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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One thing that tickled me when reading this book is that the author, as a member of an “elite” platoon, NEVER fired his weapon to kill an enemy, just because he’s not given the chance to do that. Marine Corps at the age of 18, and shortly after he turned 20 he was deployed to RiyadhSaudi Arabiaawaiting the start of the Persian Gulf War. Finally, I’ve come to understand the feeling of these jarheads, after the war is over, they who have fathers, uncles, grandpas that served in previous wars WW II, Korea, Vietnam, etccame up with these questions: Before he ever leaves for Iraq he says, ” Filmic images of death and carnage are pornography for the military man Just age old hatred?

I have praise for Swofford on his ability and it was good to see a fellow Marine though I don’t know him personally write an account of Operation Desert Shield and Storm. 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.

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It did NOT originate from their uniform or cover. Gone, or at least greatly altered, are pictures of the upright and driven soldier, fighting selflessly for the greater good. Honestly, I kept thinking, “what a horse’s a– this guy Swofford is. It feels affected, artificial. Unlike some even outstanding authors, Mr. As engagement with the Iraqis draws closer, he is forced to consider what it is to be an American, a soldier, a son of a soldier, and a man.

He had looked to the Marines as a surrogate family, and as a way of growing up, but the vicious reality of the life of a ‘grunt’ still comes as a great shock to him.


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

Jarhead means a member of the United States Marine Corps. 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.

I would be willing to read another book by this author, however. Where does all the testosterone go? Nasty boot camps, vicious “battlefield”, and battlefield here includes the unfriendly desert weather, heavy, overloaded dysfunctional gears that have to be carried all the way during patrols, stupid COs who wanted their own glory, and of course, inevitable loneliness. This page was last edited on 29 Decemberat They need such comfort and the soldier who started it made all his comrades felt better by just a simple act of hugging.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Jarhead is a Gulf War memoir by author and former U. Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. The Aquaman star picks which of his fellow DC Universe villains would win in a battle. 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.

I am not a prude, anyone who knows me knows that I am far from it, but comparing things, for example, to the ‘tight insides of a woman’ twice in one paragraph, seems more inserted no pun intended for it’s shock value and not it’s relevance value. It is really rare that anyone, regardless of whether he or she has served, writes with such transparency and self-disclosure.

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Anthony Swofford born August 12, is an American writer and former U. Jarhead is what the title says it is. STA platoon2nd Battalion, 7th Marines.

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But the book is a chore. Mar 31, Alex rated it did not like it. 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. Instead, Swofford recounts his own experience in the Marine Corps, first as a line grunt in training and then as a member of the elite Surveillance and Target Acquisition Platoon that is, a member of the sniper squad.


It was one misery upon an Anthony Swofford’s Jarhead is the first Gulf War memoir by a frontline infantry marine, and it is a searing, unforgettable narrative. A psychological study of operations desert shield and desert storm during the gulf war; through the eyes of a U. He is not a natural storyteller, and every sentence feels painfully wrought.

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This is one of the most truthful war stories I’ve ever read. I finished the book almost breathless, having felt the fear and anger and frustration these men experienced. Learn more More Like This. I’m lying on my rack in my skivvies and I’m paging through this book with my dick-skinners anthiny occasionally stopping to pop a rhubarb and custard sweet into my cum receptacle. Published November 11th by Scribner swovford published January 1st I think this was intentional rather than sloppy writing, and personally it worked for me.

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That doesn’t mean it isn’t well-written, which it is, or anthon it lacks action, because it doesn’t. This book irritated the heck out of me; I found it completely overrated. Suicidal attempt is swofofrd uncommon. Either the marines I know are aberrations, or Swofford is the aberration. The Corps cares nothing about them beyond the service they have given, and releases them full of “skills”, ideas and culture completely mal-adapted to civilian life, to put it mildly.