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Cherry af Nico Walker
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Cherry (original 2018; udgave 2018)

af Nico Walker

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"Jesus' Son meets Reservoir Dogs in a breakneck-paced debut novel about love, war, bank robberies, and heroin. Cleveland, 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 Iraq. But as an army medic, 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 Iraq, his PTSD is profound, and the drugs on the street have changed. The opioid crisis is beginning to swallow 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 banks. Hammered out on a typewriter, Cherry marks the arrival of a raw, bleakly hilarious, and surprisingly poignant voice straight from the dark heart of America"--… (mere)
Medlem:dshargel
Titel:Cherry
Forfattere:Nico Walker
Info:Knopf, Kindle Edition, 336 pages
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Cherry: A novel af Nico Walker (Author) (2018)

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Heavy, maybe too close to the truth, unsettling, way too realistic ( )
  jimifenway | Apr 17, 2021 |
I have really mixed feelings about this book, not the least of which includes the fact that the author of this book is (currently) still in jail for bank robberies akin to those in this novel. One side of me completely supports his right to tell this (thinly fictionalized) story of war, drugs, addiction, and crime, and one side of me wonders -- why fictionalize? Wouldn't it be more meaningful and powerful to say it like it is -- this is what I did and what happened because of it?

Also, good lord we need mental healthcare for veterans.

And if this author wasn't a white man, would we be reading his story now? ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
2.5 trending up. I'm on the fence with this one. Not sure where I heard about it since it is way out of my usual realm (I blame the BibliOracle - John Warner, Chicago Trib). If I didn't listen to it, I don't think I'd have liked it at all, but the narrator's voice and total 'whatever' attitude kind of hooked me. It's like Holden Caulfield with a potty mouth and a drug addiction. Otherwise there is not much that is redeeming here. The narrator (unnamed) is a listless, unmotivated young adult from Shaker Heights, OH who drops out of college and enlists in the army when his girlfriend Emily transfers schools. He has so little forethought and such lack of direction that it was rather fascinating to be carried along. The army trains him to be a "medic warrior" and he serves time in Iraq in the second version of that war, mostly stoned and not entirely devoted to his mission. He misses Emily desperately but their connection is so tenuous it does more harm than good. When he is discharged, he turns to bank robbing to support his and Emily's drug habit. Every other word is a epithet, women are debased (except Emily who retains some angelic status in his eyes), and there is graphic description of drug use. And yet there is something about the narrator that is a little bit endearing - maybe his ability to see thru BS and accept it. This felt like a satire, but I wasn't sure what was being mocked - millennials? the military? drug culture? If it weren't for the jaunty tone, this would be a dire story. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
Cherry is a novel based on the Nico Walker's life of war and addiction. The book opens on the unnamed main character robbing a bank then backtracks to the story of what happened in his life to put him in that position. He goes to war and is, as a result, left broken and angry. He turns to drug to heal his pain and sooth his anger, until his addiction becomes its own monster that needs taming.
Nico Walker does a superb job of bringing the reader into the mind of a damaged and flawed addict. It helped me to better understand addiction and an addicts single-mindedness pursuit of their next high. The intelligence used to get the drugs is quick shoved aside when it comes to his own self preservation. While hard to read at times, I believe it is a worthwhile read. ( )
  Bibliophilly | Oct 6, 2020 |
Throughout this gritty, raw, and powerful novel there were some purely stunning lines. Many of them would stop me dead in my tracks, as they described our war in the Middle East (Iraq) and on the streets of the Midwest of our own country. Bullets and drugs, with abuse everywhere.
The graphic and unrelenting section on the war was intense and much too long for me. The gore, the burnt bodies, the violence, the slaughter, and the stupidity and fog of war was heavily clouded by the widespread addiction to heroin and an abundance of many other drugs.
There’s a crazy energy to the writing, it’s never far from a hyper drug-addled mind. Returning from the crazed war landscape, our young medic returns to the opioid crisis causing chaos across the land. His massive drug-taking continues straight into his civilian life. His relationships with women are progressively stranger and stranger.
I took some comfort from the short author’s note in the book.

“This book is a work of fiction.
These things didn’t happen.
These people didn’t ever exist.”

Yet I found myself wondering what exactly were the events that launched Nico Walker into this story. What was the raw material that this novel was formed from?
I got to the end of the book, and saw how many impressive lines I’d marked with Post-its, it very much resembled an intimidating porcupine. At another time, this book might blow my socks off, but it was simply too intense for my state of mind. Maybe I’ve become another pandemic-addled wimp.
It’s interesting to be so impressed by an author’s writing, but find his book lacking. But be sure, depending on the storyline, I’ll be looking seriously at Nico Walker’s next book. ( )
  jphamilton | Jun 24, 2020 |
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"Jesus' Son meets Reservoir Dogs in a breakneck-paced debut novel about love, war, bank robberies, and heroin. Cleveland, 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 Iraq. But as an army medic, 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 Iraq, his PTSD is profound, and the drugs on the street have changed. The opioid crisis is beginning to swallow 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 banks. Hammered out on a typewriter, Cherry marks the arrival of a raw, bleakly hilarious, and surprisingly poignant voice straight from the dark heart of America"--

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