How has the war changed Harold Krebs' attitudes toward work and women in the story "Soldier's Home"?

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When Harold Krebs returns from having experienced the horrors of World War I in the fields of France where many were slaughtered and gassed, he has "a distaste for everything." Krebs does not feel that he is ready for the complications of relationships with women or those of a job.

Having returned in 1919, long after many of the other soldiers have already received heroes' welcomes, Krebs finds that people have already heard "too many atrocity stories" to be interested in real tales. So he discovers that he is only listened to if he tells lies. But because of his lies, "a distaste for everything that had happened to him . . . set in." Also, Krebs acquires "the nausea regarding the experience that is the result of untruth or exaggeration." It is this repulsion that leads to his disinclination to have anything to do with women or "settling down to work," as his mother encourages him to do. Krebs avoids any relations with people so as to keep from being in a position to feel the need to...

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