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Smoky Joe's Cafe Paperback – January 1, 2001


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  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (2001)
  • ISBN-10: 0589008137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143004738
  • ASIN: 0143004735
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,247,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thank you Bryce for giving me so much reading pleasure!
edna clode
Another thought provoking tale giving insight to a different genre of war veteran in a different part of the world....well done!
Valerie Barcik
Something perhaps that people that read this book might get out of it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David A. Spearman VINE VOICE on May 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
As all fiction is based on fact this is a great story. We all know now and even then that agent orange killed more that foliage and the enemy. Its heavy toll came later sadly to many and generations yet to come. This is a great read from the Aussie point of view but as close to the American situation as it could be. Going back in time I would hope all that treated any vet badly can now see what they did and seek forgivness of all of them. This book told the facts and I would suggest everyone of any age read it and understand factual history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Don M. Weathersbee on February 10, 2010
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I'm glad I read this book. Wish I had read it 20 years ago, I might have understood more the problems some of the vets were having.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Rodd Rundle on May 28, 2006
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I have read many of Bryce Courtenay's book and enjoyed all of them, except this one. This book had a good story line, a part of Australian history, like elsewhere in the world, which the majority of the community tried to forget. Only now are they starting to get the proper recognition that they deserve like the many Australian soldiers who have died before and after them in the service of their nation. This group is the Vietnam Vets.

And maybe that is why I am critical of this book. The storyline is there and so much could have been done with it, but it feels that Bryce wrote this story because he felt that the plight of the Vets needed to be told but it appears that he did not put 100% effort into this book. I rate Bryce's work highly. I just wished that he fleshed this story out more instead of the light fluffy story which brushes over the issues without feeling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joani Powell on March 12, 2013
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Bryce Courtenay was able to capture the essence of being a Viet Nam war veteran in this gripping novel. It was a captivating story of the "war" waged both on and off the battlefield. As the soldiers return to civilian life, their fight against the "enemies" that forever haunt and threaten their existence, and those of their loved ones, never abates. This book is timeless in its message. To this day, we are struggling and dealing with the evils of war and how it affects our world. It should be read by all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward Breslin on October 3, 2010
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I thought this was a truly unique story. and do not understand the one/two star reviews. I truly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it. Unfortunately, it does not seem to be readily available; this is discouraging. I am very familiar with events,chronology of the vietnam war etc; ..yet the Australian participation was much more than i thought. I thought the aussies were more of a special forces type small unit; i did not know they sent draftees into very intense combat. All this and more i learned in this book.. If you are interested in the vietnam war and are looking for a real good aussie story get this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karolina Cheshire on October 30, 2003
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Certainly not up there with the other great Courtney books, such as Jessica. Smokey Joe's Cafe, after reading it a year ago, does not stand out in my mind. A small and quick reading book set in a small rural town in Australia. Thommo, the main character, lives a depressed life, riddled with physcial and mental problems, reminents of the Vietnam war. He runs the local cafe with his wife and daughter. I do not recall how, but Thommo is reunited with his old 'Nam buddies and discoveres that they are all a bunch of old washed up misfits, drifting through life. It takes Thommo's little girl to get cancer, to kick these old boys into shape and fight for a good cause. The stories and plotting are all conducted in Thommo's little cafe. They need to raise money and awareness for the girl to travel and get treatment in the big city. They resort to growing contrabands in a hidden location and then distrubiting it through whatever means and connections they have, including bicycle gangs. In the end they get a lot more then these 'hardened' men bargained for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Riki R Zide on August 21, 2013
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This books relates a heartwarming story about government reluctance to care for Vietnam War returning vets and their family.
Courtenays other books, Power of One, Tandia, Persimmon Tree are more substantial in depth and story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By edna clode on March 9, 2013
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Bruce at his best. he never fails to deliver a story that captures your imagination. As long as he keeps them coming I will keep reading them. Thank you Bryce for giving me so much reading pleasure!
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