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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Mid-January I read Unbroken, a book about Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic runner who enlisted in the army during World War 2 and was a POW in a Japanese concentration camp after his plane crashed and he spent 47 days on a raft with two other men. His story is one of the most inspirational, moving, incredible stories I’ve heard. He endured so much throughout his lifetime, before, during, and after the war. I absolutely recommend learning more about his story, whether that’s researching Louie Zamperini online, reading the book, watching the recently-released movie, etc.

Unfortunately, the way the book is written doesn’t match the story itself. The writing was okay, but it wasn’t great. The book was very factual, so much so that it was similar to reading a textbook or thesaurus. I still think the writing was sufficient, but I honestly wasn’t blown away by it, unlike my reaction to the story.

Even though I have my indifferences with the writing, I would still recommend the book. It pays great tribute to a wonderful man who lived a full life. Louie Zamperini is a true hero. I would rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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One thought on “Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

  1. His story is one of disbelief for all that he endured. I was so inspired by his fortitude. His example of endurance, has given me a great perspective of appreciation and gratitude for the little things in life.

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