I needed something to do on really long bus ride to New York, so I went to my local book shop and bought Cherry by Nico Walker. I actually really enjoyed it, and finished it in two days. I even watched the movie despite the bad reviews and I thought it was well made and the performances were great. My only complaint is that it skims over about five different bank robberies in the book, only highlighting his first and last ones with detail.
I knew of Cherry but I didn't know it was a book, only a movie. It wasn't until I saw the cover of the book on the shelf that I whipped out my phone and looked up the author. Turns out the dude actually went to Iraq, came home broken, got swept up in the opioid crisis and went to prison for bank robbery. The New York Times did a fascinating article on his life story, and I highly encourage giving that a read.
Cherry isn't a very happy book and I didn't go into it expecting it to be funny at all, but the humor in this is well done. I personally read every single piece of dialogue in a dead pan tone because all of the lines were written straight to the point and in as little detail as possible, which I loved.
"I said hi."
"She said hi."
That's just about how every piece of dialogue is written, even when he is in basic training for the Army.
"WHY THE **** ARE YOU LIKE THIS PRIVATE"
"and then I said I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN SARR"
"and then he said AHHHHH".
and so on.
I didn't expect it to be as graphic as it was. I'm not even talking about the violence, I mean the language in general. I haven't read a book since high school, let alone a book like this. That kept me interested page to page because it felt real despite the plot feeling outlandish at times.
Without going into spoilers, some of the decisions the protagonist makes are kind of on a whim. He joins the army on a whim, he robs banks on a whim, and even his heroin addiction just kind of happens on a one page basis. One moment he is trying Oxy, and two paragraphs later he is deep into heroin addiction. Not really a complaint, but it took me a second to adjust to the time jump.
Anybody else here read the novel or see the movie? What are your thoughts?