|Publisher:||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Elena Ferrante, author of The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, and My Brilliant Friend, among others, is one of Italy's most important and acclaimed contemporary writers. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2016 by Time.
Ann Goldstein is the former senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Natalie Portman, Academy Award-winning actress, filmmaker, and philanthropist, first charmed audiences at the age of eleven in Luc Besson's The Professional. Since then she has starred in over twenty-five films, including Beautiful Girls, Cold Mountain, Garden State, and Closer. In 2011, she received an Oscar for her performance in Darren Aronofsky's critically acclaimed film Black Swan. Portman has also taken on a variety of roles behind the lens including A Tale of Love and Darkness, which she wrote, directed, and starred in. She will soon be seen as Jacqueline Kennedy in Pablo Larrain's Jackie, to be released by Fox Searchlight in December 2016. When Portman isn't working, she serves as ambassador of WE and FINCA, in addition to working with Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. A Harvard graduate with a degree in psychology, Portman has also studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
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The Beach at Night
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.