EBOOK / PDF [Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker]


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Nico Walker Ê 4 review

Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ê Nico Walker Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker Read & Download Å 104 Nico Walker Ê 4 review 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 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 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

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Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker

Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ê Nico Walker Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker Read & Download Å 104 Nico Walker Ê 4 review 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 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 kindness 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 the 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

Summary Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker

Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ê Nico Walker Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker Read & Download Å 104 Nico Walker Ê 4 review 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 keep their relationship alive they marry before he ships out to Ira But as an army medic I have a lot in common with Nico Walker author of the recently released debut novel Cherry We both partied too hard and failed out of college in the early 2000 s both then enlisting in the wartime army at twenty years old After basic training we were both stationed at Fort Hood Texas We didn t know each other but it is possible we rubbed shoulders in one of the nightclubs in Killeen or at the 24 hour gas station near the entrance of post where you could buy liuor and smokes at any hour of the day or night We would have appeared as two pissed off looking kids sunburned in desert camo waiting in line after work to buy some relief from boredom and toil No one in a position to make such judgments would have pegged us as budding literary novelistsIt would have been in 2005 that our paths unknowingly crossed in Texas if they did I would have been just returned from Ira and Walker would have been on his way Each of us was deployed as part of a combat arms unit at a time when the war was particularly deadly for US troops He spent a year as a medic with an infantry company in the Triangle of Death and I made my bones as a tank gunner in Sadr City We both saw and did our share of awful shit From the descriptions I ve read Walker saw and did Neither of us did than one tour over there One was plenty Neither of us had kids We had optionsAfter we left Texas our lives maintained surface similarities even as they began diverging in radical ways I went back to school on the GI Bill studied English and this time did well grade wise though the transition to civilian life was not always smooth Walker also went back to school on the GI Bill studied English and did even worse than he had before much worse in fact He became addicted to heroin and robbed ten banks before crashing his car while eluding police Around the same time that was happening I was a graduate student publishing short stories in literary journals I kept at the writing game and hustled my butt off for the decade it took me to land a book deal Nico Walker has one too but not much else He is a convict who resides in a federal prison in KentuckyWhen I first heard of him and his autobiographical novel I confess my reaction to it was not so gentle bemusement Oh great I thought An Ira veteran junkie bank robber novelist We have truly jumped the shark in this genre Blame our sensationalistic media culture which often functions to seek out and reward the very worst people I feared the rest of us in the wake of his book would now have to deal with its confirmation of a damaging stereotype about this generation of veterans that we are no than mindless thugs who by virtue of our participation in a criminal war are criminals at heart if not by the letter of the lawOn top of that it seemed to me a dizzying moral abdication that so many literary journalists and book critics had taken it upon themselves to celebrate work by a convicted violent criminal from an affluent background in a cultural moment when any number of male authors and editors have been lately accused of inappropriate behavior which may not rise to the level of criminal offense but which is nevertheless deemed toxic enough to warrant the ruination of their careers Meanwhile some of the same institutions and people most responsible for tearing down these shitty men in literature were now elevating Walker to literary celebrity his career launched precisely because of his outrageously bad behaviorThe genesis of Cherry has its roots in a 2013 BuzzFeed profile on his robberies and military service After reading this piece a book editor reached out to Walker writing him letters in prison and eventually soliciting a novel from the inmate In the acknowledgements section at the end of Cherry Walker claims he had to be convinced and encouraged by his editor to start writing the book in the first place If we take him at his word it would not exist otherwise Needless to say most first time novelists cannot expect this kind of treatment They struggle for years to get a foot in the gatekeepers door Even the talented give up and fail Walker joined the army and robbed a string of banks and the gatekeepers came to himIt felt unseemly unfair and hypocritical and I know it s difficult these days to find objective moral standards we would all agree on But perhaps we might agree it s fundamentally wrong to stick a pistol in a pregnant woman s face and demand money from her to fund one s drug habit Walker did just that in real life yet most of the discussion surrounding his book is not about his victims I can t help but wonder if he had made a lewd comment to that woman or exposed himself to her while robbing her would that have been enough to preclude glowing reviews What are the standards here anyway Why condemn one variety of toxic masculinity while celebrating another Is there something especially romantic for Americans about bank robbers and broken veterans so long as they re clean cut and whiteThe answer of course is yesAnd all of that is to say how I came to Cherry Skeptically to say the least Moved by annoyance as much as curiosity I sat down to read finding within its clipped cadences something even offensive than I d expected a litany of selfishness sexism casual racism cruelty pointless graphic violence sualor perversion self abuse nihilism or less all the bad things in contemporary American life To my surprise I enjoyed reading it very much Not because I always revel in bad things but Walker s telling of them struck me as remarkably truthful At one point in the book the unnamed narrator is in a college classroom attempting to explicate Keats famous lines Beauty is truth truth beauty and while his interpretation fails to convince a jaded English professor it revealed to me the animating purpose behind this book Simply to tell the truth No matter how brutal and awful it was especially then to tell the truth Cherry succeeds admirably well in this project insofar as it makes a pleasing form out of one man s particularly ugly truth It s a solipsistic book with a narrow perspective but it intends to be and the chapters set at war read like a honest accounting of what an Ira deployment circa 2005 felt like to a lower enlisted grunt in a bad spot than almost anything else I have read on the subject It s miles closer to the truth of that experience than anything written by the generals and most of what s been produced so far by journalists and historians Some people will not want to admit that They won t like hearing that significant numbers of American soldiers were huffing Dust Off in Baghdad were watching the vilest kinds of pornography on duty were pilfering were abusing detainees were smuggling illegal drugs into theater and generally speaking cared as much about killing Irais as they did about helping themUncomfortable or not nasty or not those are truths of how it was over there no denying If there s a flaw in the Ira chapters it s that they are so unrelentingly bleak that civilians with little first hand experience of the military may get the wrong idea Not everything was darkness and depravity even in a warzone There was lightness and tenderness there too Compassion self sacrifice nobility of spirit fathers and mothers trying to do right by their families and country None of that was enough to tip the scales though The darkness predominated by a long shot In this way Walker s vision of war is correctThe second thing about Cherry that subverted my expectations in a good way was how poorly it conforms to the simplistic narratives others are trying to impose on it What I mean may best be shown by example Here s one where the editors of Esuire while introducing an excerpt from the novel frame it in these termsIn Nico Walker s Cherry a young veteran returns home from Ira with PTSD and turns to drugs in order to cope with his demons When his money runs out he turns to robbing banks On a similar note but with sophistication in her author profile for the New York Times Alexandra Alter writes Cherry is a raw coming of age story in reverse a young man drops out of college enlists in the Army and goes to war but rather than maturing in the crucible of combat he comes home shattered unable to function He becomes addicted to opiates and starts robbing banks almost on a whimThese descriptions of the book which I am reproducing because they are representative not extraordinary imply a strong link between Walker s PTSD his addiction and the robberies he committed That link could be strong and real in his case but maybe not and it could be that there are relationships between these problems though not so direct a line from one to the other as some might assume According to the Department of Veteran s Affairs PTSD correlates with but cannot be said to cause an increased risk of violence among those who suffer from it When studies on this uestion control for alcohol and drug abuse however PTSD no longer associates with violence at allAlcohol and drug abuse it turns out are much greater predictors of violent behavior than PTSD is It should be said that the vast majority around 90% of post 9 11 veterans who suffer from the disorder are nonviolent and that all veterans including recent ones are on average less likely to be incarcerated than civilians The association of PTSD and criminal violence is problematic to say the least though you wouldn t know any of that by reading any of the big reviews or promotional materials for Cherry which fail to mention these complex interrelationshipsThankfully they are at the heart of Walker s story It s a descent a dissolution yes but one that begins from an already low place The narrator s drug use thrill seeking and criminality predate his PTSD They predate even his enlistment in the army perhaps by years his problems begin long before the war They begin for us on the first page of the first chapter as he tells us he was going through a blotters phase in other words doing large uantities of LSD So much so he shows up to class and to his job at a shoe store while tripping on acid He drinks heavily He does cocaine Ecstasy Pharmaceuticals He sells drugs to his classmates But it wasn t like I was bad or anything he tells us wryly I wasn t bothering anybody I didn t even eat meat Along with his relationship to a young woman drug abuse is one of the major through lines that connects the before war war and after war sections of the novel Though he doesn t get hooked on heroin until after he returns from Ira Walker s narrator is most definitely an addict at every stage of his development in the book It follows a progression of addiction that includes war is complicated by war but is not fundamentally a result of going to war It would be correct to say Nico Walker went to war because he was an addict not the other way around At any rate the relationship between trauma addiction and self destruction is not so cut and dry as some might think He tells us so himselfI had to take James Lightfoot to the police station in Linndale James Lightfooot was a good guy but he was also fucked in the head I don t know the details of exactly why or how he was fucked in the head or if there were any such exact details Probably he was just born fucked in the head And I guess I d been born that way too and it was only a coincidence that I had been to a war and the war probably hadn t had much to do at all with my being fucked in the headWe might add that the war sure didn t help matters and that his participation in the fighting could be than a coincidence that maybe being fucked in the head predisposes a certain kind of reckless young person to want to join up during wartime And to heroin use And in extreme cases to bank robbery Because I was born that way might be the truth but it won t be a satisfying one for many readers who have been raised on characters that are supposed to ooze with agency the ability to make a clear bold choice that changes their world In this novel Walker suggests we may not have as much of a choice as we think External forces substances and genetics shape the lives of these characters as much as choices do This underlying logic to the novel places it in a tradition of literary naturalism including work by writers like Zola and Frank Norris both of whom also tended to chronicle the seamier side of lifeFrom contemporary book critics Walker s voice has drawn comparisons to Hemingway and Salinger and while his terse prose recalls the former and his youthful disaffection the latter to my mind he has in common with Bukowski or Burroughs With its themes of meanness degeneracy intoxication and its lacerating black humor Cherry ranks up there with Junkie or Post Office Fans of those books will almost certainly appreciate this one but if readers are looking for a heist novel they may be disappointed This is much a story about drugs and war than about robbing banks those crimes form the crux of Cherry s marketing materials but only a small fraction of its pages This feels right to me though Walker was not an effective thief taking on average only a few thousand dollars at each of the banks he hit The way these crimes are described in the novel feels again truthful than we usually get in fiction about such things His robberies come off as impulsive acts of desperation little than smash and grab jobs doomed to fail He was no master criminal and his take was far from lucrative given the risksNot lucrative that is unless we count Cherry as part of his haul If he hasn t already he will soon make money from royalties than he ever took from a teller s drawer It s been reported that he has used some of his publishing advance to make restitution to the banks he robbed I wonder which of his human victims might also want a cut While lawyers from Knopf have expressed their opinion that the novel does not conflict with laws prohibiting convicts from profiting off depictions of their crimes that opinion could be challenged in court perhaps successfully It might well be challenged if Walker sells enough copies To paraphrase John Dillinger people seem to know where the money isDespite my initial skepticism and some lingering extra textual reservations about how and why this book is being sold I hope it is widely read I hope its author keeps writing and that he keeps his nose clean when he is released from prison in a couple years By all rights his debut should have then become widely known It s got all the ingredients for a bestseller a love story albeit a twisted one vivid yet accessible writing enough suspense to keep you going and that based on a true story uality of authenticity that is hard to duplicate It s an especially timely read on the opioid epidemic Those who have had a loved one go down that terrible road may see his or her despair in this book For those of us who fought in Ira you will recognize that place too It s mostly a destroyed place and we were the ones to destroy it we finished the job anyway Cherry tells us something bitterly important about how if not why that happened It reveals in one man s process of self destruction a nation s In this case I mean ours


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  1. says: Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ê Nico Walker EBOOK / PDF [Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker]

    EBOOK / PDF [Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker] 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

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    Summary Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ê Nico Walker Nico Walker Ê 4 review I have a lot in common with Nico Walker author of the recently released debut novel Cherry We both partied too hard and failed out of college in the early 2000’s both then enlisting in the wartime army at twenty years old After basic training we were both stationed at Fort Hood Texas We didn’t know each other but it is possible we rubbed shoulders in one of the nightclubs in Killeen or at the 24 hour gas station n

  3. says: Summary Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker EBOOK / PDF [Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker] Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ê Nico Walker

    Summary Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker EBOOK / PDF [Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker] These sentences come at you like rapid fire and it took several pages for me to fall into the cadence This is a story of love war drug addiction and crime A fictionalized account of the author’s life written while in prison it is deeply depressing although not without flashes of humor The author’s back story makes me wonder how he survived to write this novel Walker took part in over 250 missions as a combat medic and is highl

  4. says: EBOOK / PDF [Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker] Nico Walker Ê 4 review Summary Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker

    EBOOK / PDF [Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker] Not bad It's written well enough and the story is compelling but yeesh what a groveling complaining myopic narrator Let's call a spad

  5. says: EBOOK / PDF [Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker] Nico Walker Ê 4 review Summary Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker

    EBOOK / PDF [Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker] Nico Walker isn't your typical novelist For one he wrote his debut novel Cherry in prison Not only that but he remains in prison to this day In

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    Summary Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ê Nico Walker Nico Walker Ê 4 review Nico Walker is currently serving time in prison for bank robbery; his debut novel Cherry is essentially his fictionalized autobiography in which the unnamed narrator dispassionately recounts dropping out of college enlisting in the ar

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    EBOOK / PDF [Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker] 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 p

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    EBOOK / PDF [Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker] This debut novel is advertised as a work of fiction but it is clearly at least partly autobiographical it's pretty hard to find out how big the overlap between the unnamed narrator and the author is though as Nico Walker is still in jail servin

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    Nico Walker Ê 4 review Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ê Nico Walker Summary Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker 35 An incredibly tough read and also near impossible for me to write a review of; because it feels akin to reviewing someones life This is auto fiction and as such I am fighting my nature to want to untangle the fact from the fiction but that way lies madnessIf there is one reason to pick up this novel then it is for th

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    Nico Walker Ê 4 review Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ê Nico Walker EBOOK / PDF [Cherry AUTHOR Nico Walker] 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

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