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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk


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ISBN13: 9780060885618
ISBN10: 0060885610
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bookdarts bob, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by bookdarts bob)
As for the writing, I don't think there is a bad sentence in this book.
It builds from a simple situation, one we are used to, the honoring of some army guys who are home from combat to be honored at a Dallas Cowboys halftime show. But they are home for only one week to goose up public support for the Iraq War and are almost invisible behind their uniforms. After that week, they will return to a stupid activity as if the week of "honor" never really happened.
The beauty of the book is that nearly everything that happens is very ordinary but if looked at slowly enough becomes all there is; the crude and cliched becomes nuanced.

In its way this book is our time's continuation of the Catch 22 tradition of destructing simple patriotism.
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Danielle Marshall, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Danielle Marshall)
The strongest contemplative young male character voice since The Catcher in the Rye. The book perfectly captures the randy young male eye - and that eye ultimately sees the grotesque and out of touch American praise of wartime heroism. Billy Lynn's conflict between service and self haunted me long after the last page.
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jcnoble, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by jcnoble)
A book I couldn't stop reading and now can't stop thinking about. I gave it as gifts to several people. I will probably re-read it at some point in the future, which is something I rarely do.
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Waney, December 31, 2012 (view all comments by Waney)
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 dissection of a certain facet of United States society - of those people who are well content to talk the talk of war but are happily oblivious of the cost. The story is also consistently funny - bitingly so - and all the more heartbreaking for that.
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Katsuya, December 28, 2012 (view all comments by Katsuya)
I was a huge fan of Ben Fountain's short story collection Brief Encounters With Che Guevara, so I was eagerly anticipating his first novel. The novel focuses on one of the author's favorite themes - innocents serving as the pawns for power players in the world of politics. The writing on every page is dazzling, and his gift at description, character building and lyricism are so jaw-droppingly good I found myself highlighting section after section until I stopped because I would have highlighted the whole book.Once I started reading, I couldn't put the book down. The story is heartbreaking and penetrating and feels, ultimately, too true.
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Product details 320 pages Ecco - English 9780060885618 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is not merely good; its Pulitzer Prize-quality good....A bracing, fearless and uproarious satire of how contemporary war is waged and sold to the American public.”
"Review" by , “Brilliantly done...grand, intimate, and joyous.”
"Review" by , “[An] inspired, blistering war novel….Though it covers only a few hours, the book is a gripping, eloquent provocation. Class, privilege, power, politics, sex, commerce and the life-or-death dynamics of battle all figure in Billy Lynn's surreal game day experience.”
"Review" by , “A masterful echo of ‘Catch-22, with war in Iraq at the center.…[A] gut-punch of a debut novel.…There's hardly a false note, or even a slightly off-pitch one, in Fountain's sympathetic, damning and structurally ambitious novel.”
"Review" by , “Fountain's excellent first novel follows a group of soldiers at a Dallas Cowboys game on Thanksgiving Day.…Through the eyes of the titular soldier, Fountain creates a minutely observed portrait of a society with woefully misplaced priorities. [Fountain has] a pitch-perfect ear for American talk.”
"Review" by , “Biting, thoughtful, and absolutely spot-on....This postmodern swirl of inner substance, yellow ribbons, and good(ish) intentions is at the core of Ben Fountain's brilliant Bush-era novel.”
"Review" by , “Ben Fountain combines blistering, beautiful language with razor-sharp insight…and has written a funny novel that provides skewering critiques of America's obsession with sports, spectacle, and war.”
"Review" by , “A brilliantly conceived first novel....The irony, sorrow, anger and examples of cognitive dissonance that suffuse this novel make it one of the most moving and remarkable novels I've ever read.”
"Review" by , “Seething, brutally funny…[Fountain] leaves readers with a fully realized band of brothers.…Fountain's readers will never look at an NFL Sunday, or at America, in quite the same way.”
"Review" by , “The Iraq war hasn't yet had its Catch-22 or Slaughterhouse-Five, but Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a contender….A wicked sense of humor, wonderful writing and, beneath the anger and outrage, a generous heart.”
"Review" by , “Fountain's strength as a writer is that he not only can conjure up this all-too-realistic-sounding mob, but also the young believably innocent soul for our times, Specialist Billy Lynn. And from the first page I found myself rooting for him, often from the edge of my seat.”
"Review" by , “[T]he shell-shocked humor will likely conjure comparisons with Catch-22 and Slaughterhouse-Five.…War is hell in this novel of inspired absurdity.”
"Review" by , “A truly wondrous first novel.”
"Review" by , “While Fountain undoubtedly knows his Graham Greene and Paul Theroux, his excursions into foreign infernos have an innocence all their own. In between his nihilistic descriptions, a boyishness keeps peeking out, cracking one-liners and admiring the amazing if benighted scenery.”
"Review" by , Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a big one. This is the brush-clearing Bush book we've been waiting for.”
"Review" by , “It's a darkly humorous satire about the war at home, absurd and believable at the same time.”
"Review" by , “Darkly comic.…Rarely does such a ruminative novel close with such momentum.”
"Synopsis" by , Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and a finalist for the National Book Award!

From the PEN/Hemingway Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed short story collection, Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, comes Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk ("The Catch-22 of the Iraq War" —Karl Marlantes).

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.

"Synopsis" by , The Western and the war story combine when an elite Special Forces unit searches for treasure on horseback in the borderland between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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“The book’s pacing is cinematic . . . adrenalized.” — New York Times

“Rich in equestrian and military detail . . . It’d take wild horses to pull you away.” — Entertainment Weekly

When Corporal Elijah Russell’s superb horsemanship is revealed during a firefight in northern Iraq, the young army Ranger is assigned to an elite Special Forces unit preparing to stage a secret mission in eastern Afghanistan. Russell’s task is to train the Green Berets — fiercely loyal to their enigmatic commander, Captain Wynne — to ride the horses they will use to execute this mission through treacherous mountain terrain. But as the team presses farther into enemy territory, the nature of the operation only becomes more mysterious and Wynne’s charismatic power takes on a darker cast. Ultimately, Russell finds himself forced to make a choice: on one side, his best friend and his most deeply held beliefs; on the other, a commanding officer driven by a messianic zeal for his mission. This taut, action-packed novel fuses the Western and the war story into a compellingly original tale.

“This novel feels like Cormac McCarthy meets Tim O’Brien. I could not stop reading it.” — Philipp Meyer, author of The Son

[author photo] © Mark Fortenberry

"Synopsis" by , 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.

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