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@Read Pdf Ì Das kunstseidene Mädchen Ä Doris ist Sekret rin bei einem zudringlichen Rechtsanwalt Sie will nicht mehr tagaus, tagein Briefe tippen, sondern ein Star werden Sie will in die gro e Welt, ins Berlin der Roaring Twenties Looking for something to read for a long plane trip, I picked up this book not knowing the author, nor did I know the novel The Artificial Silk Girl is a remarkable book on being a woman and in Berlin during the early 1930s Irmgard Keun has wit and incredible eye on the life of that city. It was all thanks to the German feminist movement in the late 1970s that this novel got rediscovered and reissued decades after being blacklisted by the Nazis back in the early thirties Keun was one of many writers including Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth who were in exile from their homelands in Belgium and the Netherlands, from where she published threenovels, before returning to Germany, riding out the war in hiding, and only getting minor success thereafter before her early novels res It was all thanks to the German feminist movement in the late 1970s that this novel got rediscovered and reissued decades after being blacklisted by the Nazis back in the early thirties Keun was one of many writers including Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth who were in exile from their homelands in Belgium and the Netherlands, from where she published threenovels, before returning to Germany, riding out the war in hiding, and only getting minor success thereafter before her early novels resurfaced This is apparently one of the last novels of normal everyday life in the Weimar Republic before the Nazis rise to power, and it does show all the hallmarks of a society who are clueless about politics and just don t take any interest, because they are too busy living it up in the Golden Twenties One such person is Doris, the narrator here, a material girl who worked on the small stage in Cologne before leaving for the glitz of Berlin, dreaming of being the next screen idol But the life she had hoped for didn t exactly arrive on a nice silver platter, as her desires for materialistic things and her frantic search for romance somewhat derailed those big ambitions Doris is sucked in by the daily papers and glossy magazines mandating her to mould a life after many a glamorous movie star She is constantly searching for happiness, but generally ends up drunk, broke, and waking up in the wrong bed Being obsessed with personal appearance is turning her into an emotional wreck, with the odd spot, even on her derri re, causing her a great deal of grief She believes the only life worth living is the one being sold in the media flawless, beautiful, and famous Although culturally things may have moved on, the message is the same, that women have entered the professional world and are expected to stand on their own two feet, but that standard of high living and acceptance still depended on getting a man to commit long term For Doris, finding that Mr Right with a big fat wallet was proving to be the stumbling block to success None of her various bed hopping affairs pay off, and she considers walking the streets as a prostitute Her most consistent candidate for true love is a man named Hubert, but he just wanders in and out of her life whenever it suits him Doris then gives life in the theatre a go, before a problematic love affair ends that particular venture Doris s feverish and frank, sometimes rude, sometimes outrageous comments on the shortcomings of her various suitors was the novel s high point, that did at least keeping things entertaining for a while, but over time I found the story started to wear thin I wanted to feelfor Doris, as the down on their luck unlucky in love type of character, especially women, like the ones portrayed by say Jean Rhys, I usually take to heart stronger But this time it didn t work quite as well I would have given her a quick drink and sent her on her way, rather than offer my warm and sympathetic company She was just a little too sheepish for my liking You know those funny books that make you laugh while you read them, but they leave you sad and melancholy afterwards, for the bitter truths that you glimpse through the lighthearted banter This is a Charlie Chaplin film on paper, in a way It is easy to follow, it moves through the strange world of the early 1930s, and it approaches the evil through the perspective of a young woman whose only wish is to become a star despite her dialect and generally uneducated background How do you go about You know those funny books that make you laugh while you read them, but they leave you sad and melancholy afterwards, for the bitter truths that you glimpse through the lighthearted banter This is a Charlie Chaplin film on paper, in a way It is easy to follow, it moves through the strange world of the early 1930s, and it approaches the evil through the perspective of a young woman whose only wish is to become a star despite her dialect and generally uneducated background How do you go about it Sexuality is the sword you fight with and also the knife that hurts you Doris sums it up as follows The principles Men are entitled to it and women are not Now I am asking myself how men are supposed to carry out their entitlement without the women Idiot Of course the men have a solution to that small issue They never marry the women they sleep with, as they lose all respect for them and want something pure for the altar By disrespecting the women who play by the same rules they do themselves they can keep the principles intact and the world in their hands Thus Doris learns how to navigate starvation and deprivation, and to distinguish between what she wants for herself and what she has to avoid at any ANY cost She does NOT want to be a woman who is respectable for keeping a household and offering her body to the same significantly older man each night while having zero input on personal choices Then being straightforwardly paid is better and leavesfreedom.She does not want to waste away in a dull job where the boss has the right to take advantage of her body by threatening to fire her if she doesn t comply And she doesn t want to have to guess which political opinion and religious affiliation she needs to adapt in order to be racially attractive in the scary times of surging nationalism in Germany Hers is a world on the edge of catastrophe, and all she sees and hears and learns is deeply shocking, yet familiar.What is so funny about this, you may ask Doris is Her entirely subjective, egocentric point of view, weighing morals and needs , calculating the pleasure of ice cream and wine from the top or from the bottom of the menu , her stolen coat which who becomes her best friend, and her hopeless love for a man who lost his heart before he met her, all of her existence is a film that she is constantly rewriting and editing and contemplating for effect.Doris may be fake silk , but she is the real thing I am sure that I will read this book again In fact, I will probably buy a copyhopefully some entity like Folio Society will publish this gem Written in the 1930s, this book could only have been published in Europe, North American social s and sexual repression being what they were Some of the thoughts expressed herein concern frank and open but not specific sexuality, particularly from the female viewpoint Female desire and sexual fulfillmentwho knew such things existed So the b I am sure that I will read this book again In fact, I will probably buy a copyhopefully some entity like Folio Society will publish this gem Written in the 1930s, this book could only have been published in Europe, North American social s and sexual repression being what they were Some of the thoughts expressed herein concern frank and open but not specific sexuality, particularly from the female viewpoint Female desire and sexual fulfillmentwho knew such things existed So the book was published in Germany and was very popular for a couple of years until it was banned by the Nutzies Thereafter it was a regular feature at German street bonfires It seems that the fascists were opposed to sex and also took issue with the protagonist s mild criticism of the state of affairs prevalent in Germany at that time.This book is presented as the rambling monologue or memoir of a girl who has assumed the name of Doris There is little likable about her she is a thief, a liar, and she ll screw you for a sandwich She uses men to get by as she pursues her dream of becoming a star A dream that, the reader realizes, is unlikely to come to fruition In spite of all that, it is impossible to dislike Doris There is something a little off about herunhingedmaybe mentally challenged I couldn t put my finger on the reason for this exactly, but while reading it I was constantly thinking of Sylvia Plath and Louise Brooks Lulu from Pandora s Box She is instinctive but not overly bright, making her way through decadent and impoverished Berlin as best she can I couldn t help but root for her, a sad and lonely underdog merely wanting to be noticed Eventually she gets a chance at love, but you ll have to read the book to see how that turns out.I don t know why Keun is notwidely known every page was a delight to read, and Doris is a poet and philosopher without knowing ithell, without even knowing what it means I ll leave you with a favourite quote there are ManySo they have courses teaching you foreign languages and ballroom dancing and etiquette and cooking But there are no classes to learn how to be by yourself in a furnished room with chipped dishes, or how to be alone in general without any words of concern or familiar sounds p.118