Saturday, October 10, 2015

"Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk"

my take: It's not long into this novel that the reader can start to figure that the halftime walk is likely to take the entire book.  And that's okay: the writing is wickedly smart so although the journey is long, it's entertaining. The premise is Billy's army company Bravo is making the rounds in the US on a bit of a victory tour during the Iraq war - poster boys to drum up support for the war. They are in the halftime show at the Dallas Cowboys game on Thanksgiving.

I'm calling this a veritable "kitchen sink read" as the author has thrown in every subject under the sun ... football, war, politics, religion, wealth, relationships, and more. I laughed several times when another topic was slipped in ... thinking "Oh, you're going there, too?!"

Witty, sarcastic, insightful, painful, funny, irreverent, poignant ... I was astounded at the range of emotions and the sheer number of ideas in this book. At times it felt combative, which I think was partly the point. Quite possibly a great discussion read.

I see a movie is in production with Ang Lee directing and Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel among others in it. I will pay to watch this one.

my source: browsing at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor...need to get back there.

my verdict: excellent read

1 comment:

  1. Good to know! I've had this on my Kindle forever after hearing an interesting NPR talk on it, but somehow I've never gotten around to reading. Move it up the queue...