[Elena Ferrante] µ La figlia oscura [christian-romance PDF] Read Online ì This is going to sound strange I loved this book, but I didn t enjoy it The story involves a mother of grown daughters who is dealing with her own ambivalence at what she gave up to assume that role The author manages to take the flicker of lost independence that every mother feels and magnify it and state it in a brutal and unflinching way I hated the narrator, but I couldn t look away.
The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante was out bookclub end of season read In this Novella The narrator, a forty seven year old divorc e summering alone on the Ionian coast, becomes obsessed with a beautiful young mother who seems ill at ease with her husband s rowdy, slightly menacing Neapolitan clan When this woman s daughter loses her doll, the older woman commits a small crime that she can t explain even to herself.
I have to admit I totally struggled with the characters and the plot of this novel I could not identify with Leda or any of her ideas on motherhood I found the novel bizarre and while the writing in places was strong the plot and the characters were just too bizarre for my liking.
It didn t generate the discussion as a group we had hoped for.
The book has received great reviews online and once again I am in the minority in my dislike of this one.
It s been awhile since I read and obsessively enjoyed Elena Ferrante s Neapolitan series especially loved book 2 and 3.
I went into this book completely blind It s a thin slim thick thought provoking novella I was immediately pulled in from the get go with these words When my daughters moved to Toronto, where their father had lived and worked for years, I was embarrassed and amazed to discover that I wasn t upset rather, I felt light, as if only then had I definitely brought them into the world For the first time in almost twenty five years I was not aware of the anxiety of having to take care of them The house was neat, as if no one lived there, I no longer had the constant bother of shopping and doing laundry, the woman who for years had helped with the household chores found a better paying job, and I felt no need to replace her We meet divorced 47 year old Leda She s an English Professor Summer vacation is just beginning Leda feels lighter being completely alone without her two young adult daughters living with her She calls her daughters on the phone once a day but is surprisingly ecstatic to be alone Leda quickly becomes physically lighter, eating only one meal a day.
She rents a summer beach house for a six week summer vacation near Naples bringing her school books to prepare assignments for when the fall term begins Ok sounds good a nice summer break beach vacation not so fast,,Things become odd puzzling mysterious haunting and down right creepy Leda meets a young family also vacationing at the same beach.
She is fixated with another young mother Nina , her child Elena and Elena s doll From Leda s observations judgements projections and evaluations of the mother daughter relationship between Nina Elena.
Leda s behavior becomes disturbing Her choices mysteriously disturbing Leda s inner reflective voicedialogue with herself is intriguing.
and unsettling Leda s memories surface from her own younger days as a daughter, wife, mother, and lover Regrets are heightened and an almost Stream of consciousness unfolds What emerges is quite dark seriously haunting The self assessment Leda has with herself is conflicting sad and psychologically complex A very unsettling novel hard to feel sympathetic for Leda.
yet Elena Ferrante s writing is gripping Rather than leaving this novel with the satisfaction of an insightful resolution I m left with the bare bone reality of how devastating and brutally life altering loss is.
After four read books, I can conclude that I experience an unconditional devotion to Ferrante s novels and emphatically place her amongst my favorite authors I simply admire the frankness and the brutality of her thoughts and celebrate eagerly the woman s manifest in each sentence Ferrante s struggle is to shatter the assumed, especially in conservative societies, image of the woman the mother, the wife, the housekeeper This is the similarity I find in each novel the endeavor to redeem past presumption for the sake of the womanhood Elena Ferrante possesses one of the most elegant and precise literary styles I have encountered in contemporary literature.
Troubling Love The Days of Abandonment The Lost Daughter Throw these titles up in the air and whichever lands on whichever book, it would fit Not the covers, though each is uniquely apt Ferrante s first person female narrators could almost be the same woman at different stages of life, except for the three being too close in age and possessing different voices They are creative women with similar Neapolitan mothers, though with different family ties single, childless Delia, a cartoonist whose job is barely spoken of, comes from an abusive home writer Olga, deserted by her husband, has two young children and here it s a slightly older Leda, a divorced English literature professor with two adult daughters.
Maybe I m getting used to Ferrante, or likely it s Leda s dispassionate tone, because I didn t find this one as unsettling as the previous two, though its themes especially the one at its core are arguably even provocative I admired the novel s circularity and its repetition of lost daughters, including a reference to a story called Olivia if I m correct in believing it s the Italian folktale that Italo Calvino collected under the title of Olive.
W Flint As in the Neapolitan novels, Ferrante again shows in harrowing detail the absolute misery of child rearing The annoyances, the resentments, the hatreds, to and from both parent and child It s like a trap for all involved, a prison It seems the Italians don t go in much for psychoanalysis, at least not the characters in Ferrante s books But Ferrante knows her characters minds, and the truly bizarre scenes they produce The narrator says For a while I made no distinctions between public areas and private ones, I didn t care if people heard me and judged me, I felt a strong desire to act out my rage as if in the theater p.
77 She is a middle aged woman, a college teacher of English Literature, who begins her story by talking about how liberating it has been for her personally to send her two teenage daughters off to live in Canada with their father, from whom she is bitterly divorced With regard to another, younger mother whose little girl is throwing a fit at the moment, she says She had tried to see herself in the mirror as she had been before bringing that organism into the world, before condemning herself forever to adding it on to hers Soon she ll start yelling, I thought, soon she ll hit her, trying to break that bond Instead, the bond will become twisted, will strengthen in remorse, in the humiliation of having shown herself in public to be an unaffectionate mother, not the mother of church or the Sunday supplements p.
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As all of Ferrante s novels do, The Lost Daughter looks intimately at the complicated nature of motherhood and femininity Leda, a 47 year old divorcee, is on vacation after her two daughters, now adults, move to live with their father in Canada She spends her summer by the beach where she meets Nina, a young mother, and her daughter, Lenuccia, who is obsessed with her doll that eventually goes missing Leda s interactions with this Neapolitan family gets her tied up in something bigger than herself and also forces her to confront her role as mother and the choices she s made in the past It s a tightly written novel, expertly crafted but lacks the insight and power that Ferrante s other novels have Overall, an interesting read but not one that will blow you away.
As Coisas Mais Dif Ceis De Falar S O As Que N S Mesmos N O Conseguimos Entender Com Essa Afirma O Ao Mesmo Tempo Simples E Desconcertante Elena Ferrante Logo Alerta Os Leitores Preparem Se, Pois Verdades Dolorosas Est O Prestes A Ser ReveladasLan Ado originalmente Em E Ainda In Dito No Brasil, O Terceiro Romance Da Autora Que Se Consagrou Por Sua S Rie Napolitana Acompanha Os Sentimentos Conflitantes De Uma Professora Universit Ria De Meia Idade, Leda, Que, Aliviada Depois De As Filhas J Crescidas Se Mudarem Para O Canad Com O Pai, Decide Tirar F Rias No Litoral Sul Da It Lia Logo Nos Primeiros Dias Na Praia, Ela Volta Toda A Sua Aten O Para Uma Ruidosa Fam Lia De Napolitanos, Em Especial Para Nina, A Jovem M E De Uma Menininha Chamada Elena Que Sempre Est Acompanhada De Sua Boneca Cercada Pelos Parentes Autorit Rios E Imersa Nos Cuidados Com A Filha, Nina Parece Perfeitamente Vontade No Papel De M E E Faz Leda Se Lembrar De Si Mesma Quando Jovem E Cheia De Expectativas A Aproxima O Das Duas, No Entanto, Desencadeia Em Leda Uma Enxurrada De Lembran As Da Pr Pria Vida E De Segredos Que Ela Nunca Conseguiu Revelar A Ningu MNo Estilo Inconfund Vel Que A Tornou Conhecida No Mundo Todo, Elena Ferrante Parte De Elementos Simples Para Construir Uma Narrativa Poderosa Sobre A Maternidade E As Consequ Ncias Que A Fam Lia Pode Ter Na Vida De Diferentes Gera Es De Mulheres Life can have an ironic geometry Starting from the age of thirteen or fourteen I had aspired to a bourgeois decorum, proper Italian, a good life, cultured and reflective Naples had seemed a wave that would drown me I didn t think the city could contain life forms different from those I had known as a child, violent or sensually lazy, tinged with sentimental vulgarity or obtusely fortified in defense of their own wretched degradation The Lost Daughter is the third novel by Italian author, Elena Ferrante An English professor in Florence, 47 year old Leda takes a summer vacation on the coast She is divorced, and her two adult daughters live in Canada with their father On the beach, she encounters an extended Neapolitan family that reminds her of her own childhood, her youth and the life choices she made In the first year of Marta s life I discovered I no longer loved my husband A hard year, the baby barely slept and wouldn t let me sleep Physical tiredness is a great magnifying glass.
Love requires energy, I had none left.
About her own mother, Leda says I suspected that she had begun to flee the moment she had me in her womb, even though as I grew up, everyone said that I resembled her There were resemblances, but they seemed to me faded Not even when I discovered that I was attractive to men was I appeased She emanated a vital warmth, whereas I felt cold, as if I had veins of metal I wanted to be like her in the capacity she had to expand and become essence on the streets, in the subway or the funicular, in the shops, under the eyes of strangers No instrument of reproduction can capture that enchanted aura Not even the pregnant belly can replicate it precisely Leda states she is an unnatural mother , and proves this with her own mothering experience The children stared at me I felt their gazes longing to tame me, but brilliant was the brightness of the life outside them, new colors, new bodies, new intelligence, a language to possess finally as if it were my true language, and nothing, nothing that seemed to me reconcilable with that domestic space from which they stared at me with expectation Her actions during this seaside stay reinforce this Leda is callously candid about her feelings towards her children I observed my daughters when they weren t paying attention, I felt for them a complicated alternation of sympathy and antipathy Even when I recognised in the two girls what I considered my own good qualities I felt that something wasn t right I had the impression that they didn t know how to make good use of those qualities, that the best part of me ended up in their bodies as a mistaken graft, a parody, and I was angry, ashamed Whether or not due to her own attitude, My daughters make a constant effort to be the reverse of me They are clever, they are competent, their father is starting them out on his path Determined and terrified, they advance like whirlwinds through the world Ferrante is not afraid to create a main character who is, for the most part, unappealing Nina s violent reaction against Leda is wholly deserved Despite some marvellous descriptive prose, this is not a pleasant read Powerful and thought provoking.
Ewww This is certainly not a 4 star for enjoyment, but in writing ability and emotive core character layered, nearly a 5 Elena Ferrante is absolutely able to conceptualize, feel, display and express dichotomy of want repulse, love hate, scattered self identity and in other general minutia, the Italian culture s brand of personality disordered woman This one is vilely unlikable She was to me She self describes as the unnatural Mother It s a state of hurt from both generational directions here in full detail of aftermath Harsh, loud and blunt Honestly I would only rec this book if you have high interest in extremely unhappy women within the classic dichotomies of psychological self identity dislike coupled with perpetual dissatisfaction in life and particularly their role fulfillment Not just in Motherhood, either As excellent a writer as Elena Ferrante is, and she IS genius, she tends to write the same type of woman over and over again Basically that woman and they are various ages spiteful, vengeful and trouble seeking, apt to cheat and intimidate arising from their own dissatisfaction of both mood and insecurities in work and role Southern Italian culture and the extended familial patterns of male patriarchy with matriarchal role ideals for intense and long patterned nurturing those are often the stage for her unhappy women It s what she knows and she can slice the layers to single cell thinness This one was a short novella length that exposed this woman s soul, what she believes about herself and her general self defeating, quite automatic to me, response It s one that assuredly earns her separation and freedom But the freedom tastes like water from her own solitary poisoned well.