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Now a major motion picture starring Eddie Redmayne and directed by Tom Hooper, THE DANISH GIRL is a shockingly original novel about one of the most unusual and passionate love stories of the 20th century.
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 a
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Paperback, 310 pages
Published December 3rd 2015 by W&N (first published 2000)
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Josephine Lili wrote a great deal of the content for a book entitled Man Into Woman which is a semi-autobiographical book about her.

It was compiled and…more
Lili wrote a great deal of the content for a book entitled Man Into Woman which is a semi-autobiographical book about her.

It was compiled and published after her death.

That book has Recently been republished under the Title: Lili: A Portrait of the First Sex Change(less)
Kitten Having read the book after I saw the movie, I'd suggest you give it a shot. It is somewhat different, gives new information and definitely isn't just…moreHaving read the book after I saw the movie, I'd suggest you give it a shot. It is somewhat different, gives new information and definitely isn't just the dialogue with "he said, she said" added to it.(less)

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Helle
Nov 12, 2015 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
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Marita
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
Jose Monarrez
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Por cambiar la visión del mundo... 5 estrellas

Antes de que empieces a leer esta reseña, debo de advertirte que tiene algunas pequeñas partes que pueden ser consideradas spoilers, aun cuando son muy generales y muchas de estas ya la sabe la gente que esta interesada en el libro, así que si no sabes absolutamente nada del libro (o de la película o de la historia en general) y quisieras leerlo mas adelante, tal vez no sea bueno que la leas.

Libros como este son la muestra de que los grupos de lectu
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Davytron
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
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Figgy
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,
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Nhi Nguyễn
Câu chuyện trong “Cô gái Đan Mạch” (“The Danish Girl”) thì chắc hẳn ai cũng đã biết; đó là hành trình phi thường của Lili Elbe - một cô gái sinh ra với hình hài của một chàng trai tên Einer Wegener - để được là chính mình, đồng thời trở thành người chuyển giới đầu tiên trên thế giới. Câu chuyện này trở nên nổi tiếng khi nó được dựng thành bộ phim cùng tên với hàng loạt đề cử giải Oscars vào năm 2015, trong đó có giải thưởng Nữ Diễn viên phụ xuất sắc nhất dành cho Alicia Vikander - người thủ vai ...more
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Every year I set a reading goal here on Goodreads and then search Pinterest for a reading challenge list. This year's list has 52 categories in which I need to read by the end of the year. So, obviously I searched for a category in which The Danish Girl would fit. First up was "book about a person with a disability". I know many people think transvestism falls into that category. I balked at that. Eccentric character? Well, since there is a real biological cause, this category was disrespectful. ...more
Lauren
Nov 17, 2014 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
Britany
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
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
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SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*
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.

Inés Izal
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Todo lo que pueda decir, se queda corto al lado de Lily.
KatieMc
Nov 12, 2015 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.
Maria
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
Rebecka
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
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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
Krissy
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
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Joy
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
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Ryan
Jan 23, 2016 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.
Vanya Prodanova
Jan 25, 2016 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
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نادية أحمد
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
" الفتاة الدنماركية "
أثناء قراءة الرواية يقفز لذهن القارئ العديد
من الأفكار منها المنطقية ومنها اللامنطقية
لكن التساؤل الأول يبقى :
هل أنت كقارئ مع الأخذ بعين الإعتبار خلفيتك البنائية الثقافية
وإيمانك بالحريات الإنسانية المبنيّة على فطرة سليمة
سوف تكون ضد أم مع عملية " تثبيت الجنس"
خاصة وأنّ العلم الحديث وعلماء دين تيقّنوا من وجود مسألة كيميائية ملموسة وفسيولوجية حقيقية
تؤكد بأنّ هنالك خلل هرموني أو تشوّه هرموني ما؛ يولد مع الطفل وليس خلل عقلي
وهما سبب هذا الخلاف والصراع والتشتت عند البعض منذ الطفول
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Denisa
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
For everyone that wants to read this book, here's a friendly advice: go watch the movie.
Trevor
Apr 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am so angry & frustrated with this. I'm aware that this was "loosely inspired" by Lili's journey, but still. This could have been a poignant portrayal with some lovely, tender scenes. But no. Somewhere along the way this turned into complete trash. UGH.

THE DANISH GIRL (sadly) didn't become on my radar until I came across the film last month (Eddie Redmayne can do no wrong) & saw that it was also a book, so of course reading it is only the natural thing to do. I was really surprised to
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Hannah
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
(3.5) About 25% into this book I described it as “delightfully boring” and I think that by the end, I’ll stick to what I said; The Danish Girl is a delightful mix of an extraordinary story and a boring account of everyday life
Dana Loo
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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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
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Molly Jones
Mar 03, 2007 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
Vanesa
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cumplió mis expectativas , me gusto la novela , da para discutir muuuuuchas cosas
Ana
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terminé de leer: La chica danesa de David Ebershoff
Nota 3.5/5

La chica Danesa está inspirada en las memorias de Lili Elbe, que fue publicado post mortem por su prometido en la obra “Man into Woman”.

Como bien aclara su autor al final de la obra, es una historia “inspirada” lo cual no quiere decir que todo sea certero, y que mucho sea inventado, con eso en claro voy a intentar comentar sobre esto:
La historia es bastante como lo que pudimos ver en la película protagonizada por Eddie Redmayne (que
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IzamaRi H. Fabela
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

RESEÑA COMPLETA ➜ http://goo.gl/5OXSp4

Debo confesar que la primera vez que vi el tráiler de “La chica danesa” me enamoré un poco de la historia y moría de ganas de ver la película. Entonces me enteré que estaba basada en un libro (como casi todas las películas de hoy en día) y me enamoré más, así que busque por todos lados el libro pero

por más que lo buscaba no lo encontraba disponible en el país así que ya me había hecho a la idea de que iba a tener que pedirlo en booky cuando descubrí que C
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Andreea Chiuaru
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Întâi a fost filmul și poate că a fost mai bine așa, pentru că am avut-o mereu pe Lili în față, așa cum i-a dat viață actorul care i-a jucat magistral rolul. Trei ani mai târziu i-a venit rândul cărții și cred cu tărie că e o lectură esențială pentru oricine vrea să citească cărți LGBT foarte bune. Mi-a plăcut pentru transformările prin care trece Einar și pentru lupta pe care o dă cu sine, dar mai ales pentru dragoste tacită și fără limite pe care i-o poartă Greta. Fără doar și poate e unul din ...more
Arwen56
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
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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
“Einar felt lonely, and he wondered if anybody in the world would ever know him.” 13 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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