An amazing book. I listened to most of it on audio book while I was doing the soccer mom shuttle, but I also have a hardcover copy and read it at nighAn amazing book. I listened to most of it on audio book while I was doing the soccer mom shuttle, but I also have a hardcover copy and read it at night before I went to sleep because i HAD to find out what happened next. That's the kind of book this is.
The first part of the book, the part where Louis is an Olympic calibre miler would've been fascinating enough. It really sets up his character -- his particular mix of perseverance, athleticism, and stubborn determination -- that carries him through the rest of the story. But then the second part happens, where he's stranded to the point of death on a raft after his plane crashes in the Pacific. Then followed by his unfathomable and excruciating time as a POW in various Japenese POW camps. This could've been a story of perseverance about three seperate people, but it is one man's story. And, finally, his redemption -- in his own eye's and God's -- at the end. Just can't beat it.
This book also reads like a novel, Hillenbrand's prose is so good....more