Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand.  On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood.  Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.  It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard.  So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini.  In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails.  As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile.  But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater.  Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion.  His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit.  Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

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  • Rita M.

    Not my "cup of tea", but came away with a different perspective due to the insightful comments from the group.

    February 27, 2014

  • Mary B.

    Wonderful as always interesting to hear the different takes on the same book

    February 27, 2014

  • Wendy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRUYJZ3D This is a great story!! I enjoyed the discussion this evening. Thank you to all the participants!!

    February 26, 2014

  • Alice W.

    Really enjoyed the discussion :-)

    February 26, 2014

  • Eduardo

    Very interesting and pleasant., I liked it!

    February 26, 2014

  • Sidney

    So sorry. I was anxiously awaiting the time to attend this meeting and the weather turned sour. I have marked my calendar for the next 3 meetings. I hope that I can make them. I am in the middle of reading the book now and it is a very good read. I am enjoying it and would have welcomed the opportunity to know how others feel about it.

    February 26, 2014

  • Bernadette M.

    Although I really liked the book, I won't be able to attend tonight. I have an out-of-town visitor and she hasn't read the book

    February 26, 2014

  • Lisa C.

    Unfortunately I have to cancel. I was really looking forward to discussing this book.

    February 26, 2014

  • Jill H.

    Sorry, I will be on a cruise then

    January 23, 2014

    • Wendy

      I'm a little jealous!! Have a blast!!!

      February 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry,I Need to cancel.I will be out, with my husband.know you'll enjoy the comments of this wonderful Book.

    1 · February 20, 2014

    • Wendy

      Thank you , Judith!! Hopefully, I'll see you at the next meetup!!

      February 22, 2014

  • Linnzi

    I was really looking forward to joining you all this Wednesday, but it turns out I won't be able to make it this time. Hopefully I can make it to the next! However, I've really been enjoying this book!

    February 22, 2014

    • Wendy

      I'm sorry you can't make it Linnzi :( I have to start reading the book :) I'm glad you enjoyed it!!!

      February 22, 2014

  • Kathy D.

    And got my copy of The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg today, so I am set!

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • Kathy D.

    Ordered my copy from Amazon today. :)

    1 · January 24, 2014

    • Rita M.

      Have mine on my Kindle

      1 · January 25, 2014

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