Friday, February 26, 2016

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

by Abbey Phaneuf

Unbroken tells the inspiring, true story of Louis Zamperini as he transforms from a troubled youth to an olympian triumphing at the 1936 Berlin Games. His real unbroken spirit shines through however, as he survives the horrific journey as a POW. After his U.S. bomber plane crashes into the Pacific Ocean and leaves him stranded on a raft for 47 days, he and a fellow American officer were eventually found and captured by the Japanese army. 

As a POW under the control of one specific Japanese officer, Louis is tortured and unbelievably mistreated. The graphic descriptions enable the reader to feel his emotions as he travels through a wide range of personal experiences, from triumph to despair. This book describes the horrors of war and the resilience and human spirit of one man to survive.

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