Sunday, January 12, 2014

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood.  Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.  It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard.  So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini.  In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails.  As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile.  But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater.  Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion.  His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit.  Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

This insomniac's opinion:

Holy buckets of bravery, Batman! What an amazing book!!!

I rarely read non-fiction, so I waited far too long to follow up on my bibliophile buddy's suggestion to read this book. What in the hell was I thinking?

If you have not read this amazing, inspirational book, for God's sake- get your ass to the bookstore!!

I loved Louis in a way that doesn't seem rational because I never met the amazing man. It was a honor just to read his story. But, it wasn't just Louis- I loved all of the men and women in this story. This is a brutal war-time story, so there are so many deaths and each and every one struck my heart and I would have to stop reading and catch my breath. I will never forget any of these men that so bravely gave of themselves to better our country. I am so very grateful that their story has been told.


5 gigantic stars!

Worth staying up all night to read?

Yes, Yes, Yes!!!

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