The Beach at Night

The Beach at Night


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The Beach at Night by Elena Ferrante, Mara Cerri

Named one of The Guardian's "Best Books of 2016"

From the author of My Brilliant Friend

Elena Ferrante returns to a story that animated the novel she considers to be a turning point in her development as a a writer: The Lost Daughter. But this time the tale takes the form of a children's fable told from the point of view of the lost (stolen!) doll, Celina. Celina is having a terrible night, one full of jealousy for the new kitten, Minù, feelings of abandonment and sadness, misadventures at the hands of the beach attendant, and dark dreams. But she will be happily found by Mati, her child, once the sun rises. 

Accompanied by the oneiric illustrations of Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night is a story for all of Ferrante's many ardent fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609453701
Publisher: Europa
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 570,673
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Elena Ferrante was born in Naples. She is the author of The Days of Abandonment (Europa, 2005), Troubling Love (Europa, 2007), and The Lost Daughter (Europa, 2009). Her Neapolitan novels include My Brilliant FriendThe Story of a New NameThose Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and the fourth and final book in the series, The Story of the Lost Child.

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The Beach at Night 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars The Beach at Night is a picture book for young readers by Italian author, Elena Ferrante. Readers familiar with Ferrante’s adult novella, The Lost Daughter will recognise the bones of this story in that one. When five-year-old Mati’s father brings her a black-and-white cat named Minù, she’s so taken by her new pet, Mati accidentally leaves her doll, Celina behind on the beach. Lying in the sand as night falls, Celina hopes someone will come back for her, but no one does. When the Mean Beach Attendant of Sunset comes along with his Big Rake, Celina is frightened. But this scary man is not the only thing she will have to deal with during her night on the beach. Ferrante’s story has all the essential elements of a children’s story: adventure, danger, a bit of magic and a happy ending with a cute twist. All the Important Things are Capitalised, and there is some delightful descriptive prose: “The Storm is a lady in a long, dark-blue dress. She wears a crown of Lightning on her head and has a booming voice, because Thunderclaps are continually coming out of her wide mouth”. Mara Cerri provides the evocative and somewhat haunting illustrations, while the text is translated by Ann Goldstein. A book that will charm younger and older readers alike.