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Un mal nombre

(L'amica geniale #2)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  78,339 ratings  ·  5,728 reviews
Ella me demostró que yo no había ganado nada, simplemente porque en este mundo nuestro no había nada que ganar...y lo que de verdad valía la pena era verse de vez en cuando para que el sonido enloquecido de nuestras mentes fuera rebotando de la una a la otra sin parar.

Ella es una mujer hermosa, alocada, y su nombre es Lila. Es la misma niña que conocimos en La amiga estupe
Paperback, 560 pages
Published September 5th 2013 by LUMEN (first published September 22nd 2012)
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Amanda Can I be team anti-Nino? While we are discussing around the girls I think that our energy should be anti this unbearable and arrogant guy.
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This novel is built around social, gender and class norms and discussing Lila and Lenù goes against the central ideas in the book. (less)

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Francesca Marciano
I finished Elena Ferrante's second volume a few hours ago and I'm overwhelmed by her power. She writes with her fingers stuck inside a electric plug. She drills and drills all the way through the tiniest sensation, till she reaches raw matter. The story of the New Name is even more entrancing than My brilliant friend, the first volume of the trilogy, which I devoured. Lila and Lena, the two protagonists of volume one, are now two women. Their love hate relationship grows more intricate, so does ...more
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italy, modern-fiction
This novel broke my heart. It broke my heart so badly that I had to stop reading it for a few days to recover.

This is the second book of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan series, and it follows Elena and Lila from their teenage years and into their early 20s. Their neighborhood in Naples is still rough and violent in the 1960s, but Lila's marriage to the wealthy grocer Stefano allows her to climb out of the poverty. The two friends were often competitive, especially about school, but in book two, they
Violet wells
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 21st-century, italy, faves
Elena Ferrante is an absolute marvel. This was utterly ravishing. How does she do it? Structurally her novels could hardly be more conservative, her subject matter – the fraught friendship of two women – has been done to death. And yet you’re constantly left with the feeling that no one has ever done what she does before. Or at least no one has done it with such searing insight and freshness.

Only a handful of writers can undress and get to the heart of women as lucidly and thrillingly as Ferran
What's your ugly place?

We all have one. We all have a place we quite deliberately do not go to. That we are aware is there, but have developed systems and defensive walls and jokes and denials in order to keep it out of the light of day. It's the place you can't help but end up sometimes when something particularly embarrassing happens to you, something tragic, an epiphany about yourself that you didn't particularly want occurs to you. It's the place where you were the person you never, ever wan
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italiana

Herbert List

La lingua napoletana, che con generosità, a volte invadenza, ci viene offerta, o imposta, dagli scrittori e dagli abitanti di quella splendida città, qui manca del tutto.
Ho l'impressione che manchi perfino più che nel primo episodio di questa saga, e quasi se ne sente la mancanza: forse perché a volte Ferrante si prodiga a spiegarci il tipo di dialetto che sta usando un suo personaggio invece di farcelo leggere, invece di farcelo sentire.

Elena e Lila da bambine e da ad
دنيانا ستظل دوما هكذا فيها من كل حاجة اتنين
ابرياء و مذنبين..جبناء و جسورين..مشترين و بائعين
و عندما يتم بيعك ليلة انتصارك
و تكتشفى انك لا تساوين اكتر من حذاء يدوى قديم
اذن لقد تم ذبحك و لتحدثينا بعدها
عن اسطورة الانقاذ
عن اكذوبة الجمال
عن خديعة الاستمرار
عن اتقاء الحقائق بتصنع الاكاذيب

انها المراهقة اذن بقدرتها الفائقة على تدمير مستقبلك لعقود
انها الأنوثة الملعونة و ما يصاحبها من طامعين
*ما تراه مهما الان لن تلتفت اليه ابدا بعد حين*

نتابع العلاقة الصاخبة بين النابوليتين ليلا و لينا التي قررت ان
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"For your whole life you love people and you never really know who they are." (Nunzia to Lenù, p.215)

This one's a heartbreaker. So exquisitely rendered that you'll recognize your own hideous pain rising up to assail you again, dear Reader; your losses, your miseries in the cause of love. Ferrante makes universal the disparate pain all loving creatures suffer. Toward the end, when reality becomes too much for some of the characters, they descend into scarily dissociative states that surprise and
Michael Finocchiaro
This is a marvelous novel with heart and soul, Neapolitan heart and soul that is. The second installment in the famous Elena Ferrante tetralogy, for me anyway, exceeded the first book in originality and plot line. I found it moving and a very quick read despite its nearly 500 page length.

For this review, I wanted to focus on the title and the importance of names in Ferrante's work. First off, there is, it seems to me, a Proustian reference here to "Le nom du pays - Le nom" which is the somewhat
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it just as much the 2nd time reading it. I adore these characters and would read 100 books about them.
4.5 stars Update: Bumping this one up to a 5 stars because after a few months of thinking about it, it's definitely my favorite in the series. I keep finding myself thinking of certain scenes and elements of this installment, and I love it.
I'm not sure if I can write a coherent review of this book right now. There are so many layers to this story, so much to unpack, and yet still
4.5 stars

"Yes, it’s Lila who makes writing difficult. My life forced me to imagine what hers would have been if what happened to me had happened to her, what use she would have made of my luck. And her life continuously appears in mine, in the words that I’ve uttered, in which there’s often an echo of hers, in my less which is such because of her more, in my more which is the yielding to the force of her less."

This second book in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series continues the story of two chil
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I’m still a bit puzzled about the phenomen that Ferrante’s cycle is. I don’t find writing particuralry brilliant, I think I didn’t mark any single quote here and yet enjoyed the story. I thought it was very predictible at times, I could see what was coming and mostly hadn’t been suprised by the course of events and still kept reading. I can't say it was innovative or imaginative yet Ferrante managed to draw me in her world entirely. Maybe I’m mistaken, but as I mentioned in the review of MBF, I
[From L'amie prodigieuse]


Choice of role

You can be either a bad girl or a good girl. When you have played a bit more, you can even try combining these two roles! See "Advanced options" below.

Bad girl

If you are a bad girl, you will be able to speak your mind and express your sexuality freely, but you will be beaten, raped and called a whore and a witch. You may also be subjected to other punishments, such as being disowned by your family or forced into a dangerous and poorly remunerated job.

Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When we get to the end of the second book in Ferrante’s quartet of novels, we think we see the genesis of that quartet: a twenty-day writing exercise that took the angst out of university graduation for Elena Greco, also called Lenù. Although I struggled through this volume, listening to the voices of teens talking about their confusion and noting their lack of confidence while they strode boldly ahead, all was forgiven in the last one hundred pages.

The girls are now women, having earned a few h
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, italy, naples
I tore through this in a kind of furious curiosity, annoyed with myself for being so involved and annoyed with Ferrante for taking so long to do what she does. The plot, heavy on frustrated emotion, is drawn out with intense internal monologues and telenovela miscommunications – and yet the actual characters are so real, built with such psychological verisimilitude, that you are fascinated despite yourself. The effect is as though Doris Lessing spent a season guest-writing for Days of our Lives. ...more
"Your name is no longer Cerullo. You are Signora Carracci and you must do as I say." By changing her name, Lila/Lina had changed her whole life. For the worse. From the frying pan into the fire. "What have I done, she thought, dazed by wine, and what is this gold circle, this glittering zero I’ve stuck my finger in." She had changed her name, and exchanged it for a web of lies, a different level of violence. The first inclination she had came from those shoes. Marcello Solara was shod in tho ...more
Phenomenal Favola--Due Amici

This is the second of a tetralogy called the "Neopolitan Novels," by Italian novelist Elena Ferrante (pseudonym), who says she considers the four volumes to constitute one novel. The books were so popular in Italy that the periodical publications regularly engaged in a game of speculation on the author's true identity.

The books center on the lives and friendship of two girls from Naples, Italy, Elena Greco (called sometimes "Lenù") and Raffaella ("Lila") Cerullo. Bo
Julie Christine
It is the early-mid 1960s and Naples is experiencing an economic and cultural renaissance: the post-war boom has created a new consumer class, with fancy shoe boutiques staffed by pretty girls dressed up like Jackie O. In university halls, students speak of the two Germanys, Indochina, nuclear arms, and Communism.

But not everything has changed. In the darker neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city, where violence is an accepted means of communication and a woman’s worth is tallied by first h
Maria Bikaki
Βλέπω παντού αστεράκια, πολλά αστεράκια 4 αστεράκια από δω 5 αστεράκια από κεί, κάποιοι θα βαζαν και 15 αν μπορούσαν το νιώθω και θέλω να πετάξω το 1 το αστεράκι αλλά φοβούμαι τις απανταχού φανατικές αναγνώστριες. Όχι πλάκα κάνω 3 αστεράκια αλλά μέχρι εκεί και αυτό περισσότερο γιατί αναγνωρίζω την ποιότητα της συγγραφέως αλλά δυστυχώς ούτε και στο δεύτερο βιβλίο βρήκα κάποιο στοιχείο που να μου κρατήσει τόσο πολύ αμείωτο το ενδιαφέρον. Να σου διηγηθώ εγώ κυρία Φερράντε μου ιστορίες με άσπονδες φ ...more
Kamal Sabry Shaker
مين اللى ميحبش ليلا ولينا؟ ومين اللى ميكرهش ليلا ولينا؟

ليلا التى أكرهها هى ليلا النزقة، ليلا التى لا تكترث بما يحكيه الآخرون وتهتم فقط بما تحكيه وبما لديها من مغامرات، بالنسبة لليلا الكل عدم وهى فقط من تستحق أن تولى الاهتمام، أكره ليلا الخائنة التى تجرى وراء شهواتها، ليلا التى منحت - بسذاجة غير معتادة منها – نينو كل شئ فسلبها هو كل شئ وهرب كطفل، أكره ليلا لأنها نجحت فى أن تحطم حياتها بدءاً من قبولها بالزواج من ستيفانو هرباً من ابن سولارا، مروراً بنزواتها مع نينو، ونهاية بقبولها العمل فى مصنع بر
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Europa editions' cover is silly, even more unsuitable than the cover of the first book of the series. Ferrante's focus is not on romance at all -- there is nothing romantic about the desperate, grasping lives these people lead -- her scope is epic: social and political.

In my review of My Brilliant Friend I noted that flight was not yet an option for the girls. Even if it becomes so, the impossibility of fleeing your origins hovers over them in this installment. While reading one section, I
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Partly because her work describes domestic experiences – such as vivid sexual jealousy and other forms of shame – that are underexplored in fiction, Ferrante’s reputation is soaring, especially among women (Zadie Smith, Mona Simpson and Jhumpa Lahiri are fans). Her writing has a powerful intimacy – as if her characters, to paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson, are the lenses through which we read our own minds. The novelist Claire Messud emailed, “When you write to me and say you love her work, I hav ...more
Rating a 4.5

Elena Greco and Lila Cerullo are friends, and through these books, you get the details of their lives and their friendship. You do not get a glimpse of their lives, you hear the minutiae of their daily lives. And you know's utterly fascinating. This is a book to be savored slowly. There really is so much going on and there are so many people from the neighborhood that move in and out of the story. The story packs in so much - love, betrayal, friendship, marriage, adultery,
Glenn Sumi
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-usa-can-uk
Stayed up until 4am to finish. So worth it. Will review when I can collect my thoughts (and get some sleep).
Doug Bradshaw
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rarely have I experienced a more personal and honest picture of someone’s private inner thoughts, the mechanics of friendship and growing up, with all of the pressures of deeply ingrained habits and customs of a different culture and generation: If you are chosen by a young male from a successful family and asked to marry, who are you to turn him down? It doesn’t matter that you aren’t attracted to him. If you were to say no, your father would beat you and disown you. But don’t worry, over time ...more
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italia, bib-l
As palavras parecem pipocas a querer saltar da minha boca para fora, mas para não saírem atabalhoadas tal é a excitação, vamos resumir a coisa ao mínimo possível: desde as leituras do Zafon que não ficava assim alucinada e envolvida com uma história e umas personagens que se colaram a mim dia e noite!

Venham os próximos!
B.R.A.CE. 2018 Ένα βιβλίο από μια σειρά βιβλίων που έχεις ξεκινήσει (και που τη σταματάς κάπου εδώ)

Δε μου πάει η Φερράντε, δε μου πήγε το πρώτο μέρος της τετραλογίας και, τελικά, δε μου πήγε ούτε το δεύτερο. Ο λόγος που αποφάσισα να του δώσω μια ευκαιρία ήταν ότι είχα ακούσει ότι είναι πολύ καλύτερο από το πρώτο και δεν ήθελα να χάσω κάτι πραγματικά καλό επειδή απλώς η συγγραφέας επέλεξε να κάνει μία πολύ μεγάλη εισαγωγή. Εχμ, τελικά όχι. Είναι ακριβώς στο ίδιο επίπεδο με το πρώτο μέρος (απλώς
Nour Allam
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتابي ال (90) لعام 2018.

"تكفي لحظة واحدة لتتغيّر حياتنا رأساً على عقب"

في الجزء الأول كنا نتعرّف على إيلينا غريكو ورافايلّا شيرلّو أثناء فترة الطفولة والمراهقة خصوصاً، أما هنا فقد تابعنا قصتيهما في فترة الشباب، الأحوال تتغيّر: الفقر يصبح غنى والغنى يصبح فقراً وتعاسة... الحب يتحوّل إلى كره ومقت والصداقة تتأرجح وتخفّ لكنّها لا تزول ولا تنكسر!
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 نجوم❤
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jenny (Reading Envy) by: Harper's Magazine October 2014
I read the first book in this series, My Brilliant Friend, over a year ago, but always thought I liked it enough to read the next one sometime. I just wasn't in a hurry. (You can read my review of book one here.)

I'm certainly glad I finally dug into this one. Where the first book was about childhood and adolescence, with the microcosmic world of girlhood friendships (and conflicts) and aspirations, this book focuses on the two women, Lila and Elena, in their upper teen years. For Lila, this is a
Skorofido Skorofido
Δεύτερο μέρος της τετραλογίας της Νάπολης κι εδώ συναντάμε όλα τα καλά παιδιά που γνωρίσαμε και στο πρώτο μέρος «Η καλύτερη μου φίλη»… η Λενού, η Λίλα, ο Στέφανο, ο Ρίνο κλπ,κλπ… Κάποιοι παίζουν πλέον σημαντικότερο ρόλο, κάποιοι πηγαίνουν στα παρασκήνια… Σ’αυτό το βιβλίο, πρωταγωνίστριες εννοείται πως είναι πάλι τα δυο κορίτσια, τώρα όμως τα πράγματα έχουν αλλάξει, η Λίνα είναι μια αξιοσέβαστη παντρεμένη γυναίκα ετών 16 ενώ η Λενού συνεχίζει το σχολείο… Το βιβλίο πιά
Raul Bimenyimana
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story continues, and it is still as riveting as the first volume was. This book begins where the previous, My Brilliant Friend, ended. Where violence was brimming in the previous novel, it pours out in this one.

Lila and Lenu are growing up, it is the late 1960s and although the story primarily still takes place in the poor neighbourhood in Naples, Lila through marriage ascends the social ladder while Lenu is still struggling to follow suit, but through education.

Reading this book, I was so
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Elena Ferrante is a pseudonymous Italian novelist.

Ferrante is the author of a half dozen novels, including The Lost Daughter (originally published as La figlia oscura, 2006).

In 2012, Europa Editions began publication of English translations of Ferrante's "Neapolitan Novels," a series about two perceptive and intelligent girls from Naples who try to create lives for themselves within a violent and

Other books in the series

L'amica geniale (4 books)
  • My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels, #1)
  • Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (The Neapolitan Novels, #3)
  • The Story of the Lost Child (The Neapolitan Novels, #4)
“she was explaining to me that I had won nothing, that in the world there is nothing to win, that her life was full of varied and foolish adventures as much as mine, and that time simply slipped away without any meaning, and it was good just to see each other every so often to hear the mad sound of the brain of one echo in the mad sound of the brain of the other.” 128 likes
“Words: with them you can do and undo as you please.” 123 likes
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