El is about the crime not the punishmentI can confidently recommend Nico Walker s debut novel When I set out to read the advanced copy I received from Knopf I hoped it would deliver because I very much wanted to support Walker s post prison life he has two years to go by helping him sell a few copies because convicted Felons are treated like garbage people in our society unless you re Martha Stewart I commend Knopf for taking a chance on this brilliant young writer He has the life xperience and the talent to tell his truth Many will find fellowship with him Not bad It s written well nough 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 mpathize with In a way it s On Such a Full Sea existential Like Meursault from The Stranger our self loathing protagonist doesn t really care about anything or anybody but himself andven 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 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 highly decorated The publicist has a lot to work with hereThe war scenes are gruesome and the agonizing PTSD inevitable The unnamed main character is unable to find his footing as a civilian and turns to drugs to Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! ease his anguish The life of a drug addict is a nevernding cycle of scrounging for money buying drugs administering drugs rinse and repeat Robbing banks became a way of procuring money as well as placing himself in the comforting and familiar situation of heightened risk and insecurity This novel is fearless I thank you Mr Walker for writing it and thank you for your service I have a lot in common "WITH NICO WALKER AUTHOR OF THE RECENTLY RELEASED DEBUT "Nico Walker author of the recently released debut Cherry We both partied too hard and
failed out of college in the Cannibal early 2000 s both thennlisting in out of college in the Mastered (The Enforcers, early 2000 s both thennlisting in wartime army at twenty years old After basic training we were both stationed at Fort Hood Texas We didn t know Man, Son of Man each other but it is possible we rubbed shoulders in one of the nightclubs in Killeen or at the 24 hour gas station near thentrance 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 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 Alter Ego 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 tnjoy reading about men who hate women for hundreds of page. 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. ,
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 "here and the wasn t ngaging The blurb promised nonstop xcitement ah no I m bored I need than obvious observations and drug use to be Uncommon Wisdom entertained Great cover is notnoughLife s too short Outta here Bye 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 t This debut novel is advertised as a work of fiction but
*it is clearly *is clearly 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 serving an Unseen City eleven year sentence for bank robbery That s also where he wrote this novel about a guy who dropped out of college joined the army served as a medic in Ira conseuently suffered from severe PTSD self medicated with heroin and short of money and with anxpensive addiction to support became a bank robber all of this happened to Nico Walker himself The fact that the protagonist is also the narrator gives it an Art even memoir ish feel Long before Walker wrote the book some media outlets reported on the author s life story and it s very interesting to readspecially Scott Johnson s article from 2013 because readers of Cherry will recognize parts of the book in it as well as some people who are mentioned and God Is in the Crowd even some of the instances andnvironments documented in the various photos Walker s book combines different themes but all of them are closely connected to a spiritually numbing sense of futility and alienation Teenage angst what soldiers Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard experienced in Ira and what this did and still does to them the failure to help people with mental problems and the raging opioidpidemic in which people try to The Matriarchs (The Family escape only to get trapped in the most rigid and dehumanizing system of self harm Addiction Another important aspect of the book is the narrator s relationship to women While I wouldn t say that he is misogynistic it is striking that his girlfriendwife who plays a major role in the book does not uite come together as a character and mostly works as a reflection of himself which makes sense in the context of the depiction of the main character Which brings us to the narrator s personalityHis unreliability is part of why this book is so interesting During the different stages of his life it feels like we are in his head then meaning he reflects his limited and tainted cognitivexperiences while dropping out of college being in Ira being on heroin and robbing banks plus there s the uestion how honest he is to us as his readers Everything feels slightly off which is understandable because we meet the narrator in Notes for the Everlost extreme situations that would mess with anyone s mind This does not necessarily mean that the narrator is a nice dude but it sasy to When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) empathize with him nonetheless At the same time Walker finds a distinctive voice with short sharp sentences collouial language and humor than you mightxpect in such a story While this isn t Trainspotting there s a parallel when it comes to finding a recognizable voice talking about tragedy in an often nonchalant wayI was drawn into this story due to its distinct and somewhat hypnotic language and I was amazed how Walker combines No Biggy! emotional urgency and alienation but maybe those two are intertwined because the sadness that comes with alienation is rooted in the longing for connection and a purpose a feeling that haunts the narrator from veryarly on I d love to see this book in the brackets of the Tournament of Books 2019 for which it is currently longl. Cleveland Ohio 2003 A young man is just a college freshman when he meets Emily They share a passion for Edward Albee and cstasy 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.
read & download Cherry by Nico WalkerIsted 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 "cruelty and kindness unending boredom pierced spikes of terror These juxtapositions convey the fundamental disorder of the American mission and its deleterious ffect 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 Attracting Birds to Your Backyard even older novelist who saw the carnage of war His prosechoes Ernest Hemingway s cadences to powerful Deep Listening effect like To read the rest of this review go to The Washington Posthttpswwwwashingtonpostcomentert Nico Walker is currently serving time in prison for bank robbery his debut novel Cherry isssentially his fictionalized autobiography in which the unnamed narrator dispassionately recounts dropping out of college Bird-by-Bird Gardening enlisting in the army shipping out to Ira serving as an army medic returning home and developing PTSD as well as an opioid addiction Cherry is a deeply uncomfortable book to read on just aboutvery level The war scenes and depictions of drug abuse are graphic the language is relentlessly profane the narrator s pervasive misogyny goes unchallenged This is not a book about redemption or remorse or lessons learned or new beginnings it s about waste and abuse and mutually destructive relationships and suandered potential This narrator hits rock bottom so many times that rock bottom loses all meaning and as he isn t guided by any kind of recognizable moral compass you aren t ven sure if you should be rooting for him in the first place You re just kind of along for this ride that figuratively culminates in a train wreckProbably the most noteworthy thing about this book aside from the author s background is its uniue narrative voice Walker blends his disaffected staccato with an urgency that keeps you turning pages devouring the horror and humor and unexpected moments of tenderness This is the kind of book that you feel a bit guilty for loving but at the same time you can t deny that there s something special about it Nico Walker isn t your
*typical novelist for *novelist For he wrote his debut novel Cherry in prison Not only that but he remains in prison to this day In his xpletive ridden Hunter S Thompson sue Ernest Hemingway ish autobiographical novel he tells us the story of how he got there In this starkly honest middle American romp Walker truly impresses with his ability to put words to the images of his memory The prose is not sophisticated flowery or complex it s better than all that Reading this book feels like the underbelly of my childhood adolescence and young adulthood All the twisted characters and uestionable motives and justifications ring true I knew people like Nico and I still know people like NicoNico hails from Cleveland and gets involved in drugs at a very arly age in other words a very typical Midwestern young man of the late 90s and My Teacher Is a Robot early 00s The novel takes a detour to Ira where Walker served as an Army Medic He continued his drug habit to the best of his ability while overseas and returns home to become a full blown opiate addict As his life devolves into a nevernding search for heroin OxyContin and virtually anything Supper Club else he can get his hands on he has to come up with increasingly risky ways to finance his habit He also makes friends with increasingly shady people of which he is among the shadiest andventually begins brazenly robbing banks all over the Cleveland area The novel stops short of his apprehension and ventual conviction because this nov. 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. .