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on 3 March 2009
The story is about a young Austrian girl,Christine who lives in poverty with her sick mother, and works in a post office, just after World War 1. She unexpectedly receives an invitation from a rich aunt (who'd never previously had contact with her) to join her on a holiday in Switzerland. She arrives feeling ashamed of her poor clothes and obvious poverty, but like the Fairy Godmother, the aunt soon transforms her with the aid of a few shopping sprees and a make-over, and soon Christine is transformed and accepted by the posh young set at the hotel. I won't spoil the ending for you, but suddenly the aunt decides to send Christine packing, and Christine is unable to settle or accept her old life, and becomes bad-tempered and solitary. It is then that she meets Ferdinand, a kindred spirit who is also unable to accept his undeserved lot in life. This is when they hatch their plan ...
The story is quite intense, deep and thought-provoking. It certainly brings home how we can take what we have for granted, and how easily it can be taken away.