Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Culture. Ben Fountain’s debut novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, packs a wallop on many levels. Protagonist Lynn and members of his Bravo company squad were in a deadly firefight in Iraq. Lynn and others are celebrated as heroes, including at Texas Stadium on Thanksgiving, where they are recognized as part of selling the war to America’s citizens. After the game, they are being redeployed. Fountain presents our culture with great skill in this finely written novel. The characters are richly developed, and the mirror Fountain holds up to our society and culture will leave all readers thinking about his perspective and insight. Readers who appreciate biting satire and fine writing are those most likely to enjoy this book. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk from amazon.com.