Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante

Troubling LoveTroubling Love by Elena Ferrante

I started reading this after finishing the Neapolitan novels, hoping to extend the exiting journey that Ferrante took me on. With such high expectations, I was bound to disappointment. It’s not that the book is bad, it just seems as a distant echo of her saga, with similar themes (closeness, domestic violence, clingy Napels), but without the captivating drive that would bind the reader to the pages. Maybe the problem lays in the outlines of her characters, which are too vague and dreamlike to give a novel a solidified reality that the author tries to convey. Or perhaps she grasped this reality in Neapolitan novels so thoroughly, that all her other work will feel as lacking something.

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  1. Interesting. I must admit I’m a bit puzzled by the acclaim for the Brilliant Friend trilogy. I quite enjoyed the first of them and lost interest after that. I wonder how much of the hype was to do with the ‘anonymous author’ thing – though I’m told insiders in the Italian literary world knew who she was all along.

    • I don’t care about that, I think the books themselves are good enough to cause the hype, but of course, it’s only my opinion and I have no idea about the marketing process. It sure can’t hurt the reputation if there’s mystery involved!

  2. Hello,

    I was disappointed with the book too. Abandoned it half way through. I haven’t read the Neopolitan quartet but I became a fan of Ferrante after two books: The Days of Abandonment (brilliant) and The Lost Daughter (Brilliant again). I felt there was something lacking in ‘Troubling Love’.

  3. I really plan to read the latest book of Ferrante but until now I did not. Instead I chose “The Japanese Lover” by Allende, which I do like very much. It is my holiday book! Thanks for following my Web-Magazine sl4lifestyle, I do appreciate.
    Have a good weekend.
    Sabine

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