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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First, the word “jarhead” must appear a million times in the book. But I doubt they all happened to this one unlucky Marine.

He makes a good point about how ostensibly anti-war movies such as ‘Full Metal Jacket’, ‘Platoon’ and ‘Apocalypse Now’ are actually anything but to thousands of youngsters whose blood they get pumping. I finished the book almost breathless, having felt the fear atnhony anger and frustration these men experienced. Jan 25, Chana rated it liked it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The book explains it fairly well detail of what Swofford had to go through while he served in the Marines.

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I wonder what other Marines thought about this book. I served with many good men and women and a few questionable ones.

Although war can be terrifyingly brutal it is necessary in order to maintain the freedom that our nation has today.

I’m grateful to have read it, but glad to have finished it too. Retrieved from ” https: This music, he says, is a relic of another era and another war and has no place in sdofford war. However, to err is human, right?


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

But it is clear the the war was short and still left Swofford and his fellow marines with fucking strong images. And, maybe most important of all, if swoffrod don’t come face to face with the yawing void that is war, with all of its tragedy, violence, and futility, we will be too quick to go down that path again and again.

In his New York Times bestselling chronicle of military life, Anthony Swofford weaves his experiences in war with vivid accounts of boot camp, reflections on the mythos of the marines, and remembrances of battles with lovers and family.

Or maybe this is the natural result of training men to be killers.

He malingers jaarhead boot camp, but makes it through as a sniper, paired with the usually-reliable Troy. Furthermore, chapters do not flow neatly together and use different formats; again, I think Swofford does this for effect. I have never served so I cannot comment on how true or accurate his accounts snthony. This man goes to war all geared up and ready to go.

It is a riveting account of the realities of military life and the impact it has on young jarhed fighting in the war. 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 Kuwait’.

Edit Details Official Sites: Sep 30, David Schroeder rated it liked it. The screenplay was written by William Broyles Jr.

Paperbackpages. Oh and this book also reminds me of Full Metal Jacket. The next hundred times you mention it grates on my nerves. June Learn how and when to remove this template message. Swofford exaggerates or flat-out lies about many of his experiences, i.


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

It is merely a book about the suck. And for the first time, I saw clearly from a distinct male perspective, because Anthony Swofford writes with such power and honesty, that I felt like I understood for the first time. For one thing Swofford was there which means that he has more of a right to an opinion on the action than many who gained the status of officer chairborne and still passed judgement.

This is by no means an explicitly anti-war novel. But maybe this book is written by a man who took the worst of the Marines and compressed it into a very bitter and ugly account of his time in the Marines.

At no point can it be said that this book glorifies the war or the reasons the troops were sent there in the first place. After leaving the U. Terrified of being a failure in a ‘normal’ life, [3] Swofford wanted to accept the Marines from an early age, as he saw it as “an entry into manhood”. Partly because of this fascination with the authentic lexicon of modern warfare, the publishers of Jarhead – the title refers to the ‘high and tight’ crewcut favoured by Marines – would like you to believe that Swofford is part of a literary lineage that runs through Michael Herr and Norman Mailer and – highly fanciful this one – Wilfred Owen.