Read Eat the Apple Online Free - Eat the Apple is a daring, twisted, and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war. Matt Young joined the Marine Corps at age eighteen after a drunken night culminating in wrapping his car around a fire hydrant. The teenage wasteland he fled followed him to the training bases charged with making him a Marine. Matt survived the training and then not one, not two, but three deployments to Iraq, where the testosterone, danger, and stakes for him and his fellow grunts were dialed up a dozen decibels.
With its kaleidoscopic array of literary forms, from interior dialogues to infographics to prose passages that read like poetry, Young’s narrative powerfully mirrors the multifaceted nature of his experience. Visceral, ironic, self-lacerating, and ultimately redemptive, Young’s story drops us unarmed into Marine Corps culture and lays bare the absurdism of 21st-century war, the manned-up vulnerability of those on the front lines, and the true, if often misguided, motivations that drove a young man to a life at war.
Searing in its honesty, tender in its vulnerability, and brilliantly written, Eat the Apple is a modern war classic in the making and a powerful coming-of-age story that maps the insane geography of our times.
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February 25, 2018
There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, very origin...
February 27, 2018
“Eat the Apple” is quite unlike anything I’ve read before. It is the story of the author’s three deployments in Iraq during the Gulf War, but told through a variety of narrative device. Some of the story is told like a conventional memoir. There are other parts however told in the third person w...
March 08, 2018
This is yet another warrior’s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones’s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick’s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Corps." In a sense,...
March 10, 2018
Matt Young survived basic training and three deployments to Iraq. This stylistically daring, bitingly ironic, darkly funny, brutally honest memoir chronicles those experiences.
"Enforcing that every service member is a hero is dangerous. You're going to meet some tough Marines who did some real h...
March 11, 2018
An excellent and unique book with a great pace. A very honest (and against the grain) look at the marines, but also some incredible insights on the process of growing up and finding your way in the world.
March 08, 2018
Eat the Apple = Marines in War & Peace
If you want to know what being a Marine is like then these short paragraphs/chapters provide a look into one man’s experience at different times during his service.
December 26, 2017
When I read a book that is described as “...a daring, twisted, and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war...” I was picturing something along the lines of Richard Hooker’s M*A*S*H series or Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. This book was closer to what happen...
December 19, 2017
"It's important to understand bullets don't stop just because they hit something."
Matt Young enlists in the Marines in the early 00's and eventually lives through three deployments to Iraq. It's a very dark war story with all of the typical 'no atheists in foxholes' kind of nihilism, but this is...
November 21, 2017
You’ve chosen the United States Marine Corps infantry based on one thing: You got drunk last night and crashed your car into a fire hydrant sometime in the early morning…
Matt Young, searching for some excitement, joins the infantry and lives to tell the tale. Well, kind of.
Your experience will no...
March 16, 2018
Look I grew up as a navy brat before my father retired and settled his family in California so I was completely surrounded by relatives and friends who were in the military. I'm all for supporting the troops and I've read some amazing and inspirational works centered around soldiers in uniform, s...