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Ben Fountain

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Ben Fountain is the author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, which was a national bestseller and winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award. A former practicing attorney, Fountain has taught at the University of Texas näytä lisää at Austin and Texas State University. näytä vähemmän

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Image credit: Author Ben Fountain at the 2018 Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas, United States. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74330238

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The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction (2008) — Avustaja — 126 kappaletta
New Stories from the South 2006: The Year's Best (2000) — Avustaja — 56 kappaletta
Dallas Noir (2013) — Avustaja — 43 kappaletta
Haiti Noir 2: The Classics (2013) — Avustaja — 43 kappaletta

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Lots of great historical and cultural details about Haiti in the early 90s, but it never really hit a stride for me. By the time it felt like the plot had started, it was ending. I wouldn't say that nothing happened in this book, it's more like not much happened to the characters in this book, while an awful lot was going on around them. If that was the whole point, I guess I missed it.
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adamhindman | 1 muu arvostelu | Mar 28, 2024 |
Entertaining novel about a team of soldiers returning from Iraq for 2 weeks to be feted as heroes after being involved in a televised skirmish with insurgents. Most of the novel takes place at a Dallas Cowboys game where they are being honoured at half-time. It's a fairly black comedy, although contrary to the quotes it is no Catch-22.

The main characters are well defined, although there seems (to this bleeding-heart liberal) a left-wing bias (i.e., most of the sympathetic characters have some liberal leanings). I liked the charismatic sergeant characters, though questioned whether a single team would have two such iconoclasts - stretched my credulity a bit.

Fountain plays around with some experimental techniques - structured layout of text, word-cloud-type constructions - and tries to convey the actual mental state of the soldiers, and what effect war and death has on a young person. Good attempts without being revolutionary.

Overall, it's enjoyable, but maybe less than the sum of its parts (and the title doesn't really work). This would be a 3.5, but I'll bump up.
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thisisstephenbetts | 124 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 25, 2023 |
I very much disliked this book. It was too long by at least 100 pages. It was too disjointed as time, place, and characters jumped from page to page, even paragraph to paragraph with not even a line break to give the reader a clue to the jump. There was too much incomprehensible talk among the characters about Haitian politics and too many untranslated French words, phrases and sentences for this German speaking American. I knew little about Haitian politics before I read this book and I am still in the dark. I often felt I needed to stop reading and consult Wikipedia’s version of Haitian history.
Parts of the book were interesting and well written. One blurb writer called this book “a fast, riveting read. A gripping thriller…” he must have read a different book. This book was a struggle to get through the first hundred pages before the characters and plot started to become clear. I would have enjoyed a 300 page book of Matt and Alix’s treasure hunting adventures much more.
I found Audrey/Shelly simply too confusing to like or dislike or to follow her part in the story. Matt had an interesting ethical dilemma. Alix apparently had no problems in the ethical field at all. His sister chose and was in that way my favorite character.
4 stars for the writing: 3 stars for the plot and length.
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beckyhaase | 1 muu arvostelu | Oct 22, 2023 |
Very entertaining satirical anti-war or perhaps anti-American culture novel. National Book Award finalist.
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markm2315 | 124 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 1, 2023 |



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