Den Danske Pige
Title: The Danish Girl
Author: David Ebershoff
Published in English: 2000
Dansk titel: Den Danske Pige
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2015
Forlag: Lindhardt og Ringtoft
Finished Reading: March 2020
Genre: Historical & Historical Fiction
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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 favor asked by a wife of her husband while both are painting in their studio, setting off a transformation neither can anticipate. Uniting fact and fiction into an original romantic vision, The Danish Girl eloquently portrays the unique intimacy that defines every marriage and the remarkable story of Lili Elbe, a pioneer in transgender history, and the woman torn between loyalty to her marriage and her own ambitions and desires.
I watched the movie before I even knew it was inspired off a book. Typically, I tend to enjoy the movies more than the books, since the creators has extra time to edit out the things that the readers of the original work, didn’t like. However, in this case, I loved the book so much more than the movie, even though Eddie Redmayne plays the role of Lili /Einar.
This is a delicate, elegant novel that focuses upon both the physically and psychologically aspects of gender transformation, which is why I enjoyed it so much. It deserves five stars in my opinion, but I can understand why some people wouldn’t like this book, for instance how Einar’s personal issues resurfaces all the time, and the author focuses upon that, rather than the gender confusion.
The art aspect seemed dimmed down, whereas I would have loved it to be poignant and an important part of the scenery. Instead, it was pushed to the background.
Character wise the author did one hell of a job in my opinion. Lily and Einar are clearly two different characters with very different qualities. Greta is probably the most amazing woman in the entire universe with the way she handles this problem. Truly grateful for this reading experience, and I hope to gain more in the future.