I read : The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante [may contain SPOILERS!]

I finished reading this series a few days ago but I felt like I need to put this down into writing, both to process and to let it go.

This the blurb for the novel series from Goodreads. You can read other rave reviews there; it got 4.5 stars out of 5!

“Nothing quite like this has ever been published before,” proclaimed The Guardian about the Neapolitan novels in 2014.

Against the backdrop of a Naples that is as seductive as it is perilous and a world undergoing epochal change, Elena Ferrante tells the story of a sixty-year friendship between the brilliant and bookish Elena and the fiery, rebellious Lila with unmatched honesty and brilliance.

The four books in this novel cycle constitute a long, remarkable story, one that Vogue described as “gutsy and compulsively readable,” which readers will return to again and again, and each return will bring with it new revelations.

Here’s my personal take on the book:

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The Voyeur Stands Where She’s Most Familiar (#SisTulisThesis)

At the start of my PhD journey, I encountered Michel De Certeau’s seminal piece called Walking In The City that very much spurred me into the direction my research went in. I even adopted walking as one of my main methods during my year-long fieldwork in Kuala Lumpur City. What I neglected to share in my PhD Thesis which I’ve submitted for examination more than 2 months ago is perhaps something I’ve taken for granted at the time of doing my PhD. Only now, in this post-thesis-writing calm and after ample time and space from my PhD, do I get to linger on my experiences before and after the fieldwork.

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