August 11, 2003

Jarhead

I just finished Anthony Swofford's "Jarhead", his account as a Marine scout/sniper during the first Gulf War. Definitely "raw and gritty" as the reviewers say, it is way outside any kind of experience I've ever had, and it was definitely interesting.

Not sure it was well-written, to be honest. It felt disjointed, padded by a few too many stories from the past, but these kinds of things are hard to judge. I guess it depends on how important you think the past experiences are. I was more interested in reading about a soldier's experiences in the war, not a soldier's upbringing, and I got too much of the latter.

I was also hoping to read more about what happened after combat began, but the war was so short and the aftermath so different from what is going on today, it didn't really provide much enlightenment. I am really looking forward to the memoirs that will come out after the current war. After reading two books about wars, though, it is time for something lighter. Maybe poker.

Posted by Observer at August 11, 2003 09:38 AM
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Like I always say, it wasn't fun to be there, but it is fun to have been there.

I always like the phrase jarhead.

I'm nearly done reading "Chesty", a recent biography of Lewis "Chesty" Puller, arguably the most famous Marine ever.

Posted by: Humbaba on August 11, 2003 10:29 AM

Poker's good.

Posted by: Polerand on August 11, 2003 04:02 PM