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Ironweed by William Kennedy
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Nov 02, 2009

really liked it
Read in November, 2009

** spoiler alert ** This is a book about homelessness and redemption. The author takes the a firm stance that homelessness is a choice, though I don't necessarily agree, once having homelessness in my own immediate family. The protagonist, in many ways is a cliche bum, a bum who calls himself a bum, drinks too much, is obnoxious and feels badly. He does break the mold from time to time, he has friends, spends his little money generously and immediately without forethought of future, and has seemingly genuine connections with his "street companions". Loneliness doesn't seem to be part of his psyche. Neither does despair--guilt, but not despair. It seems there was a home waiting for him when he wanted one.

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