“But here at home it was all too complicated. He knew he could never get through it all again. It was not worth the trouble. That was the thing about French girls and German girls. There was not all this talking. You couldn’t talk much and you did not need to talk. It was simple and you were friends.” -Page 72
Throughout Soldier’s Home there is a sense of disconnection for Krebs. There was no celebration for him when he returned from the war late. He feels a sort of half-interest in the girls at home. He has no job, sleeps late into the day, busies himself with the mundane activities of one who feels they have no place, and is unable to even pray with his mother. It feels as though the war has changed him but not scarring him like many would think. Instead it feels as though he has left part of him back in Europe, his heart and sense of belonging, with the countries of France and Germany (most notably Germany). He did not wish to come home.
Notice that while his mother and sister call him by his first name that the narrator consistently refers to him as Krebs. It is as if the man who came back is not the same person as the one who left. There is a profound feeling of change, that Krebs yearns for the simplicity of being a good soldier and resents the complexity of his previous civilian life.