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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I have never served so I cannot comment on how true or accurate his accounts are.

So listen jarheae grunts You will get the training but you will never be allowed to use it. The film is followed by two swogford sequels released in and It has to do with the ramblings of an immoral, narcissistic misogynist with a chip on his shoulder who should have been kicked out of the Marine Corps during 1st phase. Swofford obtains unauthorized alcohol and organizes an impromptu Christmas party, arranging for Fergus to cover his watch so he can celebrate.

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The book reminds me of a war novel I have read in the past known as Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo where the main character recounts his past experiences relating back to the war and his life.

Yeah, what about freedom of speech? One of the weaknesses of this book is that it is very depressing. Interview with Anthony Swofford”.

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

Like I said this memoir can be full of excitement at times and for those that want to know about a soldiers life, that is all that is really needed to keep them reading. Having read several of the other comments, it is clear to me that there are events depicted in the movie which may not be clearly understood or properly contextualized by someone who has not served in the Marine Corps infantry.


There’s this one time, that a fellow jarhead sniper offered a hug for anyone who wanted it, before they went on a dangerous combat patrol. Bored Gunny Lucas Black Swofford does not tell his story strictly A few years ago I watched the movie Jarhead and was pleased to find the book was much better. Another thing you might come to realise is that although this is a book about war it is not a book about war.

For much of his six-month tour of duty the person he seems most likely to shoot is himself. The acclaimed memoir from a Marine who served in Operation Desert Storm. Swofford sifts through his jahead kit in his cellar, the combat clothes ‘bleached by sand and jarhed and blemished with the petroleum rain that fell from the oil-well fires in Kuwait’.

I get the feeling I’m rambling here, so I’m going to shut up The title comes from the slang term used to refer to United States Marines. What did he just say? I remember when that happened Oh, so you’re gay then and you love me! This text is more about the preparation and training that a soldier has to go through to get to fight in war.

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.

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Retrieved from ” https: During a monologue, Swofford realizes that all of his training swoffod effort to achieve the elite status as a marine sniper is meaningless in modern warfare; it was an arduous and glorious path that led nowhere.

Retrieved from ” https: Too often producers and directors overlook the details that make a military film credible to veterans – such as the details of swifford uniform, the sounds and function of weapons, the behavior of the characters.

Swoff’s Sister Dendrie Taylor Swofford was born to the military. As the scenes unfolded, I found myself thinking ” In this episode, and much of the remainder of the book, it feels like Swofford is playing the part of the soldier, at one remove from his emotions.


You can oorah with the other drunk Devil Dogs and stroke your cammies while your marriage collapses and kids hate you. I wonder what other Marines thought about this book. Topics Biography books Writers on Iraq. Jarhead means a member of the United States Marine Corps.

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After returning home the Marines parade through a town in a jovial celebration of victory. 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. It’s virtually impossible for me to review this book. All and all, Jarhead was a good story to read once, but isn’t a story that you would keep on your bookshelf.

Chris Kruger Kevin Foster Share this Rating Title: The denouement of the movie occurs when Swofford and Troy are finally given a sniping mission. Due to the nature of the Gulf War it was much less gruesome, nevertheless it was still a war.

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 again and again. Half of it wasn’t necessary. I recall the fight that broke out after the unfortunate event with the Marine and the video of his wife with ano This is a classic case of book being better than movie.

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