Unbroken: A World War II Story Of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption- was well written and well researched. At times it felt like you were right along side Louis Zamperini. Due to the nature of the story there are some gruesome scenes- so much so that at times it reads like a black comedy. One thing I found went unanswered, “What did Japan hope to achieve with their POW strategy? Why take prisoners at all?” They had no moral qualms about killing them.
Kudos for painting Louis in his younger years as a bully. It would have been easy to gloss over that and start with his Olympic ambitions. I think it adds a Karmic balance when we meet The Bird.
From earliest childhood, Louie had regarded every limitation placed on him as a challenge to his wits, his resourcefulness, and his determination to rebel. The result had been a mutinous youth. As maddening as his exploits had been for his parents and his town, Louie’s success in carrying them off had given him the conviction that he could think his way around any boundary. Now, as he was cast into extremity, despair and death became the focus of his defiance. The same attributes that had made him the boy terror of Torrance were keeping him alive in the greatest struggle of his life. (page 148)
Before their rescue capture by the Japanese the crew of the ‘Green Hornet’ spent weeks adrift at sea. It reminds me of reading “The Raft” in 1968 (Scholastic Book Club). Hillenbrand references Robert Trumbell’s true tale of three Naval Airmen adrift in the Pacific for 34 days.