Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

比利•林恩的中场战事

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李安电影《比利•林恩的中场战事》英文原著。2012年国家图书奖提名作品。

19岁的德州大兵比利·林恩在伊拉克服役,他所在的B班小分队在一次与当地反对武装的交火中取得了一场3分43秒的短暂胜利,被福克斯新闻报道,B班战士一个战死、一个失去双腿……他与七名幸存的士兵受布什总统邀请回国,参加一场“国家英雄胜利大游行”,一时炙手可热。他们甚至被邀请去达拉斯参加一场橄榄球比赛的中场秀,跟碧昂斯所在的“天命真女”同台。虚伪荣耀的背后、嘉年华般的奇遇里,19岁的比利学会了如何分辨这世界的真假。

老天作证,打仗确实烂透了,可比利也实在看不出这虚伪的美国梦有什么好的。

New York Times Bestseller

A finalist for the National Book Award

Now a Major Motion Picture

Three minutes and forty-three seconds of intensive warfare with Iraqi insurgents—caught on tape by an embedded Fox News crew—has 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 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 Star winning hero, 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 family his worried sisters and broken father and Shroom, the philosophical sergeant who opened Billy 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-arms soldiers 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.

Ben Fountain:

Ben Fountain is the author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara. He has received the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, a Whiting Writers’ Award, an O. Henry Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and two Texas Institute of Letters Short Story Awards, among other honors and awards. His fiction has been published in Harper’s, the Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, and his nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times and the New York Times Sunday Magazine, among other publications. His coverage of post-earthquake Haiti was nationally broadcast on the radio show This American Life. He and his family live in Dallas, Texas.

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