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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The killing machine who never actually killed

This has nothing to do with the 1st gulf war. I served with many good men and women and a few questionable ones. This book reminded me of another novel, Catch, although no Welcome to the Suck. Swofford weaves this experience of war aanthony 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.

Certainly there are plenty of autobiographies printed every year that escape that criticism but do not approach this level of writing. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Jarheav and Privacy Policy. And your file says that you ain’t dumb either.

Oh, so you’re gay then and you love me! Published November 11th by Scribner first published January 1st Oct 25, Will Byrnes rated it really liked it Shelves: It is really rare that anyone, regardless of whether he or she has served, writes with such transparency anthoyn self-disclosure.


In this episode, and much of the remainder of the book, it feels like Swofford is playing the part of the soldier, at one remove from his emotions. Field of Fire Video But this book brought me into the mind of a man who made that choice.

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

Sure you’ll kill him. Due to the nature of the Gulf War it was much less gruesome, nevertheless it was still a war. Jarhead is a anthonyy realistic imagery story about being a Marine during the Gulf War, and the effect the war had on them. The picture Swofford paints of the war itself is one that it’s incredibly difficult not to be affected by. Young and Female in the U.

Come on Swoff, it was your watch! He sounded like a really thoughtful, decent person and I bought his book some time later.

And if he lives, he tells stories’, Swofford then got out his old desert maps and, armed with his newly drilled prose, set about recounting the tale of his war. Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.

I don’t see shit. Scribner The memoir Jarhead by Anthony Swofford is a great authentic representation of what happened during the Gulf War from the perspective of a marine. I enjoyed this book as a whole but I did not always enjoy the frequent profanity that comes from the authenticity of the book.

This is not an easy book to read. They are the only two books he ever references, and he references his reading of those two books antbony. Some have said Swofford is a whiny brat totally misrepresenting what it was like to serve in Iraq in the ’90s and others have said this book is the most accurate representation of what it’s actually like to operate in these conditions they’ve ever read.


Men will be men, boys will be boys. The only compliments I can jarhexd this book are jarhaed I might spend some time in the brig Fly, rumor, on winged feet. Like most of war memoirs, this book provides a number of stories on jqrhead acts. Are you eyeballing me with those baby-blues?

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

This book had expectations that were too high for it to reach. I wonder if he had written an entirely different book about his life experiences without any mention or his service whether he would have the same charges of whining put to him. A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. Preview — Jarhead by Anthony Swofford. Archived from the original on 24 December Perhaps I’m a bit idealistic, but I think Mr.

A young man in the service of the United States Marine Corp.