Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

eBook - 2012
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New York Times Bestseller

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"Brilliantly done . . . grand, intimate, and joyous."

--New York Times Book Review

"Mothers, father, sons, and daughters: read this giant-hearted novel."

--MARIA SEMPLE, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Three minutes and forty-three seconds of intensive warfare with Iraqi insurgents--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. Now they're on a media-intensive nationwide tour to reinvigorate public support for the war. On this rainy Thanksgiving Day, the Bravos are guests of a Dallas football team, slated to be part of the halftime show.

Among the Bravos is nineteen-year-old 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 team's owner and his coterie of wealthy colleagues; a born-again 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.

Poignant, riotously funny, and exquisitely heartbreaking, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a searing and powerful novel that has cemented Ben Fountain's reputation as one of the finest writers of his generation.

Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], 2012
ISBN: 9780062096821
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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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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Jun 16, 2012

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