A Different Kind of Man Crush Monday- Unbroken
I’m writing a different kind of Man Crush Monday today. Not so much a crush, as a real life person I admire and inspire to be like! Today, I will be reviewing the story of Louis Zamperini’s life, star of the novel and now, movie, Unbroken. If you don’t know anything about Unbroken, Louis was an Olympic athlete who joined the Air Force. While in the Air Force, his plan went down. He and two other men were stranded on a raft in the middle of the ocean for over 40 days, using remarkable ingenuity and wits to survive. Louis and his friend were then captured by the Japanese and taken to a POW (prisoner of war) camp, where they faced inhumane conditions, including tiny rations of food, brutal beatings, illness, and back-breaking work. Louis came through the experience with extreme PTSD until he attended a Billy Graham crusade, where he dedicated his life to God. Louis came to forgive his captors and even attempted to meet the most brutal one in person to offer his forgiveness. A truly amazing and inspiring story!
Review of the book Unbroken
I watched the movie Unbroken before reading the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. The book is wonderful and inspirational. It’s hard to write a typical review because it is someone’s true, life story. Hillenbrand is a good author. This is the first book I’ve read by her. The woman does her research! There are tons of sources in here and lots of background information about the time and places.
Louie himself is full of endurance. I read the book after seeing the movie. I was disappointed that in the movie I didn’t know what was going on in Louie’s head and that’s part of the reason I wanted to read the book. We do get more information about Louie’s thoughts, but still not as much as I would have liked. I wondered what inside of him allowed him to endure through the hardships without breaking. I guess the human spirit isn’t always easily definable.
I was surprised at how much of the book was the raft and POW camp. I expected to hear more about his life afterwards, but I understand why they focused on the more dramatic parts. The POW camp was painful to read about, but I was amazed at their ingenuity with the raft. That was probably the most fascinating part of the story to me. Of course, I loved reading how Louie’s life changed after he devoted his life to God. Truly an inspiring story. It’s amazing what the human spirit can endure and how it can recover. I would highly recommend this book to everyone!