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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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nathandrake1997
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If the first volume (MY BRILLIANT FRIEND) was about childhood and the second volume (THE STORY OF A NEW NAME) was about growing up, then this volume (THOSE WHO LEAVE AND THOSE WHO STAY) is about one particular facet of growing up, letting go.....(continued in comments)

nathandrake1997 ....How it almost always sounds easy on paper and how the act of letting go from an existential standpoint is akin to walking on a carpet woven using shards of glass with every edge with every edge leaving its own subjective bruise. When viewed from a panoramic perspective, this carpet might be visible as one single coherent frame. 2d
nathandrake1997 ....But look a bit closer, and one can spot that this carpet is a mosaic with each shard varying in size and sharpness.... 2d
nathandrake1997 ....Each chapter can be viewed as its own shard. Each shard varies in size. Some are barely a page long while some span more than five pages. The chapters are bite sized because that's how shards are, but the edges nevertheless leave bruises in their wake. 2d
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nathandrake1997 ....Bruises that one barely has the time to nurse before the next one is inflicted. The bruises are raw wounds, the kind on which the prose then acts as salt being mercilessly sprinkled upon. That too precisely at the moment when the bruise is on the cusp of healing, but a sliver of it is still bare..... 2d
nathandrake1997 ....Ferrante's prose is at times salt, at times pincer, at times a deceptive balm that actually turns out to be something acidic masquerading as one. 2d
nathandrake1997 ....While a lot could be said about each character, it is the picture that all of them end up cohering into that turns out to be the most interesting. And the picture might as well be the author masquerading under the pseudonym "Elena Ferrante"..... 2d
nathandrake1997 ....Each character might as well represent a facet of Ferrante herself. Now, this is pure speculation, but judging by the often attributed autobiographical roots of this quartet, I won't be surprised if this eventually ends up being the case.... 2d
nathandrake1997 ....The guessing game that almost the entire literary world is engaged in might as well draw its most potent clues from Ferrante's prose itself. This volume in particular has subtle yet profound probable allusions to why Ferrante chooses to write under a pseudonym..... 2d
nathandrake1997 .....Maybe revealing her identity might result in her parting ways with the life she is currently leading, an act of letting go she probably doesn't want to indulge in. Because, what gets left behind ultimately gets neglected in memory of what leaves. THOSE WHO LEAVE playing a bigger part in one's life than THOSE WHO STAY. 2d
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WellReadCatLady
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Another great book in the Neapolitan series.

Graywacke Such a great book 3w
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thewallflower0707
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Third book of the #NeapolitanianQuartet is done ✔️! It‘s neither very dramatic nor full of action, but you really get to follow these two women through every stage of their life, both with good & bad decisions, and I really love it.

#ElenaFerrante

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zezeki
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Third book in the series finished! It'll take me a week or two to get to the final one, and I honestly can't wait to see what will happen with Lila and Elena. I have already given my praise of Ferrante's writing, don't know what more to say other than brilliant. 😅📚📚👌🏼

merelybookish Yes, brilliant. And cool to see a different cover! 2mo
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zezeki
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This is me currently. Reading on the balcony and soaking up as much sunshine as I can. 😄😄📚📚🪴🌳☀️

IuliaC Such a cool photo! 2mo
charl08 Nice! 😍😎 2mo
EvieBee Lovely pic! 2mo
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Taylor
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Dang, that was good on the reread!

I forgot most of it, other than certain images, and I‘m so glad I didn‘t watch the show before rereading (it‘s a phenomenal adaptation though! Beautifully done, feeling both modern and old, steeped in cultural richness, soaking us in an Italian purview that is only possible if authentically made in that country).

But enough about the show. Anyone who hasn‘t read Ferrante: you have to give this a try.

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Taylor

We had become for each other abstract entities, so that now I could invent her for myself both as an expert in computers and as a determined and implacable urban guerrilla, while she, in all likelihood, could see me both as the stereotype of the successful intellectual and as a cultured and well-off woman….

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Taylor

In the still dark sky there was a weak bluish light that licked the low buildings, the muddy weeds and refuse.

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Eva_B
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Another great read! I‘ve only got the last one in the quartet to go.

IuliaC Great quartet! 👍😊 7mo
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rmaclean4
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A book of flawed and difficut characters. Beautiful writting. It is an interesting time for me to have read this book as a 40 year friendship is going through a really rough patch. One more book in the series! 4 🌟
First square on the board complete!
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 9mo
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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Ultimately, it was a pleasure, once again, to immerse myself in Lila and Elena‘s “furious friendship“. The story naturally progresses beyond the bounds of their Naples neighbourhood and the youthful concerns of the previous Neapolitan novels, a very logical continuation akin to a well-written biography. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/those-who-leave-and-those-who-stay-elena-fe...

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NAM99
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What intrigues me most about this series is thinking about past friendships and what kind of influence they‘ve had.

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catsuit_mango
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All this and listening to the new Taylor swift album. I just miss a fireplace to have the perfect cosy afternoon

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catsuit_mango
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Starting book 3 of the Serie. Reading in Italian is taking me longer but it's good for me to practice ;)

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GidgetsTreasures75
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11-22-20: My 96th finished book of 2020! The friendship of Lila and Elena continues in book 3 of the series amid marriages, love, death, children, politics and jealousies. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #thosewholeaveandthosewhostay #elenaferrante 👍🏼📖#️⃣9️⃣6️⃣

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LapReader
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Yesterday‘s Thrifts. Some mugs to add to my ever expanding collection, #LitsyLove #JustBecause stamped, recycled paper stationery, a weekly journal for 2021 & 3 books. I‘ve all the Neapolitan novels now but have only read the 1st 1. What a cliffhanger! I didn‘t love the TV series but will try again 1 day. I‘m trying to get back into embroidery & the bottom book still had its stencils for the bargain price of $2! Plus a vintage dress? Nightie?

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Hugs4pandas
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“Each of us narrates our life as it suits us.”

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You want to improve your conditions and the conditions of these people? You‘re convinced that you, and they, starting from here, from what you are now, will join the victorious march of the proletariat of the whole world? No way. March to become what? Now and forever workers?

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Jbakesmcgee3
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Love this saga so much! Was not as good as the first two, but I can tell is gearing up for the final installment!

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SLSbooks
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Book #3 shows so much growth in Lenu, yet such trepidation of success. Meanwhile Lila‘s life is a giant chess piece being moved by exactly whom? “As usual it seemed to her that she could enter and leave my life without any worries, as if we were still a single thing and there was no need to ask how are you, how are things, am I disturbing you.”

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michsilog
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How accurate can this be?

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michsilog
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Filed under quarantine reads ✨😌

BarbaraBB Great pic! 2y
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janeycanuck
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I started this back in August and hit a wall about 125 pages in. I re-started it, slowed down around the 125-page mark again but powered through and then devoured it. Ferrante has woven such a beautiful story and Goldstein has done a tremendous job with the translation. Looking forward to the last book in the series.

Third book finished for #24b42020

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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

Annashep Just finished this and loved it 😊😊📚📚 3y
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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 👍🏻😊❤️ 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Ok stupid question, but what is the purple stuck in the bowl?! 💜 3y
emmaturi It is blue potato crisps! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @emmaturi ohhhhh ok duh!!!!! 🤣🤣🤣 3y
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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.

Annashep It‘s an amazing series just finished this one and loved it 3y
cajunsyd @Annashep so glad you loved it! Not the ending that I expected at all! 3y
Annashep can‘t wait to read the last one ... but will be really sad to finish the series too 😊 3y
cajunsyd @Annashep enjoy!! 3y
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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. 3y
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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!😍😍😍 3y
Crazeedi Great great books 3y
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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. 3y
Blh87 I go into hiding at 80 degrees unless I‘m on the lake😅 3y
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. 3y
Crazeedi "Hotter than a witches t__ in an iron bra"" ?? 3y
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! 3y
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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 😊 3y
Joanne1 @Velvetfur definitely one to read in order so start with My Brilliant Friend. PS there‘s 4 in the series, not 3. 3y
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? 3y
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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. 3y
Bindrosbookshelf I still have the first book on my shelf and have never read it! 3y
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 😊 3y
JillR I‘m half way through the final book right now! 3y
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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! 3y
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. 3y
daena @wanderinglynn done! Signed up! 3y
wanderinglynn Got it! Welcome aboard! 🙌🏻 3y
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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! 📖💖 3y
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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 ! 👍🏻 3y
Minervasbutler @Cathythoughts Isn't it? Just keeps getting better and better. 3y
rachaich Adored this trilogy. I've just started watching the adaptation :) 3y
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Minervasbutler
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Cathythoughts I loved this series 👍🏻♥️ 3y
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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! 3y
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Mtroiano
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Happy Saturday, everyone! #bookandbreakfast

Karisa Hurray for the weekend! 😀 3y
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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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This one is my least favorite out of three I‘ve read so far. Hopefully the last one will be better.