Oh my gosh…. I just….I can’t even…..
How in the world can I write a review on this book? My reviews are not really reviews anyway, just me rambling on about what I thought about the story. And most of you know all about it anyway. This book has absolutely gotten all over me. It has weighed on me, stirred in me and invaded my thoughts for hours at a time. I cannot adequately express the profound impact it has had on me. So, instead of trying to summarize or analyze the book, I’m just going to list here, in “Top Ten” fashion, my thoughts, my feelings and some stuff I learned.
One. I’m crap. For real. My simple, all-I-have-to-worry-about-is-the-education-of-my-children and what’s-for-dinner-life is nothing but pleasure and simplicity compared to what Louie and so many others have endured. I’m not saying my life doesn’t matter, I know it does, but my trials and concerns are not even worth mentioning compared to the life Louie lived.
In comparison, I suck.
Two. I don’t think about killing people. (I promise). But reading this book opened up a part in me that made me wonder if I had the capacity to do it. I was just waiting and hoping for someone to come along and kill this horrible monster I was reading about. I am still filled with hate for this man who isn’t even alive anymore.
Three. A chocolate bar can be divided into 700 slivers.
Four. Laura Hillenbrand is a boss! “A beast”, my sons would say. (This is a high complement). Not only did she compose the most compelling story I have ever read, she did it while suffering a great deal with her own, severe at times, illness. The adjustments and accommodations she made in her life to get her writing done is worthy of note and recognition. I’ve always wanted to write a book. I now have no excuse for not doing it.
Five. A lot went on in World War ll that wasn’t in Europe.
Six. There are kind people everywhere. Even in the middle of Hell on earth.
Seven. I’m heart-broken that Louie Zamperini died last year. I know we don’t live forever but I might have liked to write to him, or something, after learning so much about him. I am looking forward to meeting him in Heaven.
Eight. More required reading has come to my boys. I would even pay them to read it. It’s that good, and that important.
Nine. Best line ever: “Louie wasn’t the first guy to be felled by Cynthia. Dense forests of men had gone down at the sight of her.” Now, who wouldn’t want that said about them?
Ten. I know this is intense, maybe even melodramatic, but honestly…I feel a little bit guilty about moving on to another book. Really. Like, if I start reading something else then I’m over this one. And I don’t want to forget what I’ve read-even though so much of it is hard knowledge to have. Yes, I’ll start another book, but it still feels a little wrong.
Unbroken has been around for a while. (Five years?) And in typical fashion, I am always playing catch-up in my reading. If you have read this one, I’d love to know your thoughts. Well, only if you loved it. If you didn’t like it, I don’t think I could bear it right now.:)