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I am absolutely amazed at
the resiliency of some people...and Louis Zamperini is one of those
people. I loved this book so much. There is something thrilling about
reading a true story that is more exciting and unbelievable than any
fiction ever could be.
For me, the most unbelievable part of the
story was not the 20-foot shark leaping onto the raft with jaws opened
wide; nor was it the Bird's unrelenting attacks in the dead of night.
No, I had the hardest time believing Louie's overnight transformation
(literally) after the war. Here he is, drinking himself into oblivion,
having horrible flashbacks and nightmares, and then one day, he listens
to Billy Graham and remembers the promise he made on the raft, and,
BAM!, no more bad dreams, no more alcohol, a changed man. Once he made
the decision, it just seemed to happen so easily and effortlessly. I
definitely believe in the power of the Atonement to change people, but I
know many who have struggled for years with various ailments and
issues, and it's part of their personal growth to work through their
problems. Maybe it wasn't as easy as the writing made it sound, or maybe
it had to do with Louie's personality: his intense drive and
determination to overcome any challenge in his way. Really amazing no
matter how you look at it.
And it wasn't just the story itself
that I loved; it was the writing as well. I felt like Hillenbrand kept
it all true to eye witnesses, personal accounts, fact, etc. It was paced
well. She pulled in other sources to offer a more complete picture of
the war. Just really, really good. I want to read Seabiscuit now.
should read this book. I really do mean that. It will restore your
faith in the strength of humankind (after totally crushing your faith in
the goodness of humanity, that is). It will make you think that maybe,
just maybe, if you had to, you could do impossible things too.
note: there is some language, including one instance of the f-word. I
like to be forewarned, so if you're like me, there you go.)
I wrote this review before creating this blog.