The characters in this novel are anything but typical. An amputee, an intrusive (putting it mildly)elderly woman, a blind stranger (really strange), and a family of immigrants who are either poor or shrewd... hard to tell. The writing style is different from any I've ever encountered. It was an interesting novel that kept my continuous attention.
A book of short stories which combine to create a panoramic view of a hell many of us couldn't imagine. It gave me greater insight into the experiences of Vietnam vets and their aftermath. Left me wondering how anyone could cope with these memories. If these particular stories aren't all true for this author, they were true for someone.
I'm glad I didn't judge this book by the story set in my home state! I hated it! I loved about forty of them, liked a few, didn't like a couple, but the one from my home state was awful! So, if you turn first to your own state, don't judge the whole book if you hate that one.
Couldn't find this book by itself, but found it in "The Pushcart Book of Short Stories," ISBN# 1888889233. I got it at the library. The description above has nothing to do with this book! It's a funny, though bigoted rambling from a narrator who is probably drunk. This guy isn't prejudiced, he doesn't like anyone, not even himself. And yet.. funny!
I didn't care for it. I'm not into trivia, and these disjointed note cards seem like random facts. Kinda like reading a book of lists, or maybe something like the Guiness Book of World Records. I lost interest before it all tied together.