Add your rating See all 6 kid reviews. Joining the marines, year-old Tony Swofford Jake Gyllenhaal seeks sense, maybe a way to fit in. In training camp, he becomes a sniper and learns to dote on his gun.
He writes that he had put the war out of his mind, and the people he knew from war out of his life, until 8 years later he came upon artifacts and reminders. At that point he revisits his experience emotionally and, in preparing to write the book, researches facts.
Putting a traumatic event out of one's mind for a period of time as a way to remain sane is common and valid. Revisiting it, to be whole or complete or to become more "sane," is valid and common too.
However, in making the decision to write a book at that time, what Swofford did not have at his disposal were his [missing] 8 years of memories. He didn't first feel and re-examine, think about and conclude, then tell his story. These omissions of self-examination were too blatant throughout the book, a book of self-examination.
The story he told, though, is written as if he does have the decade-later perspective he tells us that his memoir is from this hindsight. But, he doesn't, having spent the decade shutting out the experience.
The result, therefore, is not a grown man writing about 10 years ago, but a man still in the throes of a similar confusion or way of thinking as he was during the war. This is evidenced, very simply, by his use of language.
Swofford is now an adult, a writer, a teacher, yet the vocabulary of the narration switches erratically between adult i. So, he is not 18 yet he also does not quite have the distance to tell the story he set out to tell - his perspective today. Valid, as he didn't revisit his story for many years.
Psychologically valid, but missing in important detail for the reader, details not yet uncovered, perhaps, by Swofford himself. I did not find this to be the horrific or gruesome story others did.
I was not surprised that and year-olds behave like and year-olds. I was dismayed, as another reviewer wrote, that his mates were indistinguishable from one another.
All but one or two blend together as a mass of fellow "jarheads" without personality. To him they are individuals he feels deeply for, he tells us and he dedicates the book to thembut he doesn't show them to us. Sometimes Swofford tells us his emotions and sometimes he doesn't. My complaint here is not that the story-telling is uneven but that I read the book because I wanted to read a memoir - one man's experience.
His emotional experience and his actual experience. At times, in the book, we've got detail of actual events, without Swofford's emotional reaction to it.Nov 04, · Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: A story: A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war.
And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle.7/10(K).
Jarhead is based on Anthony Swofford’s book of the same name, a first-person account of his time in the Marines, including a stint in the first Persian Gulf War.
Third-generation enlistee Swofford joins the Corps to escape his dysfunctional family. Jarhead (the self-imposed moniker of the Marines) follows "Swoff," a third-generation enlistee, from a sobering stint in boot camp to active duty, sporting a sniper's rifle and a hundred-pound ruck on his back through Middle East deserts with no cover from intolerable heat or from Iraqi soldiers, always potentially just over the next horizon.
Nov 09, · That was the tagline of Anthony Swofford's best-selling Gulf War memoir, Jarhead, but it also neatly summed up my opinion of the book. I bought . Jarhead captures the military culture from the bottom up and records the day to day events of the life of a Marine leading up to the first Gulf War.
The actual combat like the war itself seems almost anticlimactic after the tremendous buildup. Following the military classic Jarhead, based on the book by Anthony Swofford, Jarhead 2: Things Happen In This One uses different characters but follows the original’s theme about how it is awesome to be a United States Marine.