The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

the-story-of-a-new-name-elena-ferrante

Yo, Lila – sisters before misters.

3/5 I enjoyed the second installment more than the first. I’ll be reading on, hoping that Elena’s EQ begins to match her IQ.

Advertisements

9 responses

  1. I’m recalling that high IQ and low EQ are part and parcel of the make up of both women…that said, I do recommend reading the second half of the quartet of Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels. I personally felt that taking the entire journey, though long and laborious at times, was rewarding for this reader of literary fiction.

    • Interesting David because I think that while both girls have IQs, Lila also has a high EQ – I feel like all of her actions are deliberate, extremely manipulative and carefully thought through. I don’t buy her ‘impulsiveness’ for one second. So while she may not have appealing personality traits, I do think she is emotionally-savvy. Perhaps though, book three will show that I’ve judged her too hastily?

      • Kate…someone with a high EQ level is normally in tune with the emotions of others and, like Lila, can manipulate with ease. But, that same person, with a refined EQ, is usually cognizant of their own emotions as well, and I’m not so sure Lila fit the bill in this respect. But, I could have misunderstood the emotional intelligence, the complexity, of this extraordinary, autistic savant-like, character.

        Keep reading.

      • I think we’re saying the same thing about EQ except that you see Lila as not in control of her own emotions whereas I think she is. Maybe as the story progresses I will see Lila differently but so far, I think everything she has said and done has been highly manipulative, deliberate and she’s been in full control. It may not be ‘nice’ or ‘caring’ but still fits the EQ definition.

        I have looked at this story very much from the perspective of my own experiences – most women know a woman like Lila. They’re also known as ‘frenemies’. I knew girls like this at school – they never changed into someone who was kind at heart as they grew older. May Lila surprise me…

  2. I went out on a limb and bought the whole quartet for my mum for Christmas (with the added bonus that I can read them too). I’ve never read them so I don’t know if that was a good idea or not, but she loves anything and everything set in Italy, so fingers crossed it turns out to be a winner.

    • I bought the first three after I read Ferrante’s stand-alone novel, The Lost Daughter, and really enjoyed it. Had I only had the first one, I probably would not have forged on to the second, except that it was already on the shelf. All that said, if your mum likes all things Italy, then I think she’ll love these books – the sense of place and time is very well done and certainly one of the strengths in Ferrante’s stories.

  3. Pingback: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante | booksaremyfavouriteandbest

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s