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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Connections Referenced in Ellen: This book left me feeling that any Marine who wasn’t twisted before he joined would certainly be afterwards, and I hope that that is not true. I am missing too much information, I don’t know what is true and what is not.

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Like when the trigger slips. Novel Response 4 – Tati. This music, he says, is a relic of another era and another war and has no place in ‘his’ war. But no matter what else he might do with his hands, love a woman, build a house, change his son’s diaper; his hands remember the rifle. For much of his six-month tour of duty the person he seems most likely to shoot is himself.

Learn more More Like This. For instance, Swofford describes a moment after the war has The acclaimed memoir from a Marine who served in Operation Desert Storm. I read the book before I saw the movie and the movie was disappointing. Either the marines I know are aberrations, or Swofford is the aberration.

Alan Troy Jamie Foxx He is not a natural storyteller, and every sentence feels painfully wrought. The picture Swofford paints of the war itself is one that it’s incredibly difficult not to be affected by. And not one of them hates the military or their experience with it. Though trained as part of his unit’s jarheax sniper squad, Swofford never really gets to release a shot in anger, and the most serious threats to his safety come from friendly fire.


I found similarities in the honesty of the prose and the perspective of a young man whose beliefs change as his life does.

First, I feel the book was very carefully organized, perhaps I could say crafted. I served with many good men and women and a few questionable ones. Where does all the testosterone go? Swofford committed himself to writing inat the age of 24, [3] [5] jxrhead built on the encouragement he received at college to write Jarheadwhich documents his time spent in the Gulf.

Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! 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 swoford blind. 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 jarhezd the This is not an easy book to read.

His target being a human, generally an enemy but sometimes a friend or friendly. During the build-up to the war, he read The Illiad and The Stranger 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. It feels affected, artificial.

Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover! Instead, it is an often uncomfortable book.

Imagining what the Marine’s girlfriend and her man Jody are doing in the hay, or in the alley, or in a hotel bed. Raised on Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket, which the recruits watch over and over before they leave for the combat zone, Swofford mouths the values of the Jarhead, as if reading the script: After days of boredom, adrenaline, heat, worry about his girlfriend finding someone else, losing it and nearly killing a mate, demotion, latrine cleaning, faulty gas masks, and desert football, Desert Storm begins.


A harrowing yet inspiring portrait of a tormented consciousness struggling for inner peace, Jarhead will elbow for room on that short shelf of American war classics that includes Philip Caputo’s A Rumor of War and Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, and be admired not only for the raw beauty of its prose but also for the depth of its pained heart. Still, it might be fun to know what young Swofford thinks about the Iliad, reading sswofford as he does during a war – does he see himself as an Achilles, and does he appreciate the layers swofgord ambiguities in the potrayal of heroism?

Suicidal attempt is not uncommon. Soldiers fight because they have no choice, because jarbead though they wish they had never joined they’re stuck there now, and because that is where the jarheaad for their addiction is provided.

And your file says that you ain’t dumb either. Due to the nature of the Gulf War it was much less gruesome, nevertheless jarhesd was still a war.

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Would it bring a different perspective? Second, several reviewers and critics have complained about the authenticity of his experiences or how generalizable they are to other Marines’ experiences and about his “whining” tone.

But no matter what else he might do with his hands, love a woman, build a house, change his son’s diaper; his hands remember the rifle. Swofford weaves this experience of war with vivid accounts of boot camp which included physical abuse by his drill instructorreflections on the mythos of the marines, and remembrances of battles with lovers and family.