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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: A Novel | Ben Fountain
A finalist for the National Book Award!A ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents at "the battle of Al-Ansakar Canal"three minutes and forty-three seconds of intense warfare caught on tape by an embedded Fox News crewhas transformed the eight surviving men of Bravo Squad into America's most sought-after heroes. For the past two weeks, the Bush administration has sent them on a media-intensive nationwide Victory Tour to reinvigorate public support for the war. Now, on this chilly and rainy Thanksgiving, the Bravos are guests of America's Team, the Dallas Cowboys, slated to be part of the halftime show alongside the superstar pop group Destiny's Child.Among the Bravos is the Silver Starwinning hero of Al-Ansakar Canal, Specialist William Lynn, a nineteen-year-old Texas native. Amid clamoring patriots sporting flag pins on their lapels and Support Our Troops bumper stickers on their cars, the Bravos are thrust into the company of the Cowboys' hard-nosed businessman/owner and his coterie of wealthy colleagues; a luscious born-again Cowboys cheerleader; a veteran Hollywood producer; and supersized pro players eager for a vicarious taste of war. Among these faces Billy sees those of his familyhis worried sisters and broken fatherand Shroom, the philosophical sergeant who opened Billy's mind and died in his arms at Al-Ansakar.Over the course of this day, Billy will begin to understand difficult truths about himself, his country, his struggling family, and his brothers-in-armssoldiers both dead and alive. In the final few hours before returning to Iraq, 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.Poignant, riotously funny, and exquisitely heartbreaking, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a devastating portrait of our time, a searing and powerful novel that cements Ben Fountain's reputation as one of the finest writers of his generation.
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ReadosaurusText
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Spent most of the day working, but squeezed in a little bit of this audiobook!

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ReadosaurusText
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This workout is brought to you by audiobooks, without which my physical activity would be significantly less.

hes7 Same for me! 4mo
ReadosaurusText @hes7 Glad I am in good company! 🤓 4mo
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wanderer15
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Pickpick

Back on Litsy after a long hiatus not because I‘ve forgotten about it, but simply because I haven‘t finished a book in a while (I redirected most of my free time to Scrabble stuff for the last few months). Ready to get back on my reading grind. I really enjoyed this book, which manages to be about war despite almost no scenes of combat - it‘s more about perception vs. reality with respect to the lives of modern soldiers.

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Sharpeipup
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Reading a book while overlooking the city it‘s set in.

#hometownread #texas

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Well-ReadNeck
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#OctoberXFiles #BitingTheBullet

Two of the best war books I‘ve read. Both made into movies.

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Arantzazu

The best novel I have read in years

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Smrloomis
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I know this may not be everyone‘s thing but I LOVED this and thought it was brilliant. It‘s on sale for Kindle right now for 1.99 USD 🎉

Zelma I was such a fan of this book. Surprised by how much it affected me. I then gave it to a bunch of people for Christmas. 1y
MelissaSue81 I bought this based on this post. I have no idea if it will be my thing, but it‘s on my TBR! 1y
Smrloomis @Zelma I was surprised by how much of a fan I was too. Hope some of them liked it too! (edited) 1y
Smrloomis @MelissaSue81 YESSS! Let me know what you think! 1y
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Ubookquitous
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Pickpick

My month in books --
As for being the "Catch 22 of the Iraq War" - I wouldn't go that far, but it was a blistering commentary on the war, politics, corporate money, pro-sports, and much more. Worth the read.

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goodbyefrancie
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Trying to listen to this one while I work today, but I'm struggling. I feel like I'm overhearing high school boy conversations. Is the whole book like this? I may actually have to bail on this one. Anyone have some praise to share that may make me stick with it?

ReadingEnvy I think it really gets into the mind of people coming home from war. And I think the author is proving a point - soldiers are KIDS. 2y
Bookzombie I agree with @ReadingEnvy 'a comment. I read this in book form and was rather surprised I liked it so much. I can see that listening to it might make it less appealing though. 2y
goodbyefrancie @ReadingEnvy @Bookzombie I'm sticking with it for now. If nothing else, I'll try reading it instead of listening. The story interests me enough to give it a good shot. Thanks! 2y
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Erix
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I recently finished Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. The writer does a superb job of honoring the sacrifice of soldiers while criticizing the vulgar, ignorant, shallow, war-mongering American public that sends kids to die in meaningless wars. It's funny, creative, and insightful.

Engaging: 4/5 stars

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Indexasaurus
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Am trying to read tonight but Loki is having none of it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ #dogsoflitsy ?

abbsinwonderland Aww, so cute! 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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#RockinMay #america #MemorialDay

I don't usually enjoy books about war. This was such a great story (war is in flashback). A great read for Memorial Day.

Zelma My favorite book I read last year! ❤️ 2y
Suet624 This is definitely on my list to read. 2y
MyNamesParadise I enjoyed the film adaptation by Ang Lee! 2y
Cinfhen I bailed😿I wasn't connecting...maybe I need to give it another try🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
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LornaDH
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Reading faces. Also, I put that ring there. 💜 Also also, I've always thought Tall Dude looks like a grownup Harry Potter.

britt_brooke Love this! 2y
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Carleneishere
Bailedbailed

Blegh. Wanted to like it, but after so many pages of being in an aimless macho teenager's head, I couldn't take it anymore. I appreciate what the author was going for, and bravo for taking risks, but it wasn't for me. I'd like to see the movie though.

Cinfhen I bailed too 🙈 2y
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LornaDH
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OK, I read this about two years ago, but I'm now making Neil read it. He doesn't have to love it, but it would help. #readingparty #recentfaves

MyNamesParadise The movie was really good! 2y
LornaDH @MyNamesParadise I want to watch it. I resisted for ages and now Neil wants to wait til he's finished reading. 2y
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MyNamesParadise
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I had watched the movie a few weeks back, but checked it out from the library again so I could watch the bonus features this time. I didn't read the book, but brilliant film? Ang Lee put his expertise to full use in bringing Billy's story from the novel to screen!

Centique Oh that's good to know! I've loved all Ang Lee's films i've seen so far - adding this to the list. 😊 3y
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Carleneishere
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Starting tonight. #readharder #bookaboutwar

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Smrloomis
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This is on sale! Ok maybe only in N America, but still! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

vivastory I just saw the trailer for the film adaptation today 3y
Smrloomis @vivastory have you read the book? I felt like the trailer made it look very different from the book 😟 3y
vivastory @Smrloomis no. I'm definitely going to before I see the movie. 3y
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Zelma @Smrloomis @vivastory the book is fantastic but I heard the movie is a mess. 3y
vivastory @zelma @Smrloomis that's usually how it goes. 95% of the time.. really 98% the book is better 3y
Smrloomis @vivastory @Zelma that's true but I thought this book & movie pair looked especially terrible. I loved the main character in the book; I'm not sure I could bear to see him ruined in a movie that didn't address his disappointment and ridicule of American culture. At least that's the way I read it. 3y
LornaDH I love this book. Still trying to get my husband to read it. 3y
Smrloomis @LornaDH ditto! For some reason, mine hasn't finished it. Not sure why. 3y
Zelma @Smrloomis @vivastory the book was my absolutely favorite read last year so I was wary of the movie already. Then one of my podcasts mentioned how terrible it was, complete with shaky cam to get the chaotic feeling across, so I knew I had to skip it. Plus movies don't always get satire just right and that is key for this one. 3y
Smrloomis @Zelma when I put "ridicule" above that's not quite right I think. But I did love the main character and think the movie would probably not work for me either. 3y
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Sara_Planz
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$1.99 today on Kindle!!

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TNbooklover66
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I don't #DNF a lot of books. I'm pretty good at choosing books that I will like and sometimes I've been tempted but then ended up really liking the book. The above are 4 that I did. I would really like to try Catch 22 again at some point. #readjanuary

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cynthiatainsh
Pickpick

Superb, and heartbreaking. The terrible contrast between the hyped up life in America and what the troops abroad, and their families, are actually going through is portrayed in a way that really hits you in the gut.

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ChrisBohjalian
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Loved this novel. Loved this movie.

AlexGeorge I loved the novel, too - fiercely, in fact. That's why I haven't dared watch the movie. 3y
Zelma @AlexGeorge I feel the same way. Loved the book so much and I can't imagine the movie captures the satire and emotion as well. 3y
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DimeryRene
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Because we must read the book before seeing the movie!

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Bookzombie
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#photoadaynov16 Day 23 I didn't really expect to like this book as much as I did. It's set almost entirely at a Dallas Cowboys football game and I'm not much of a sports person. Billy Lynn sticks with you. His visit home is only a very small portion of this book, but it's enough to know his family is dysfunctional. #dysfunctionalfamily

Skyler I had the exact same reaction! 3y
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Ohmylibros
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I read this book as part of the book club at my local indie. As one of my fellow readers noted, this book did not "have" to be written. A great satire of American culture and the Iraq war, but not anything ground-breaking. I did appreciate the accurate depiction of these war heroes, who are really just young guys who were thrown into a war and are now just trying to get by.

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Carissa-Green-Reads
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What to do in the interminable hours between the end of the work day and the time election returns begin to come in . . . Library!

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Chiperskee
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Pickpick

Best book I've read in a long time!

DimeryRene I just started this!! :) 3y
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badnorthern
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Pickpick

My favorite kind of book - makes you laugh and smacks you around a little.

DimeryRene That's a good review! I jus started this. :) 3y
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Chiperskee
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The trailer for the upcoming movie looks good.

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GeekyGirlBooks
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Bailedbailed

So...1/4 in and I'm paying bills instead. What does that tell u?

I tried hard to like it. I really did. But there seems to be a windowless iron door between myself and the characters. Narration is pretty much "Detached Observer" and its painful people!!

Pain. Dead. GAH!

So the glorious full review I'd planned is dead. Beaten with the same heavy cudgel Ben Fountain is using to drive his social commentary home in this book. ?

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GeekyGirlBooks
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Heleesi
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Tried reading this once before but I couldn't get through it. Trying again.

GeekyGirlBooks Ugh same! 3y
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SassyGirlReading
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“It is sort of weird being honored for the worst day of your life."

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Bookzombie
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I'm enjoying this book and an Italian chopped salad this evening. I hope everyone is having a great night or day depending on where you are! 💜

Nebklvr Looks good! 3y
Megabooks Yum! 3y
SeeJulieRead Looks delicious! 3y
BookishFeminist Yum!! 🍽 3y
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wonga
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I really liked this and would recommend the audiobook. billy and his Bravo squad need a sequel! wanted to read this before the movie came out...

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brendanmleonard
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For today's #AugustPhotoChallenge , I present a riff on the impulse buy! I impulsively bought each one of these at one time or another, but I have yet to read them. I was planning on working in the Wonderbook today, but while going through my shelves, I impulsively pulled down the other two to add to my TBR. (For September, probably.)

GinaAnderson I bought The Once and Future King on impulse too! Still on the TBR shelf. One day, though. One day... 3y
AThousandLives87 Your version of The Once and Future King is much prettier than my MMP. Mine, it's just a book, not a piece of art. 3y
GuiltyFeat I read an article today positioning the upcoming movie of Billy Lynn as a potential front runner in the awards season. Better read it now so you can explain why the book is better! 3y
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ApoptyGina69 I just added Wonderbook to my wish list 15 minutes ago. 3y
Bianca I ❤️ Wonderbook. 3y
brendanmleonard @Bi-Polar_Reader , thank you! @GuiltyFeat , I got it out as one of the many "books to read before the movie comes out this fall!" @ApoptyGina69 @Bianca yay!!! 3y
Zelma Billy Lynn is fantastic! Definitely worth reading sooner than later. 3y
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KerryO
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I'm just praying he made it back.

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Zelma
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Fantastic satire of the war on terror, American patriotism and culture, the super wealthy, football, the military... A bit more introspective than I expected for a satire but it really worked overall. Billy Lynn was a great character that will stay with me for awhile. Not a quick read even though it isn't very long; the writing is excellent and slowed down my reading to appreciate it more.

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Zelma
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Normally one of the boys would be in my lap but they're keeping me company in my guest room nook. Skippy snuggled in on the far left, Toby sprawled because he doesn't care, and Radar pouting. At least they're not trying to chew my book or smack my coffee cup. #24in48

coffeenebula Radar! ❤️ 3y
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Mamashep
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Bailedbailed

40% in and I'm tapping out. Just not keeping my interest despite some interesting I thoughts.

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NatDziadul
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Time to get cracking on this month's book club pick. Looking forward to this one!

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Antonio
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Fountain creates that narrative that feels like you're hearing a story from a batto, but doesn't fall into jargon-world, which is a great balance to achieve for a military writer. It shows he did his army-isms research, oftentimes that crucial niche lacking for writers without an OD background.

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BookishClaire
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Every so often Bradley Whitford (the West Wing's Josh Lyman) recommends a book to me. He's intelligent and well-read and knows good writing, so I listen. Here's what he recommended last night at Justice For Vets' PSA launch. And what he looked like.

lindseycornett Ok. My sister is always telling me he's hot and I didn't really get it...but maybe I stand corrected. 4y
BookishClaire Oh, you do, @lindseycornett. You do. 4y
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