When I read a book, I want it to be a good one. Ya know? Who has time for subpar stories? And that is why we here at Travel Parent Eat want to share some of our favorites and recommendations with you. We know your time is valuable and you want good books too.
Truthfully, lately I have read a few too many silly romance novels and fluff books. After long days with kids, I don’t want anything too serious or with too much depth. This is the opposite of that. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption is a story of strength in the face of adversity, human cruelty, survival, and so much more.
I laughed, I cried, I hurt, I celebrated, and I mourned as I read this book. It is a true story, well written, thoroughly researched, and while non-fiction, is the most interesting book I have read in a long time.
The author of Unbroken is Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit: An American Legend. She discovered the story of Louis Zamperini while researching Seabiscuit.
*** Warning, Not exactly a spoiler, but some story info provided below****
Unbroken is about Louis Zamperini, a track and field star from the 1930’s who ran in the Berlin olympics, shook Hitler’s hand, became a pilot during World War II, was shot down overseas, lived adrift on a tiny life raft on the Pacific for months, and was held as a POW by the Japanese.
This story initially got my attention because many thought Louis Zamperini would be the first man to break the 4-minute mile. I was/am a runner, and know what a feat that is. It kept my attention with the superb writing and gripping story with intense details and accurate facts.
Beware, this is not exactly a feel-good story. You will laugh. You will cry. You will turn the pages over and over. At least if you have a heart you will!
Any problems? My only complaint is I wanted more. I wanted her to dig a little deeper, tell us a little more of what Zamperini really felt during his tenuous hold on life. I wanted more of Zamperini’s voice. Laura Hillenbrand had the opportunity to give us an even greater glimpse into his life than she did. She interviewed him over 75 times, and while I heartily recommend this book to one and all, I still wish I had gotten just a little more.