Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

BLLHW

Ben Fountain

First Sentence:     The men of Bravo are not cold.

Back of the book:

Nineteen-year-old Billy Lynn is home from Iraq. And he’s a hero. Billy and the rest of Bravo Company were filmed defeating Iraqi insurgents in a ferocious firefight. Now Bravo’s three minutes of extreme bravery is a YouTube sensation and the Bush Administration has sent them on a nationwide Victory Tour.

During the final hours of the tour Billy will mix with the rich and powerful, endure the politics and praise of his fellow Americans – and fall in love. He’ll face hard truths about life and death, family and friendship, honour and duty.

Tomorrow he must go back to war.

Quotes from the book:

‘It is its own hangover, a scum around his psyche like a bathtub ring[…]’

  terrRr

                      Eye-rack,

                                           Eaaaaar-rock

Sod’m

freedoms

nina leven,

        nina leven,

                 nina leven

hero

               sacrifice,

soooh-preeeeme sacrifice

Bush

                                                              Osama

values

                                                                                            dih-mock-cruh-see

‘If a bullet’s going to get you, it’s already been fired.’

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Last Sentence:     He sits back, closes his eyes, and tries to think about nothing as the limo takes them away.

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