Nico Walker: Cherry By Nico Walker

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DNF 13%Here s the thing If you read Catcher in the Rye at the right age you think Holden Caulfield is great you don t and you think he s unbearable Ditto here and the writing wasn t engaging The blurb promised nonstop excitement ah no I m bored I need than obvious observations and drug use to be entertained Great cover is not enoughLife s too short Outta here Bye We ve heard these war stories before in superb fiction and nonfiction by other soldiers But Nico Walker 33 brings a raw and casual brutality to the narrative of battle His rambling collection of chaotic anecdotes involve drugs and porn acts of cruelty and indness unending boredom pierced by spikes of terror These juxtapositions convey the fundamental disorder of the American mission and its deleterious effect on the young people forced to implement it His language relentlessly profane but never angry simmers at th. Cleveland Ohio 2003 A young man is just a college freshman when he meets Emily They share a passion for Edward Albee and ecstasy and fall hard and fast in love But soon Emily has to move home to Elba New York and he flunks out of school and joins the army Desperate to eep their relationship alive they marry before he ships out to Ira But as an army medic.

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E level of morose disappointment something like Holden Caulfield Goes to War I m glad I missed the battle because it was probably bullshit and the Army just murdered your dog anyway But Walker also channels an even older novelist who saw the carnage of war His prose echoes Ernest Hemingway s cadences to powerful effect like To read the rest of this review go to The Washington Posthttpswwwwashingtonpostcomentert Not bad It s written well enough and the story is compelling but yeesh what a groveling complaining myopic narrator Let s call a spade a spade here this is an autobiography with the names changed This is Nico Walker s story And although it is well told it is a dismal story of decline that is hard to empathize with In a way it s existential Like Meursault from The Stranger our self loathing protagonist doesn t really care about anything or anybody but himself and even. He is unprepared for the grisly reality that awaits him His fellow soldiers smoke; they huff computer duster; they take painkillers; they watch porn And many of them die He and Emily try to make their long distance marriage work but when he returns from Ira his PTSD is profound and the drugs on the street have changed The opioid crisis is beginning to swal.

Then not so much Why try Why be loyal Why be courageous or caring or considerate Having not found satisfying answers to these uestions Nico decides to take the path of least resistance to gratification without regard to the wellbeing of any other humanOverall I liked it It was like a nonfiction version of Catch 22 We live in an absurd world and Mr Walker captures that well albeit with a pretty bad attitude I don t care for addiction fiction I pretty much hated this book Repetitive Nothing particularly new There are indeed some good lines and some humor The ending is interesting in what it doesn t offer The misogyny is so thick it s almost funny Almost People are terrible and it s great when they are free to be terrible in fiction so I am not saying the men in this book have to be not sexist But I am saying I don t enjoy reading about men who hate women for hundreds of pages. Low up the Midwest Soon he is hooked on heroin and so is Emily They attempt a normal life but with their money drying up he turns to the one thing he thinks he could be really good at – robbing banksHammered out on a prison typewriter Cherry marks the arrival of a raw bleakly hilarious and surprisingly poignant voice straight from the dark heart of Ameri.

Nico Walker is originally from Cleveland He served as a medic on than 250 missions in Ira Currently he has two years of an eleven year sentence for bank robbery Cherry is his debut novel