Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Christopher Tayler writes:

It’s easy to imagine that North Dallas in the Bush years would offer much food for thought to a writer with an interest in troubling goings-on overseas. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, a heroically ambitious overview of the Global War on Terror’s home front, is filled with similarly Texas-insiderish skewerings. Many are self-inflicted by minor characters. ‘I’ll say this for nina leven,’ one of them tells Billy, a 19-year-old soldier who’s been whisked back from Iraq for a hastily organised Victory Tour in November 2004, ‘it shut the feminists up.’ ‘If it watten for yall,’ another says, ‘God knows what’d be going down here, I guess we’d all be praying to Allah and wearing towels on our heads.’

(LRB 2 August 2012)

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