues, and the consequences of each woman‘s choices expand like ripples in a pond. Their friendship remains problematic, and they sabotage each other as often as they support each other.

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adhillon89
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So so good

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JillR
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Elena Ferrante writes so beautifully (almost too beautifully; I admit at times I just wanted the story to hurry up!) There was lots of politics which passed me by a little as I know nothing of Italian politics in the late 60s/70s. The pace,and my interest, picked up when the story returned to Lila and Elena‘s friendship. This third instalment explores married life and motherhood, often brutally. These books always haunt me for days after.

emilyhaldi Nice review. Someday I will get to this series! 2y
JillR They are very good @emilyhaldi - in some ways I find them hard going whilst I‘m reading, but can never stop thinking about them when I‘ve finished! 2y
Cathythoughts I really loved this series. Found them quite addictive... yes the politics went over my head .. but I loved the story. 2y
JillR Me too @cathythoughts, I do have the fourth one and nearly dived straight in after this, but decided to spread them out :) 2y
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rachaich
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Yet again, utterly absorbed by her writing.
The actual story is almost simple in itself but manages to weave around and involves each character as needed. I found the cultural /historic aspects of women particularly interesting.
Only one left to read :O

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rachaich
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Happiness is restored as a trip to the library found this on the shelf! #weekend #saga

Vikkiha I loved all of these, read them one after another. The cover designs however, will always be one of life‘s great mysteries - I think they are designed to put off the casual reader. 😀 2y
rachaich @Vikkiha - that's so true! 2y
rachaich @Vikkiha - oddly, towards the end of this, she talks about the dreary covers on some of her translated novel! 2y
Vikkiha That made me smile when I read it, she definitely did that on purpose. Never judge a book by its cover 😊 2y
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JillR
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Book Three. I got this for Christmas but I‘ve been saving it; I want to spread these books out. Now is the time, can‘t wait!

catebutler I just bought the first in the series! Hoping to start it in May. 2y
Cathythoughts I loved this series ❤️ 2y
Ms_T Enjoy! 2y
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JillR @catebutler I hope you enjoy it - I found the series has got better as it goes along, so far anyway... 2y
ephemeralwaltz Loved the first and have the second to read! I've heard it's better!! I'm very excited. 2y
JillR Yes I thought the second was better @ephemeralwaltz , enjoy :) 2y
ephemeralwaltz @JillR I'll try and get to it soon then! 2y
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rachaich
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Oh my!
Quick visit to the library, thinking I'd have to order this Neopolitan novel, and it was on the shelf, like it was waiting for me :) :)
Super excited !

JillR Enjoy! I have book number three waiting to be read next :) 2y
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Miss_Kim
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Just starting book 3 in this amazing series! I'll take it with me this afternoon when I volunteer at out library's used book store. Can't wait to get started!

Christine11 It‘s an incredible series isn‘t it?! 😊 2y
xicanti This is my favourite of the four! It's so good that I forgot I was reading a book; something that almost never happens to me. 2y
Miss_Kim @Christine11 It's amazing! 2y
Miss_Kim @xicanti That's a very rare thing 💕📖💕 2y
EKonrad Loved this series! 😊 2y
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Wilkie
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This is probably the most intense book of the series (so far..). So much fighting, so much passion, so much baaaaaad sex, so many characters, so many EMOTIONS!!! This book will make you want to smash plates against the wall and then eat a lot of frittelle. It might give you weird dreams. Last night I dreamt my husband left me for his best friend, who he has known since he was 4 years old. It must be exhausting being Italian. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Wilkie
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#bookandbeverage on a lovely sunny Saturday afternoon. #riotgrams @bookriot

Christine11 I hope you‘re enjoying this one - I loved this series 😊 2y
Liatrek Love the R2D2 mug ❤️ 2y
Wilkie @Christine11 I have just started it. So far so good! I loved the first two💖 2y
Wilkie @Liatrek beebob boobop. 2y
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CareBear
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This is the stack I‘ll be picking from this weekend for the #24in48. Most of these will help my #mounttbr as well!

398.2 Nice picks! 2y
CareBear @398.2 have you read any of them? Any recommendations? 2y
Mollyanna Nice stack. I‘ll be curious as to how you like the Disney books. I‘m seeing mixed reviews on them. 2y
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CareBear @Mollyanna I love all things Disney so my opinion may be skewed lol. But I‘ll let you know! 2y
398.2 I am currently reading Charm. I just finished Poison and I absolutely loved it. I also haven‘t read the Disney books because of the mixed reviews but I have been meaning to get to them. 2y
Reviewsbylola Great stack! 2y
DivaDiane Wow, I haven‘t read a single one of those, not heard of most of the authors! I hope you enjoy! 2y
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Ncostell
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I really got sucked back into the lives of Lila and Elena in this third book of the Neapolitan quartet. As the friends get older their lives and problems get more complicated. This was my first completed book of the year, so I‘m off to a great start. This is my letter T book for the #LitsyAtoZchallenge.

Ncostell Sorry, meant to tag @BookishMarginalia for the Litsy A to Z challenge before I posted this! 2y
BarbaraBB No need to at all but you can edit your posted messages by clicking on the three dots in the corner! 2y
Ncostell @BarbaraBB Thanks, I didn‘t know I could do that! 2y
BarbaraBB 😀 2y
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Vansa
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Such a beautiful , beautiful line. And vividly transports you back to where it all started with My brilliant friend, and the journey I've taken , as a reader , along with Lena and Lila.