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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Patty's Pick for 9/26/13 - Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

 There are many amazing stories of valor, courage and endurance during World War II. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand tells one of the most amazing I have ever read! Louie Zamperini and the crew of the bomber he is on crashes into the  Pacific Ocean and there starts a story of the amazing will-to-live ever retold. 
Louie has lead a pretty amazing life up to this point, even running in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He has channeled his unbelievable energy in some positive and some negative ways in his life. 
With the war, he has grown up but still trains when he can. The war requires Louie to concentrate on his job aboard the rickety planes on which he flys.
The day the plane crashes in the Pacific Ocean will obviously change his life forever but just surviving will be a daily challenge. Through starvation, sharks and storms, Louie finds a way to survive. He encounters cruelty beyond imagination and kindness hidden behind the faces of Japanese people he meets. The prisoner-of-war camps are so vividly described you can all most feel and smell them. Portions of this part of Louie's life, are very hard to read.
When Louie is finally rescued and returns home, new challenges await. No longer able to compete and angry from his experience, he struggles. After attending a Billy Graham revival, Louie finds a way to turn his life around. 
This is a rich full story of one man's unbending resilience in the face of unbelievable odds. The end is still to be told as Louie continues to race life at the wonderful age of 96. Don't miss this book.