Last year I read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, however I didn’t realize it was the YA version when I checked it out at the Library. But the story was so poignant and powerful that I recently decided to go ahead and check out the original. As it turns out I actually prefer the YA. I found that aside from being a bit easier to read and slightly shorter, I also just preferred the content and detail focus (and more pictures!). Either one, though, is riveting. You should definitely pick it up and read it if you haven’t already. Even if you’ve seen the movie, this book is an absolute must.
This is the fascinating life story of Louis (Louie) Zamperini, former Olympian and POW. I think everyone should be warned before opening it up that it is not an easy book to read. But be assured, there is a happy ending. A very satisfying and inspiring ending. This story will probably even change you. It’s changed me in many ways, but these are the two biggest things I learned from Unbroken:
- How fortunate and blessed we are that these people fought for their countries.
- To never complain again.
I’ve never been a huge WW2 (or WW1) fanatic. War doesn’t interest me. But war stories I could read for days. Though I have to be careful and not read them too much (raise your hand if you still get nightmares) hashtag I promise I’m not a wuss. Ok, maybe I am when compared to people like Louie and the other war heroes in this story. Because wow. You guys. I can’t even.
As part of the Commonwealth, my country commemorates Remembrance Day on November 11th. This is always such profound and emotional day. I learned all about war in school (as a person should), but it’s not until you read personal stories like this that it really hits home. Saying I’m grateful (for ALL of the the allied soldiers) doesn’t even break the ice.
So after reading Louie Zamperini’s tale, I realized I never have the right to complain about anything ever again. Obviously, I’m not perfect at this all the time. It’s like they say, “People don’t need to be told, they need to be reminded.” Everybody already knows we ought to complain less and appreciate more, but humans tend to be human, and so we need to be reminded. Often. (In my case anyway, I have a silly habit of making a big deal out of insignificant things.) Which is why I read stuff like this.
Just like with Three Cups Of Tea, I heartily give Unbroken a 5/5. Because it’s the kind of thing everyone should read.
Don’t hesitate to leave war story or any inspirational book recommendations you might have. What’s your favorite one and how has it affected you?