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message 1: by Dolors (new)

Dolors What a compelling portrait you have painted of the tricky subject matters this novel entails, Helle. Loved the way you connected the tone of the story with the visual techniques used to unveil the true sexuality of the husband and also the corollary with which you close the review. Will be on the lookout for the movie, although my intuition tells me the book is much better!


message 2: by Seemita (new)

Seemita Oh this sounds so emphatic, so earnest! While we might mark horror with a black mark, nothing is more complicated and surprising than human relationships. And you have imparted a lovely aura to the protagonists here, almost making them subtle advocates of what to do and what not do for clinging to dear, sweet life. Beautifully penned, Helle.


message 3: by Helle (new)

Helle Dolors wrote: "What a compelling portrait you have painted of the tricky subject matters this novel entails, Helle. Loved the way you connected the tone of the story with the visual techniques used to unveil the ..."

Thank you, Dolors, and trust you to notice those delicate nuances and words. I think it may be one of those instances where we need to separate the novel from the movie, given the artistic liberties the author has taken. The movie actually looks marvellous. (In case you want to check out the trailer: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0810819/?...)


message 4: by Helle (new)

Helle Seemita wrote: "Oh this sounds so emphatic, so earnest! While we might mark horror with a black mark, nothing is more complicated and surprising than human relationships. And you have imparted a lovely aura to the..."

My thanks to you, Seemita, for a lovely comment. Indeed, it's those novels that treat the complexities and hopes of human relationships that always speak to me the most. This one showed a different corner of that giant canvas that so many writers choose to paint their stories on.


message 5: by Marita (new)

Marita You paint a lovely picture, Helle.


message 6: by Helle (new)

Helle Marita wrote: "You paint a lovely picture, Helle."

Thank you, Marita. Lovely of you to say so!


message 7: by Steve (new)

Steve The movie is soon to be released here, too, I saw from the trailer at yesterday's showing of Brooklyn. It looks like the book has perhaps even greater potential than the movie. Of course, books always have a natural advantage in terms of interiority. But the movie, in this case, has a very accomplished actor and it also satisfies a visual curiosity. I almost think that the "looks" part of the movie could be a distraction, though. We might focus on what Redmayne looks like as a woman more so than the historical significance of the change and the emotions surrounding it. Or maybe that's just me. I went to the internet to find more on Lili Elbe with the same question of looks in mind:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/film/the-d...

Anyway, this was an excellent review, Helle -- one that did get past the visuals, or at least presented them as an artist would.


message 8: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Sounds like words staged gracefully into plot, Helle. I looked for the movie this weekend (also saw the trailer), but it's only playing in select theaters. Your beautiful review makes me want to read the book (didn't even know it was a book until now).


message 9: by Helle (new)

Helle Steve wrote: "The movie is soon to be released here, too, I saw from the trailer at yesterday's showing of Brooklyn. It looks like the book has perhaps even greater potential than the movie. Of course, books alw..."

Steve, thanks so much for your comment and for that link. I, too, had been curious about the real Lili Elbe (and Gerda Wegener) and had googled them a bit, but this article seems to indicate clearly to me that there are in fact three stories: the one in the book, the one in the movie and the 'real' story, whatever that may be. Certainly Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander look nothing like Lili and Gerda, but I suspect that that doesn't matter so much; based on the trailer (and their parts in other movies), their acting will make up for it. The novel chose to alter the real life ending, so I wonder which ending the movie will go for. Thanks for reading and for a great comment.


message 10: by Helle (new)

Helle Cheryl wrote: "Sounds like words staged gracefully into plot, Helle. I looked for the movie this weekend (also saw the trailer), but it's only playing in select theaters. Your beautiful review makes me want to re..."

Thank you, Cheryl, I didn't know it was a novel either until after I'd seen the trailer the first time, which was what induced me to try the book. I've been so impressed with Eddie Redmayne in the past and can't wait to see it - especially as it takes place in Copenhagen (at least I hope the movie is true to the book and the real story in that respect). Thanks for your comment!


message 11: by Jaidee (new)

Jaidee Beautiful review Helle. Sounds so subtle and lyrical

I'm so glad Eddie Redmayne is in the film. He is so delicate, elegant and dare I say beyootiful.


message 12: by Helle (new)

Helle Jaidee wrote: "Beautiful review Helle. Sounds so subtle and lyrical

I'm so glad Eddie Redmayne is in the film. He is so delicate, elegant and dare I say beyootiful."


Thank you, Jaidee, the novel was indeed subtle and lyrical. And I completely agree with you about Eddie Redmayne. He really has that je ne sais quoi on top of fantastic acting skills.


message 13: by Nita (new)

Nita Your review indicates a rare sensitivity, Helle.I read a few pages, but I must confess that I dould not relate to it.
Yes , there is one thing I can say.The sexual orientation of a soul is not always reflected with the gender.
In Jain Philosophy it is said that when the soul is deluded, it takes up the wrong gender.
Regards


message 14: by Helle (new)

Helle Nita wrote: "Your review indicates a rare sensitivity, Helle.I read a few pages, but I must confess that I dould not relate to it.
Yes , there is one thing I can say.The sexual orientation of a soul is not alwa..."


I'm sorry this book wasn't for you, Nita. But that is the way of reading: it is a question of timing and of tastes, and we can't like everything. I'm fascinated by the Jain point about deluded souls. I wonder if the people who are born with the 'wrong' gender would agree with that take on it. Thanks for commenting!


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