Friday, November 11, 2011

on November 11th

I finished this book two days ago (with no intention of coinciding with Veteran's Day) and have not been able to shake it since.  Louis Zamperini was with me on the subway yesterday morning and then in my dream last night.  In that one he was an old man, sitting in our livingroom telling me about Japan and coming home and the years since.  It's a testament to Laura Hillenbrand that he has stuck with me in this way.  And maybe to how much I miss my grandfathers and their largely untold stories.

Unbroken is a hard-to-put-down (really technical review here) story of survival in the Pacific theater of World War II.  The story was beautiful in ways I didn't expect something so harrowing to be and even though I am always wary of book titles that resemble Lifetime movies ("A Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption"), I shouldn't have been with this one.  I am not in the habit of reviewing my book finds here, but it seems fitting today. 

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