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Shopping Cart Soldiers is a modern day Odyssean tale of the atrocities of war and its even more appalling aftermath. Set against the brutal realities of the conflict in Vietnam, John Mulligan tells the story of Finn MacDonald, an eighteen-year-old boy who is drafted soon after he emigrates with his family from Scotland. Upon returning from Vietnam, Finn is plagued by the terrible memories of all he has seen and is pushed into a haze of self-destructive behavior that tests his will to survive. Shopping Cart Soldiers chronicles Finn's painful and remarkable journey and his triumphant path to spiritual renewal and recovery.
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About the Author
John Mulligan was born in Kirkintilloch, Scotland, in 1950, into a home with ten children. After his family emigrated to the U.S., Mulligan enlisted in the Air Force. Within weeks of turning 18 and while still a British citizen, he was on his way to combat in Vietnam. On his return to San Francisco after his tour of duty, he suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and was homeless for more than ten years. During his recovery from alcoholism, Mulligan attended a veteran's workshop run by the celebrated author Maxine Hong Kingston, who recognized his extraordinary talent and helped him edit the manuscript of Shopping Cart Soldiers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.