New Amazon Review

Posted: April 27, 2015 in Prose
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Five out of Five Stars
on April 26, 2015
Format: Paperback
Gotta Find a Home: Conversations with Street People by Dennis Cardiff is all about street people you meet that make life the rich, vibrant experience that it is. They shape our memories more than the locations themselves. They can make a bad place good, or a great place bad. They teach us about what we like or don’t like in others. They shine lights on our ignorance and teach us about ourselves.The book is written in such detail and it’s highly amusing. Feelings come and go. Sometimes there is sorrow, sometimes joy. Verythought provoking &a uplifting book that keeps you so emotionally engaged throughout it. Cardiff has a gift for explaining deep thoughts in an approachable and very emotional way.A little about what have I learned from the book….

Reading page after page we can quickly learn two things about the homeless from Cardiff’s book. First, you can learn that many of the homeless, before they were homeless, were people more or less like ourselves: members of the working or middle class. And we can learn that the world of the homeless has its roots in various policies, events, and ways of life. We can also learn from Cardiff’s characters that one of the most important things there is to know about the homeless – that they can be roughly divided into two groups: those who have had homelessness forced upon them and want nothing more than to escape it; and those who have at least in part chosen it for themselves, and now accept, or in some cases, embrace it.

We must learn to accept that there may indeed be people, and not only vets, who have seen so much of our world, or seen it so clearly, that to live in it becomes impossible. Here, for example, is the story of “Joy”, a homeless middle-age woman from Toronto. She sees the streets as her home and the rest of the street people in her group as her family. As a person she has experienced many difficult moments through her life – troubled childhood, raped by male guard in prison for Women, mental problems, abusive and alcoholic boyfriend who beats her very often… but her story have changed Cardiff’s life in a extraordinary way. By writing about her experiences, he tells us that it is important to understand that however disorderly or dirty or unmanageable the world of homeless men and women like “Joy” appears to us, it is not without its significance, and its rules and rituals.

They are many more stories in the book that can make you take a step back and think about the way you live, treat others, and treat yourself. I can relate to most of what the author wrote. I believe that the main message Cardiff is sending is that no matter who they are, no matter where they live good people bring out the good in people. I am so glad that Dennis Cardiff shared his remarkable experience with his readers. I would remember his book for years, because my life have been enriched and transformed by reading Cardiff’s an amazing journey.

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