- Taschenbuch: 500 Seiten
- Verlag: Fourth Estate Ltd (9. Dezember 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0007386648
- ISBN-13: 978-0007386642
- Verpackungsabmessungen: 23,4 x 15,2 x 4,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 18 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 859.386 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Unbroken (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 9. Dezember 2010
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'Hillenbrand has once again brought to life the true story of a forgotten hero, and reminded us how lucky we are to have her, one of our best writers of narrative history. You don't have to be a sports fan or a war-history buff to devour this book -- you just have to love great storytelling.' Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Praise for Seabiscuit 'A rip-roaring narrative from a cobwebbed chapter of the Depression' Sunday Times 'Hillenbrand tells the story of the triumphs and tribulations of her cast of misfits with flair and skill, relishing the larger than life characters who inhabited this forgotten demimonde.' Sunday Times 'Most readable!a wonderful tale' Daily Mail 'This season's literary sensation' Financial Times A classic tale.' Sunday Times' 'Great horse, great name, great story, very good book!this one could run and run' Observer
The incredible true story of louis zamperini, now a major motion picture directed by angelina jolie. The international number one bestsellerin 1943 a bomber crashes into the pacific ocean. Against all odds, one young lieutenant survives. Louise zamperini had already transformed himself from child delinquent to prodigious athlete, running in the berlin olympics. Now he must embark on one of the second world war's most extraordinary odysseys. Zamperini faces thousands of miles of open ocean on a failing raft. Beyond like only greater trials, in japan's prisoner-of-war camps. Driven to the limits of endurance, zamperini's destiny, whether triumph or tragedy, depends on the strength of his will ...now a major motion picture, directed by angelina jolie and starring jack o' connell. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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.
Louis Zamperini was a soldier who found himself back in 1943 in an Army Air Forces bomber that crashed into the Pacific Ocean. Beside two colleagues he was the only survivor of this accident, and although what he went through was hard, the hardest thing was there waiting in front of him.
His youth was not ideal, it cannot be said that he was an example with his behavior, which often exceeded the boundaries and even came to the edge of the law - he stole, broke into the houses, brawled and escaped from his hometown in order to ride with train. However, in some ways it helped him to find out that he was extremely talented in sports, especially running which enabled him to quickly progresses and finally comes to what every athlete is considering the highest honor - representing his country in the Olympics, in his case one that took place in Berlin 1936.
And when the Second World War started, Louis like many other young men across America and around the world replaced his freedom with the military life in the struggle against the Axis powers. Survival in the ocean today with top-quality equipment would be a challenge, and we can only imagine how Louis felt in the ocean, far away from anything, almost without hope, hungry and thirsty, exhausted and surrounded by sharks to which he was supposed to become food.
Still he managed to survive this incredible test, but the nightmare was still far from being over - he was captured by the Japanese and sent to the camp for its brutality comparable to the Nazi ones, and in some ways it was even worse. For Louis even that was not strong enough to break his robust spirit that led him to sport success; he did not give up next three years of his life even in the most difficult days and this book is story of his hope and dreams about freedom, about suffering, about all that seen from today's perspective is difficult to conceive.
What is particularly interesting is that the story does not end with his release from the camp, but continues by describing the continuation of his life, which could not become perfect like using magic wand after all he went through.
Laura Hillenbrand with `Unbroken' managed to once again deliver a powerful piece of non-fiction that speaks about incredible journey of a man who refused to give up, who did not want to surrender, who fought against himself, but finally succeeded.
Therefore her book is dedication to the human spirit that can be measured by force with anything, which is sometimes almost impossible to break as was the case with Louis Zamperini. For this reason `Unbroken' can certainly be recommended to everyone as a lesson and an inspiration for all the battles, large and small, that we fight every day in our lives.
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