Monday, July 30, 2012

Worth Losing Sleep Over

I was undone by reading Unbroken. Really. I lost sleep, staying up late reading (the only quiet time around here with two babies anyway), enthralled. I decided to go a day without eating at all, completely undone by what World War ll POWs went through in Japan, and feeling the need to show my respect for them as men somehow.
The storytelling of this author was so good I really felt I was there watching in first person. I was tired after reading about races; my skin crawled, I smelled fear! I shivered in the cold sea and was terrified by the sharks day and night... I was also crying tears of joy and sorrow along with some of the mothers.
I'll tell you what, I have read some really and truly good books this summer, but this- well, this one is brilliant. This one should be used in schools to help with the study of A.) the Olympics B.) World War ll,  C). pilots, bombers, Japan, or any number of related topics for that time and war.

In short, it's a real story about a real man that illustrates just how true it really is that a strong will can overcome much more than the human body should be able. A true story of humans in a time of war that became so brutal and beastly and evil that it boggles the mind until you remember what people can become apart from Jesus.
 What Louie Zamperini lived through- what other POWs transported to Japan lived through, will stay with me forever. For those who didn't survive those terrible days, my heart hurts and my resprct is duly given.

A true tale of redemption, a thrilling and frightening journey, I wouldn't have missed this one!

Inspirational is ua understatement.
You can get a copy from CBD or any place books are sold.

*I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher in order to read it and write an unbiased review.

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Publisher's Description

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.

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