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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I’m glad he’s not a marine, or at least anyone like Mr. The Sacramento Bee A bayonet in the eye Free eBook offer available to NEW subscribers only. What undermines these comparisons is not so much Swofford’s testosterone-injected writing, even though it lacks the free-spirited precision of, say, Herr’s Dispatches, but rather his distance from the conflict. My combat action has commenced.

View all 3 comments. 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.

Jarhead () – Jake Gyllenhaal as Anthony Swofford – IMDb

I heard it took six guys to pull that little branding trick on you. People appear and disappear, stories are left “unfinished,” some people are given more balanced or fair accounts than others. You can oorah with the other drunk Devil Dogs and stroke your cammies while your marriage collapses and kids hate you. Why I feel nothing happened?

Jake Gyllenhaal: Anthony Swofford

I mean besides being really crude, they are also undoubtedly very tough and brave. Gone, or at least greatly altered, are pictures of the upright and driven soldier, fighting selflessly for the greater good. Comparable to Beaufort and Pumpkinflower, which is the highest praise I can give a book of this genre. This ambivalence is the most interesting part of anthoby book, and makes it potentially an important snapshot of post-Cold War American military ennui.


Oh, so you’re gay then and you love me! 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. With this in mind, who the anthojy am I to judge anybody who has been in combat? Soldiers fight because they have no choice, because even though they wish they had never joined they’re stuck there now, and because that is where the outlet for their addiction is provided.

Yes No Report this. A book about a Jarhead. Why that’s exactly what Saddam Hussein does. Both as a piece of first-hand history, and as an insider tale of life at war, this is an important book.

Obviously if you have chosen to read this Ahoy. At no point can it be said that this book glorifies the war or the reasons the troops were sent there in the first place. Fucked by the green weenie again!

In the aftermath of a war he never really never got to fight, Swofford suggests that ‘sometimes you wish you’d killed an Iraqi’. His experience leaves him with a sense of anticlimax, of unfinished business, a hollowness that his government seems to have shared. You know what happens when you get there? You swoffford play it with your mouth.

Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! A decade after that, he enlisted in that alternative American boot camp, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, whose battle-hardened alumni include Raymond Carver and T Coraghessan Boyle. He and his fellow grunts borrow much of their attitude from war movies.

Rereading of letters from unfaithful wives and girlfriends. 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. Look, I’m twenty years old and I was dumb enough to sign a contract. Want to Read saving…. Field of Fire Video Archived from the original on 17 December Like most of war memoirs, this book provides a number of stories on heroic acts. First and foremost, remember all those Vietnam War movies that came out in the 70s and 80s Full Metal Jacket, Platoon, Apocalypse Now that were extremely anti-war, being as violent and coarse as possible, this book is like one of those movies, but it’s about the Gulf War.


One of the through lines of his first-person account involves the jwrhead of balancing the art and science and mind-set of the warrior with one’s own basic sense of humanity. View all 5 comments. The first casualty of Swofford’s war is not truth but a personal voice; the most significant battle he wages in this memoir is to find a way to reappropriate it.

I read the book before I saw the movie and the movie was disappointing.

The killing machine who never actually killed

I am not a prude, anyone who knows me knows that I am far from it, but comparing things, for example, to the ‘tight insides of a woman’ twice in one paragraph, seems more inserted no pun intended for it’s shock value and not it’s relevance value. The focus of this book is to tell the story of why he became a marine, the transition into military life, and his time with the Surveillance and Target Acquisition STA platoon.

Swofford admits to a sense of disappointment, frustration and emptiness that comes in the wake of ultimately being cheated of any real combat experience by a war that, for many American Marines at least, has ended all too anthhony after enduring many months of grinding, anticlimactic suspense.

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