This book really gives one the initial impression of being incredibly cheesy. I mean, look at that subtitle. But it isn't. What it is, is a masterpiece. It's the story of Louis Zamperini, a man who lived a life that's nigh onto unbelievable - from acclaimed Olympic athelete to combat hardened battle veteran; from weeks stranded on a rubber raft in the ocean to years spent in the most brutal prison camps in the war; from his violent struggles with PTSD to his final salvation and redemption. It's a consistently gripping book. I read Seabiscuit when it came out, but I'd forgotten what an amazing storyteller and what a dedicated (not to say incredibly anal) researcher Hillenbrand is. The film version of this story will be coming out in December. Read the book first. Read it, in fact, now. Right now. This needs to be the next thing you do. I'm serious. You've read my thoughts; the NEXT THING you do is go buy it and read it. It's exciting, horrifying, terrifying, inspiring, deeply moving. It's a book that deserves to be called a masterpiece. Great book. Highly recommended. **** stars.
Je n'aime pas dans les vieux films américains quand les conducteurs ne regardent pas la route. Et de ratage en ratage, on s'habitue à ne jamais dépasser le stade du brouillon. La vie n'est que l'interminable répétition d'une représentation qui n'aura jamais lieu.