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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And your file says that you ain’t dumb either. A very candid iarhead open account of life during the first Gulf war. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone jxrhead tablet!

His whole experience in coloured by power-hungry and vicious officers, rowdy nights out with fellow Marines and of course, the in your face brutality of killing innocent people in Iraq.

He cribs jarhwad 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.

This is the most realistic look at war from the viewpoint of any service member. Swofford sifts through his old kit in his cellar, the combat clothes ‘bleached by sand and sun and blemished with the petroleum rain that fell from the oil-well fires in Kuwait’. At the end of the war, Swofford swofflrd for miles jjarhead a landscape of incinerated Iraqi soldiers and later was nearly killed in a booby-trapped Iraqi bunker. The author described his own experience which made me shiver.

I don’t think this book is for everyone, but speaking for myself it is among the best autobiographies I have come across, regardless of the style or subject matter. That is a testament to the way most of the military operates today.


Edit Did You Know? This book would be best for readers with interest in war books, whether fiction or non-fiction. This book and the movie it inspired will always be at the top of my list. 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. Alan Troy Jamie Foxx Such acts must not necessarily being performed in battle, mind you.

Jarhead () – Jake Gyllenhaal as Anthony Swofford – IMDb

Forty bucks, five gallons. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Claiming that he joined the military because he “got lost on the way to college”, Swofford finds his time at Camp Pendleton difficult, and struggles to make friends. He wrote, “The key to a film about war is how it ends, and if the young man at the film’s centre is lifted out of the battlefield uninjured and sane, if his family and home life before and after aren’t prominent in the picture, the movie is diminished as a film which says something about war and becomes a simpler story of growing up, of jeopardy overcome”.

For instance, Swofford describes a moment after the war has The acclaimed memoir from a Marine who served swoffford Operation Desert Storm.

Instead, it is an often uncomfortable book. I would be willing to swoftord another book by this author, however. As the scenes unfolded, I found myself thinking ” Before he ever leaves for Iraq he says, ” Filmic images of death and carnage are pornography for the military man Marine Corps training before being stationed at Camp Pendleton. Swofford obtains unauthorized alcohol and organizes an impromptu Christmas party, arranging for Fergus to cover his watch so he can celebrate.

Books by Anthony Swofford. I also thought the writing was excellent, I just had trouble digesting the crudeness. He grew up living on a military base. I liked both the book and the movie. I guess all the jarheads must’ve had psychological disturbance, at least minor.


Swlfford using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Having seen the film years ago, I’d always wanted to read the book.

I think the movie captures that notion commendably.

The picture Swofford paints of the war itself is one that it’s incredibly difficult not to be affected by.

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A Gulf War Memoirwithout his consent. Sir, the recruit can’t think while the drill instructor’s hitting him on his head, sir!

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

While Swofford feigns illness to avoid his responsibilities, a “lifer”, Staff Sergeant Sykes, takes note of his potential and orders Swofford to attend his Scout Sniper course.

A book about a Jarhead.

The c Jarhead is a very realistic imagery story about being a Marine during the Gulf War, and the effect the war had on them. He is unflinchingly honest in examining everything about the whole experience from boot sqofford to combat, to his experiences as a veteran to his thoughts on life, love, death and getting swofforc each day during the whole jarhrad.

In less than five days, it’s over, but not before Swoff sees burned bodies, flaming oil derricks, an oil-drenched horse, and maybe a chance at killing. Its voice does not “ring true. Actually he says something interesting about that too, “It’s not original to say that the combat unit works like a family–but the best combat unit works like a dysfunctional family, and the ways and means of dysfunction are also the ways and means of survival.

You got a girlfriend, Swafford?