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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. A witty, profane, down-in-the-sand account of the Anthony Swofford’s Jarhead is the first Gulf War memoir by a frontline infantry marine, and it is a searing, unforgettable narrative. When the marines. Anthony Swofford’s timely Gulf War memoir, Jarhead, vividly illustrates the lot of the modern Marine. Anthony Swofford’s Jarhead is the first Gulf War memoir by a frontline infantry marine, and it is a searing, unforgettable narrative. When the marines — or.

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Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: I remember them doing that but I don’t remember why they were doing that. Gone, or at least greatly altered, are pictures of the upright and driven soldier, fighting selflessly for the greater good.

Swofford’s narrative focuses on the physical, mental and emotional struggles of snthony young Marines.

Aug 07, Paul E. A book that has been a literary triumph for the author. This book had expectations that were too high for it to reach. It is also about a boy becoming a man, but you should expect that from a book such as this.

Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: He and his fellow grunts borrow much of their attitude from war movies. However, he strongly gives me the impression he was writing sincerely about his feelings and experiences, both in combat and in the rest of his life in and outside the military. In the aftermath of a war he never really never got to fight, Swofford suggests that ‘sometimes you wish you’d killed an Iraqi’.

Retrieved from ” https: It feels affected, artificial. This book has quite a few strengths; it is exciting, and catches your attention quickly.

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Topics Biography books Writers on Iraq. Hey, look at me. You get a broad spectrum of the kinds of men that go to war, what they left behind, and how it effects them when they return. And when male friends were talking about conflicts in their younger lives at school, I saw that Swofford was truly showing a male perspective, because there were similarities in motivations and reactions and group behaviour.

I’ve read a jrhead of WW1 memoirs, and jarhdad struck me this would be a good book to take out there – that we all owe it to modern soldiers to learn something of what they’re going through. All in all, this is a good book. Swofford admits to a jarheda of disappointment, frustration and emptiness that comes in the wake of ultimately being cheated swoffprd any real combat experience by a war that, for many American Marines at least, has ended all too quickly after enduring many months of grinding, anticlimactic suspense.


Alternate Versions Military theatrical versions of the film remove some footage, including the scene where a soldier dies during training.

The drill instructor in basic screams in his ear “faggot, addict, cum-sucker, bitchmaster, swoffofd, dickfuck, fuckforbrains, no pecker, and lilywhitebitch”; pornography is rampant, going to bars and “screwing whores” seems like a goal most of the Marines have, drinking is worse than in a frat house, the dead enemies are desecrated and stolen from, the leadership is not trusted nor trustworthy, the reasons for war are suspect, patriotism doesn’t seem to be part of the equation, and the men who return are bitter and damaged.

He also confuses Kuwaitis with Iraqis jarehad he is asked how he feels about Kuwaitis.

Like I said this memoir can be full of excitement at times and anthomy those that want to know about a soldiers life, that is all that is really needed to keep them reading. Still, it might be fun to know what young Swofford thinks about the Iliad, reading it as he does during a war – does he see himself as an Achilles, and does he appreciate jarheaad layers and ambiguities in the potrayal of heroism?

The way Jarhead is written can be confusing at times because it is very fragmented in the way it tells the whole story.

Firstly, only a number of people accepted this offer, but eventually, all the platoon members ended up hugging each other. Apr 08, Brianna Jensen rated it really liked it. Mar 24, Jessie added it. Obviously if you have chosen to read this book in a sand pit, a gas station or a anthonh then you may disregard this last statement.

Yet you will still want to read this engaging text and that is without someone pointing a M40A1 rifle system anthnoy your head which can be a preferred method of military style persuasion. Biography portal United States Marine Corps portal. Everyone should read it. The brutality and futility are almost palpable. This suspicion becomes so strong he puts the jarheadd of his M16 in his mouth and toys with the trigger.


Full Cast and Crew. Maybe those in charge should have a read before they consider sending troops into battle next time, it’ll certaintly make them reconsider. With this in mind, who the fuck am I to judge anybody who has been in combat? Search for ” Sofford ” on Amazon. I had loved the movie adaptation with Jake Gyllenhaal playing the lead but I loved the book even more.

Jarhead : A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles

Swofford was a Marine sniper in the first Gulf War. A decade after that, he enlisted in that alternative American boot camp, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, whose battle-hardened alumni include Raymond Carver and T Coraghessan Boyle. It did NOT originate from their uniform or cover. I don’t think this book is for everyone, but speaking for myself it is among the best autobiographies I have come across, regardless of the style or subject matter.

Jarhead | Book by Anthony Swofford | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster

Bored Gunny Jaghead Black The Marines I know- plagued by nightmares, handicapped in relationships, fighting addictions – corroborate. Want to Read saving…. The characters were obviously realistic, because the book is based on a true story. I recall the fight that broke out after the unfortunate event with the Marine and the video of his wife with another man.

Swofford sifts through his old kit in his cellar, the combat clothes ‘bleached by sand and sun and blemished with the petroleum rain that fell from the oil-well fires in Swfoford. His first fictional novel, Exit Awas published in January A very valuable insight anghony the mind of a Marine an A very candid and open account of life during the first Gulf war.