David Ebershoff The Danish Girl

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The Danish Girl is now a major motion picture starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, directed by Tom Hooper. Loosely inspired by a true story, this tender portrait of marriage asks: What do you do when the person you love has to change? It starts with a question, a simple favour asked by a wife of her husband while both are painting in their studio, setting off a transformation neither can anticipate. Uniting fact and fiction into an original romantic vision, The Danish Girl eloquently portrays the unique intimacy that defines every marriage and the remarkable story of Lili Elbe, a pioneer in transgender history, and the woman torn between loyalty to her marriage and her own ambitions and desires. The Danish Girl is an evocative and deeply moving novel about one of the most passionate and unusual love stories of the 20th century.

Eine ergreifende Liebesgeschichte

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    ichundelaine

    09. January 2017 um 11:56

    Even though the year is still young, this is probably one of the most touching and extraordinary love stories I have read so far. It is a story of one of the first transsexuals undergoing sex change surgery during an age, where Catlyn Jenner wasn't even born yet. Einar Wegener was born a boy and grew up in the rough part of Denmark, were rain, wind and the sea dictate people's lifes. Due to some sort of stipend he can explore his painting skills at the Royal Academy in Kopenhagen, where he also meets his future wife Greta. Greta is the total opposite of shy, self-concious Einar - born and partly raised in sunny Pasadena, California, child of a rich family with a "no bullshit and work hard"-Attitude towards life, Greta feels instantly drawn to her shy and prim painting teacher. But Einar has a dark secret - deep inside he is not happy with being Einar, with being a man, so when he one day sity for his wife and has to wear a pantyhose and lady-shoes, his alter ego Lilli is born. At first Einar is reluctant to let Lilli "come over", but encouraged by Greta, Lilli also ventures outside their home and experiences the outside world. However, when Lilli's "visits' get more and more frequent, Einar has to confront him and his wife with his wish to leave Einar and his male body and to entirely become Lilli. This book is not only about the first transsexual who underwent sex change surgery but also, and even more about his loving wife Greta, a very unusual, strong woman, who loved her husband so much, that she supoorted him in his wish of becoming a woman, even though this meant practically loosing him. I really admired Greta, whose favourite painting object is Lilli and who actually gave her husband an outlet to change into a woman. She is more than understanding and even consults with doctors in order to make Einar's wish come true. She works so hard and tries to accomodate Lilli, that sometimes Lilli and her careless, fragile, good-for-nothing attitude sometimes enraged me. In comparison to Greta, Lilli seems like a boring, naive simpleton, who wants too much, which in the end leads to her final and deadly surgery.I liked the fact that I could google for picture from Lilli Elbe and Greta's portraits of her, which made the reading experience more vivid. Ebershoff style of writing is rather sober and somber which is, in my opinion, perfect for the storyline and I this probably won't be my last book from this author. 

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