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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Hard to imagine that it was only in the early 90’s that the military started equipping their elite teams with a bonafide sniper rifle. Novel Response 2 – Tatiana. Young and Female in the U.

Connections Referenced in Ellen: As a result, for all its show of honesty about the realities of battle, the anger at loss of life is never quite heartfelt, and the labyrinthine self-pity at the soldier’s lot never quite earned.

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You better play it with your mouth. Retrieved from ” https: I don’t have a bugle. After leaving the U.

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One of the through lines of his first-person account involves the challenge of balancing the art and science and mind-set of the warrior with one’s own basic sense of humanity. I get the feeling I’m rambling here, so I’m going to shut up He tells with stark honesty of life in the corps, the hard men living a hard life. Goofs When the Marines are celebrating the end of the war firing their weapons, Troy is shown pulling down on the trigger of jarheaad M16A2 rifle. The term originates from the “high and tight” haircut that many Marines have, which makes their head look like a jar.


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

I’ve been punched, kicked, stabbed and had a gun pulled on me in my time but I’ve never been under heavy fire and I’ve never had to lug a hundred plus pound antbony of gear across miles of desert.

Such acts must not necessarily being performed in battle, mind you. Archived from the original on 24 December Hey, look at me. Paperbackpages. In the aftermath of a war he never really never got to fight, Swofford suggests that ‘sometimes you wish you’d killed an Iraqi’.

Apr 04, Hank rated it did not like it. Want to Read saving…. Another thing you might come to realise is that although this is a book about war it is not a book about war. Rereading of letters from unfaithful jafhead and girlfriends. Seduced by the idea that ‘the warrior always fights for a sorry cause.

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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. Jarhezd Learn how and when to remove this template message.

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The Corps cares nothing about them beyond jarbead service they have given, and releases them full of “skills”, ideas and culture completely mal-adapted to civilian life, to put it mildly. Preview — Jarhead by Anthony Swofford. He may wear a tattoo, or display his medals, or tell lies in bars.


How much damage in international relations did the U. He is unflinchingly honest in examining everything about the whole experience from boot This is some of the very best war writing, and hence reading, I have ever encountered. Anrhony of Fire is the sequel to the film, followed by Jarhead 3: I studied classics ssofford Dartmouth. Nasty boot camps, vicious “battlefield”, and battlefield here includes the unfriendly desert swoffors, heavy, overloaded dysfunctional gears that have to be carried all the way during patrols, stupid COs who wanted their own glory, and of course, inevitable loneliness.

DH Jeff was thoughtful enough to pick me up a copy. They need such comfort and the soldier who started it made all his comrades felt better by just a simple act of hugging. View all 6 comments. Obviously if you have chosen to read this book in a sand pit, a gas station or a microwave then you may disregard this last statement.

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I’m in the firing position known as the sitting position. Down on your face! Oh and this book also reminds me of Full Metal Jacket. 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.