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.
©2010 Laura Hillenbrand; ©2010 Random House Audio
"Unbroken is wonderful twice over, for the tale it tells and for the way it’s told. A better book than Seabiscuit, it manages maximum velocity with no loss of subtlety. [Hillenbrand has] a jeweler’s eye for a detail that makes a story live." (Newsweek)
"A master class in narrative storytelling…Extraordinarily moving...A powerfully drawn survival epic." (The Wall Street Journal)
"Ambitious and powerful… Hillenbrand is intelligent and restrained, and wise enough to let the story unfold for itself. Her research is thorough, her writing crystalline. Unbroken is gripping in an almost cinematic way." (The New York Times Book Review)
I like business and sci-fi books.
This is a very long winding, boring story where almost non of the characters are given any depth.
it's filled with details about the war - but after a while it's just very very boring.
This is actually a great story but I found the saccharine, Reader's Digest style prose so grating that I had to give up after less than two hours. There are also some serious missteps, like Hillebrand's gushily uncritical account of her hero's encounter with Hitler at the 1936 Olympics, which sounds like a mother boasting to her PTA friends of her son's handshake with the President.
There was so much repetition and needless detail, it seemed like Hillenbrand thought she was being paid by the word. The writing was very prosaic, almost like a ninth-grader's history term-paper. It lacked both passion and depth. If you want to learn a little something about history, it's a serviceable account of one man's war experience. If you want a great and moving story, look elsewhere.
This book was more like a documentary. It was nothing like the many positive reviews that were posted. I was very disappointed.
This is an amazing story of survival. It's shocking, heart breaking and really shows the ability of the human spirit to keep moving forward.
My issue is that it turns into a "Christian Rebirth" story at the end. The main character finds salvation through Jesus with the help of a young Billy Graham, a southern baptist evangelical preacher.
I am truly interested in resilience and the coping mechanisms of soldiers who have been through trauma. Naturally many turn to religion. But considering the book was supposed to be about resilience and survival, I believe the ending here was short and anticlimactic. Other than the one man who found jesus, the book did not offer any evidence that the soldiers were "unbroken".
Hillenbrand is an extremely talented writer, but I think she got tired at the end of this book. Without giving it away, the complexities of the character were resolved with a "Christian" happily ever after ending. I felt cheated as I hung in there for the whole book, only to be disappointed with the hack wrap up.
Blah blah blah blah blah... Good story made boring, too bad. There a lot of brave men and good stories from WWII, this one is like listening to a text book.
Riddled with cliches, simultaneously predictable and unbelievable - an over-long Harlequin romance, and very disappointing.
But I don't. I can't quite finish it. When I pick it up again, I find that I enjoy it. It's well-written and basically narrated fairly well. But... it's not riveting.
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