Thursday, June 15, 2017

Book Beginning: The Story of a New Name




In the spring of 1966, Lila, in a state of great agitation, entrusted to me a metal box that contained eight notebooks.

-- The Story of a New Name: Neapolitan Novels, Book Two by Elena Ferrante. I'm finding this one to be heavy going. If I weren't reading it with my ears, and at 1.25 speed, I don't know that I would get through it.

Has anyone read all four of the series? What did you think?

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



  1. I'm joining for the first time. Looks like fun.

  2. I'm not joining in but following the meme. It looks like I'll find a lot of new suggestions for my wishlist!

  3. I read the first 2/3 of the first Ferrante book and can not finish it; it is just not for me. I know it is a big selling series.

  4. I like the beginning - sounds good! Good choice

  5. I enjoyed the first one - although I don't really get the hype. I've started the second a couple of times, but it looks very long and detailed, and i think I'll wait for a long holiday to try again. Good luck,and have a great weekend.

  6. I've never even heard of this, but I do like the sound of that opening line!

  7. Hi Gilion,

    The entire series has received some excellent ratings and reviews worldwide, but I do have to admit that it isn't something I could personally get very excited about reading. Far too long-winded by the sounds of things!

    Thanks for sharing though and I'm sure that other participants will read and enjoy :)


  8. Hi!

    Oh, how intriguing. Immediately I'm drawn in, wondering what is going to be written in the notebooks.

    I've not heard of this before... where have I been?

    Hope you enjoy!

    Here is my selection today:

    Enjoy your weekend,

    Sassy x

  9. I did start the first one - but didn't get very far. Not for me either, I'm sorry to say.

  10. This one looks interesting.

  11. I've been meaning to read this author. 1966 was a great year for me!

  12. The cover makes me think it would be heavy. Hope you make it through it and it's worth it. Sometimes the ending makes everything okay.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  13. I always want to read a book by Elena Ferrante. They always sound so good.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  14. That's too bad this is slow going as I love that beginning! I have heard that Ferrante can be really slow which is one of the things that have kept me from reading. I know a lot of people love her but a book you just start to connect with after the first 150 pages is not for me!

  15. I am sorry it's so slow going for you. I hope you find it worth listening to in the end, at least!

  16. Running late this week. Is it possible the novel might be extra slow going because it is a translation? It might have a different pace in Italian?

  17. I really need to join up with this wonderful meme soon! It has been too long.

  18. I hope your current read picks up a bit.


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