I saw Lila for the last time five years ago, in the winter of 2005. We were walking along the stradone, early in the morning and, as had been true for years now, were unable to feel at ease. I was the only one talking, I remember: she was humming, she greeted people who didn't respond, the rare times she interrupted me she uttered only exclamations, without any evident relation to what I was saying. Too many bad things, and some terrible, had happened over the years, and to regain our old intimacy we would have had to speak our secret thoughts, but I didn't have the strength to find the words and she, who perhaps had the strength, didn't have the desire, didn't see the use.Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay
by Elena Ferrante
You're probably getting tired of me talking about Ferrante's Neopolitan Novels by now, but I am totally consumed... currently by this third book in the series. Once again, I have also downloaded the audio version so I can continue 'reading' on my walk, in the car, etc.
I'm not going to include the goodreads summary this time, as there are potential spoilers if you have not read the second book. Instead, I'll just say that Elena and Lila, the two girls introduced in My Brilliant Friend, have become women with very different lives.
Are you tempted to begin this series?
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