Unbroken.

7/25/2011


I am reading the most incredible book right now. It's called Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (she wrote Seabiscuit). The story revolves around Olympic track runner Louis Zamperoni. (He is Italian, if you couldn't guess). His story is amazing. While serving in the war as a bombardier, his plane went down the Pacific and what follows is his unbelievable, harrowing and redeeming story of survival, on-board an unequipped raft, stalked by sharks and Japanese war planes, and later, his terrifying experience as a prisoner in Japanese secret prisons. There is a very astute observation at one point in the story. While being held in a tiny, dirty cell on a remote island, where he suffered numerous beatings, abuses and injections of dangerous chemicals from the Japanese military, Zamperoni realized that it's not just food and water that are essential to the survival of human kind, but also, and in a way perhaps more important, the ability to retain one's dignity. Once that is gone, it's hard to get it back.


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7 comments:

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

That is actually on my library que! I am glad you like it!

Anna said...

I just finished that book a few weeks ago and loved it! It's one of those "I can't believe this is a true story" stories. And definitely puts things in perspective. Moved from that to Cutting for Stone which is great but also heavy, need something light next :)

Alexa said...

Oh Anna Ill have to check out Cutting for Stone. Have you read BossyPants? That's a good, light-hearted read!
xo

la petite coquine said...

This sounds like an absolutely incredible story-I need to get my hands on a copy!

classic • casual • home said...

I want to read this book...thanks. I think my husband will like it, too. He loved Seabiscuit.

Stephanie said...

Wow, this sounds like a fascinating book. I'm adding it to my library list!

Mary Lane said...

This sounds like a really interesting book. I'll have to put it on my 'to be read' list.

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