This is truly an extraordinary novel, written by a man who survived the horrors
of Auschwitz, and who lived in fact to tell his tale. Bizarrely though, this
isn't so much his tale as a girl's story.. a 15-year-old girl called Hanka who
lies about being a Jew to survive, and who becomes a prostitute in due course.
Obviously not through choice, but through being forced to entertain the fighting
soldiers who require a little light relief from girls such as her.
A girl was a bottle in which they emptied themselves is one way of describing such affairs.
Given the subject matter, this can be quite grueling and harrowing,
but it's ultimately a rewarding reading experience that you will never forget.
In fact, it has a similar effect to Eric Lomax's tales from the war courtesy of
his hugely affecting Railway Man novel.
While there isn't a plot as such to Lovely Green Eyes, Hanka is
the prime narrator of events as they unfold, and as she gets to know a few of the
many soldiers that she entertains.
Throughout the novel, there are some fantastic snippets of potentially life-changing
philosophy, surrounded by moments of utter horror, given some of the sights and
ordeals that Hanka, and girls like her, had to endure - for real - at first hand..
If she had owned up to being Jewish she'd have been killed, so in one respect; ..
was better off than tens of thousands of others.
She kept repeating this to herself. She was better off.
She was paying for her life with her crotch, her thighs, her arms, legs, lips,
fingers, tongue - and her soul.
Religion is persuasively tied into everything too, as morality and humanity-related themes dominate the book to such an extent that you really can't read this and not be affected by its ramifications.
Mankind, quite evidently, can be a truly evil force to be reckoned with, and the Holocaust was one of the world's darkest hours. But some 60 years on after the Second World War ended, have we really learnt anything?
As war rages on around the world, lovely green eyes count for nothing in the
eyes of all those people who apportion themselves power primarily to violate
and take advantage of those people of a more vulnerable disposition than themselves.
Fortunately, this novel goes along way in proving that there are people
out there - such as the author in Lustig - who do care about others.
For showing compassion for his fellow man, and woman, Lustig is more of
a man than any gun-toting soldier could ever hope to be. No word of a lie.
Lovely Green Eyes should be read at all costs; it'll make you appreciate your lot in life a whole lot more.
In its bleakest moment, the thought that We were born to perish is fleetingly aired. But no, we are born to live - and don't you forget it..
Reviews, Theatre -
The Blockheads New Writing Festival Hull Truck Thursday June 24th Review by Jane Foster.
Special Guest Reviewers
Bernard Manning - Hilarious original Northern comedianTony Blair - The Prime Minister, not Lionel's brother you prancing thespians youThora Hird - Thoroughly nice old lady who's drop scones are the envy of, well..
other old ladies
An idealistic young teacher ( Kelly Hardy ) tries to
Reviews, Theatre - Up n Under Hull Truck Theatre 17th July By Nick Quantrill
This special production of Up N Under is being staged to celebrate twenty years of
John Godber productions at Hull Truck.
As Godber's Olivier Award winner it's only right this should be the chosen play as well
as it being an opportunity to reclaim its reputation back after the sheer awfulness of the film it spawned.
Reviews, Theatre -
The Blockheads New Writing Festival Hull Truck June 23rd Review by Jane Foster.
Special Guest Reviewers
Michael Jackson - D-List celebrity with a confusing skin disorder.Snoop Doggy Dogg - A gentleman entertainer who likes the ladies.Barry White - A gentleman entertainer who lurves the ladies.
An art student recruits a fellow scholar to find out all about her life..and then paint her in her absence
Reviews, Films - Fahrenheit 911 - Moore heat By Martin J Deane
I announced this film to cheers at The Welly when Sam Ahmed and his band invited us to speak, on 4th July,
Independence FROM America Day.
Michael Bush-whacker Moore takes us on a roller-coaster ride through the Republicans stealing
the 2000 election - with shameful scenes of one black Representative
Reviews, Theatre - UpN'Under Hull Truck Theatre 13th July By Michelle Dee
A near capacity audience at the Spring Street Theatre attended the twentieth anniversary performance
of John Godber's Rugby League comedy on Tuesday evening. A remarkable testament to the extraordinary
pulling power and appeal of his work.
There was an audible buzz of excitement among the crowd as we sat down to enjoy
Reviews, Theatre - Be My Baby at The Hull Truck Theatre Saturday 12th June By Cilla
I'm not a regular theatre goer. Not at all. It's like a different world to me. And frankly in
the past I'd say that overall I felt disappointment and (perhaps imagined) exclusion from that
scene. My sister could appreciate it, enjoy it even but I always thought of myself as not
the type to go
Reviews, Books - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time By Mark Haddon Reviewed by Steve Rudd
I think people believe in heaven because they don't like the idea of dying, because they want to
carry on living and they don't like the idea that other people will move into their house and put
their things into the rubbish.
This strangely endearing novel is one of the most originally-styled that
Reviews, Films - Bring me Sunshine - Eternal sunshine of a spotless Mind By Lee Cassanell
I believe that it's much easier to make people laugh than it is to make them cry and if you look back over all the films you've seen in your life, I'll wager that the ones you shed tears over are your secret favourites.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of those movies and although I wasn't quite blubbing like
Reviews, Special Events - Simon Armitage at PAVE 22nd March 04 by Elsie Creek
It seemed that, until this event, I was the only person in existence not to have heard of Simon Armitage.
Nowadays, the writings of this ex-probation officer, from the small West Yorkshire town of Marsden, are apparently even studied at GCSE.
I'm sure that is the final proof of success for even the most
Reviews, Films - Here comes the Bride - Kill Bill Volume 2 By Lee Cassanell
Juicy junior..real Juicy..Joe Cabot (Reservoir Dogs)
For those of you who've been holidaying on the sun for the past few months, Kill Bill is the latest offering from
Quentin Tarantino who as far as I'm concerned is the most important and influential director of the last