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The Danish Girl
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
Starring Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne and directed by Academy Award-winner Tom Hooper, this major motion picture portrays an unforgettable celebration of love. It starts with a question, a simple favour asked by a wife of her husband, setting off a transformation neither can anticipate. Einar Wegener and his American wife Greta Waud have been married for six years, but are yet to have a child. Both painters, they live a life of bohemian languor in Copenhagen until one day their lives are irreversibly altered. The Danish Girl eloquently shows the intimacy that defines a marriage and the nearly forgotten story of the love between a man who discovers that he is, in fact, a woman, and his wife who would sacrifice anything for him. Set against the glitz and decadence of 1920s Copenhagen, Paris and Dresden, and inspired by a true story, The Danish Girl is about one of the most passionate and unusual marriages of the twentieth century. 'a story of true love, suffering and sacrifice' - Sunday Telegraph
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Ast_Arslan
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it. Some will be old, some will be new - don't judge me, I have a lot of books.

Day 7th

Join the fun if you want!

#tbrpile

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Soubhiville
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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Pickpick

I just loved this book. I had no idea it was based on a true story until I‘d gotten into it a bit.

Has anyone seen the movie? I‘m looking forward to watching it soon.

Centique The movie is beautifully done! Eddie Redmayne is fantastic 😍 2y
Soubhiville @Centique I assumed it would be good, I do love him. 😊 2y
MoonWitch94 Your kitty 😻😻 2y
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Leftcoastzen 🥰😻 2y
SamAnne The movie is great. I actually liked it better which rarely happens. And love the cat!🙀🙀 2y
Soubhiville @SamAnne thanks! This is Igor. 2y
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Soubhiville
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

It‘s really fun to be reading a No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency book that I haven‘t read before 😊. And The Danish Girl is good so far, just a chapter or so in.

I‘m only guessing on what‘s up next this week, as it depends on a library hold and whether the mail is moving at a good pace 🤷‍♀️.

Cinfhen Saving Ruby King is on my TBR....I‘ll be watching for your review 2y
CaffeineAndCandy ❤ the Agency books 2y
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Cathythoughts
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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I‘m looking forward to starting this book. I did enjoy The 19th Wife by this author. I always meant to see the movie of tagged book ... but maybe it‘s better to read first , I hope it‘s good 🤞🏻

KVanRead Haven‘t read, but I liked the movie. 2y
SamAnne Read it last month. I hate to say it but the movie is better in my opinion. 2y
Tanisha_A What @KVanRead said! 🙂 2y
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Cathythoughts @KVanRead @SamAnne @Tanisha_A Yes, I saw the trailer a few times & it looked really good. I‘ll give the book a go & see ... 2y
SamAnne @Cathythoughts and I did love The 19th Wife! 2y
Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira I 💗 the movie; I‘m a fan of Eddie Redmayne‘s work. I dit not know it was book based, so did not read it. I 💗 The 19th wife. Fascinating both I feel ❣️ (edited) 2y
Centique So interested to hear what the book is like. I loved the movie (like everyone else). Eddie Redmayne is a bloomin legend 🤩 2y
TalesandTexts I loved the movie! The actors have done a phenomenal job and the story is so heartbreaking. 2y
Cathythoughts @Josee.a.lu.lit.et.lira I‘ll have to see this movie 👍🏻💕💕 2y
Cathythoughts @Centique I‘m only barely into it ... I‘ll keep you posted 👍🏻😁 2y
Cathythoughts @nishaagni Everyone seems to love this movie 🥰... I hope the book is good too 2y
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SamAnne
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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Sitting on my partially built deck! Listening to a Cooper‘s Hawk perched in the fir tree above our hen coop, hoping she is hunting mice and not chickens. 😬😬. And I think I liked the movie more than the tagged book.

Tanisha_A Haven't read the book, but I did like the movie. 2y
mirnass I loved the movie! 2y
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Addison_Reads
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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Pickpick

Beautiful book about the power of love. The writing is evocative and the compassion from Greta is inspiring.

This story is based on a true story, and I'd love to read a nonfiction account of Lilli's life.

I'm using this one for #Denmark for #ReadingEurope2020. @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

SauerPatch I loved this movie, primarily because I love Eddie Redmayne lol. I didn‘t realize it was based on a book although I should have. Stacking! 3y
Addison_Reads @SauerPatch I plan on watching the movie with my extra time at home this upcoming week. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it. Eddie Redmayne is the best! 💚 3y
BarbaraBB You are doing great with the challenge! 3y
Librarybelle Terrific! 3y
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marleed
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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Oh, I used to listen to #OriginOfLove on repeat - and, I sat in the pit for the musical! My thoughts went to the tagged book and the necessity to discover, love, and respect your unique self.

Day 22 of #MayMovieMagic with #OriginOfLove
@Rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Great photo and wonderful choice 🧡 3y
marleed @Cinfhen Thank you. It was my first thought. Second was a shout out to Hedwig the owl from Harry Potter. 3y
rohit-sawant Echoing Cindy! Love both pick and pic. Hedwig the owl is a cool choice too! 3y
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Buechersuechtling
Das dnische Mdchen: Roman | David Ebershoff
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I read on Wikipedia about Lili Elbe whose life seems to have been inspiration for the book. And I stick with my opinion that the „topic“ is really interesting and that I‘d love to know the story. Since my main issue with the book was the writing style I will give the film a try when I run across it. (I missed it in the cinemas. 🤷🏽‍♀️)

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Buechersuechtling
Das dnische Mdchen: Roman | David Ebershoff
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Bailedbailed

Sorry. I‘m unable to get engaged with this. Maybe it‘s because of me but I can‘t focus on the „main story“. I simply don‘t find one because every chapter I read jumped to another time or life episode. So I lost my interest fast. And the author‘s humble writing style to me seems to be an effect or a means to show how important the issue is and how tolerant his characters are and how sensitive his protagonist is. 🙄

No, thanks, I feel manipulated.

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Buechersuechtling
Das dnische Mdchen: Roman | David Ebershoff
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I am not far in yet: about 30 pages.
But I don‘t know if it‘s for me. I already like Greta because she is very open-minded and understanding towards Einar. Something that I wouldn‘t have expected in the 1920‘s. But at the same time I find the kind of susurrant writing-style tiring. It stretches things like syrup and induces that everything that happens is equally important.

If you understand what I mean❓

At the moment, I‘m fighting. 😟

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Buechersuechtling
Das dnische Mdchen: Roman | David Ebershoff
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This one next. At a #BookishGoal of 66.

Reading this book‘s title always puzzles me because I try and try but can‘t remember if this is the book/film that my former physiotherapist has raved about to me years ago …

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ashleyhart
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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Mehso-so

This book took me longer to read than most books as it was more drawn out then I usually like so I found it hard to focus for long intervals. This book drew me in many times, and then I would find myself being untethered. Being someone who doesn‘t like to leave a book unfinished I found the process of reading this daunting at times.

It has standout moments and many of the descriptions are lovely but I found it overall dry and far too slow.

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Amiable
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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Mehso-so

This book is loosely based on the true story of Lili Elbe, a Danish transgender woman and one of the first identifiable recipients of sex reassignment surgery. Elbe was born Einar Wegener and was a successful artist under that name. She was also married when she decided to have the surgery. This book explores the question of what really makes a marriage when one partner grapples with his/her sexual identity.

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LapReader
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Pickpick

Look at this Loot! You spoilt me rotten!

HufflepuffGirl90 I‘m so glad you like it 😊 4y
DoonTheGoon Omg Yay! 🍿🎬🎥 4y
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bibliobliss
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“Lili was an artist—her greatest creation was herself.”

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bibliobliss
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Pickpick

• 4 ⭐️ Finally finished!! I‘m so glad to have read this beautiful love story. Read this book to expand your emotional experience and understand how other people live and love. And then watch Eddie Redmayne‘s wonderful performance in the movie. It‘s a worthwhile journey... •

Tanisha_A Have seen movie! Really liked it. Both, Eddie and Alicia were fabulous! 4y
Tanisha_A *the movie 4y
bibliobliss @Tanisha_A Indeed they were. Heartbreaking performances!! 4y
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whatrebeccasread
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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This is a fascinating and heartwarming story about the meaning of unconditional love and self-acceptance. Unfortunately I didn‘t enjoy “The Danish Girl” enough to award it more than three stars but am still glad that I read it. Perhaps I‘ll enjoy the film a little more.

My full review is up on my blog 📚

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ephemeralwaltz
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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#ReadingWomenMonth #GirlintheTitle

Not by a woman but ABOUT an amazing woman: Lily Elbe ❤️ HOWEVER, I have to say I was not a fan of this book after seeing the movie first. The movie is SO SO lovely but I didn't feel the same from the story told in the novel; it was slow and not inspiring. The cast really bring these characters to life - do yourself a favor and just watch the movie.

@thereadingwomen @Weaponxgirl @Andrew65

Weaponxgirl Will do! Haven't watched the movie yet. 4y
Kalalalatja I hated this book... 4y
ephemeralwaltz @Kalalalatja Glad to know I'm not the only one - the treatment of Greta in the movie and the novel really differs. I liked seeing her voice and story more positively portrayed in the movie! 4y
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Kalalalatja I haven‘t seen the movie, so I can‘t compare the two, but I was just so mad about how the author took two so interesting and inspiring women, and made them dull and unrelatable. The real life Lily and Greta sound like amazing ladies! 4y
ephemeralwaltz @Kalalalatja right?? They do sound so amazing!! I recommend the movie. I think it captures not only their livelihood but the lovely relationship they had - that kind of love and suport is hard to find! 4y
Kalalalatja Good to know! I just got mad at the movie, because I heard they didn‘t film the nature scenes in Denmark because the Danish nature weren‘t “Hollywood” enough 🙄🙄 but maybe it is time to give it a chance 😄 4y
ephemeralwaltz @Kalalalatja oh I had no idea!! What the heck - how absurd. 4y
Kalalalatja @ephemeralwaltz yeah, I remember something about the scenes from Lily/Einar‘s home town being taped somewhere else, because the producers wanted mountains, and if it is one thing Denmark doesn‘t have, it is mountains 🙄 4y
ephemeralwaltz @Kalalalatja 🙄🙄🙄 well this just all sounds plain sloppy now. Shame on them! 4y
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Thereviewer
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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Just to let you know: I think this is my favourite book, ever. 💫

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NoRoadsStudio
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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Sunday reading.

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Skygoddess1
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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Who else is participating in the #24in48 readathon? This is my first time participating and I‘m excited to see how many books I actually get through. I have seven that I‘ve gathered together for the weekend, so we‘ll see how I do. Candle by @novellyyours

Sills Reading The Immortalists now👍 5y
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slategreyskies
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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OMG these books look amazing!!! I‘m so excited! I can‘t wait to read them all! I only wish there were more hours in the day to spend reading!! 😝 @Hollie you are wonderful!! I‘ve been wanting to read both The Danish Girl and Vaasa in the Night, and the others look great too!! Thank you!!!! 2/3

#bookloversunite #secretsantagoespostal

Kaye Peace Like A River was wonderful. Enjoy ! 5y
Chelleo 🎅🏾📦📫📚🎁🎉❤️ 5y
BarbaraJean I second @Kaye —Peace Like a River is lovely! It‘s one of my most recommended books! 5y
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Cinfhen 💚❤️💚 5y
KVanRead Those look awesome! 5y
Avanders 😍😍 5y
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Skygoddess1
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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Perks of a flight attendant, working a flight to Seattle that gets you in early enough to enjoy a good book and brunch at your new favorite haunt for cider, Capitol Cider. #saturdaybrunch #amreading #flightattendantlife

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JeanieHealy
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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Pickpick

Beautifully written book based on a true story about a young artist struggling with his identity. This was stunningly written and Ebershoff's descriptions of some scenes in the book are soothing and almost melodic. The end broke my heart and left me thinking about little Lili for days afterwards but the message the book conveys is beautiful - always be the truest version of yourself... 4/5

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marls8
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I chose this book because it is about a true story of a transgender woman. #san_32

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚👍😀Hope you enjoy it here! 5y
marls8 @DebinHawaii Thank you! 😄 5y
RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 5y
RaimeyGallant P.S. Here's a compilation of Litsy tips that some of us put together:
http://litsy.com/p/aDJja2lMZFFY
5y
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the-flashley
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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Dresden counts as Eastern Europe, right? I'm sorely lacking in books about the eastern parts of the continent. 😅😣🌍 #setineasterneurope #uncannyoctober

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bobregina
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This movie was really emotional to me. So what do I do? Buy the book, of course 📖

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SkeletonKey
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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Currently listening to The Danish Girl on audio. Anyone seen the movie? #trans #lgbtq

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Michelle_2187
Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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Pickpick

Could not stop thinking about this book, the character of einer/lilie really drew me in. Especially the fact it was based on a true story. I struggled to understand Greta's relationship with einer/lilie she almost seemed like a protective older sister. Gives an insite into what it must be like for people struggling with their sexuality.

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kathedron
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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Pickpick

At the so-so end of a pick, this one. It's a good story and I cared about Einar/Lili but (maybe the cover blurb misled me here) I was expecting more about how Greta and their marriage had to change, too. Also, I didn't want high drama and bucket loads of gush but it was all so emotionally cool that it felt strangely detached and flat. Throughout I was aware of reading about the characters rather than being drawn into their world for a while.

kathedron I haven't seen the movie: those of you that have, do the actors give the human warmth that (to me) is lacking in the book? 5y
ephemeralwaltz @River_Voice Absolutely! I enjoyed the movie much much more. I felt the same way as you regarding the novel's way of exploring their marriage. The movie is stunning! 5y
kathedron @ephemeralwaltz Oh that's good to know! 5y
zsuzsanna_reads Great review! 5y
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kathedron
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff

"Greta didn't say anything. She felt as if someone were explaining the rules of a new parlour game: she was listening and nodding but actually thinking to herself, I hope I understand this better once the game begins."

So there you have it, dear littens: my default approach to life in general.

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kathedron
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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I met my daughter from work this afternoon and between the library and the bookshop *this* happened. (Nice eclectic mix, though, don't you think?) #bookhaul

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Bookworm54
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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This book was a big letdown. It could have been SO MUCH MORE and yet the characters were unlikeable, the relationships odd and unrealistic, and it was extremely disappointing for me. I had high hopes!

#BiggestLetdown #SplashIntoSummerReads

Reviewsbylola Something about this one has put me off. (edited) 5y
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hike.read.repeat
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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Pickpick

Liked it a lot. First heard of this book when I saw the movie trailer. Has anyone seen the movie? What did you think? #audiobook #audiobooks #awesomeaudiobooks #lgbt #lgbtq #trans #transbooks #historicalfiction #booktomovie #bookstomovies

AloeMantis I really enjoyed the painting arts, fashions, and scenery of the film. That helped to bring the novel in at the library for my hopes to read it soon. 5y
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rainstorm123
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Mehso-so


"And wasn't that the inexhaustible struggle for Greta? Her perpetual need to be alone but always loved, and in love." -David Ebershoff, The Danish Girl

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LuLeeBelle
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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This is what I call a "feeling book" - it gets under your skin, words aren't sufficent.

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Ophelias77
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Pickpick

I loved the story about Einar and Gerda and how she supported his need to become the woman he really was. This year a museum in Denmark had an exhibition with artwork from both Einar and Gerda Wegener, and now I am thrilled to own my very own piece of art by Gerda Wegener 😍

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Bookworm54
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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Panpan

So, I didn't like this book.
There were a few bits that made me continue, but I found the characters very unlikeable and 2-dimensional.

I did however find the story intriguing and would be interested in reading more LGBTQ focused books (not something I have read much of previously), especially in relation to gender reassignment and it's progression.

This is being used for the LGBTQ square of #LitsyReadingChallenge

Photo courtesy of Google.

Bookworm54 Also I want to flag up a semi-autobiographical book published posthumously about Lili . I am going to keep an eye out for it as it sounds pretty interesting! 6y
Crewgurl Give this one a try, all the happy feels! 6y
Bookworm54 Thanks @Crewgurl I have added to my stack 🙂 6y
ValerieAndBooks I bailed on this one, for the same reasons you panned it, but still want to know more about their real story. I'm glad you tagged the other book (Man into Woman ) -- taking note of it! 6y
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Bookworm54
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One of the first times I have fully agreed with Greta.
It is scary how the viewpoint of the doctor is still extremely common today.

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ephemeralwaltz
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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Pickpick

3/5⭐ A bit disappointing but still a pick for me 🙌 I was expecting this book to focus more on the relationship between Greta and Einar/Lili, and the effects of their situation on Greta. We do get bits of her perspective but I don't feel as if her deeper preoccupations are voiced. The movie was outstanding, though. The actors add the extra emotion I felt was missing in the novel 😔

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ephemeralwaltz
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😍

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Lau
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Bookworm54
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I have started reading this during free time at work, and I'm not too sure how I feel yet.

I am loving the idea, but I'm not feeling overly attached to the characters. I just don't understand Greta at all, and swing between feeling like she cares for her husband and finding her incredibly unlikeable.

The writing style is odd, but seems to sweep along nicely, so hopefully it picks up a little 🙂

ValerieAndBooks I have to admit I bailed on this. Not because of Einar/Lili but because I felt Greta was manipulating Einar/Lili, for her own benefit. I wonder if that element shows up in the movie. 6y
SaturnDoo I started reading this last month and bailed. I just couldn't get into it. Maybe later I will pick it back up. 😔 6y
Kalalalatja I was so mad at this book. It has the chance to tell the amazing, revolutionary story about Lili/Einar and Greta, but it just made them all really unlikeable. It should have stuck to reality more, because the real story of Lili Elbe is far more fascinating than this. Sorry for the angry comment, I am just very mad still 👎 6y
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Bookworm54 That is quite alright @Kalalalatja I completely understand. Have you found any other books on Lili? 6y
Kalalalatja @Bookworm54 unfortunately no, but I read a lot about it online afterwards, because I wanted to know more about her. It is such an interesting story, and it could have been told much better. 6y
DivineDiana Did you see the movie? 6y
Bookworm54 @DivineDiana I haven't, I wanted to read the book first. Is it good? 6y
DivineDiana @Bookworm54 Excellent acting and beautiful cinematography. Sad but it should help in understanding Lili. 6y
Suet624 The movie is stunning. I wonder if it's better than the book. 6y
Bookworm54 @Suet624 I plan to find out eventually, but I have a feeling that in this case it might be! 6y
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ephemeralwaltz
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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New weekend read! I adored the movie so so so much but I've been reading mixed reviews about the book.. It's good so far, though😍

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ephemeralwaltz
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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Plus this other beautiful bookmark!!

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ephemeralwaltz
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LuLeeBelle
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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Because lately I have been THIRSTY for Eddie Redmayne. Like. Hooooooly Crow.

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margreads
The Danish Girl | David Ebershoff
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This month's mission should I choose to accept it. I mean book club book to read.

#bookclub

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fraencisdaencis
Das dnische Mdchen: Roman | David Ebershoff
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Pickpick

„Das dänische Mädchen“ hat mich sehr fasziniert und ich habe mir beim Lesen viele Notizen und Anmerkungen zwischen den Zeilen gemacht. Ein passendes Zitat herauszufinden war gerade nicht einfach, da ich so viele Sätze unterstrichen habe. Die Geschichte ist angelehnt an die wahre Geschichte von Lili Elbe und ihrer Frau Greta und ich bin nun neugierig, wie es nun wirklich damals Lili als Transfrau erging.

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fraencisdaencis
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„War Lili hier?“ Greta fühlte sich zu der Frage gedrängt, denn sie wusste, Einar selbst würde davon nicht anfangen.

„Eine Stunde. Etwas weniger. Riechst du sie nicht? Ihr Parfüm?“

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Greta wusste nicht, was sie sagen sollte, sie wusste nicht, was ihr Mann von ihr erwartete. „Kommt sie wieder?“

„Nur wenn du es willst“, sagte Einar, ihr den Rücken zuwendend.

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