Ferrante’s second book in her Neapolitan quartet, The Story of a New Name, is now on HBO. It is very, very good. As with the first season, the characters appear to emerge from the pages of the book. I am reliving my reading and it is intense. As the characters age, of course the complexities increase and like the books, everything darkens. In fact, last night I could watch only one of the two episodes now available–just too much. In addition, any illusions that I might actually understand at least some of the Italian spoken have been dashed. I guess I’d better upgrade Duolingo. It’s probably a good idea to look at the list of characters with descriptions as a review before watching the second series. Tonight Episode 2. Review to follow.