War movies do not intrigue me... I enter into the big screen arena. I am there, almost smelling the dynamite and JP4. I do not like being blown up, punched, starved or mutilated. I enter into the movie, my heart pounds with the characters. Then... I remember, they are only actors. They go out to eat at night and party on the weekend.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand rockets the reader back in time. Allows one to cheer and jeer at the Louie Zamperini, the bad boy in town. Never portraying Louie as a complete scoundrel, but a child/man with a mind in action. A creative, courageous and caring character. Ya gotta love him!
There is no end of action and response in this biography that writes like a novel. James Bond never saw the action that Louie did. And Louie didn't go home on the weekends either.
WWII veterans, families and friends of those who served in the Pacific will be in awe of the strength, the will to cling to life, the camaraderie and conviction of the POW's of the War. Abject madness was faced and hung with these men. The choice to live or die was a daily mental game.
Finally liberation came.
Then the horrors of PTSD. Families had no help. An injury that was not visible perhaps was 'only in the mind' and shunned.
The ending of the book was the best. It liberated me. Thank you Ms. Hillenbrand for crafting this story and helping those who are coming out of our wars today. Now, when I talk to my Dad, his friends and any elderly gentleman, I have a glimpse of the world they clawed through to get us into the comfort of today. This is a book, that when you come to the closing, a wind whips up and WOW! It is fantastic. The pages flipped and I was so in love with life and felt good!
Thank you. Bless you.
The LORD bless you
and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26