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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Sep 15, Gerry anthiny it really liked it Shelves: As engagement with the Iraqis drew near, he was forced to consider what it means to be an American, a soldier, a son of a soldier, sswofford a man.

Though clearly written well before the current conflict became reality, the parallels in these recollections – directives that come from Bush and Cheney, the peace marchers proclaiming no war for oil – are no less uncanny for being familiar.

This is a hard, grim read in some ways, and a profoundly moving one in others. It’s virtually impossible for me jarhed review this book.

But he never tells us why these books are the ones he reads. He experiences one minor firefight in one of the shortest, casualty-lowest wars in modern history. Two months after his twentieth birthday, he was stationed near Riyadh awaiting the onset of Desert Storm, in what we now call the first Gulf War. Lists with Swofforv Book.

The killing machine who never actually killed

swoffore This suspicion becomes so strong he puts the barrel of his M16 in his mouth and toys with the trigger. Fergus O’Donnell Damion Poitier Marine Corps, as “a reader and a loner”.


The reason is that Swofford is an incredibly mediocre writer who is trying to appear sophisticated. Swofford returned to college, doing a variety of jobs to pay his way. This book and the movie it inspired will always be swofforv the top of my list. He cribs liberally from the standard war-memoir tropes, mixing pseudo-erudite language with profanity, giving us long stream-of-consciousness passages when action is involved, zooming back and forth between his military-base childhood and his present surroundings in the desert.

However, he strongly swoffoed 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.

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This also means that with all of this fighting, we cannot forget those that have died defending our nation. He and his fellow grunts borrow much of their attitude from war movies. This memoir was the basis of the film of the same namedirected by Sam Mendes.

I’ve read a lot of WW1 memoirs, and it 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. Jaehead a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

It did NOT originate from their uniform or cover. Swofford’s group gets shot at one single time by enemy forces, with no casualties.

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Full Cast and Crew. My favorite war book is Flags of Our Fathers, but that was written by the son of a soldier, not the soldier himself. Swofford weaves this experience of war with vivid accounts of boot camp which included physical abuse by his drill instructorreflections on the mythos of the marines, and remembrances of battles with lovers and family.


This is by no means an explicitly anti-war novel.

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

Paperbackpages. I rated Jarhead with a 3 because it was an exciting story, but didn’t give a very good image for the Marine Corps.

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

Most of the death and injuries to U. Obviously if you have chosen to read this Ahoy. Apr 04, Hank rated it did not like it. The author seems to focus on all the seedier aspects that are present in Marine Corps life – at least the life of some Marines such as drinking, drugs, violence, sleeping around with prostitutes, and people serving for God knows what reason nothing patriotic or even as practical as money for college and presents this as the way the whole Marine Corps organization is designed to function.