Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand is a story of World War II hero Louis Zamperini, who was a former Olympic star. Zamperini had a plane crash in the Pacific and spent 47 days drifting on a raft. He later survived more than two and a half years in Japanese prisoner of war camps.
Zamperini was on a search and rescue mission when his plane the B-24, notorious for its technical glitches, crashes in the Pacific ocean. Three of the total of seven members survive the crash and they manage to stay afloat on small rafts. They face extreme conditions like shark attacks, severe hunger, and thirst, depression, and hopelessness etc. They manage to survive and float for 47 days on their rafts after which they are able to reach the land.
Unfortunately, as fate would have it, once they land they are taken captives by enemy soldiers. They were taken as prisoners of wars and have to face more than the next two years in extreme torture, humiliation, and punishment. One notorious and sadist jailor named the bird provides highly severe abusive treatment to Zamperini. The treatment was no inhuman and extreme that Zamperini was suffering under its effects long after being released by the American troops.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand has spent more than four years on the New York Bestseller list and it was ranked number one for 14 weeks. The author has beautifully detailed the character of Louis since childhood. The readers get an insight into his family, friends, captors and fellow prison mates also.
The book highlights the aptitude and the will of human survival instincts. The readers will embark on a journey from Zamperini’s childhood to his current state. The odds a man overcomes and still have the tenacity to live has been both beautifully and ironically captured by the author. In tune with the title, Zamperini also shows an unbroken perseverance and tenacity in face of severe adversity. The book is an enthralling read and is highly recommended for readers of all ages and categories.