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Das Mädchen im Pelzmantel

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  1,943 Ratings  ·  196 Reviews
Liebe – gut, böse, gefährlich, verzweifelt, ersehnt oder ungebeten – ist die Grundlage, das Verderben und die Gnade im Leben der Menschen in Amy Blooms Roman. Inhaltliche Tiefe und erzählerische Leichtigkeit gehen dabei eine wunderbar enge Verbindung ein. Elizabeth Taube, genannt Liz, das Mädchen im Pelzmantel, ist ein eigenartiges Wesen: intelligent, begabt, witzig, klept ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published 1998 by Hoffmann und Campe (first published December 30th 1996)
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Margaret
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who appreciate skilled literary fiction writers
Recommended to Margaret by: Phyllis
I had not heard of Amy Bloom when I opened this book, which had been loaned to me by a friend. At first I was not quite sure what to make of it. The book is divided into three sections: the first and third are first person narratives told over a period of thirty years or so by Elizabeth Taube, who is in middle school at the beginning of the book. That first section deals with Elizabeth as a seventh grader. The opening of the book is a bit creepy, and much of what follows, especially in that firs ...more
Tiffoknee the 3rd Conner
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Serious readers.
Shelves: indispensable
I wrote this down in my reader-response journal and sometimes re-read it on the train, bus, or just when I feel the need to shed a quick tear, which is more often than I care to admit.

"The organ came in on cue and everyone stood up as the lady in gray sang again, sang the only hymn Mrs. Hill had ever sung, in her cracked, phlegmy voice. She sang it so often Elizabeth learned the words, and hummed along, not wanting to intrude or do the wrong thing until Mrs. Hill called her into her bedroom one
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Charlotte
I'm a fan of Amy Bloom, but sometimes I wonder if that's mostly because I'll never get over one of her first short stories, "Love Is Not A Pie." What is best about her, for me, is in that first collection of stories: she writes about what is taboo directly and from a startling point of view that makes me appreciate the transcendence of love over our conventional limits. Plus, she writes so beautifully, she'd be irresistible no matter what she was writing about.

Love Invents Us contains some of h
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Jalena
Dec 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-finished
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CaitlynK
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Well, you can't get much more behind than you are, I guess. You're not going to be a mathematical genius, Miss Taube. You better cultivate your other talents."

Devoured this one. I shouldn't have liked it; the plot shouldn't have worked, and it should have been riddled with clichés. But it did work. And the writing.

This was actually a great book to read right after workshop, because all the things that really get harped on in workshop – point of view shifts, tense shifts, adjectives, etc. - Bloo
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Tracey Ellis
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A coming of age novel that is both beautiful and uncomfortable at the same time, showing how love shapes us and comes in many different forms. A book I would like to re-read and an author I will definitely follow.
Sheida
Feb 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just didn't like this ... at all ...
tee
Mar 26, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
This is the second of Bloom's books that I have read. I didn't like it as much as I thought I would, but it was still worth the read. This story was bleak, the characters were damaged and it was moving, in an odd, depressing, Bloom-like way.

I'm not exactly sure why it didn't grab me, but the novel felt .... listless, which I guess echoed the character's own lives. I felt similar to how I did with her short stories, as if it wasn't fleshed out enough. I wanted some of her short stories to be ful
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Amazin'A
I picked this up in a used bookstore a couple of weeks ago because I loved the title (I believe the title: love *does* invent us), and I have read great short stories by Bloom. On reading the 1st page, I realized that I had read this novel before, a few years ago (a library copy? or have I bought it a second time?). I reread it, over about a 24 hr period. Partly procrastinating (who wants to pack for a move, after all, or put together their reappointment dossier?!), but partly because its a very ...more
Lashlee
Apr 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books when you get to the end and you are shocked that you read the whole thing. What a waste of good reading time. I didn't like Elizabeth or understand her decisions and the author made no effort to explain it. Some story lines would begin in the middle as though the reader was just supposed to magically know what was happening or what the characters were talking about. I don't see myself ever bothering with another book by Amy Bloom if this is her trademark style.
Renee
Dec 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish, I really wish, I could write the review this book deserves. The review that is in my head, that I have trouble putting into words that make sense.

Truly, a very beautiful book. The heartbreaking points are plentiful, but in a way that we all experience at some point in our lives. The absolute ability of Bloom to accurately describe love and infatuation - even I felt in love during this book.

There is no judgment in this book, although much of the subject matter, someone could judge. A revi
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Kyra
Oct 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up on spec at Powells because someone had written an enthusiastic shelf talker for a more recent book by Amy Bloom. The book starts off a bit strangely as the narrator - who is in Grade 5 - spends her after school time trying on furs in her underwear for the admiration (and ONLY the admiration) of the elderly shop owner. The narrator is the single and not much loved child of a successful professional couple living in Great Neck, Long Island, in the sixties and her continued efforts ...more
Jen Knox
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the sadness. A lot of sadness and longing here, sometimes for no apparent reason.
It felt like a memoir, only sadder. There was beautiful, spare writing throughout with a few absolutely fantastic descriptions ("And beneath those feet, my hands ... worn and rough as cedar bark. Ivory angel feet with opal nails and satin soles. And my hands became his steps."), but Bloom doesn't flaunt her skills, she teases, lets a reader peek. The simplicity of her writing makes such passages leap from th
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Rocio Rodriguez Torres
this book was weird... since the first page you get that this book will be weird and odd and maybe uncomfortable... we see Elizabeth a elementary school girl modeling coats in her underwear to an older man, one that is creatly sexually atracted to her.... and you have and idea that this book will not be an easy read, that is will be more troubled...
I did't liked that everything in Elizabeth life was about sex when it shouldnt be... even the kids she meets (kids that are really kids and kids that
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Cass
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've got to say, I hated this book. The only actual love that seemed to be in this book was with Mrs. Hill. All the other relationships seemed to be all about sex. Plus, Bloom seemed extremely racist and homophobic. She kept making it clear that this is a black man and that it should be a surprise that a black man is successful. Then, when Elizabeth's son comes up, she uses the word queer and faggot, two very discriminatory words. Plus, she made baby Max a stereotypical homosexual, doing cartwhe ...more
Diana
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I haven't read this book in a long time... but I remember it like I just read it today. It was my go-to book when I needed a reading fix, something comfortable and unsettling at the same time. I could relate to Elizabeth and I hated the grown men who thought they loved her... I always wanted her to stay a child. I loved the writing, it was honest and blunt, no sugar coating. I will always remember it.
Bree
Mar 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-08
She's a terrific writer, I walked by her books dozens of times and finally picked this one up, her debut. Amy Bloom blew all the other female writers that I've read recently out of the water.
Sharon
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amy Bloom is a wonderful writer.... more please.
Cynthia
The main character is intriguing, but not always in a positive way. I wondered at many points, especially about half-way through and beyond, whether there was a method to the author's manner of suddenly providing other perspectives, or in making the protagonist so obtuse in many ways. It felt too much like missteps rather than "merely" a complicated character. If it hadn't been as relatively short, I probably would have given up rather than push through. Her love relationships and especially Hud ...more
Maggie
Aug 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aimee Bender won me over a few years back with her incredible short-story collection, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt.

Which is why I was so eager to read Love Invents Us when I saw it on the shelf at Barnes & Noble. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize until much later that Aimee Bender is not the author of Love Invents Us. (The real author is Amy Bloom.) Luckily, I didn’t realize my mistake until after I’d devoured the book.

It was one of those books that kept me up until 3:00 am, reading and rea
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Judy
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Amy Bloom's novel. Away, was one of my favorite books in 2008. While in Michigan for my mom's memorial in June, I stopped in at Shaman Drum Bookstore in Ann Arbor (which sadly closed its doors on June 30) and picked up Love Invents Us, Bloom's first novel. I had been slogging through Sara Water's lugubrious The Little Stranger (which I will review next), but once I read the first few pages of Amy Bloom's novel, I fell again under her spell.

I read all through lunch at Ann Arbor's Zingerman's Road
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David
Jul 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short novel—novella, maybe—won't be everyone's taste. Disappointed promise sits at the center of most of the characters' lives, and, as is often the case with defeated psyches, they make agonizingly bad decisions to land short of success. Readers with questionable choices of their own may understand, and others will judge the central character Elizabeth and all the wrecked figures that pile up around her.

Readers should know that Elizabeth will test their sympathy. She is a thief, a sloth (h
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Shazia
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I loved about this book was that I did not know where it was going. Bloom writes, in her beautiful prose, about Elizabeth, a young girl whose life is changed by those she loves and those who love her. What's great about this book is that it is not a classic love story. This is a book about a number of different people who might love another, and the different ways that they might do so. Just for starters, the book opens with Elizabeth basking in the love of a somewhat creepy older furrier, ...more
Brandon
Nov 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who's ever been in a long-term relationship
Recommended to Brandon by: Terry Hertzler
It seems to be a given that in either fact or fiction love is sure trouble, even without the complications age or race that Amy Bloom mixes into her novel Love Invents Us.

The set-up: Elizabeth Taube attracts older men in part because she wants to. But as quickly as she settles into a serious relationship with her a high school English teacher Max Stone, she becomes attracted to a classmate Horace “Huddie” Lester. Not that anything was stable before, but this triad serves as the surface trouble i
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Ruth
Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was wavering between 3 and 4 stars for this one, and what sealed the deal was the fact that I started it on the train in the morning and finished it at home in the evening, and for a book that can fit into the extra spaces of one day in your life, It's pretty good. It's about a young girl and the people she loves, mostly sexually but also platonically, over the course of her adolescence and early adulthood, few of whom she consciously chooses- she just kind of falls through life and towards th ...more
Bruna
Aug 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sempre que um autor decide escrever caminhos tortuosos para os seus personagens mas insiste em fazê-lo com um tom emocional neutro, como quem acha oh-isto-acontece-todos-os-dias-na-porta-ao-lado-e-continuamos-todos-vivos, é meio caminho andado para me fazer rolar os olhos e querer deixar o livro a meio.
Se há sofrimento indizível e perfeitamente camuflado no dia-a-dia? Sem dúvida. Mas certamente que, a escrever uma história sobre esse mesmo sofrimento, não é plausível desprovê-lo de significado.
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Carolee Wheeler
Dec 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just can't get over what a twit the protagonist is. And, oddly, I found a lot of the "love" scenes grotesque. I suppose I am finally reacting appropriately to sexual intimacy between a young girl and her teacher. What's become of me?

This is one of those novels where no amount of gorgeous writing can make me feel anything other than contempt for her all-too-human characters.

ETA: I gave this one more star, because I realized that the twitty protagonist is the whole point. As I went further and f
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Lindsey
This was the first book I've read by Amy Bloom, and I'm afraid my expectations were a bit high. She has tremendous descriptive talent--so many gorgeous, seemingly effortless, just right ways of putting things. The language was truly rare, and a wonderful pleasure. Storywise, however, I found the characterizations and character psychologies a bit obscure. I don't want to give anything away, but I found the central protagonist's motivations difficult to discern, and the fact that the POV rotated f ...more
Sara
May 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of this book reminds me of another book named: "Amy & Isabel" as Amy fell in love with her English teacher. Once Isabel found out about Amy's infatuation and the teacher's sexual advances toward Amy, took action to end their so called relationship.
However, in "Love Invents Us" the mother figure was absent, and Elizabeth could move freely from Mr. Stone (Her English teacher) to another lover (Horace, Huddie) and nobody was there to question the righteousness of her actions.

I rea
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Amy Bloom is the author of "Come to Me," a National Book Award finalist; "A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You," nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; "Love Invents Us"; and "Normal." Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Short Stories, The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction, and many other anthologies here and abroad. She has wri ...more
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