Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

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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.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060885595
0060885599
Branch Call Number: FICTION FOUNTAIN 2012
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 24 cm

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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, footb... Read More »


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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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