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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk - Ben Fountain
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
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A ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents at "the battle of Al-Ansakar Canal"—three minutes and forty-three seconds of intense warfare caught on tape by an embedded Fox News crew—has transformed the eight surviving men of Bravo Squad into America's most sought-after heroes. For the past two... show more
A ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents at "the battle of Al-Ansakar Canal"—three minutes and forty-three seconds of intense warfare caught on tape by an embedded Fox News crew—has transformed the eight surviving men of Bravo Squad into America's most sought-after heroes. For the past two weeks, the Bush administration has sent them on a media-intensive nationwide Victory Tour to reinvigorate public support for the war. Now, on this chilly and rainy Thanksgiving, the Bravos are guests of America's Team, the Dallas Cowboys, slated to be part of the halftime show alongside the superstar pop group Destiny's Child. Among the Bravos is the Silver Star–winning hero of Al-Ansakar Canal, Specialist William Lynn, a nineteen-year-old Texas native. Amid clamoring patriots sporting flag pins on their lapels and Support Our Troops bumper stickers on their cars, the Bravos are thrust into the company of the Cowboys' hard-nosed businessman/owner and his coterie of wealthy colleagues; a luscious born-again Cowboys cheerleader; a veteran Hollywood producer; and supersized pro players eager for a vicarious taste of war. Among these faces Billy sees those of his family—his worried sisters and broken father—and Shroom, the philosophical sergeant who opened Billy's mind and died in his arms at Al-Ansakar. Over the course of this day, Billy will begin to understand difficult truths about himself, his country, his struggling family, and his brothers-in-arms—soldiers both dead and alive. In the final few hours before returning to Iraq, Billy will drink and brawl, yearn for home and mourn those missing, face a heart-wrenching decision, and discover pure love and a bitter wisdom far beyond his years. Poignant, riotously funny, and exquisitely heartbreaking, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a devastating portrait of our time, a searing and powerful novel that cements Ben Fountain's reputation as one of the finest writers of his generation.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780060885595 (0060885599)
Publisher: Ecco
Pages no: 307
Edition language: English
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TrevorPTweedleD
TrevorPTweedleD rated it
3.0 Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
This book has a unique premise that to my knowledge and experience reading books does not have a comparable. An Army unit hailed for their courageous efforts in Iraq are getting the hero treatment as they make their way on the final leg of their cross-country tour. After embarking on a two week whir...
The Binger of Books
The Binger of Books rated it
0.5 Chapter Review/Rant: Money Makes Us Real
I'm on the last two chapters where Bravo have gone into negotiations on the film rights with some Hollywood shark (Norm Oglesby?). I've been confused as to who is who and what exactly they're doing there. I thought Albert was the Hollywood guy, but he's just some agent. There was no actual work up...
The Binger of Books
The Binger of Books rated it
0.5 Billy Lynns Long Half Time Walk Review
These are the main impressions I got from the book: 1) Fountain seemed to be so overly preoccupied with trying to sound like a modern 19 year old male, that he forgot he was actually writing a book. 2) Fountains own voice and opinion is so heavily laid on, he practically drowned out the characte...
Chris' Eclectic Book Reviews
Chris' Eclectic Book Reviews rated it
3.5
This book just didn't do it for me. I would give it 3 1/2 stars. While I am hardly an apologist for conservative political views, even I found this to be very heavy handed. There isn't hardly a single enlightened person in the book aside from the soldiers. I found the plot, which I considered to b...
Crash My Book Party
Crash My Book Party rated it
4.0 Brilliantly moving.
I am at a loss for the words to describe this poignant, moving book and I don't believe I know how to write a worthy review...I just feel like it's shook me up, much the way a true account would. Brilliantly written and a must-read for all. Get ready to question the way you feel about the Iraq War.
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