UNBROKEN: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
“Unbroken: A World War Two Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption, is Laura Hillenbrand’s (#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Seabiscuit) second novel. Unbroken is a biographical novel depicting the horrifying ordeals, experiences and sense of survival of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner whose life takes an unexpected turn after being drafted during World War II. Hillenbrand manages to express the physical and mental torture Louie (as she calls him) must endure first lost at sea after their plane crashes in the Pacific Ocean and then as a prisoner of war in Ofuna, a POW camp described as “a theater of the cruelty, where survival was an open question, and deaths common” (Hillenbrand, 2010. P. 197) at the same time she also conveys Louie’s resilience and determination, which allowed him against all odds to became first an Olympian and later on survive the horrors at Ofuna.
Determination is something that both Hillenbrand and Zamperini have in general. Restricted from living a regular life, due to her chronic fatigue syndrome has not stopped Hillenbrand, and she managed to conduct all the research she needed, to write Unbroken from her home. Even dealing with all her limitations; Hillenbrand does not take short cuts and just retells a sequence of facts and events she transforms a boring biographical account of facts and tells a story about determination, faith, resilience and survival, even before finishing the book you realize the title could not be more apropos.
Now, reading is more than a hobby of mine, my husband calls it my “drug”, but true be told Unbroken is not a book I would have chosen on my own. After all, I already knew that, though he may suffer and struggle the hero not just wins, but also gets the girl and lives to a very ripe age, so I was not looking forward to reading the book. After a couple of chapters, I happily realized how...