THE GIRL ON THE VIA FLAMINIA by Alfred Hayes

THE GIRL ON THE VIA FLAMINIA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A slim fragment of life in Italy under the occupation tells of GI Robert who only wants a girl to come home to -- and what his wish brought him. He gets Lisa, through Nina who is on the make for any American patronage, and lives with her at the Pulcinis who stay just within the letter of the law on police and military regulations. There, with them as well as with her, he comes up against the bristling barriers of hate, distrust and jealousy of the conquerors. In searching honesty he tries to break through Lisa's resistance to his need for her but incessant clashes of culture, personalities, make every issue bitter. When it is discovered that Lisa and Robert are not married, she is packed off by the police and made to carry the prostitutes' yellow card, and the affair smashes with her disappearance. An articulate, fine meshed picture of the clash of victor and victim, of national thinking with little common ground, this has the persuasion of its young people in taut perspective.

Pub Date: March 16th, 1949
ISBN: 057360939X
Publisher: Harper