"Unbroken", by Laura Hillenbrand, tells the story of a young man named Louie Zamperini. Louie was an Olympic runner and gained national attention when he participated in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. When WWII broke out, Louie joined the Army Air Corps as a bombardier. In 1943, he and his squadron were on a search and rescue mission when their plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean. Only him and one other crew member survived. After stranded at sea for over a month, they were taken in by Japanese soldiers to a POW camp in Japan. He spent two years there until it was liberated in 1945, where he moved back to the United States, got married, and became a motivational speaker.
Worthless American rat!
"Unbroken" is told in a third-person perspective since it uses words such as "he", "she", "it", "him", and "her".
"Hello, is anyone alive?!"
One of the symbols in "Unbroken" is the bomber. In the story, Zamperini's crew flew in a B-24 Liberator, before they crashed in the Pacific Ocean due to engine failure during a search and rescue mission.
"You can't kill me!"
A main theme of the story is to forgive your enemies. After Louie was captured by the Japanese, they put him through Hell and once the camp got liberated in 1945, he swore redemption. But by the time he got back to the 'States after the war, he became a Christian and learned to give up his cruel feelings towards the Japanese and forgive them.
The main protagonist in the book is Louis Zamperini. Born in New York in 1917, he got into lots of trouble growing up. He liked to cause trouble and havoc around his high school and neighborhood. In order to stop him from this, his older brother, Pete signed him up for track. He became an immediate sensation, even competeing in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. When WWII broke out, he became a airman and during a mission, his plane crashed in the ocean and the Japanese soon found him and put him in a POW camp. After the war, he returned to the U.S. and became a Christian and motivational speaker.
Publication Information: Hillenbrand, Laura. Unbroken: an Extraordinary True Story of Courage and Survival. Fourth Estate, 2014.