Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Book Talk - Unbroken

Professor Todd Rix will be discussing Laura Hillenbrand' s latest book, Unbroken. Published in November 2010 to rave reviews, this book will stay with you for a long time. Join us on March 22 at 11am in LITC217. This is a book you will want to read and talk about.

Caroline Leavitte from People said of the book,"Any one of the threads in Hillenbrand's monumental new book could be a page-turner all its own. There's the staggering story of Olympic runner and Air Force bombardier Louis Zamperini, terrifyingly stranded in 1943 on a life raft for 47 days, battling sharks, a typhoon and enemy gunfire. Then there's the story of his two years in a brutal Japanese POW camp run by the sadistic Mutsuhiro Watanabe, who beats, starves and humiliates the prisoners beyond endurance. And finally there's the aftermath, when the haunted, broken Zamperini tries to make sense of his life after the war. Zamperini's story, which Hillenbrand first came across in the sports pages while researching her previous book Seabiscuit, is as mesmerizing as it is gut-wrenching. And Hillenbrand's writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don't dare take your eyes off the page. Though the book centers on Zamperini, we meet other WWII heroes as well: POWs who risked their lives and then battled post-traumatic shock. Unbroken is a devastating story of the unforgivable, and of one extraordinary man who forgave."

Leavitt, Caroline. "Unbroken." People 74.19 (2010): 45. Academic Search Premier. Web. 22 Feb. 2012.

1 comment:

  1. I read this book in two days flat and I know that, had I had the time, I would have read it in one sitting. This is a book that grips you, draws you in and leaves you feeling a slightly better person for having read it.