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Home > Alan Hodgkinson

Recent Reviews for Alan Hodgkinson

After Incoming (Book) - 2/14/2003 7:49:55 PM
no welcome home, no parades, no honoring, greeted by boos and called baby killers. How does one internalize that and still answer to ones self knowing you did what asked, yet deeply angered within, without it shading every word, every feeling and relationships gone bad? They came home confused, broken, lied to, left to bleed alone, a society hoping they would just fade away. Here Alan writes about it all, nightmares, frustrations, broken hearts and broken bodies and broken minds all fighting a demon to become whole, minimal help, minimal caring by a society bent on denial of a war that left more than a series of names inscripted in stone, it left a country with a most bothersome wound that is slow to heal and it left many men with deep wounds that take lots of time and love to heal. Alan writes about such wounds and about such anger that only time and love will heal. The returning solders came back with more in their rucksack than they could reasonably be expected to carry for a lifetime. a great story of a man who struggles to find love and self.

After Incoming (Book) - 6/16/2002 10:15:54 AM
This is one of the best narratives of the "post-Vietnam" experience I've read. The story gives first hand insight into the gut-wrenching psychic and social difficulties Vets had to deal with when they came back from Viet Nam, yet it never turns into a self-pity story. It's also a great portrait of a period in time, effectively capturing the chaotic energy of the decade that followed the summer of Love, with all it's tenderness, flamboyance, and disillusionment. Even though Hodgkinson is willing to explore the dark pains of a soilder coming home from an unpopular war, the story -- unlike many others in the genre-- is ultimately uplifting. The memories and flashbacks of Oriel, the main character, bring the horror of the Vietnam battlefield vividly to life, yet his reclaimation of life after the war shows a way out of the "jungle." Ultimately, this is a story about human bonds such as friendship, family, and intimacy, and the ability of people to heal one another. A great read.

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