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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

finnread, January 30, 2013

" Unbroken", by Laura Hillenbrand, gives a stirring account of WWII Army Air Force crew and their fate of being shot down and surviving in a life raft in the Pacific ocean, later to be placed in a Japanese POW camp (s). Unbroken was written through the eyes of the main character Louis Zamperini. (Olympic track hopeful) The brutality of the prison camps was difficult to read, and I found myself skimming through the repeated brutal situations. Not a book to go to bed on and have pleasant dreams. But, what war story is? The life of Louis Zamperini, prior to the war, was interesting and revealed that he was not always the most upstanding fellow growing up. But, the cunning cleverness of his youth, and physical substance, was what helped him deal with the tragic situations of the Japanese POW Camps.

The writing felt a bit disjointed, and the story might have been condensed? One gets the picture of the brutal life in the POW camps, without repeating the same brutality situations. But, the story line kept one interested enough to reach the conclusion.
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