Look at me skipping days and running low on motivation to come up with posts. Oh, well – Sunday was my little cousins sixth birthday and I had family over all damn day, which means I without a doubt slept in Monday morning. Then spent the day writing my last essay, washing my surfboard because I’m too much of a wuss when it comes to cold water, and running errands.
But instead of updating you on my life; here’s another book review for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk:
Billy Lynn and his Bravo squad mates have become heroes thanks to an embedded Fox News crew’s footage of their firefight against Iraqi insurgents. During one day of their bizarre Victory Tour, set mostly at a Thanksgiving Day football game at Texas Stadium, they’re wooed by Hollywood producers, smitten by Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, and share a stage at halftime with Beyonce. Guzzling Jack and Cokes and scuffling with fans, the Bravos are conflicted soldiers. “Okay, so maybe they aren’t the greatest generation,” writes debut author (!) Ben Fountain, who manages a sly feat: giving us a maddening and believable cast of characters who make us feel what it must be like to go to war. Veering from euphoria to dread to hope, Billy Lynn is a propulsive story that feels real and true.
Again, I had to read this book for my literature class and it probably wouldn’t be a book that I’d ever pick up on my own. The only war book I’ve ever been interested in, is Lone Survivor and only because the movie made my brother cry – a man which I’ve never actually seen cry. So, naturally, I immediately wanted to read the book before watching the movie.
War genre, I try to stay out of, even on Facebook, it’s something I don’t fully understand the who, what, when, where, and why’s of. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, however, pulled me into the mind set of a combat soldier.
Ben Fountain is an incredible writer and used the most authentic dialogue to show case the rawness of American soldiers. Getting to see this point of view of Bravo where they’re honest, vulgar, rough and tough, a little broken and some PTSD.
One of my favorite quotes from the book,
“It was raw. It was some fucked-up shit. It was the blood and breath of the world’s worst abortion, baby Jesus shat out in squishy little turds.”
Instead of taking a Nicholas Sparks approach and making soldiers sounds poetic and clean, Ben Fountain gives you the realistic view of soldiers.
I can’t really say much without giving the story away but I can say this – they’re making BLLHW into a movie nd they casted Kristen Stewart as Kathryn. Kathryn is a character full of emotion and guilt. A lot of guilt, spoiler alert: she’s the reason Billy Lynn’s in the Army. He does something every sister her brother would for her, but that came with a consequence that she feels entirely guilty for. All of this, I believe, Kristen Stewart can’t show in her typically confused or exasperated expression – clearly I’m not a Kristen Stewart fan.
But I’m a huge fan of this book, and I’ll definitely be in line or streaming illegally this movie when it comes out – even if Kristen Stewart isn’t blonde.