Germaine, by Elizabeth Kleinhenz (Scribe). “I don’t know why I am the way I am,” the feminist intellectual Germaine Greer once said. “I don’t think it’s interesting.” Yet this brisk, diverting biography makes the issue seem worth pondering. Born in Australia in 1939, Greer established herself in the sixties, in England, as an academic and a media personality. Her book “The Female Eunuch” (1970) made her a star, with its diagnosis of “the problem of female identity” as women’s incomprehension of their own bodies, libidos, and souls. Kleinhenz ably evokes Greer’s dazzling, maddening mind, but doesn’t really wrestle with her controversial views (including, recently, transphobia). Ultimately, her vivid life predominates. There are savage feuds, a famous prosecution for obscenity, and myriad liaisons, including one with Fellini.
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