Added Nov. 7, 2016. (Published September 13th 2011 by Scholastic Inc.)
Suggested by Werner at the Goodreads "Litwit Lounge" group. Also liked by JackieAdded Nov. 7, 2016. (Published September 13th 2011 by Scholastic Inc.)
Suggested by Werner at the Goodreads "Litwit Lounge" group. Also liked by Jackie of the Goodreads "TV We've Just Watched" group. This would be my first graphic novel. Looking forward to it. The book description sounds interesting. You can "Look inside" the book here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/054...
Nov. 16, 2016 - This book combines graphics and text alternately. An interesting approach. It's holding my interest because of good story-telling, even though the plot seems simple so far.
============================================ Nov. 21, 2016 - I finished this book a few days ago. It held my interest but the ending was a bit strange. I guess that's the surprise for the reader to find out. (view spoiler)[ It would help if the reader realized that part of the story told in graphics, is about the paternal grandmother of the boy in the part of the story told in text. As he is having an experience in New York City, his paternal grandmother, is shown having a similar experience years before. (hide spoiler)]. I suppose if I read the story over again, it might have more meaning for me now that I know the ending. However, there would be less suspense. Suffice it to say that I kept wondering who the little girl in the graphics section was. Even at the end, it took a while for me to digest the information. That part at the end was in italics and that seemed to make it harder for me to read."
PS - THE FOLLOWING GOODREADS REVIEW (written by Goodreads member, Unitaga) DESCRIBES THE PLOT FAIRLY WELL (although it might be considered a spoiler): LINK TO Unitaga's REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... BELOW IS THE REVIEW (by GR member, Unitaga), COPIED & PASTED HERE: (view spoiler)[ "I wasn't really a huge fan of this book because I found it to be pretty slow and choppy. It did, however, have a nice story. The story is about a young boy named Ben. Ben is deaf in one ear, but he can hear well with the other. Ben has never met his father and is extremely shy. One day, Ben's mom dies and he no longer has any parents except for his missing father. Ben finds his fathers # and a dress one day when he is going through his dead mother's clothes, and he picks up the phone to call him. At the same time, lightning hits the telephone pole and shocks Ben, leaving him unconscious and deaf in both ears. Ben runs away from home to find his father and ends up at a museum. At the museum, he meets a boy named Jamie who hides him and feeds him. Eventually, Jamie tells him where his dad works, and Ben leaves the museum in search of his father. He gets to the store and finds out that his grandma works there and his dad had already died of heart failure. Ben's grandma takes care of him and they live happily ever after." ---[This summary/review was written by GR member, Unitaga. See link above.] (hide spoiler)]...more
Added 9/14/16. (first published 1964) Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel (1965) Recommended by Jim in my GR group. See Jim's review at: https://www.goodreAdded 9/14/16. (first published 1964) Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel (1965) Recommended by Jim in my GR group. See Jim's review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Neither of my 2 public libraries have this book but they do have other books by John Brunner....more
I found out about this book while listening to an audio CD of: Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith. The book says that the queen was very relaxed with Crossman and expressed her private opinions of various people. Crossman originally included this information in his diaries but the information was not included in the book, according to the audio CD. However, perhaps there will be some tidbits! I'm borrowing the book from a public library.
"Crossman is best known for his controversial diaries which revealed the inner-workings of government and which have subsequently inspired the production of other political diaries, as well as the BBC Television series ‘Yes Minister’." ABOVE QUOTE is from: https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/l...
"Fascinating insight into the workings of Government and the Civil service during the premiership of Harold Wilson 1964-1969. Should perhaps be read in conjunction with Yes Minister by Jonathan Lynn. The latter, a very funny sitcom, was undoubtedly inspired by the diaries." ABOVE QUOTE is from the GR review of Rosie Brocklehurst at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show......more
3/23/16 - I started listening to the audio version of this book while riding in the car today. I canAdded 3/23/16 (first published January 1st 2004)
3/23/16 - I started listening to the audio version of this book while riding in the car today. I can tell I'm going to enjoy listening. I always liked seeing Tim Russert on TV years ago. He reads the book with the same pleasing manner he had as a newscaster. Unfortunately Russert died of a heart attack in 2008 at the age of 58. What a shame. He had so much to offer....more
Added 3/23/16. (first published 2000) On 3/31/16, I finished listening to an audio version of this book. While the topic was interesting, I found, asAdded 3/23/16. (first published 2000) On 3/31/16, I finished listening to an audio version of this book. While the topic was interesting, I found, as I got near the end, that the story started to drag. See my other comments below in my updates below.*
As for the writing, I have one complaint. A GR member, Catherine Davison, has expressed it very well in her review. Below is her entire review which presents a good over-all view of the book: ================================ "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 19th 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 object, everyone's hair was like such and such, ... ...too many times his longwinded and unnecessary descriptions in simile form just made me want to stop reading. I'm sure it will make for an interesting film, I do recommend this book though especially to anyone who is interested in gender and transgender issues." FROM: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ==================================
As the review above indicates (and I agree), there is too much description of too many unimportant things. After a while it seems as though the descriptions are there just to make the book longer.
The story seems drawn out unnecessarily and tends to drag. The process of Einar's transition from a male to a female (named Lili) is related, from the time he feels the need to change, through all the gradual steps that lead to the transition. This includes trips to various doctors and specialists and discussions with other characters in the story. The process seems to go on and on. I hope the ending will be worth it. We'll see.
I am looking forward to seeing the movie adaptation: "The Danish Girl" (2015) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0810819/?... "A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer."
http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/The-Dani... "In 1930, Danish painter Einar Wegener elects to have gender-reassignment surgery, with the blessing of his wife, Gerda. This true-life narrative of personal courage also sheds light on the medical origins of transsexual surgery."
http://www.amazon.com/Danish-Girl-Edd... "Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander star in a remarkable love story inspired by the true events of an artist who embarks on a groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer."
*Update 3/31/16: -------------------------------- I just finished listening to the unabridged audio version of this book. The ending is a bit vague but I think I understood it. As I understood it... [Warning, the following spoiler talks about the ending! Don't look if you haven't finished reading the book!] (view spoiler)[ ... as I understood it, Lily dies at the end. (hide spoiler)]. Am I right?
So what was the point of the story? Was it that (view spoiler)[people die from dangerous operations? (hide spoiler)] Or was it: "Be careful what you wish for!"
Sheesh! I waded through all those meaningless descriptions only to be disappointed. The descriptions were all over the place. All they did was make the book longer. I couldn't wait for it to end! --------------------------------- *Update 4/6/16: I just finished watching the film adaptation of this book. It is a work of art! Absolutely beautifully done and so much better than the book! Eddie Redmayne, as Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe, and Alicia Vikander, as Gerda Wegener, were magnificent! Matthias Schoenaerts was very appealing and well-cast as Hans. The choreography and the music were to die for. The film, the actors, and the crew had many nominations for awards and deserved every one.
A related biography mentioned in the credits was: Man Into Woman: The First Sex Change (1931) by Lili Elbe. It's "a riveting account" of the man/woman upon whom the movie was loosely based. The GR description says: "...this new edition of Man into Woman, the birth, life and confessions of Lili Elbe, is a story of a marriage and of love and romance that paints a fascinating portrait of a 1930's European artistic community. Compiled from Lili's own letters and manuscripts, and those of the people who adored her, Man into Woman is the Genesis of the Gender Revolution." ---------------------------------
PS - The ending of the movie was the same as the one in the book.
Added 1/27/16. 2/9/16 - Today I received a used copy of this book which I purchased online for only $6.97 including shipping. I bought it because our pAdded 1/27/16. 2/9/16 - Today I received a used copy of this book which I purchased online for only $6.97 including shipping. I bought it because our public library didn't have it. I'm looking forward to reading it. I became interested in it after reading A Talent for Genius: The Life and Times of Oscar Levant.
As a Goodreads member, Rob, says in his review about Oscar Levant: "A brilliant classical pianist and sought after conversationalist, his quirky sense of humor was the delight of New York and Hollywood’s elite." See Rob's short, but excellent review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show......more