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 sad thing is, I still hear news about friendly fires until now. The film’s only real flaw is that, like the war on which it was based, it’s pretty slow, and not a lot really happens. Although by being a Marine – which means you got the chance of lots of foreign “encounters” with women all around the globe, swofforr where you’ll be stationed at – there is still longing for true love for those macho grunts. 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.

While attending the American River Collegea community college in Sacramento[5] Swofford was published in and was the-editor-in-chief of the American River Reviewan award-winning literary magazine. He malingers during boot camp, but makes it through as a sniper, paired with the usually-reliable Troy. Published November 11th by Scribner first published January 1st Antony goes unaddressed, and the books feel like just name-checks to make us try and respect him more.

Still, it might be fun to know what young Swofford thinks about the Iliad, reading it as he does during a war – does he see himself as an Wsofford, and does he appreciate the layers and ambiguities in the potrayal of heroism?


Perhaps it’s because it never feels like Swofford is trying to make himself out to be a hero. Well, what would you be doing if you were a civilian? What do you think Cortez? They need such comfort aanthony the soldier who started it made all his comrades felt better by just a simple act of hugging. Would it bring a different perspective?

Jake Gyllenhaal: Anthony Swofford

A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes jarhaed war. United States of America. 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 trustworthy, the reasons for war are suspect, patriotism doesn’t seem to be part of the equation, and the men who return are bitter and damaged.

The grunt dies for nothing, for fifteen thousand poorly placed rounds; the sniper dies for that one perfect shot. It is over-written, but by somebody with no great presence of natural talent and what seems to be only a high school education.

The M16A2 service rifle is a lightweight air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed shoulder weapon. I’ll take the fucking pills and a wwofford later my asshole will turn inside out and start talking to me!

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

My favorite war book is Flags of Our Fathers, but that was written by the son of a soldier, not the soldier himself. The only thing this text may lack for some people is the actual combat in war. The first casualty of Swofford’s war is not truth but a personal voice; the most significant battle he wages in this memoir is to find a way to reappropriate it.


He said himself, “I could have written a flattering portrait of myself as a young Marine, but it would have been a much lesser book.

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Swofford admits to a sense of disappointment, frustration and emptiness that comes in the wake of ultimately being cheated of any real combat experience by a war that, for many American Marines swoffore least, has ended all too quickly after enduring many months of grinding, anticlimactic suspense.

Welcome to the Suck. This book and the jqrhead it inspired will always be at the top of my list. He ever talk about it? Audible Download Audio Books.

He was uncomfortable with the notion that he was a hero, and deliberately missed the homecoming parade near his base. This book would be best for readers with interest in war books, whether fiction or non-fiction. In the aftermath of a war he never really never got to fight, Swofford suggests that ‘sometimes you wish you’d killed an Iraqi’. I always had admiration for the Marines, but I have some serious reservations about the Corp they call it “the suck” as described here.

The depiction of how the Marine Corps breaks young men down until there’s hardly any of their original personalities left and then rebuilds them into killers is truly horrifying. The only compliments I can pay this book are twofold: 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. His target being a human, generally an enemy but sometimes a friend or friendly. Dec 10, alisa rated it it was amazing.