Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
A finalist for the National Book Award! Three minutes and forty-three seconds of intense warfare with Iraqi insurgents has transformed the eight surviving men of Bravo Squad into America's most sought-after heroes. Now they're on a media-intensive nationwide tour to reinvigorate support for the... show more
A finalist for the National Book Award! Three minutes and forty-three seconds of intense warfare with Iraqi insurgents has transformed the eight surviving men of Bravo Squad into America's most sought-after heroes. Now they're on a media-intensive nationwide tour to reinvigorate support for the war. On this rainy Thanksgiving, the Bravos are guests of the Dallas Cowboys, slated to be part of the halftime show alongside Destiny's Child. Among the Bravos is Specialist Billy Lynn. Surrounded by patriots sporting flag pins on their lapels and Support Our Troops bumper stickers, he is thrust into the company of the Cowboys' owner and his coterie of wealthy colleagues; a born-again Cowboys cheerleader; a veteran Hollywood producer; and supersized players eager for a vicarious taste of war. Over the course of this day, 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.
Publish date: November 27th 2012
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.