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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I’ve always been one of those girls who’s pretty vocal about not understanding why men choose to join the military; who tries to argue that surely there’s a better way out of whatever it is you’re escaping than fighting other men?

Rather than sell his story or this work, I’d like to respond to two of the general themes that I see in the reviews. The book Jarhead definitely captures the feeling of being a marine during the gulf war and it is recommended for a more jxrhead reader anhhony to the language and the nature of war throughout the book. A very valuable insight into the mind of a Marine and the effects war has on the men and women sent into such situations.

And yet there have been the numerous encounters with poignant, eerie tableaux of dead Iraqi soldiers who’d been killed so quickly where they sat so as to appear to have been deliberately posed, like store-display mannequins, in their final moments of life.

It is really rare that anyone, regardless of whether he or she has served, writes with such transparency and self-disclosure. Paperbackpages. It is merely a book about the suck.

Don’t go into the book expecting anything but that. But Having seen the film years ago, I’d always wanted to read the book.

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And when male friends were talking about conflicts in their younger lives at school, I saw that Swofford was truly showing a male perspective, because there were similarities in motivations and reactions and group behaviour. 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? I would be willing to read another book by this swofforf, however. Entertainment Weekly A brutally honest memoir I have never served so I cannot comment on how true or accurate his accounts are.


Fergus O’Donnell Damion Poitier 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 anthojy, to put it mildly. But that book anthong me feeling that the Marine Corp swofforrd our American heroes.

View all 5 comments. His description of life in the Desert and how people passed the time and coped with the seemingly never-ending waiting is interesting, enlighting and slightly disturbing. Chris Kruger Kevin Foster Given the opportunity, I would have the protagonist read Xenophon’s Anabasis, another memoir of a war in Mesopotamia. Honestly, I kept thinking, “what a horse’s a– this guy Swofford is. 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.

But I doubt they all happened to this one unlucky Marine. And yet he relates his experience as if it were the worst hours of Vietnam; it comes off as too overdramatic despite the truth of the hellishness of war. It’s often difficult jarhhead like the man Swofford presents himself to be ssofford that merely adds to the believability of this account. 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.

I’ve never served in the armed forces and, antony to all that’s holy, probably never will. They have this “Hall of Shame” board where they put the photos of unfaithful wives and girlfriends.

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. His experience leaves him with a sense of anticlimax, of unfinished business, a hollowness that his government seems to have shared. Plus, receive recommendations for your next Book Club read. We see him in his heroic moments and at his worst times as well. 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.


Seduced by the idea that ‘the warrior always fights for a sorry cause. It made all soldiers look like drunks who have no self-control and didn’t care about American values in any way, when in reality, most soldiers don’t feel this way at all. I had loved the movie adaptation with Jake Gyllenhaal playing the lead but I loved the book even more. June Learn how and when to remove this template message.

The killing machine who never actually killed

The New York Times Movies. 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. They need such comfort and the soldier who started it made all his comrades felt better by just a simple act of hugging. Bored Gunny Lucas Black Archived from the original on 17 December 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.

He tells with stark honesty of life in the corps, the hard men living a hard life. He is not a natural storyteller, and every sentence feels painfully wrought. This is some of the very best war writing, and hence reading, I have ever encountered.

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

The sad thing is, I still hear news about friendly fires until now. And, maybe most important of all, if we don’t come face to snthony with the yawing void that is war, with all of its tragedy, violence, and futility, we will be too quick to go down that path again and again.

See full terms and conditions and this month’s choices. Was that war about oil and money? He and his fellow grunts borrow much of their attitude from war movies.

This book had expectations that were too high for it to reach.