I raced through the final Neapolitan novel, as forewarned, guided by the suspicion that there is no Lila Cerullo.
- Lila and Elena are so thoroughly twinned
- Ferrante’s deftness with a style many have tried to name and I’ll try calling “hallucinatory realism,” ie the portrayal of the hallucinatory state as fully enveloped in the real, is well known
- And Lila is so extremely Large and In Charge as to have exceeded the bounds of the human
that Lila makes the most sense as Elena’s fantasy other self. Not as a functioning, psychologically realistic, humanlike character. Rachel Cusk also said this.