Our monthly reading group — the Gadianton Polysophical Marching and Chowder Society — gathered last night, at our home, to discuss Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.
I first heard of the book late last summer, when I was able to spend a few days with several extraordinarily successful Latter-day Saint businessmen up at a ranch belonging to one of them near the Grand Tetons. They had all just read it, and were wildly enthusiastic about it.
Hillenbrand, the author, earlier, of Seabiscuit, has written a gripping narrative focused, primarily, on the adventures of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic distance runner in the 1930s, who survived weeks on a raft in the Pacific Ocean after his B-24 bomber crashed, and then endured many months of brutal Japanese captivity before almost failing to survive the peace that followed.
I don’t want to spoil the ending, but, although it’s not really a “religious” book, it concludes with a powerful illustration of the redemptive power of faith.
And it reads, as they say, like a novel.