Jarhead : A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles
When the marines -- or "jarheads," as they call themselves -- were sent in 1990 to Saudi Arabia to fight the Iraqis, Swofford was there, with a hundred-pound pack on his shoulders and a sniper's rifle in his hands. It was one misery upon an...more
I'm lying on my rack in my skivvies and I'm paging through this book with my dick-skinners while occasionally stopping to pop a rhubarb and custard sweet into my cum receptacle. This is not the suck. It is merely a book about the suck. You'll be able to tell the difference because you will not be getting friendly fucked whilst reading this book and there should be a distinct lack of sand, gasoline or a 120 degree temperature. Obviously if you have chosen to read this ...more
- The Rolling Stones
'GAS! GAS! GAS!'
- Soldier's warning cry
Ex-US Marine and author Anthony Swofford says in this book that he hated it when the 'flyboys' would play rock 'n' roll songs at full blast to intimidate the enemy and bolster their own morale. This music, he says, is a relic of another era and another war and has no place in 'his' war. Fuck the Doors, he says, this already is the other side.
I can understand this feeling. The gung ho Hollywo ...more
First, I feel the book was very carefully organized, perhaps I could say crafted. Swofford does not tell his story strictly ...more
Being a jarhead is frustrating. At least, that's what been described so vividly by Anthony Swofford.
Jarhead means a member of the United States Marine Corps. When used by civilians it could be considered derogatory, but it is used often among Marines. The term originates from the "high and tight" haircut that many Marines have, which makes their head look like a jar. It did NOT originate from their uniform or cover.
This book reminded me of another novel, Catch-22, although no ...more
The Marines I know- plagued by nightmares, handicapped in relationships, fighting addictions - corroborate. They know two conflicting things to be absolutely true: they are the most special of all- the elitist of elite, and they are utterly disposa ...more
Yes. Yes it would. Yes it did.
I've always been one of those girls who's pretty vocal about not understanding why men choose to join the military; who tries to argue that surely there's a better way out of whatever it is you're escaping than fighting other men? I never understood what was going through a man's head to want to kill.
Jarhead is what the title says it is. A book about a Jarhead. A young man in the service of the United States Marine Corp. Don't go into the book expecting anything but that. It concerns a Marine's journey towards becoming a Marine and a Sniper and who then joins the boots on the ground in the Middle east for the Gulf War conflict ...more
Swofford exaggerates or flat-out lies about many of his experiences, i.e. peeing his pants multiple times in boot camp, holding a g ...more
Anthony Swofford was a U.S. sniper during the first Gulf War and Jarhead tells his story of life in the Marines and fighting in this war. 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 ...more
Swofford was a Marine sniper in the first Gulf War. He is unflinchingly honest in examining everything about the whole experience from boot ...more
Swofford’s lyrical prose fused in with his profanity-laced philosophical musings and descriptions of day to day life in the marines was a riveting read. I had loved the movie adaptation with Jake Gyllenhaal playing the lead but I loved the book even more.
Just…no words for this. None at all. It was that amazing.
#1 How much of it was true?
#2 Is this crude language and behavior just part of being a Marine? 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 ...more
A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles
by Anthony Swofford
Publisher: Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
This memoir written by Anthony Swofford tells the story of his life on the front-lines of the first Gulf War from August 1990- April 1991, while he was a part of the U.S. Marines Surveillance and Target Acquisition Platoon, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines. It is a rivet ...more
by Anthony Swofford
Pub Date: Mar. 4th, 2003
The memoir Jarhead by Anthony Swofford is a great authentic representation of what happened during the Gulf War from the perspective of a marine.
Due to the nature of the Gulf War it was much less gruesome, nevertheless it was still a war. Jarhead was a memoir and it talked a lot about the main character’s experience as a Marine in the Gulf War. The book ex ...more
This book has quite a few strengths; it is exciting, and catches your attention quickly. The c ...more
Yes, some of the urban-myths that Swofford claims to have occurred in his unit may have happened over time and among the hundreds of thousands of short & long Marine careers. But I dou ...more