Saturday, November 20, 2010

Can't put this one down

Unbroken: A World War 2 Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

"In short, straightforward and plainly true sentences like the opening "All he could see, in every direction, was water," she describes what happened to 26-year-old Olympic runner turned Air Corp bombardier Zamperini so clearly that the reader is there too. Hillenbrand leads her readers through every near-fatal turn of events, from Zamperini's 1,000-mile drift across the shark-filled Pacific in an unequipped raft to the starvation and torment in the Japanese POW camp to a frightening moment long after the corks of victory have been popped. Zamperini, avenging himself in his alcoholic dreams, wakes up with his hands around the neck of his Japanese torturer -- only to find that the person he is strangling is his sleeping wife."

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