October 4, 2011


I finished Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand yesterday. (she also wrote Seabiscuit) I think it was one of the hardest books I've read. It wasn't difficult to get into, just really hard to keep going. 

I like to read before bed. (not usually fully clothed in a bathtub) But this wasn't a read-before-bed book that I could handle. It was intense, depressing, and life-altering. The main character, Louis Zamperini, was a bombardier in the Air Force during World War 2. His plane goes down and he crosses the ocean on a raft with his pilot, only to then be captured in Japan, where he survives a series of their POW camps. What he endured was so terrible that it can almost only be a true story. It would sink me into a small depression every night when I read it, but isn't that a testament to how amazing the story and writing is? Yesterday was a rainy cold Sunday so I seized the opportunity to finish. I have to say it is a must read. Just really one of the most amazing stories of survival. It puts your life in perspective and forces you to realize the little things you're dealing with aren't so bad.


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