Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails: A Memoir

Hotels Hospitals and Jails A Memoir Following the success of Jarhead Anthony Swofford assumed he had exorcised his military demons but as every veteran knows that isn t exactly how it works In these searing courageous pages Swofford

Following the success of Jarhead, Anthony Swofford assumed he had exorcised his military demons but as every veteran knows, that isn t exactly how it works In these searing, courageous pages, Swofford struggles to make sense of what his military service meant, and to decide after nearly ending it what his life can and should become Consumed by drugs, booze, fastFollowing the success of Jarhead, Anthony Swofford assumed he had exorcised his military demons but as every veteran knows, that isn t exactly how it works In these searing, courageous pages, Swofford struggles to make sense of what his military service meant, and to decide after nearly ending it what his life can and should become Consumed by drugs, booze, fast cars and the wrong women, Swofford almost lost everything and everyone that mattered to him Embarking on a series of RV trips with his dying father, a Vietnam vet, in an attempt to heal their difficult relationship, and meeting a like minded woman who will become his wife in a chance encounter, Swofford begins to grapple with his volatile past and forge a path toward redemption HOTELS, HOSPITALS, AND JAILS is a must read memoir that raises essential questions about masculinity, about fathers and sons, and about love.

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Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails: A Memoir

  1. Anthony Swofford is a former United States Marine and author of the book Jarhead, published in 2003, which is primarily based on his accounts of various situations encountered in the first Gulf War.

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  1. I m really enjoying this book I don t know why the average rating is so low, perhaps people were expecting Jarhead A Marine s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles revisited Swofford has a unique tone, a flat confessional affect that fits well in this biography that, at least as far as I ve read, centres around the death of his older brother and his awful bitterness at his father.In fact the author is so bitter that he pulls out letters years old from his father accusing him of petty crime [...]

  2. This is a difficult book to assemble my thoughts on Firstly, it wasn t what I was expecting it to be Having just read Jarhead, I was expecting Swofford s second memoir to deal with his reintegration with society after his time in the war In actuality, there is a gap of several years between the events in the two books.There s nothing wrong with that, of course, but I have to admit it threw me and, as a result, I had trouble getting into this book at first.Once I got past this, I found myself won [...]

  3. I give Hotels, Hospitals and Jails a very reluctant two stars Anthony Swofford is a good writer and the book was somewhat entertaining but I really don t like him as a person and found a lot of the book really annoying I wouldn t have finished it if it were something I were actually reading I listened to it as an audio book The main topic of the book is Mr Swofford s troubled relationship with his father but a big chunk of the book consists of Mr Swofford bragging about all of the women he s sle [...]

  4. This book is about life after success for Anthony Swofford In this memoir the author discusses his life after writing the popular Jarhead which was also made into a movie Basically, he lived a fast life slept with multiple woman in a day, drove his car so fast and carelessly that he smashed it to pieces outside his home, and drank and did drugs liberally Although that is the premise of the book the author focuses a lot of writing and energy on his relationship with his father To say it is strain [...]

  5. The mood Swofford creates in his memoir feels like an adrenaline rush His recollections are lucid, frenetic, edgy, unabashed, and unapologetic Each chapter scintillates with explosive prose and the pacing moves fast, but some chapters sting with insight while others, though interesting, feel like fillers At times the book s narration feels scattered and fragmented, and at other times its remembrances burst off the page in brilliant, heartbreaking fashion At its core, the memoir is tremendously h [...]

  6. I picked up this audio book by chance at the library written by the author of Jarhead , and felt like I was carrying an elephant on my chest as I read Swofford describes his search for identity, meaning, and reconciliation with his dying father in the years after he returned from serving as a sniper in the Marines.Swofford talks a life half lived consumed by drugs, drinking, expensive cars, and women, which had him on the brink of suicide At times, I felt exhausted by the constant descriptions o [...]

  7. If you read Jarhead Anthony Swofford s really good memoir about being a sniper in the first Iraq War it probably would not surprise you that Swofford drank drugged and screwed like a maniac after he became famous and at least for a while rich This memoir lacks the bite of Jarhead and the rejuvenated Swofford saved by the love of a good woman and a newborn baby seems about 5 years and another memoir away from how he survived the trauma of divorce and still stayed a good father Swofford s recollec [...]

  8. The single star says it all I did try, and I was halfway through a fifty page dissection of a letter Swofford s father sent to him when I finally gave up, thanks to a book review in the Sunday NYT It wasn t me, it was the book Phew.Swofford s hate love relationship with his father, hate than love, just wasn t that interesting Neither was Swofford s use of sex, drugs and alcohol I got tired of hearing about his awesome libido I can t imagine a reader who wouldn t I probably should have stopped r [...]

  9. incredibly disappointed with this memoir while i read liked Jarhead, in H,H,J i found many of Swofford s introspective instances vapid at best, as shallow as a shower stall Swofford s immaturity is perhaps best highlighted in a chapter in which he systematical dismantles and provides counterpoints for an eight page long letter his father sent to him a few years back this not a man s memoir, but a teenage boy s diary, complete with Oedipal rage and boorish angst.o and by the way, did he mention t [...]

  10. I was fortunate to receive an early copy of this new memoir It s blunt and beautiful Swofford had written a book about fathers and sons and love that is full of gusto and courage He lays himself bare on the page, risking everything This book is a must read.

  11. This is a gritty man s book It told this reader about the spoils of war and how military training reprograms the minds of men PTSD is real and often men who have served their country come back to be hard ass dads, drinkers, and many drifters or homeless The streets of America are filled with these guys who never recovered fully from their early years in the military The author wrote the book Jarhead which was made into a movie and gave the author great financial gains This book is confessional, [...]

  12. The title got my attention I still can t believe I read this all the way through a memoir of an ex military man whining through drugs, booze, fast cars and women who thinks his Viet Nam vet father hates him not exactly my style but it was well written with humor and just enough self deprecation to keep my attention hoping for something worth hearing And it does end well with a good woman and children every man s dream come true

  13. A laughed out loud a few times while reading this book Other parts of the book are really sad It would be best to read Jarhead before reading this book.Sample quote There are days I still fantasize about combat, long nights when I wish I had rejoined the Marines as an infantry officer after September 11 and gone back over and got some war to score that kill I d missed the first time I didn t know if another war would make me a better man, but it might.

  14. After Swofford s lukewarm first novel, Exit A, it s a pleasure to pore over his well established memoirist prose again Like a light continuation to Jarhead, Anthony Swofford covers the self destructive lifestyle of a veteran and author who juggles lovers, drugs, and his career, all while butting heads with his terminally ill father a man who Swofford wishes he took less from As the title hints, he stumbles through a bachelor s life from woman to pill, to his father s RV, to the drunk tank, to th [...]

  15. One of the worst memoirs I ve ever read The author spends the whole book bragging about his sexual prowess and conquests while berating his own father for the same activities Toward the end he tries to claim moral high ground by claiming I paraphrase I did all my oat sowing in my thirties, you did it while you were married I d never do that to my wife and children Conveniently IGNORING the fact that he was already married and fucked around on his first wife This isn t even the worst of his sins. [...]

  16. Probably most people who pick this up will be expecting Jarhead Revisited , and this is not the case The book is a chronicle of the author s experiences after he attained literary fame and fortune However, many unresolved issues prevented him from enjoying his new life, and first and foremost was the fractured relationship with his father This book is Anthony s attempt to rectify the situation, but it almost becomes a chronicle of the conflict between two extremely opinionated individuals who di [...]

  17. I had read Jarhead and was interested in seeing what had transpired in Anthony Swofford s life since his best selling book was made into a movie Swofford drags us along on nearly a decade of drugs, promiscuity, infidelity and other unsafe behaviors It s kind of like watching a train wreck in slow motion He also is trying and trying again to solve his hate love hate love relationship with his father In this book he details his family history as he looks for differences between himself and his fa [...]

  18. I or less read anything when it comes to Swofford This book was a heart wringer, and it was meant to be his memoir of his own wrung out heart laid across the page People expecting the heir to Jarhead are likely to be disappointed, but there s a lot to dig into here The frank way he deals with his own success and celebrity is clearly supposed to inspire disregard it evidentially inspired disregard and no small self loathing in Swofford himself Anyone who has ever had a strained relationship with [...]

  19. Swofford returns to the memoir with this exploration into the father son dynamic via the capital r, capital t Road Trip Except that the actual Road Trip is but a small piece of a much larger, much less packaged tableau of events in and out of Swofford s rise to literary fame post Jarhead This is a fast read, and extremely interesting if you ve ever wondered what happens when a serious writer tries to move like Mick Jagger answer they crash, burn, sign a lot of irresponsible leases, stock up on w [...]

  20. I got this book because I remember reading Jarhead and recommended it to my Marine friends Then, reading this, I remembered that the main character the author was a jerk, but I admired him for gutting it out during the first Gulf War and then going on to the Iowa Writers Workshop and getting published This book just reinforces the idea that he is a jerk a multi philandering, money wasting, drug taking, irresponsible drinking, jerk who also happens to have a dad who may be an even bigger jerk The [...]

  21. Swofford does it again with a fantastic memoir Post Jarhead, he finds himself with too much money and an urge for drinking, drug use, and endless sexual escapades However, he soon finds that his life is empty and without substance There is also the nagging fact that his father a man whom Swofford has many issues with is dying And before that, Swofford s older brother has died Feeling like he wants to try and make sense of he and his father s fractured and uneasy relationship, he goes on road tri [...]

  22. I didn t read Jarhead or see the film, but I went to a reading Swofford did in Sacramento and was moved by his words and by seeing him with his wife and child It seemed very obvious to me that having them in his life shifted Swofford for the better, and I wanted to read how he got from rock bottom to where he is now This memoir tells that story beautifully He is direct and unapologetic when he tells of his sexcapades, his drinking drug use, and his hatred of his father This book may make you fli [...]

  23. I am often asked about the wars And I say that the wars are a waste of human life on both sides and a deep strategic blunder But I had never sat in a room with a wounded marine And I needed to do that But I am no clearer on what the wars mean r men trying to bring life into the world Two would be engaged in a fistfight, one would be doing whiskey shots in the corner, and the other would be on the floor in a fetal position, weeping Mothers are immensely forgivable creatures A storm also measures [...]

  24. There s some very good writing in this book, but it s unfortunately clouded by a lot of not so good writing about unresolved father issues, a first marriage and divorce mentioned only fleetingly, which makes me wonder if he s saving it for his next memoir , excessive drug use, unhealthy relationships, and compulsive sex in exotic locations I also spotted a typo sad instead of said , which bugged me than it should have, likely because it reinforced my belief that this was churned out quickly and [...]

  25. Just couldn t take it, quit halfway through a rarity for me It slays me when men still refer to the women as the the flight attendant, the woman in the bed, the girl in San Francisco I have a strong desire to see the world through a variety of men s eyes, but I have an even stronger sense of not wanting to waste time on books that make my stomach clench So back to the stacks with this one A turn of phrase I m guessing he might twist in some misogynist fashion, but perhaps not.

  26. This 2012 memoir follows Swofford s first, Jarhead It is a machismo tour de forceof his letdown after success and wealth arrivd from his first book Too many drugs, alcohol,and sex had him spiralling out of control He fairly boasts of his downfall beforeconfronting his contentious relationship with his father That part is worthwhile anda fierce portrait of how connected we become with our parents, even if in rage.The ending is a happy one, but nearly sounds too fortuitous and barely earned That i [...]

  27. Tony Swofford is a brutally honest and good story teller Tony joins the military to get away from a bad home life Returns from the Gulf War, goes to college to become a writer and then writes Jarhead This becomes a best selling book and movie He makes obscene amounts of money is out of control with spending, drinking, drugging and juggling sexual relationships with several women at a time Not a very likable or dependable person This book is his journey with coming to terms with his anger towards [...]

  28. I really, really, really loved Jarhead And I really like Swofford s writing he s fast and his voice cuts right through the page But I have to wonder where his editor was on this It seems like what would ve been two or three excellent essays and one of them, about meeting his wife, he read for a Moth Story Hour and was great were stretched out to make a book A lot of brain dumping and not enough real, cohesive content for me A bit of a disappointment.

  29. A second memoir by the author of Jarhead Tony Swofford updates us on how he lost all the money he made, ruined his relationships with everyone and finally found some peace with his father It seems like every author has chosen PTSD to explain the bad behavior of their main characters Tone has it in spades and we travel with him to redemption.

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