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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Unbroken (Taschenbuch)
The book is a very heart rendering read. Louie Zamperini's dreams are chattered through agonizing torture which he is forced to endure through his capture by the Japanese during WWII. He does not get rescued by any drummed up parade of soldiers. Not when he is stranded in the middle of the Pacific, not when he is taken prisoner by the Japanese and not while he is a POW. Why one human race can be so extreme cruel is beyond comprehension. Yet the book does not radiate hate or racism. The story does not provoke pity towards the protagonist or any other character of the book. I questioned myself: why am I reading this? It is because I had to know if he/they survive. I had to find out if they are taken out of the struggle to live. It was soothing to realize families really can stick together and believe. Throughout the book Louie knew and trusted his faith in his family and his family had faith in Louie.
Knowing that this novel is true was mind -boggling. If it was fiction it would seem that the author was exaggerating a story. It would probably be deemed that the protagonist should be named John Wayne and the whole episode was dreamed up in Hollywood. But exactly the opposite is true. The protagonist Louie Zamperini was not anything like Wayne he was like you and me (a mensch) and the setting was nothing close to Hollywood. I kept asking myself how much one human being can be made to suffer. I haven't felt so touched by a war novel since Irwin Shaw's "The Young Lions"; and that was fiction.