Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

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 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.

ISBN: 9781611208023
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A book that looks at the disconnect between war abroad and civilian life here. The movie is to be released November 11, 2016.


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Butterfly121761
Jan 22, 2017

I enjoyed it although I wouldn't say its so much told "from a soliders' perspective" but it is more a satirical glimpse of a soldier. It was witty at times, interesting at times a sometimes boring but all in all a good read.

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aronchick
Jan 18, 2017

I really enjoyed this novel. It was a gripping read that is impressive for its stream of consciousness-style concept (the entire novel takes place essentially in 6 hours). Each of the soldier characters were easy to bond with, and it brought a lot of light to the gap between my own perception of what I consider to mean supporting the troops and what supporting the troops actually means. Overall, a very worthwhile read.

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uncommonreader
Oct 11, 2016

In this book, Fountain presents a critical (although not scathing) picture of Bush's America. During this "victory tour" of war heroes, a producer is trying to obtain a movie deal (ironically, a movie of the book is coming out in 2016). Although the book is clever in some ways, I agree with the review in "The Guardian" that it is the voice of Fountain, not of an American soldier.

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swheeler89
Sep 08, 2016

Fountain is effective in giving each member of Bravo a voice and perspective. The book did lose me a tad with the cheerleaders and Destiny's Child thrills. Worth the read to understand what veterans might be going through.

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HujeBohoc
Dec 07, 2015

An excellent read. A very informative point of view on the Iraq War, from a soldier's perspective. All the characters are completely believable.

patcumming Nov 20, 2015

A soaring book that looks at heroism, war, love, celebrity, football and Hollywood. Enjoy the ride.

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bradamant
Mar 20, 2015

I greatly enjoyed this--I usually don't enjoy stream of consciousness writing but this was so vibrant and searing that I really got into it.

Millidog Jun 21, 2014

Great book wonderfully written.

emily8 Mar 21, 2014

Open your mind and listen to war veterans. You are going to want to read this at least once.

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Huierre
Dec 01, 2013

I didn't think this book would hold my attention, being about soldiers watching football, but it wound up being so much more. The characterizations of all the Bravo company were witty and profane and real, and the insights that occur to Billy Lynn about the marketing and sales behind knee-jerk patriotism and war are thoughtful and spot-on.

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