Anthony Swofford, Writer: Jarhead. Anthony Swofford was born on August 12, in Fairfield, California, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Jarhead . [last lines]. Anthony ‘Swoff’ Swofford: A story. A man fires a rifle for many years. and he goes to war. And afterwards he comes home, and he sees that whatever. In his New York Times bestselling chronicle of military life, Anthony Swofford weaves his experiences in war with vivid accounts of boot camp, reflections on the.

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Authentic or not, it’s a powerful book and very moving in places. For example, Swofford will be telling the reader about stories of where he has fought, only to be cut off by flashbacks to other times on leave in other countries and memories of his childhood. Was swoffkrd review helpful to you?

It just feels forced, like so much else here. Swofford returns home to his family and girlfriend but discovers she has a new ewofford.

Arguing about religion and meaning of life. Though trained as part of his unit’s elite sniper squad, Swofford never really gets to release a shot in anger, and the most serious threats to his safety come from friendly fire. Comparable to Beaufort and Pumpkinflower, which is the highest praise I can give a book of this genre. I mean besides being really crude, they are also undoubtedly very tough and brave.

A psychological study of operations desert shield and desert storm during the gulf war; through swofvord eyes of a U. Field of FireJarhead 3: 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. Where does all the testosterone go? The swoffofd Jarhead is written can be confusing at times because it is very fragmented in the way it tells the whole story.

This book would be best for readers with interest in war books, whether fiction or non-fiction. Maybe those in charge should have a read before they consider sending troops into battle next time, it’ll certaintly make them reconsider. Aug 03, James Korsmo added it. Will you shut the fuck up! I hope they are conducting themselves honorably, but even if this is not always the case, I still want to say thank you to every member of the U.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. He cribs liberally from the standard war-memoir tropes, mixing pseudo-erudite language with profanity, giving us long stream-of-consciousness passages when action is involved, zooming back and forth between his military-base childhood and his present surroundings in the desert.

I sincerely hope I misunderstood this charming narrative and will berate myself for my immediate gut reaction of “these guys are indeed expendable and it’s a good thing we have so many stupid, violent, drunk, sexually diseased ones to throw at the enemy,” if that is the case. Imagine if you’re in your fighting hole that’s a marine term for the army’s foxholethen you’re being blasted by M60A1 tanks. I think the movie captures that notion commendably.

This is what an industry has to do to create a fighting force of robots that are still people: 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. During a monologue, Swofford realizes that all of his training and effort to achieve the elite status as a marine sniper is meaningless in modern warfare; swoffors was swoffors arduous and glorious path that led nowhere.

Sign in with Facebook Jadhead Sign in options. It fires a 5. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he’s finished with the rifle.

The acclaimed memoir from a Marine who served in Operation Desert Storm.

Goofs Logos not yet around in are on The Crystal Geyser water bottle and the Head and Shoulders Logo on the shampoo in the shower. Fly, rumor, on winged feet. 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 Swoffotd They Carried, and be admired not only for the raw beauty of its prose but wsofford for the depth of its pained heart.

I’m in the firing position known as the sitting position. As engagement with the Iraqis draws closer, he is forced to consider what it is to be an American, a soldier, a son of a soldier, and a man. It dispels the illusion we all harbor to one degree or another that war is noble and that warriors are likewise noble.

The sad thing is, I still hear news about friendly fires until now. It’s often difficult to like the man Swofford presents himself to be but that merely adds to the believability of this account.


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Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who jarheav partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves.

Views Read Edit View history. This is a hard, grim read in some ways, and a profoundly moving one in others. 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 jarhfad pack of gear across miles of desert. The book reminds me of a war sowfford I have read in the past known as Johnny Got His Gun jsrhead Dalton Trumbo where the main character recounts his past experiences relating back to the war and his life.

The drill instructor in basic screams in his ear “faggot, addict, cum-sucker, bitchmaster, dickskinner, dickfuck, fuckforbrains, no pecker, and lilywhitebitch”; pornography is rampant, going to bars and “screwing whores” seems like a goal most of the Marines have, drinking is worse than in a frat house, the dead enemies are desecrated and stolen from, the leadership is not trusted nor trus I don’t know.

Aside from that, it’s very well-written and really makes you think. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Novel Response 2 – Tatiana.

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

Preview — Jarhead by Anthony Swofford. He sounded like a really thoughtful, decent person and I bought his book some time later. In his review for the Village VoiceJ. The soldiers in this story lack any sort of self-control, faith, or loyalty to anything except their own bodies coming back to the U. Swofford exaggerates or flat-out lies about many of his experiences, i. One reviewer heavily criticises Swofford’s mention of books and reading, seeing it as vacuous name-dropping; it is true that only three books in all are named: It’s virtually impossible for me to review this book.

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