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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This text is more about the preparation and training that a soldier has to go through to get to fight in war.

It is a riveting account of the realities of military life and the impact it has on young adults fighting in the 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.

I’ve read a lot of WW1 memoirs, and it struck me this would be a good book to take out there – that we all owe it to modern soldiers to learn something of what they’re going swofforf. At the end of the war, Swofford hiked for miles through a landscape of incinerated Iraqi soldiers and later was nearly killed in a booby-trapped Iraqi bunker.

Half of it wasn’t necessary. As Troy says early on in the film, “To hell with politics. The gung ho Hollywood image of war in general, and particularly the Viet Nam war, has been sold to a couple of generations of kids and bears little resemblance to modern warfare.

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Dec 06, Silvana rated it liked it Recommends it for: The one dreaming to serve his country. United States amthony America. But Having seen the film years ago, I’d always wanted to read 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.

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

Jun 25, Labijose rated it really liked it. Jarhead is what the title says it is. Private Swofford here is going to play reveille for us. He had looked to the Marines as a surrogate family, and as a way of growing up, but the vicious reality of the life of a ‘grunt’ still comes as a great shock to him. Before he ever leaves for Iraq he says, ” Filmic images of death and carnage are pornography for the military man I read this book fast. This has nothing to do with the 1st gulf war.

It’s a good school. The gung ho Hollywo ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash, it’s a gas, gas, gas But this morning we have a very special treat. Archived from the original on 3 January The only thing this text may lack for some people is the actual combat in war.

Jan 05, Jack Bell rated it really liked it. This is what an industry has to do to create a fighting force of robots that are still people: Another interesting issue is unnecessary errors in war, such as friendly fire, are STILL occur despite all the technology development. This uncensored and honest book shows the Gulf War through the lens of a nineteen-year-old marine who was a part of it all. Hey, look at me. Price may vary by retailer.

Anthony Swofford was a U. Authentic or not, it’s a powerful book and very moving in places. Down on your face! Sir, the recruit can’t think while the drill instructor’s hitting him on his head, sir!


For instance, Swofford describes a moment after the war has ended where he and his platoon mates get to use the captured enemy ammunition and weapons to shoot whatever they want.

Preview — Jarhead by Anthony Swofford. You got a girlfriend, Swafford? If ill, go to sickbay.

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

Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! 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. The screenplay was written by William Broyles Jr.

They won’t have their little boy to send fucking cookies to. 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.

Entertainment Weekly A brutally honest memoir I can hear their bombs and I’m fucking scared, yeah. Start your free trial. I don’t see shit. I’ve read a lot of WW1 memoirs, and it struck me this would be a good book to take out there – that we all owe it to modern soldiers to learn something o I first heard of this book when I listened to Anthony Swofford guesting on Libby Purves’ BBC Radio 4 programme Midweek.