Friday, March 9, 2012

UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand (biog)

"Unbroken" has been on the best seller list for some time, so I am a bit late in my review.  The title is perfect.  If you haven't heard the story of Louie Zamperini, and even if you have, but have not read the book, I recommend that you do.  How can a person go through so much and still fight to live?  Zamperini is a complete example of the "greatest generation," those who lived through the depression followed by the brutal World War II.  Louie was tough from the time he was born.  His character development is a fascinating story in itself.  How he transformed himself from a bad boy to a world champion runner is told in the early part of the book.  His capture by the Japanese, after enduring a record survival time lost in the vast Pacific, is heartbreaking.  The degradation and torture endured by Louie and his fellow prisoners is painful to read.   The incredible will of the human spirit and what the body can endure defies belief.  This is not an easy book to read, yet the promise of the final survival leaves many lessons to ponder both about man's inhumanity to man and the strength of character of those who endured. 

1 comment:

  1. Wow what a great read! This book got me from San Diego to Boston and halfway back again without a single pause to sleep or watch airline tv. So well researched that it takes on its own cinematic reality for long stretches. I kept watching the percentage counter on the bottom of the Kindle page and not understanding how I was only 25% done. How much more can this guy survive? I loved that the book kept going after the Hollywood ending - the added years brought real depth to the story. The pages devoted to fleshing out the evil prison guard also added unexpected facets. Thanks so much for the tip!