Love and Marriage

Because I enjoyed the first novel in the series by Elena Ferrante, I decided to continue and read the second, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay. I was not disappointed, in fact, I liked this sequel more than the first.

In this novel, we find the main characters older, but not all are wiser. Elena, the narrator, continues to advance her education. Lila, age sixteen, decides to marry materialistically believing it is the only way to obtain the freedom she desires. Love in several physical and emotional variations enters in this sequel as well as births and deaths. Yes, a lot happens to almost every one of the main character’s friends.

At times, I felt the story was moving slowly, but couldn’t help but savor the writing! I am hooked! I think you will be too!

Here’s a link to a review of the HBO series:

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Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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8 Responses to Love and Marriage

  1. Martie says:

    I know I mentioned this to you once before. When you like one of my reviews, if I attempt to open your blog by your link I never get Book Winked. I am directed to your Professional Writing Consultant link. I am afraid that I am missing some of your reviews.

    Anyway, you peeked my interest for “Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay.”

  2. Margie says:

    This book got a lot of buzz a year or two ago and become one of those bestsellers that flew off the shelves years after its release. I’m in the minority, but as far as I’m concerned it should be gathering dust. I found it a tiresome yawn with characters I didn’t care about and nothing special about the writing. Maybe if I was Italian? Probably not.

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