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  • Title: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
  • Author: Ben Fountain
  • ISBN: 9780060885595
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Billy Lynn s Long Half Time Walk is a razor sharp satire set in Texas during America s war in Iraq It explores the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad.Ben Fountain s remarkable debut novel follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media intensive Victory Tour at Texas Stadium, footballBilly Lynn s Long Half Time Walk is a razor sharp satire set in Texas during America s war in Iraq It explores the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad.Ben Fountain s remarkable debut novel follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media intensive Victory Tour at Texas Stadium, football mecca of the Dallas Cowboys, their fans, promoters, and cheerleaders.
    Billy Lynn s Long Halftime Walk Billy Lynn s Long Half Time Walk is a razor sharp satire set in Texas during America s war in Iraq It explores the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad Ben Fountain s

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    1. It s probably a bad idea for the US military to allow the troops overseas to get the news from back home I have this fear that someday the service men and women in places like Iraq and Afghanistan will finally snap after seeing the people they ve pledged to defend are less interested in what they re doing than TV reality shows and celebrity gossip If the military ever decides that the pack of assholes back in America isn t worth fighting and dying for, we could find all that hardware aiming back [...]

    2. It is early in the latest Iraq war SPC Billy Lynn, a 19 year old, silver star recipient and bona fide war hero, is about to be honored at the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving home game, along with seven other members of Bravo company, for bravery in a battle that had the benefit of a Fox news crew with plenty of film He is also the window through which we get a hard look at the reality of millennial America That Ben Fountain succeeds so well in making Billy work both as a character in his own right a [...]

    3. No American Sniper it isn t Even The Hurt Locker or Zero Dark Thirty or the forgotten Stop Loss aren t IT, either This IS IT you gotta GOTTA read read READ this Of course, you would have to go to literature for the most captivating, most REALISTIC depictions of the new American Soldier s psyche Juicy and spine tinglingly relevant, this uber irreverent novel soars high with a grounded and visceral pulse, in an almost minute by minute account of society s push on the soldier Billy Lynn , on his fi [...]

    4. Well, that didn t take very long Mounting frustration, a couple of critical if unusual reviews, and that s it I feel validated now, I m quitting.I wanted to blame the audio format, but that doesn t usually get in the way when I m truly enjoying a book I could say it s because it s a guy book, but I ve liked some guy books in my day admittedly they were a harder sell, but not impossible for me to enjoy.I guess the book just felt repetitive to me Not much of a plot rather a string of linked events [...]

    5. It s an old observation, but true nonetheless Nineteen is a difficult age old enough to get shot for your country, but not to drink beer In Billy Lynn s case, it s an age where there s than that to sort out, but with little training to draw on to get it all figured We re pulling for you, though, Billy.What SPC William Lynn was trained for was life in Bravo Company, ground troops in Iraq who showed exceptional bravery under fire Footage of their valor found its way into American living rooms, an [...]

    6. A brilliant exploration of the dissonance and disconnect between military life and civilian life in a time of war I can t recall the last time I ve read a novel that skewers the American public so effectively and relentlessly This is the right novel for the last ten years of American wars, perhaps THE novel for the War on Terror GWOT Long War whatever the Pentagon is calling it these days There are several excellent memoirs and non fictional accounts of life on the modern battlefield The Forever [...]

    7. There are few things less enjoyable than poorly written satire, and there are few time periods less interesting to set a book in than the very recent past decade or so past This book manages to combine both of these for a result that s just as crappy as you d imagine It s satire with all the subtlety of Goofus and Gallant The plot is simple a small band of soldiers from Bravo squad which is a misnomer, but that just shows the MEDIA DOESN T UNDERSTAND THE MILITARY who responded heroically in a fi [...]

    8. If it s supposed to be this great Victory Tour then why can t he just stay home Mr Whaley s voice was gentle It s fine young men like your brother who are going to lead us to victory Not if they re dead It took me much longer than I expected to finish Billy Lynn s Long Halftime Walk I couldn t put my finger on it at first, until I realized I bookmarked nearly every other page for the first 100 or so pages This isn t a quiet book on balance it crackles and pops and is aggressive and muscular in i [...]

    9. It is, perhaps, a fortuitous accident that I turned the last pages of Ben Fountain s absolutely brilliant novel during Memorial Day a day when rhetoric about courage, support, sacrifice, and patriotism overflows.Billy Lynn the eponymous hero of this book is a genuine American hero He and his fellow Bravo Squad members decimated an insurgency caught on film by an embedded Fox News crew and became overnight sensations in a nation starved for good news about Iraq They are brought home for a media i [...]

    10. After surviving a bloody skirmish in Iraq, nineteen year old Billy Lynn returns to Texas a national hero Footage of the firefight was uploaded by a US journalist and the ensuing viral sensation quickly made celebrities out of Billy and his fellow soldiers Along with his comrades in Bravo Company, he is paraded around the country and hailed as a symbol of American hope and valour The story focuses on one of the final days of the victory tour Bravo are welcomed as guests of honour at a Dallas Cowb [...]

    11. This novel, Billy Lynn s Long Halftime Walk , written by author Ben Fountain and narrated by Oliver Wyman, evoked a multitude of emotions in me I have read many fictionalized accounts of war and I have to say that this was one I could really FEEL although the actual war account in the story lasts all of three minutes and forty three seconds and is told through a flashback This story is about the members of Bravo Squad who after engaging in a fight with insurgents in Iraq and losing two members [...]

    12. This is a moving satirical take on the disconnect between the soldiers who fought in Iraq and the limited understanding of their reality by the American public The Bravo squad of soldiers which achieved special bravery in their accomplishments in a meaningless sortie gets its five minutes of fame through some footage on the evening news, and the brass and politicians seize on its propaganda opportunities The soldiers are tapped to take a publicity tour culminating in a half time extravaganza at [...]

    13. La societ pu anche non avere bisogno di te, in senso stretto, ma di solito un modo di utilizzarti lo trova

    14. I d happily fall in love with a book that was trying to capture and examine our contemporary reality Politically, I absolutely agree with the themes highlighted to death in this book about the calculations behind going to war, about our society s inane priorities, everything But Ben Fountain never lets me forget that he s communicating his messages, that he s making these oh so important statements Instead of telling a good story or giving us a meaningful character study, all Mr Fountain did was [...]

    15. It is sort of weird being honored for the worst day of your life Billy LynnBravo Squad, a group of young Iraq war heroes, is traveling the country on a publicity tour for the Army They re to be put on display during the halftime show at a Dallas Cowboy s game on Thanksgiving Day Wherever they go, they are greeted with patriotic platitudes, clapped on the back and wished well by a fawning public made up of Fox News viewers who want to thank them for defending faith, flag, and America s heartland. [...]

    16. Wow Five stars Really For this I m not trying to be a dick I m not trying to patronize I don t mean, even, to be overly critical It s just that there is no way that this book is a five star book Think about it, people who have read it Do you really mean to say that this book deserves THE BEST SCORE POSSIBLE Are you willing to say that yes, this book deserves to be placed among the top eschelons of eternity I mean, I m just asking I m not saying that it s not a five star idea or that there aren t [...]

    17. Billy Lynn is a hero a gad dam gen u wine hee row a nineteen year old Silver Starred hero who watched his best friend die in his arms and got medalled for it Raped by angels is how he and his fellow BRAVO team describe the firefights of their experience in Eye rack Now back stateside to a hero s welcome a two week blitz through the swing states culminating in talking a movie deal with a part owner of the Dallas Cowboys They are publicly lauded humiliated during a sleet filled losing game where t [...]

    18. If you saw and enjoyed the compelling TV series Generation Kill, then I think you will love this book There are many outrageous claims made for the book on the back of the proof copy I read and, I have to say, they all stand up This is classic literature that will stand the test of time classic in the sense that it joins a long list of stories about the damage done to young men by a foreign war and the difficulties they face in re adapting to their homeland It is also a damning, lacerating disse [...]

    19. THE DALLAS COWBOYS WELCOME HEROS OF AL ANSAKAR CANAL is both a quote from, and a summary of, this literary novel that I loved and admired keep this in mind the other 95% of the time, when I am petulantly disliking literary fiction The entire book, with the exception of one flashback, takes place during a single Super Bowl Sunday afternoon, when the Dallas Cowboys are playing host to eight Army grunts home on a cockeyed sort of victory tour after a fire fight in which Billy s best friend dies in [...]

    20. It feels weirdly unpatriotic to like the Iraq War book written by a non vet better than the one written by a guy who was there, but there it is I like this better than The Yellow Birds, not that that s a bad book, but it s a little bit written at times This one is both less forced and engrossing.It takes place over the course of a single football game, as Billy Lynn and his squad of war heroes are paraded around like propaganda monkeys Flashbacks give you the gist of the engagement that made th [...]

    21. Fantastic and incisive social commentary about war and those take advantage of it about the vast gulf between what war really is and what it s made out to be The writing is just brilliant.

    22. Having a somewhat loose connection to the military lifestyle, I felt an instant connection to this book that goes deeper than a cursory glance just across the surface It made BILLY LYNN S LONG HALFTIME WALK real to me, yet I did have trouble initially getting into the story, because it s told as much through flashbacks, bouncing in time from the present to the past, that I struggled initially with the author s choice of storytelling But once I caught on, I dove into the water headfirst, and I di [...]

    23. Fountain has a wonderfully engaging writing style, it bubbles along, mixing philosophical musings with pop cultural ephemera, and an eye for the wry telling detail His characters are human in scale and sympathetic Why only three stars Well, for one, nothing happens in this book it is one comic but moving set piece after another all taking place over the course of a single football game You keep waiting for the book s little murmurings of plot to build to a narrative flow, and that never quite ha [...]

    24. My absolutely favorite book of the year I am disappointed that it did not receive the National Book Award, for which it was a finalist Paul Fussell once said and this is a fairly loose paraphrase from memory that it was impossible to speak clearly about war because the true facts of war are so gruesome and ghastly that people will turn from the page in horror unless you use a variety of literary devices to soften the blow Ben Fountain has found a dark, funny route into the big conversation and h [...]

    25. A brilliant novel about war that takes place far from the field of battle at the annual Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day football game, the culmination of a victory tour for a squad of young grunts whose heroic actions in Iraq have made them a marketable commodity to drum up support for the war Hilariously skewers the culture of instant celebrity, politics, patriotism and power, and poignantly conveys the senselessness of sending young men to war.

    26. I haven t seen the recently released film yet I hear it s amazing , but I really loved the book and how well it holds the various attitudes of war, as well as its powerful imagery.

    27. My father was 17 when he enlisted in the Navy during WW II As an enlisted sailor he met my mother They corresponded throughout his years at sea and were married at the end of the war, when he was 21 I have his letters to my mother while he was at sea.Why am I telling you this This is a review of Billy Lynn s Long Halftime Walk, a novel about a 19 year old virgin hero who is being redeployed to Iraq He has been to visit his Texas family and now is being paraded in front of the American people in [...]

    28. I can t say that I ve ever read a Texas stream of consciousness novel before It s a bit like taking Leopold Bloom and transplanting him to Dallas Billy Lynn isn t like Bloom, though he isn t a Dublin do nothing who gets a buzz out of seeing a girl s ankles Instead, he s an Iraq War hero on a p.r tour for the Army and the day in question isn t June 16 I m three days late with this review It s Thanksgiving Day at a Dallas Cowboys football game and Lynn gets a rise out of the ample flesh of some Co [...]

    29. Anyone who knows me well, knows my feelings about our involvement in most of military involvements and that my feelings about our too young men and women fighting are completely separate I had some trepidation going into Billy Lynn s Long Halftime Walk but I found this story so compelling from the beginning Billy Lynn comes from a small town in Texas, his mother your fairly average mom who worries about him, if a bit too much from his perspective, a father whose former bullying and bravado has b [...]

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