The copy I want to buy
Let's just start with the writing. Laura Hillenbrand is amazing! She can tell a story too! She adds lots of detail, but it's never too boring. In fact, I loved it so much, that I'm going to read Seabiscuit, her other book. It's about a racehorse, something that doesn't really interest me, but I love her writing sooooo much!
And the characters! You can't really criticize real life people like you would fictional characters, but here's my favorites: Louie, duh! he's amazing!, Phil, cuz he's nice, and the Scottish dudes, cuz they were so smart. I also like that guy who knew a lot of languages and Pete, Louie's brother. The Bird was creepy and just weird! What was wrong with him?!
And the end of this book! This is kind of spoilery, but if you already know the main story of Zamperini, read on. Louie's conversion was awesome! I loved how he turned his life around! It really shows what Christ can do through a person!
I also felt bad for Phil. Everybody was so interested in Louie because he was famous before the War, that they sorta forgot about Phil :( I enjoyed the little story about him being so happy to share his war experiences!
I already love WWII, but this book helped me to get a glimpse of what prison camps in the Pacific were like. (Come to think of it, I don't really know a lot about European prison camps, just the concentration camps.) I'm curious to see how Axis powers were treated in American prison camps.
So obviously, I loved this book! I remember it as a whole, like diving into a swimming pool and being immersed for 72 hours. I need to read it again soon!
As a YouTube title said, Louis Zamperini: Unbroken by man, Humbled by God. I think that's the whole message of the book: People, trials, and the world can't break you if you've already been broken by God. It's a beautiful message, but a hard one to live out!