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Lovely Green Eyes by Arnošt Lustig
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Sep 25, 2011

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I'm always drawn in by accounts or stories of what people went through at the hands of the Nazi mindset. I appreciated this book because it discussed two sides I'd not really read anything on before. On one hand there were the survivors, those who managed to drag themselves through right to the end of the war & face the no doubt near impossible task of trying to move on. And then there was the side of those who fought for the Nazi side, & believed strongly in everything that side fought for. The writing itself was a bit flowery at points, & this didn't always work. But what I did appreciate was that the author didn't use the subject of the girl's work (as a prostitute for the Nazi army) as an excuse to be graphic. I far prefer reading things about sex which don't really describe the sex at all, even more so in contexts such as this one as the act itself has little to do with it, its a by-product of the power games & coldness of the whole thing. Overall, good book...I suppose it made me think more than I gave it credit for.
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