Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Book Review: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

I was determined to read as many books as possible while I was on school break. It didn't happen, but I did get through two books. One book worth reviewing was Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.





"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, seven years in the making, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in her blockbuster bestseller, 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." -retrieved from http://laurahillenbrandbooks.com
This book was truly an amazing account of one man's experience during WWII. The book has three main parts: Zamperini's life as a boy and journey to become a great Olympian, his military career during WWII and his accounts lost at sea and a POW, and his journey to healing after his rediscovery and newly found freedom. I could not put this book down. I think I went through all the possible emotions while reading this book: intrigued, saddened, joyful, grateful, inspired, confused. You MUST read this book. You won't be disappointed. 

8 comments:

  1. New Follower from the Followers to Friends Link up! Love your blog.. if you have time, check out mine at kjaggers.com and if you like what you see.. follow back! Happy New Year! K Jaggers

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    1. Hi Kisha. Thanks for stopping by. I'll head over and check our your blog.

      -Lacey

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  2. Oh man I love this book! What an incredible story! Just found your cute blog through the blog hop. I'm a new follower. Hope you'll stop by sometime!

    RebeccawithanR

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    1. Rebecca, wasn't it just amazing? I have a hard time putting how I felt about this book into words. It was just that type of book for me. So much happened that I couldn't imagine. Thanks for stopping by. I'll head over to your blog in a bit :D

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  3. Thanks for the great review! I've been considering this book, but now I'll definitely read it. I loved Seabiscuit, so I know what a talented writer she is! (Visiting via Followers to Friends!) ~Heather

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    1. Its a must read Heather. I haven't read Seabiscuit but I'll probably pick it up and read it during my semester break.

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  4. Hi there - new follower from the linkup! Love your blog & can't wait to read more! Hope you have a great day :)
    Rachel
    http://sugar-stripes.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Rachel. Thanks for following. I'll swing by your blog and check it out. Always love finding new blogs to follow.

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