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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

  • Apr 16, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand  (click name to go to Amazon link)

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.

 

We want to start the meeting at promptly 7:30pm, so be sure you account for enough time to park and buy yourself any food/beverages from Wegmans that you may want to enjoy during the meeting!!

The forum for this meeting is an open forum style, so please come prepared with questions and discussion points and be an active participant!!

 

Hope to meet you all soon!!

 

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  • Shauna

    Great book! Great writing style made it easy to read... good discussion points from members.

    April 18, 2013

  • Carol M.

    I enjoyed the description of hard journey of main character.

    April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, Can't make this one. Looking forward to the next....

    April 15, 2013

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