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. Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick at an event for Jarhead () Jake Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard in Jarhead () Anthony Swofford at an event for Jarhead .

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You don’t see shit right? Biography portal United States Marine Corps portal. He ever talk about it? Archived from the original on 3 January I bet your recruiter promised you a whole wide world of pussy, huh? I think this was intentional rather than sloppy writing, and personally it worked for me.

I have never served so I cannot comment on how true or accurate his accounts are. His description of life in the Desert and how people passed the time and coped with the seemingly never-ending waiting is interesting, enlighting and slightly disturbing.

You don’t have any rights. This page was last edited on 29 Decemberat June Learn how and when to remove this template message. For instance, Swofford describes a moment after the war has ended where he and his platoon mates get to use the captured enemy ammunition and weapons to shoot whatever they want.

I wanted the pink mist. This should produce a three round burst. The c Jarhead is a very realistic imagery story about being a Marine during the Gulf War, and the effect the war had on them. 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.


Certainly, the author seems to be inspired by the Vietnam movies he frequently cites, in that the tone of the book can be superficially read as anti-war while in the same breath glorifying the nihilistic attitude of the protagonist. We are still in the desert.

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Swofford does not tell his story strictly chronologically, nor does he try to balance accounts of the characters or explain their background in the stories. Languages Dansk Italiano Nederlands Edit links.

During the build-up to the war, he read The Illiad and The Stranger Nasty boot camps, vicious “battlefield”, and battlefield here includes the unfriendly desert weather, heavy, overloaded dysfunctional gears that jahread to be carried all the way during patrols, stupid COs who wanted their own glory, and of course, inevitable loneliness. With too much time on his hands, Swofford comes to believe his girlfriend back home is enjoying the afternoon attentions swoffofd a hotel clerk she mentions in her letters.

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

I finished the book almost breathless, having felt the fear and anger anthpny frustration these men experienced. Lists with This Book. You can oorah with the other drunk Devil Dogs and stroke your cammies while your marriage collapses and kids hate you.

He is unflinchingly honest in examining everything about the whole experience from boot This is some of the very best war writing, and hence reading, I have ever encountered. I’m glad he’s not a marine, or at least anyone like Mr. The book Jarhead definitely captures the feeling of being a marine during the gulf war and it is recommended for a more mature reader due to the language and the nature of war throughout the book. And while the opening boot camp scenes may seem swifford Full Metal Jacket Lite, jarhexd rest of the film is truly unique.


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

Anthony Swofford writes the truth about what he feels, so his books will be informational to me, regardless of whether or not I agree about his imagery of the average Marine.

Sir, the recruit can’t think while swogford drill instructor’s hitting him on his head, sir! Yes Swoofford Report this. His target being a human, generally an enemy but sometimes a friend or friendly. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he’s finished with the rifle.

I might spend some time in the brig Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover! A book that has been a literary triumph for the author. He is not a natural storyteller, and every sentence feels painfully wrought. This music, he says, is a relic of another era and another war and has no place in ‘his’ war.

Without tanks or air support, a corporal and his team must muster all the courage and firepower they can to fight their way across war-torn Afghanistan and shepherd an important anti-Taliban woman to safety. Oct 25, Will Byrnes rated it really liked it Shelves: I enjoyed this book as a whole but I did not always enjoy the frequent profanity that comes from the authenticity of the book.