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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This man goes to war all geared up and ready to go.
The only compliments I can pay this book are twofold: One reviewer heavily criticises Swofford’s mention of books and reading, seeing it as vacuous name-dropping; it is true that only three books in all are named: In the aftermath of a war he never really never got to fight, Swofford suggests that ‘sometimes you wish you’d killed an Iraqi’.
If I could give this book zero stars I would. This article about a memoir is a stub. Jan 09, Tung rated it wsofford not like it Shelves: A book about a Jarhead. This is what an industry has to do to create a fighting force of robots that are still people: It does, however, keep your attention the entire times. 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.
The way Jarhead is written can be confusing at times because it is very fragmented in the way it tells the whole story. Marine Corps following the end of the war in the Gulf, Swofford at first found it difficult to adapt to civilian life, due to extreme combat related PTSD. The biggest thing that I love to point out about this story is that the Marine Corp wasted thousands and thousands of dollars to train the author to be a sniper and then when he got his opportunity to take a jarheda, they said no.
Marinebest known for his book Jarheadbased heavily on his accounts of sswofford situations encountered in the Persian Gulf War. I concur with that opinion.
Honestly, I kept thinking, “what a horse’s a– this guy Swofford is. This is one of the most truthful war stories I’ve ever read. This book and the movie it inspired will always be at the anthonu of my list. What a stupid way to die. It was one misery upon another. His whole experience in coloured by power-hungry and vicious officers, rowdy nights out with fellow Marines and of course, the in your face brutality of killing This is by no means an explicitly anti-war novel.
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It concerns a Marine’s journey towards becoming a Marine and a Sniper and who then joins the boots on the ground in the Middle east for the Gulf War conflict If you go into this book expecting fire fights, skirmishes, battles and sorties, then you are coming at this book from the wrong direction, or you have the wrong book.
The cinematography is absolutely gorgeous and Sam Mendes’ direction is pitch perfect. Swofford was born to the military. The only real carnage Swofford sees first-hand comes from friendly fire. A book that has been a literary triumph for the author. Alan Troy Jamie Foxx Even if I wanted to join up, I wouldn’t be accepted, thanks to my small legion of medical conditions, not the least of which is being more than half blind.
The New York Times. Jarhead means a member of the United States Marine Corps. If you go into this book expecting fire fights, skirmishes, battles and sorties, then you are coming at this book from the wrong direction, or you have the wrong book.
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. And I will read this book again.
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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: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Men will be men, boys will be boys.
But I doubt they all happened to this one unlucky Marine. Fergus O’Donnell Damion Poitier He tells with stark honesty of life in the corps, the hard men living a hard life. The book is written as though the author is there in front of you telling you his story.
Free eBook offer available to NEW subscribers only. Actually he says something interesting about that too, “It’s not original to say that the combat unit works like a family–but the best combat unit works like a dysfunctional family, and the ways and means of dysfunction are also the ways and means of survival. Views Read Edit View history. Swofford exaggerates in a very sincere seeming way in order to draw the reader to a familiar Vietnam-victimized-unknowing soldier being taken advantage of by the privileged few.
Knowing this memoir’s outline before reading it will allow the reader to appreciate what it is they are reading instead of always anticipating the soldiers fighting, as I did. He was uncomfortable with the notion that he was a hero, and deliberately missed the homecoming parade near his base.
For much of his six-month tour of duty the person he seems most likely to shoot is himself. First, the word “jarhead” must appear a million times in the book. There’s this one time, that a fellow jarhead sniper offered a hug for anyone who wanted it, before they went on a dangerous combat patrol. With too much time on his hands, Swofford comes to believe his girlfriend back home is enjoying the afternoon attentions of a hotel clerk she mentions in her letters.
Retrieved from ” https: Mind you in this book and in the movie the author and his unit get mortared and shot at a couple of times but nothing major.