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, Lili Elbe is born.
This has all the elements to be a compelling story about finding out who you truly are, fighting for who that is even if the world disagrees, and it explores the kind of suffering that relates to that struggle so well. But it is not, despite what the blurb suggests, much of a romantic story at all, and it deals with the issues in a rather unusual way.The rest of this review can be found HERE!