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A novel in the great American tradition,
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This review is from: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (Kindle Edition)
Much has been written by other reviewers about this wonderful book, nearly all doing justice to a significant addition to a great American novel tradition. Above the political and social commentary there is the wonderful creation that is Billy Lynn. He is the natural descendant of Huck Finn - not naturally articulate in speech but hugely articulate in his emotional understanding of his world and his naive questioning of the icons of market capitalism seem to echo all of us in questioning something that is beyond normal comprehension.
It is for this reason that the possibly overblown metaphorical language of the novel, particularly when describing Billy's reactions to the craziness and distortions around him, actually works. The novel defies us to underestimate Billy's capacity for feeling.
Like Gatsby, Billy is looking for something "commensurate to his capacity for wonder", and the love story at the core of the novel is especially poignant
This is a novel in the great American tradition.
P.S It is also very funny