Goodreads Synopsis: Originally published in 1950, this account of life among female Free French soldiers in a London barracks during World War II sold four million copies in the United States alone and many more millions worldwide.
The novel is based on the real-life experiences of the author, Tereska Torres, who escaped from occupied France. She arrived as a refugee in London and joined other exiles enlisting in Charles de Gaulle’s army, then stationed in Britain awaiting an invasion of their homeland by Allied forces. But Women’s Barracks is no ordinary war story.
As the Blitz rains down over London, taboos are broken, affairs start and stop and hearts are won and lost. Women’s Barracks was banned for obscenity in several states. It was also denounced by the House Select Committee on Current Pornographic Materials in 1952 as an example of how the paperback industry was “promoting moral degeneracy.” But in spite of such efforts—or perhaps, in part, because of them—the novel became a record-breaking bestseller and inspired a whole new genre: lesbian pulp.
I can’t remember anymore what it was that I expected from this book, it was randomly suggested to me via one of my library’s websites.
Women’s Barracks follows several women during the second world war and is based on the real life of the author. Though how much of it actually comes from her life, I’m not really sure. Honestly I found this book disappointing. The writing was too much description of places and things, and not enough erotica. The characters were confusing and all got married to men in the end. I really just wanted to read a steamy old-timey read about lesbians and what I got was a jumble of toxic relationships, a writer who was inexperienced and a story that ended in heteronormativity.
The one good thing about reading this book is now it motivates me to try and find the best lesbian fiction out there! If anyone has any recommendations let me know! I don’t suggest reading this book and I gave it 2.5 stars or 3 stars on Goodreads.