Friday, May 15, 2015
THOSE WHO LEAVE AND THOSE WHO STAY by Elena Ferrante (fic)
This is the third volume of the Neapolitan series of books by Ferrante. There is one more to be written. Like its predecessors this book is a beautifully written account of the continuing relationship between Elena and Lila who are now entering middle age. Elena is married and Lila is living in reduced circumstances in the old neighborhood in Naples. Although they rarely see each other, the influence each exerts on the other is as strong as ever, continuing Lila's dominance. You can find a review of the first and second books in earlier postings. So as not to repeat myself, the superlatives I assigned to the first two volumes apply here as well. This third book is as strongly arresting and fascinating as the first book. Again, I highly recommend all three books which should be read in sequence. I am looking forward to the publishing of the next book in the series.