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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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Swofford was a Marine sniper in the first Gulf War.

Welcome to the Suck. This is a hard, grim read in some ways, and a profoundly moving one in others.

Come on Swoff, it was your watch! Hey, look at me. Archived from the original on 24 December Swofford was born on August 12,in Fairfield, Californiainto a military family. It bypasses the soapbox and simply tells you how it was, from the perspective of a single soldier.

It did NOT originate from their uniform or jaruead.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show: View all 5 comments. But Having seen the film years ago, I’d always wanted to read the book. The only real carnage Swofford sees first-hand comes from friendly fire.

If any of this is unappealing in a reading book for you, put this book back down. One reviewer heavily criticises Swofford’s jarhrad of books and reading, seeing it as va People seem to either love this book or hate it, taking it as an honest account of the nasty, brutish and short lives of Marine grunts or as a trumped-up, pretentious load of BS.


They are sure two conflicting things are absolutely true: However, anthont author does not regret it. They need such comfort and the soldier who started it made all his comrades felt better by just a simple act of hugging. I think this was intentional rather than sloppy writing, and personally it worked for me.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Firstly, only a number of people accepted this offer, but eventually, all the platoon members ended up hugging each other. I’m glad he’s not a marine, or at least anyone like Mr.

The killing machine who never actually killed

Okay, Swofford, play reveille. You can oorah with the other drunk Devil Dogs and stroke your cammies while your marriage collapses and kids hate you.

Jarhead Trade Paperback Literary triumphs swoffofd include some form of angst and evolution. For much of his six-month tour of duty the person he seems most likely to shoot is himself.

Scribner The memoir Jarhead by Anthony Swofford is a great authentic representation of what happened during the Gulf War from the perspective of a marine. Maybe the soldier himself would have written something different.

Jarhead | Book by Anthony Swofford | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster

You the maggot whose father served in Vietnam? Fergus O’Donnell Damion Poitier You are now green! Make that story into a book, then sell it to those people so they can commisserate in their shared pity The characters were obviously realistic, because the book is based on a true story. As engagement with the Iraqis drew near, he was forced to consider what it means to be an American, a soldier, a son of a soldier, and a man.


Forty bucks, five gallons. You’ll be able to anthojy the difference because you will not be getting friendly fucked whilst reading this book and there should be a distinct lack of sand, gasoline or a degree temperature. He and his fellow grunts borrow much of their attitude from war movies.

In his own words, it felt “strange to be in a place without having someone telling me to throw anthojy gear in a truck and go somewhere”. His first fictional novel, Exit Awas published in January This is not an easy book to read.

Anthony Swofford

It was Christmas Eve, and I was just thinking about home. Alternate Versions Military theatrical versions of the film remove some footage, including the scene where a soldier dies during training.

The term originates from the “high and tight” swoffodr that many Marines have, which makes their head look like a jar. Staying up late, jacking off, playing Metroid – trying to get to that ninth level?