Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Fountain, Ben

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
A satire set in Texas during America's war in Iraq that explores the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad. 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.

Published: New York : Ecco, 2012.
Edition: 1st Ecco pbk. ed.
ISBN: 0060885610
Branch Call Number: F FOU
Characteristics: 307 p. ;,21 cm.


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Mar 20, 2015
  • bradamant rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 21, 2014
  • Millidog rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book wonderfully written.

Mar 21, 2014
  • emily8 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 01, 2013
  • Huierre rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 30, 2013
  • jeanner222 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Billy Lynn is a hero. As a part of Bravo Squad, he engaged in intense warfare with Iraqi insurgents. Footage of the skirmish has transformed the surviving men into heroes, and Bravo Squad is now on their “victory tour.”

The majority of our story takes place on Thanksgiving at Texas Stadium. As the Dallas Cowboys (and their cheerleaders) celebrate the much-honored men of Bravo, the soldiers struggle with their time in Iraq and the reality of returning to the desert. Yes, that’s right, they will be returning to Iraq in a few days.

This dull and pointless novel received many accolades. I really don’t understand the positive reviews. At all.

Mar 18, 2013
  • bigoz123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book. Very funny in a profane and sardonic manner. I felt like I was at the halftime show at Cowboy Stadium, which seemed as over-stimulated as a war zone.

Jun 16, 2012
  • kozmick rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Darkly comedic referendum on war and the commercialization and commoditization of patriotism.

Ben Fontain is a brilliant young writer with a gift for natural sounding and believable dialogue...very cinematic imagery, with a Joseph Heller sensibility about the vicissitudes and absurdity of war...

I recommend it highly...4.5 stars


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