May 26th Meeting

billyWe met last Tuesday at Mikes house to discuss the May book, ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ . This was a work of fiction (based on an actual event) which describes a group of soldiers who are back in the States from their tour in Iraq on a promo tour around the nation for the Army.

We had nine members at the meeting  (Welcome to Jeff our newest member).

Mike had box lunches for dinner with some great sandwiches and of course cold beer.

The evening started out with a discussion of the language of the book.  My own take was that he got the tone or style of the language of the of the main characters exactly right. I thought it was a great depiction of the typical entry level military.

Jack then presented some research he did on the participation of enlistees in the Army.  It was as you would expect, the lower the economics of the area the greater the percentage of those enlisting in the military.

Paul took particular issue with the the authors put down of prayer in the book. He felt that the author was anti-Christian among other antis. And I think that all the members felt that the book was mostly anti.  I think we all struggled to figure out what the author was trying to say in the book.  Was it satire, anti-war, anti-christian, anti-government?

Since the group had a hard time figuring out what the author was trying to say the book was not highly rated.

Rating: 4.6

FYI if you would like to see the video of the Destiny Child performance that Bravo Co participated in you can see it here.

About gillespierm

Born: 1952 Des Plaines Illinois Education: BA in Psychology from Western Ill University, Masters in Computer Sciences from Azuza Pacific University Occupations: Senior Consultant Inforeliance Corp. Marine Corps Training Information Management System (MCTIMS) Family: Married in 1995 to Bonny. Hobbies: Golf, Hiking
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