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Anthony Swofford trained as a rifle sniper with the marines and went to Saudi Arabia in 1990 for the Gulf War. His memoir tells of the misery of training, a faithless girlfriend, boredom, the temptations of suicide, a near shooting of a comrade, and near death in a booby-trapped Iraqi bunker. This 2003 story is less about war (which was mercifully if vividly short for Swofford) but American military culture, and what it does to soldiers and the civilians around them. Profane, funny, and deeply moving, Jarhead is a great personal statement about military service and war in our time.
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Plot & Themes

War/Cloak & Dagger story?    -   Fought as soldier War/Spying    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+ Which war?    -   Iraq/Persian Gulf I

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Arabia Desert?    -   Yes Desert:    -   hostile arabs Misc setting    -   fort/military installation Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful    -   like laughing Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript. of female anat. (the big B's)    -   actual description of hetero sex How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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