Eat the Apple: A Memoir

Eat the Apple: A Memoir Review

Eat the Apple is a 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. 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.

Title:Eat the Apple: A Memoir
Edition Language:English

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  • Roxane

    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 ...

  • Ken

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mi...

  • Beth

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bulle...

  • aPriL does feral sometimes

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir:Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually hav...

  • Peter

    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 Jack...

  • Hai Quan

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate.But as inc...

  • Liz

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an act...

  • Scott

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a...

  • Kusaimamekirai

    “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 ...

  • Susan

    This is an interesting look at what it means to be a soldier today by a man who joined the Marines and served three tours in Iraq. It is an honest look at what serving really looks like as well as wha...