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A Rapariga Dinamarquesa começa com um pequeno favor pedido por uma mulher ao seu marido e inspira-se na história verdadeira de um dos mais apaixonados e estranhos casamentos do século XX. Einar Wegener e a sua esposa americana, Greta Waud, ambos pintores, levavam já seis anos de casados, numa vida de doce boémia na Copenhague dos despreocupados anos vinte, no dia em que es ...more
Paperback, 363 pages
Published September 2000 by Teorema (first published 2000)
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Nov 24, 2015 Helle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Danish Girl is a delicate, elegant novel about the search for one’s true self when one’s body, as an external encasement, doesn’t mirror what is on the inside; in short, when a man is born a man in body but not in spirit. It is also about what makes a marriage and how far a woman will go to let her husband find his true self, knowing that she will likely lose him in the process.

The novel is based on real characters who lived in Copenhagen in the 1920s. The story was groundbreaking at the ti
Greta loves her husband unconditionally. She allows him to be. Be whoever he is and whoever he wants to be. Is he Einar today or is he Lili? It doesn't matter. If it is Einar who is sitting across the table she'll discuss Lili in the third person and perhaps ask whether Lili would like to visit or go out with her somewhere. If it is Lili, then she might ask something about Einar. Einar is timid; Greta intuits his longings and encourages him regardless of what it is she wants from this relationsh ...more
Actual rating 2.5

In the opening pages of this story, the reader is witness to the first time that Einar Wegener is asked to model for his wife’s painting. The subject of her painting, an opera singer named Anna, is otherwise engaged, and Einar does have the slender build to fit Anna’s dress, stockings, and shoes.

Einar is surprised at how much he enjoys the feel of the dress, and realises that it may be hinting at the thing he’s been missing his whole life; that he is, in fact, a woman.

And thus,
Feb 28, 2016 Britany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-to-film
This book takes us on an interesting journey of Einer Wegener turns into Lili Elbe. I was intrigued, interested, and completely drawn into the time period. Set in the late 1920's-1930's against Danish Europe, we meet Greta. I've never met a character move forgiving and understanding than this one. She falls in love with Einer and returns back to Denmark to follow her heart.

One day during their marriage, she asks Einer to put on a pair of stockings and women's shoes to get the rest of her portra
Nov 20, 2014 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished The Danish Girl and while I really really liked it, I also have some quibbles about a novel that mixes up historical fact with so much made-up stuff. It felt cheaty. For example, the main characters Einar and Greta Weneger have the same names as their real-life counterparts. Einar's story as he transforms into Lily is pretty close to what actually happened - at least dates, places, and a few facts. But the real Greta Weneger was totally different than the fictional one - she was Danis ...more
This book presents a terrible representation of a trans woman. Rather than portray a trans experience, this portrays the experience of someone with dissociative identity disorder (which is barely a thing anyway). Worse than that, the source material is way more interesting than what is portrayed here. The artistic liberties the author took to flesh out the story were poorly thought out. How such an interesting story and vivid characters can be painted so flat is beyond me.

This novel is a disserv
Inés Izal
Jan 16, 2016 Inés Izal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Todo lo que pueda decir, se queda corto al lado de Lily.
Jan 11, 2016 SUSAN rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lulled to sleep by most of this book. The book,characters and storytelling fell flat.
I wanted to like/love this book,I was fascinated by the concept,the fact that it was loosely based on a true story. I was all in,but it just failed to hook me.
Perhaps it is simply a case of wrong book,wrong time.

Feb 04, 2016 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, leituras-2016
Logo que saiu em 2010 que este livro que me tinha ficado debaixo de olho. Gosto de livros baseados em factos reais e a história do pintor Einar Wegener, da qual eu não conhecia nada, cativou-me pela sinopse. Depois, outros livros foram saindo e este livro foi ficando na wishlist e acabou por não sair de lá até agora. A chegada aos cinemas do filme baseado no livro foi o mote para que me viesse parar às mãos. Desde já devo agradecer à gentileza da Porto Editora que prontamente acedeu ao meu pedid ...more
Nov 12, 2015 KatieMc marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read the book, but I'm looking forward to seeing Eddie Redmayne and his freckles in this film tonight.
I liked it for the most part. I wish the story stayed with Lili and Greta more. I kind of got bored when the story would trail off to other characters and their stories.

My favorite part of the whole story was the fact that despite the time era I loved that Einar had such a strong support group. The people he loved most were there for him and Lili and didn't judge him. That is more than some could say even in this day and age.

Though I liked this story I feel that it will actually make a better mo
Catherine Davison
While I found the story compelling based as it is on the true story of Einar Wegenar's transition from male to female and his wife who stayed loyal to him and supported him throughout, it was the writing which irked. I remember feeling the same irritation while reading The Nineteenth Wife. Ebershoff writes well and evokes the atmosphere of Paris, Copenhagen and Dresden in the early 1920s and 30s well, but he describes everything and everyone in similes, everyone's face was like such and such an ...more
This was probably my least favorite book so far this year. It's not that it's bad, per se, but I just found it hard to get through. I'm looking forward to the film version which everyone says is brilliant and of course Alicia Vikander won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Gerda.

The book is a fictionalized account of a real life couple, Gerda and Einar Wegener. Einar was one of the first men to undergo a sex change operation in the 1930's. It's a love story and it's sad
Ho letto il libro scritto da David Ebershoff e ho visto il film diretto da Tom Hooper. Una storia vera molto interessante, che, tuttavia, né il romanzo, né la pellicola raccontano in modo esaustivo, ossia prendendo in considerazione tutte le ambiguità del rapporto matrimoniale tra Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe, il primo transgender conosciuto sottoposto a operazioni chirurgiche di “riassegnazione sessuale” (‘sto termine, “riassegnazione sessuale”, mi fa francamente un po’ ridere: sembra una roba tipo ...more
Vania Prodanova
Jan 29, 2016 Vania Prodanova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Първите думи са най-трудни, когато знаеш, че искаш да опишеш роман, който не може да бъде описан в думи.
На повърхността това е роман за трансформацията на един мъж в жена. Табу, което предизвиква любопитството на хората, защото е толкова "грешно" според хиляди неписани норми и правила, че вълнува и заинтригува с различността си.
Някъде обаче измежду страниците губиш нишката на сюжета, пращаш го да върви по дяволите и се замисляш за себе си. Чудеш се дали някога ще се осмелиш да бъдеш истинския
Molly Jones
Mar 03, 2007 Molly Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in complicated love stories
This historical novel, by David Ebershoff, is about the first transexual to undergo a sex change (in this case, a man who becomes a woman) set in the early 1900s. The story is an intertwining of two lives, the man who undergoes the sex change and his wife. The wife is a strong-willed Californian, who comes from a very wealthy family that wants her to accept her socialite life, which she defies by moving to Europe. She dreams of becoming a painter, but is uncertain of her talent and her focus. Sh ...more
Tämä kirja oli ihana. Kirja kertoo tanskalaisesta taiteilija-avioparista. Vaimo haluaa maalata miehestään tauluja naisten vaatteet päällä, koska hänen mielestään hänen miehensä on niin kaunis. Miehen sisällä asuu Lili ja Lili alkaa etsimään itseään. Kirjasta tehty elokuva pyörii teattereissa tällä hetkellä.
Мартин Касабов
Ревюто е публикувано във "Всичко за книгите"

С произволни епитети и повърхностни описания Еберсхоф създава декор, на фона на който да се разиграе драматичната и изключителна съдба на Айнар/Лили. И в този декор, така набързо сглобен, прозират досадата и историческата неинформираност на автора, прозира припряност да се стигне до по-вълнуващ момент в сюжета. Книгата е написана като по формула от курс по творческо писане. Редуването на съвремие с ретроспективни глави и многото диалог, който засилва
Sotiris Karaiskos
Jun 13, 2016 Sotiris Karaiskos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Με αφορμή την ομώνυμη ταινία που κυκλοφόρησε πρόσφατα αναζήτησα το βιβλίο στο οποίο βασίστηκε για να έχω μια πιο ολοκληρωμένη εικόνα, καθώς ταυτότητα φύλου είναι ένα θέμα πολύ επίκαιρο στις μέρες μας, οπότε καλό είναι να ερχόμαστε σε επαφή με κάτι που μπορεί να μας βάλει σε σκέψη για αυτό. Το βιβλίο αυτό νομίζω τα καταφέρνει εξαιρετικά. Με αφορμή και έμπνευση την αληθινή ιστορία του άντρα που άλλαξε φύλο στα χρόνια του μεσοπολέμου – όταν αυτό ήταν κάτι ανήκουστο – θέτει ερωτήματα για το τι μας ...more
Feb 28, 2016 Virginia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cosa ho fatto per meritarmi tanto amore? Non c'è niente da aver paura ormai. Ieri notte ho fatto un sogno bellissimo. Ho sognato di essere una bambina nelle braccia di mia madre, lei mi guardava negli occhi e mi chiamava Lili
Apr 27, 2016 Franzerli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seit ich den Trailer zu “Das dänische Mädchen” gesehen habe, war mir klar, dass ich dieses Buch lesen muss. Noch bevor ich mir den Film ansehe, wollte ich die Grundlage zu der Geschichte gelesen haben. Und gesagt, getan. Das dänische Mädchen von David Ebershoff hat mich zugleich begeistert als auch verstört zurückgelassen. Ich möchte hier hervorheben, dass ich als blutiger Leseanfänger an ein solches Thema herangehe und entschuldige mich für eventuell schlecht gewählte Formulierungen bzw. unzure ...more
Scendo a due stellette perché mi aspettavo un romanzo più biografico in questo caso, mentre l'autore si prende tante, tantissime licenze narrative... Troppe per mio gusto.

Per carità, non è obbligatorio attenersi a una storia vera, anche quando se ne prende spunto... Però sinceramente non ho ben capito le modifiche che l'autore ha deciso di apportare alla storia già di per sé straordinaria e drammatica dei coniugi Wegener e di Lili Elbe. L'autore dice di voler esplorare più che la trasformazione
Apr 25, 2016 Irs rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
En general está bien, sobre todo por cómo está escrito, pero hay algo que me molesta y es que La chica danesa no cuenta exactamente la historia de una mujer transexual que vivió en Copenhague y París en el siglo XX, sino más bien las vivencias de su círculo más cercano. Es verdad que cuando eliges recontar una historia real es normal introducir elementos de tu propia cosecha, pero lo que no se puede hacer es dar vueltas sin una dirección concreta hasta casi al final de la novela. Porque es despu ...more
Jan 23, 2016 Ryan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring. The real people this book is based on are 1000 times more interesting. Very poor representation of a trans persons' transition. Don't read this book, it's a waste of your time.
Quite a lot of things bothered me about this book.

1) The multiculturalism the author tries to get across by wildly throwing around names of places in Danish, French, German - and then having the audio book narrated by a person who cannot pronounce a single word correctly in any of those languages. It's particularly annoying when the names of people are ever so Scandinavian. Like Einar. That doesn't work when pronounced in English, it just sounds like Eeyore. It is so not supposed to sound like
Apr 27, 2016 Cuoricina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interessante, accattivante e dall'ottima caratterizzazione dei personaggi.
Catarina Pessoa
Feb 23, 2016 Catarina Pessoa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A história é lindíssima, mas a escrita deixa um pouco a desejar e torna-se maçador, daí a ter demorado tanto tempo para o terminar. Talvez o principal factor foi o facto de ter visto o filme antes de ter concluído o livro.
Apr 11, 2016 Olariu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
nu chiar 3 stelute, vreo 3,5 mai bine zis....o carte interesanta, cu un subiect cel putin delicat...oricum, cred ca mi-a placut mai mult decat ecranizarea, desi l-am avut mereu in fata ochilor pe Eddie Redmayne:)
Dana Loo
Feb 24, 2016 Dana Loo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non ho voluto, intenzionalmente, vedere il film prima di aver letto il romanzo, per non essere influenzata nella lettura, visti e sentiti gli entusiastici commenti alla magistrale interpretazione di Redmayne e nn solo. Quindi mi sono approcciata serenamente e senza nessuna idea di come si sarebbe evoluta la storia e sopratutto di come l'avrebbe narrata Ebershoff.
Bene, devo dire che non sono rimasta affatto delusa! Il romanzo è elegante, sobrio, a tratti delicato. Senza particolari drammi o disc
Monica **can't read fast enough**
I don't understand how a book with this subject matter can be such a dry and difficult read, but it's possible and this is. I stopped and started this one quite a few times. It was pure stubbornness and the fact that I wanted to finish it before seeing the movie that enabled me to make it to the end. It took me 8 days to finish this 270 page book. I can't believe that I'm saying this, but the movie has got to be better than this book. Full review to come.
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David Ebershoff is the author of four books, including The Danish Girl and the #1 bestseller The 19th Wife. The Danish Girl has been adapted as a major motion picture starring Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne and directed by Academy Award-winning director of The King’s Speech, Tom Hooper. The 19th Wife was made into a television movie that has aired around the globe. Ebershoff's books have been ...more
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“Einar felt lonely, and he wondered if anybody in the world would ever know him.” 8 likes
“And wasn't that the inexhaustible struggle for Greta? Her perpetual need to be alone but always loved, and in love.” 2 likes
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