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Posted January 18, 2000
'The only war story I've ever read that doesn't glorify war'.
The above quote is from Maxine Hong Kingston, and I agree with her wholeheartedly. When told by a reader that 'Shopping Cart Soldiers' is a 'difficult' book to read, Sandy Taylor, the hardcover publisher, laughingly replied: 'Yes, just like Dostoevsky's difficult.' I agree with Sandy too. In 'Shopping Cart Soldiers' I tried to write an honest account of what I call the 'War-After-the-War', the horrid aftermath. I also tried to write a book that might offer some hope to both veterans and their families, neighbors and friends. If the response from veteran's wives, children, nieces or nephews is anything to go by, then I believe I did what I set out to do. A woman in Iowa once e-mailed me to tell me that my book was 'obscene'. I wrote back telling her that I agreed with her in that war is obscene, and that the very idea of homeless veterans is obscene too. I welcome feedback via e-mail.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.