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Lovely Green Eyes by Arnošt Lustig
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Aug 01, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: world-book-challenge-long-term

Faced with a choice of working in a brothel or being executed, Hanka - or Skinny as she becomes known - chooses to live. Because of her Aryan looks she is not recognised as Jewish and is therefore sent to the Russian front and begins work as a prostitute. She has to tolerate some difficult treatment by some of the German soldiers, but others treat her well.

Her story is dealt with sympathetically and despite the subject-matter is not graphic. Ultimately it is a novel about survival. Although well-written, I didn’t engage with the characters and was glad to get to the end of the book!

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