Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Billy Lynn s Long Halftime Walk 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 int

  • Title: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
  • Author: Ben Fountain
  • ISBN: 9780060885618
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 Cowboy, slated to be part of the halftime show aloThree 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 Cowboy, 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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    About "Ben Fountain"

    1. Ben Fountain

      Ben Fountain s fiction has appeared in Harper s, The Paris Review, and Zoetrope All Story, and he has been awarded an O Henry Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and the PEN Hemingway Award He lives with his wife and their two children in Dallas, Texas.

    137 thoughts on “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk”

    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 a [...]

    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 r [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 more 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 Ame [...]

    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 Fo [...]

    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 respo [...]

    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 mu [...]

    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 broug [...]

    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 [...]

    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 more about the members of Bravo Squad. who after engaging in a fight with insurgents in Iraq and losing tw [...]

    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 a [...]

    13. "La società può 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, al [...]

    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 heartl [...]

    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 [...]

    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-f [...]

    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 d [...]

    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 f [...]

    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 more 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 [...]

    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, [...]

    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 q [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

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