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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Field of Fire is the sequel to the film, followed by Jarhead 3: Jan 25, Chana rated it liked it Shelves: This man goes to war all geared up and ready to go. 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.

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anthoy Jarhead insists we remember the Americans who are in fact wounded or killed, the fields of smoking enemy corpses left behind, and the continuing difficulty that American soldiers have reentering civilian life. Don’t go into antnony book expecting anything but that. Archived from the original on 17 December 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 of the This is not an easy book to read.

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.


This is not the suck. Read the book same goes. This book had expectations that were too high for it to reach. But that book left me feeling that the Marine Corp were our American heroes.

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He said himself, “I could have written a flattering portrait of myself as a young Marine, jarheda it would have been a much lesser book. When you finish this you might wish you were dark green or light green and you will recognise that this is Swoffords own exercise in field expendiency because you have to work with what you’ve got and write about what you know.

I read the book before I saw the movie and the movie was disappointing. Suicidal attempt is not uncommon. Jarhead means a member of the United States Marine Corps. Though clearly written well before the current conflict became reality, the parallels in these recollections – directives that come from Bush and Cheney, the peace marchers proclaiming no war for oil – are no less uncanny for being familiar. For instance, Swofford jadhead a moment after the war has The acclaimed memoir from a Marine who served in Operation Desert Storm.

Although by being a Marine – which means you got the chance of lots of foreign “encounters” with women all around the globe, depends where you’ll be stationed at – there is still longing for true love for those macho grunts.

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And I will read this book again. The picture Swofford paints of the war itself is one that it’s incredibly difficult not to be affected by. In the absence of this proximity – as one four hundred thousandth part of an American show of strength – Swofford directs much of his frustration at the dehumanising privations of life in the sand.


Fourthly, Swofford never actually sees much combat. That is a testament to the way most of the military operates today.

I’ve never served in the armed forces and, thanks to all that’s holy, probably never will. Was this review helpful to you?

Archived from the original on 3 January 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.

Interview with Anthony Swofford”. Reviews were generally positive. After going over all that you need to know before reading Jarhead, I will leave you with this. If I could give this book zero stars I would. This was an interesting book for multiple reasons. Oh and this book also antnony me of Full Metal Jacket. June Learn how and when to remove this template message.