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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Anthony Swofford – Wikipedia

Okay, Swofford, play reveille. Well, what would you be doing if you were a civilian? But in and of themselves, the reading of these two classics — both staples of high school English class — isn’t as impressive as he thinks they are. Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you’ll love. Hey, anthong at swfford. An irreverent but meditative voice that swoffotd the juiced-up machismo of jarhead culture and the existential loneliness of combat Following his time at the University of Iowa, Swofford served as an English professor at Lewis and Clark Collegewhere he taught a class in the school’s “Inventing America” program, [3] and St.

Dec 06, Silvana rated it liked it Recommends it for: The drill instructor in basic screams in his ear “faggot, addict, cum-sucker, bitchmaster, dickskinner, dickfuck, fuckforbrains, no pecker, and lilywhitebitch”; pornography is rampant, going to bars and “screwing whores” seems like a goal most of the Marines have, drinking is worse than in a frat house, the dead enemies are desecrated and stolen from, the leadership is not trusted nor trus I don’t know.

I never understood what was going through a man’s head to want to kill. I remember them doing that but I don’t remember why they were doing that. Jarhead insists we remember the Americans who are in fact wounded or killed, the fields of smoking enemy corpses left behind, and the continuing difficulty that American soldiers have reentering civilian life.

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The book reminds me of a war novel I have jarheda in the past known as Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo where the main character recounts his past experiences relating back to the war and his life. Swofford was born on August 12,in Fairfield, Californiainto a military family. Add the first question. I am sofford not understanding if the Marine Corp was always this way and I just didn’t understand that. This was an interesting book for multiple reasons.


I recall the fight that broke out after the unfortunate event with the Marine and the video of his wife with ano This is a classic case of book being better than movie.

At least not for the first pages because up until this point the war is still theoretical and the marines are merely the patient, bored guests of the Kingdom of Saud. Honestly, I kept thinking, “what a horse’s a– this guy Swofford is.

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.

Fucked by the green weenie again! I am not without military ties myself; my father and uncle fought in WWII in the Navy, my father-in-law fought in Germany in WWII-he was a Sofford Boy, my son is a Captain in the Army National Guard and has served at Guatanamo, my son-in-law served three years in the Israeli army, my close friend’s son and his wife both served overseas; the son in Iraq and his wife in Afghanistan. Entertainment Weekly A brutally honest memoir Sign up and get a free eBook!

The book is awash with a tidal wave of bravado, a hint of madness and two boots worth of piss – yes men in battle piss themselves because bravado is a mask not a diaper – but it canters along at double time and you’ll have covered a click before you even realise it. I read this book fast. I mean besides being really crude, they are also undoubtedly very tough and brave. The book Jarhead definitely captures the feeling of being a marine during the gulf war and it is recommended for a more mature reader due to the jarheqd and the nature of war throughout the book.

We call this friendly fire, or friendly fucking or getting friendly fucked.


The killing machine who never actually killed

But that book left me feeling that the Marine Corp were our American heroes. We are still in the desert. It’s virtually impossible for me to review this book. For instance, Swofford describes a moment after the war has The acclaimed memoir from a Marine who served in Operation Desert Storm. 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.

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 shot, they said no. Scribner The memoir Jarhead by Anthony Swoffodr is a great authentic representation of what happened jahead the Gulf War from the perspective of a marine. The portrait Swofford builds, of himself and his fellow platoonmates, is one of great skill coupled with often senseless violence: So, I don’t know about this book.

He made the account personable and I was billeted initially not far from his outfit. This page was last edited on 29 Decemberat 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. Good for him, since I don’t think I’ll be able to accept it with all those training and you got to shoot camels?

Mar 24, Jessie added it. Photos 12 Quotes Reviews were generally positive. Seduced by the idea that ‘the warrior always fights for a sorry cause. This book reminded me of another novel, Catch, although not as witty as that famous satire.

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