Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken by Laura HillenbrandUnbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

My rating: 5 of 5 stars!

I don’t read very much non-fiction (for pleasure anyway), but this book was recommended to me by a friend.  So, I decided to give it a try. Written by Laura Hillenbrand, the author of Seabiscuit, Unbroken reads more like a novel than some novels I’ve read. This one had me at the Preface.

Unbroken is the story of Louis Zamperini; a reckless boy turned Olympic hopeful, an Olympic hopeful turned WWII bombardier, a WWII bombardier turned POW, a POW (eventually) turned civilian and then a troubled civilian desperately in search of peace after the war.

Honest and unflinching, I kept having to stop and close my eyes just so I could try to process what I was reading. Louie’s (and those of the other South Pacific POWs) is an incredible story of endurance and survival in the face of unimaginable suffering, but it’s also a story of hope and forgiveness, and of the true, life-sustaining power of human dignity.

I highly recommend it.

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2 Responses to Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

  1. I actually read mostly non-fiction for pleasure, but usually science non-fic, not biographies. I’ve heard wonderful things about Seabiscuit (how it’s written, not the movie), so I’m sure this book is equally well-written. I think my FIL would like this book and if he gets over this recent bout of illness (he’s in his mid 80s), I’ll recommend it to him.

  2. John Hedrick says:

    Let me know if you decide to try it yourself. Biographies aren’t usually my thing either, but I’m so glad I decided to read it. 🙂

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