Author: Laura Hillenbrand
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (July 29, 2014)
Rating: 5 stars (Read It!)
The biography, Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand describes the life of Olympics runner and World War II POW Louis Zamperini.
In his childhood, Zamperini was a locally notorious boy with cunning mind. He’d break into people’s houses (to steal something edible) or set up a prank contraption.
Determined to find a way to channel Louis’s wildness, Pete Zamperini (his older brother) attempted to interest him in track. Initially the attempt failed, but eventually Louis gained interest and he began to break records.
But when Pearl Harbor was bombed and America entered into World War II, Louis became an Army Air Corps bombardier. After narrowly surviving combat missions from the Hawaii base, Zamperini and two fellow Air Corps men, crashed in the Pacific Ocean and set a record for longest record at sea.
Eventually as they drifted east, the Japanese captured Louis and his crew. Following his capture, Louis was sent to various POW camps where several cruel POW camp officials and guards abused them. One official, known as the Bird, was exceptionally fixated upon abusing Louis.
Will Louis be able to survive and recover the physical and emotional torments of the Japanese POW camps?
Unbroken is an amazing biography and
“A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption“
as the cover phrases it.
Not only was the writing spectacular and kept me reading, but the characters (who are real people) were vivid and easily pictured. Hillenbrand is also talented at using words to illustrate the events as they unfold without excess detail or making the reading tedious. On the contrary, the writing flows very nicely and kept me as a reader turning the pages.
Unbroken depicts a very intense story filled with adventure, violence, but it also has a story about healing woven in toward the end. All in all, this was an excellent read, which I would recommend to people looking for interesting biographies, good writing, and World War II stories.
What are your thoughts on Unbroken? Have you read the book? Do you plan to?
After much hassle, I managed to get my dog to stay till and pose with the book after enticing him with dog treats. Thank you to Alicia @ The Cyborg Knight for the inspiration–you can see photos of her dog Miko, modeling Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows, here.