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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United States of America. Swofford conveys this message throughout the swofflrd by showing us the steps he took towards fighting in Operation Desert Storm as a STA member.
I need to see the film again. 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. View all 3 comments. Dec 10, alisa rated it it was amazing. Jan 25, Chana rated it liked it Shelves: And, maybe most important of all, if we don’t come face to face with the yawing void that is war, with all of its tragedy, violence, and futility, we will be too quick to go down that path swofrord and again.
The c Jarhead is a very realistic imagery wsofford about being a Marine during the Gulf War, and the effect the war had on them. If I could give this book zero stars I would.
Jarhead Trade Paperback A harrowing yet inspiring portrait of a tormented consciousness struggling for inner peace, Jarhead will elbow for room on that short shelf of American war classics that includes Philip Caputo’s A Rumor of War and Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, and be admired not only for the raw beauty of its prose but also for the depth of its pained heart.
Sdofford yet he relates his anhony as if it were the worst hours of Vietnam; it comes off as too overdramatic despite the truth of the hellishness of war. Jun 25, Labijose rated it really liked it. I have praise for Swofford on his ability and it was good to see a fellow Marine though I don’t know him personally write an account of Operation Desert Shield and Storm.
Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. A few years ago I watched the movie Jarhead and was pleased to find the book was much better. The book is written as though the author is there in front of you anhtony you his story. Edit Details Official Sites: Retrieved from jrahead https: You get a broad spectrum of the kinds of men that go to war, what they left behind, and swifford it effects them when they return.
If you were in the Marine Corps though, and did not ahthony a positive experience, rather than introspectively determining what you might have done better, why not take every distorted myth you’ve ever heard and roll it into one story that will ease anrhony conscience and appeal to a lot of other people who are drawn to the victim mentality.
Finally, I’ve come to understand the feeling of these jarheads, after the war is over, they who have fathers, uncles, grandpas that served in previous wars WW II, Korea, Vietnam, etccame up with these questions: A psychological study of operations desert shield and desert storm during the gulf war; through the eyes of a U.
My favorite war book is Flags of Our Fathers, but that was written by the son of a soldier, not the soldier himself. You’ll be able to tell the difference because you will not be getting friendly fucked jaread reading this book and there should be a distinct lack of sand, gasoline or a degree temperature. Edit Did You Know? It brings to mind the contempt for officers during Vietnam when grunts swlfford to frag their officers who tried to send them on virtually suicidal missions.
Oh and this book also reminds me of Full Metal Jacket. First Gulf War, as the first major war fought after the end of the Cold War, is an operation, not a war. 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.
Refresh and try again. It goes unaddressed, and the books feel like just name-checks to make us try and respect him more. Maybe the soldier himself would have written something different. One thing that tickled me when reading this book is that the author, as a member of an “elite” platoon, NEVER fired his weapon to kill an enemy, just because he’s not given the chance to do that.
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This is a classic case of book being better than movie. I am left with an unfavorable impression of the Marine Corp, but maybe I am just not big-minded enough to let boys facing death act out.
However, he strongly gives me the impression he was writing sincerely about his feelings and experiences, both in combat and in the rest of his life in and outside the military. Why I feel nothing happened? This article about a book on United States military history is a stub. It is merely a book about the suck. Swofdord if you’re in your fighting hole that’s a marine term for the army’s foxholethen you’re being blasted by M60A1 tanks. The cinematography is absolutely gorgeous and Sam Mendes’ direction is pitch perfect.
In his own words, it felt “strange to be in a place without having someone telling me to throw my gear in a truck and go somewhere”.
I enjoyed this book as a whole but I did not always enjoy the frequent profanity that comes from the authenticity of the book. The book is awash with a tidal wave of bravado, a hint of madness and two boots worth of piss – yes men in battle piss themselves because bravado is a mask not a diaper – but it canters along at double time and you’ll have covered a click before you even realise it.
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I’m grateful to uarhead author for his labour in writing of his experience, and for his honesty – this is a warts and all account. Deeply disturbing but deeply worthwhile. Would it bring a different perspective?
At least not for the first pages because up until this point the war is still theoretical and the marines are merely the patient, bored guests of the Kingdom of Swpfford.