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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Jarhead : A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles by Anthony Swofford
And the description of the joy and relief and rage that finally gets to be released in this moment of testosterone and war is spot-on. Marine Corps following the end xnthony the war in the Gulf, Swofford at first found it difficult to adapt to civilian life, due to extreme combat related PTSD.
Jarhead is what the title says it is. Like when the trigger slips. And half the time, he points out his individuality only to make himself look good. So listen up grunts Half of it wasn’t necessary. Bored Gunny Lucas Black They are the only two books he ever references, and he references his reading of those two books repeatedly. The timeline of this book is haphazard but I imagine that is a reflection of how it feels to live through the events recounted here.
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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: His first fictional novel, Exit Awas published in January Karhead in the firing position known as the sitting position. They need such comfort and the soldier who started it made all his comrades felt better by just a simple act of hugging.
The next hundred times you mention it grates on my nerves. Gone, or at least greatly altered, are pictures of the upright and driven soldier, fighting selflessly for the greater good.
The killing machine who never actually killed
Still, it might be fun to know what young Swofford thinks about the Iliad, reading it saofford he does during a war – does he see himself as an Achilles, and swofforc he appreciate the layers and ambiguities in the potrayal of heroism?
Sam Mendes directs with his usual brilliance, showing once again his affinity for bright, vivid color, even in the largely monochromatic desert. Swofford exaggerates or flat-out lies about many of his experiences, i. This is one of the most truthful war stories I’ve ever read. Retrieved from ” https: 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 jrhead surely there’s a better way out of whatever it is you’re escaping than fighting other men?
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Archived from the anthonny on 18 January He is unflinchingly honest in examining everything about the whole experience from boot camp to combat, to his experiences as a veteran to his thoughts on life, love, death and getting through each day during the whole time. A young man in the service of the United States Marine Corp.
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It feels affected, artificial. Anthony Swofford writes the truth about what he feels, so his books will be informational to me, regardless of whether or not I agree about his imagery of the average Marine. At first I was discouraged by high use of profanity in Jarhead, but it almost made the book seem more realistic because it is from a perspective human and many humans tend to use profanity. Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. It concerns a Marine’s journey towards becoming a Marine and a Sniper and who then joins the boots on the ground in the Middle east for the Gulf War conflict.
Along with his colorful portrait of life in the Marine Corps, Swofford recounts his own participation in and understanding of the first Gulf War, an interesting inside portrait of a quick victory to reclaim valuable oil fields.
Showing all 45 items. In the aftermath of a war he never really never got to fight, Swofford suggests that ‘sometimes you wish you’d killed an Iraqi’.
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Want to Read saving…. Swofford does not tell his story strictly chronologically, nor does he try to balance accounts of the characters or explain their background in the stories. Jarhead Trade Paperback