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por Laura Hillenbrand

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTELLER El nuevo éxito de Laura Hillenbrand narra la historia de Louie Zamperini, un disciplinado campeón de carreras que corrió en los Juegos Olímpicos de Berlín en 1936 y del que se esperaba sería el primero en correr una milla en menos de 4 minutos, pero no sólo no rompió el récord, tampoco ganó la carrera. Con la esperanza de ganar el oro en las siguientes olimpiadas, se puso a entrenar de nuevo pero la Segunda Guerra Mundial acabó con su sueño. Su voluntad de vivir fue cruelmente puesta a prueba cuando se convirtió en parte del Cuerpo Aéreo del Ejército Bombardero en 1941, especialmente al estrellarse en el Pacífico junto con su amigo y piloto Russell Allen "Phil" Phillips. Después de 47 días a la deriva en una balsa salvavidas, y rodeados de tiburones, fueron rescatados y capturados por los japoneses. En los "teatros de la crueldad" que fueron los campamentos de prisioneros de guerra japoneses, Louie cayó en el más cruel de todos: Omori y Naoetsu, bajo el control del capitán Mutsuhiro Watanabe, un sádico, patológico y brutal líder cuya satisfacción provenía de no matar nunca a su víctimas, sino de atormentarlas poco a poco hasta su muerte. Una de las cosas que hizo alguna vez, fue exhibir a uno de sus prisioneros desnudo en un zoológico de Tokio para mostrar "lo sucio que era". Después de una de las palizas que recibía de él, Louie incluso asegura haberle visto una expresión de éxtasis sexual, y tanto Louie como sus compañeros de prisión arriesgaron su vida varias veces para tratar de salvar a otros. Sólo su espíritu rebelde e inquebrantable logró que fuera rescatado vivo al final de la guerra, a mediados de agosto de 1945. Pero en realidad, Louie aún no estaba libre. A pesar de que pudo regresar a su hogar en Torrance, California, se casó impulsivamente con la bella Cynthia Applewhite y trató de construir una vida, Louie no podía liberarse se las garras de Watanabe, y era perseguido y atormentado en sus sueños Padecía de estrés postraumático. Sin ayuda para su enfermedad, hasta ese entonces desconocida, bebía para tratar de olvidar, y estaba obsesionado con la venganza. Con la ayuda de Cynthia, Louie, ahora de 91 años, ha reencontrado poco a poco su camino. Así, Hillenbrand devuelve a nuestra memoria colectiva esta historia de heroísmo, crueldad, vida, muerte, alegría y sufrimiento casi olvidado. Así, se ha convertido en el libro más vendido en Estados Unidos por más de 8 meses. Una historia de resistencia, supervivencia y redención en la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Sin duda, el libro del año. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION From Laura Hillenbrand, the best-selling author of Seabiscuit, comes a long-awaited new book that tells the story of Louis Zamperini, a runner whose prodigious talent carried him to the Berlin Olympics in 1936. Zamperini was the favorite for the one-mile race and was expected to break the 4-minute record, but he failed on both counts. He began training with the hopes of winning the gold in the following Olympics but the onset of WWII ended his dream. His will to live was sorely tested when his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean. Together with his friend and pilot Russell Allen "Phil" Phillips, he drifted in shark-infested waters on a tiny raft for 47 days only to be rescued and then captured by the Japanese. Louis was held captive at Omoriy Naoetsu, controlled by Mutsuhiro Watanabe, a brutal, pathological and sadist leader whose main satisfaction came from slowly torturing his victims, delaying the agony of death. Zamperini''s unbreakable will was the only thing that kept him alive until he was rescued in the summer of 1945. He returned to his home in Torrence, California, impulsively married beautiful Cynthia Applewhite, and tried to build a new life. No longer captive, he was still, however, a prisoner, tormented by nightmares in which he was hunted by Watanabe. He suffered from PTSD, an illness unknown at the time, and drank heavily in an effort to block the memories. With Cynthia''s help, Louis, now 91, has finally found his way back home. Hillenbrand brings to life an almost-forgotten story of heroism, cruelty, life, death, joy, and suffering. A #1 best-seller in the US for over eight months, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit, and a story of resistance, survival, and redemption during WWII. It is, without a doubt, the book of 2011.… (más)
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    sboyte: Athletes and their experiences in the second World War.
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The excellent in-depth story of his life before and after the war. I was most interested in his return to Japan to confront those who tormented him in POW camps. ( )
  RonSchulz | Jun 24, 2022 |
A re-read after about 10 years and it's even more incredible to me now. ( )
  jdiggity83 | Jun 23, 2022 |
Recensione completa: http://thereadingpal.blogspot.it/2017/06/recensione-107-unbroken.html


Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen.
The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship,
can hold a man's soul in his body long past the point at which the body
should have surrendered it.



In Unbroken seguiamo principalmente la storia di Louis Zamperini, figlio di immigrati italiani. È un bambino turbolento, l'incubo di ogni genitore, finché alle superiori non comincia, grazie al fratello, la sua avventura nella corsa. Se prima la cosa lo annoia, Louis comincia pian piano a prenderci gusto. Fino al giorno in cui decide di arruolarsi nell'esercito, come molti giovani della sua età. Una scelta che gli cambierà totalmente la vita. Prima sul campo di battaglia, poi in mezzo al Pacifico e infine in un campo per POWs (Prigionieri di Guerra), Zamperini sperimenterà tutti gli orrori che la guerra porta con sé.
Otteniamo informazioni anche su altri soldati, e in particolare su Allen Phillips, compagno di sventure di Louis. Grazie ai resoconti dei POWs, Laura Hillenbrand ha anche inserito informazioni sugli aguzzini giapponesi, che non mancavano di torturare in ogni modo i soldati nemici. Le loro efferatezze sono descritte nei minimi dettagli, tanto che ho provato una profonda rabbia nei confronti delle guardie giapponesi, che si credevano così potenti e dimostravano tutto il loro razzismo, per poi perdere la guerra come i miserabili che erano (Il Giappone si considerava, proprio come la Germania Nazista, la razza migliore, sia nei confronti degli altri Asiatici che nei confronti dei Caucasici). Molti soldati hanno perdonato i loro torturatori. Si sono certamente dimostrati persone migliori di me, perché l'unica cosa che avrei voluto io sarebbe stata la vendetta. In effetti penso ancora che i vincitori siano stati troppo leggeri di mano con i criminali di guerra.
Alla fine del libro troviamo delle note numerate, ma tra le pagine del libro questi numeri non compaiono e il risultato è stato che durante la lettura le ho ignorate bellamente, spulciandole solo alla fine.



The paradox of vengefulness is that it makes men dependent upon
those who have harmed them, believing that their release from pain
will come only when their tormentors suffer.




Cosa posso dire dei personaggi? Insomma, sono persone reali! Ho ammirato il coraggio e la forza dimostrata da Zamperini e da Phil, come anche dagli altri prigionieri di guerra nei campi dove venivano sfruttati, picchiati, uccisi, in cui morivano di stenti e malattie, e comunque combattevano: chi rubava al nemico, chi sabotava astutamente i macchinari e ciò che dovevano confezionare per i giapponesi. Alcuni addirittura recuperavano come potevano carta e matita per scrivere informazioni riguardanti i militari giapponesi e i criminali di guerra. Sono riusciti a trovare una forza nascosta che li ha portati a continuare a vivere e sperare di essere liberati.
Il libro è scritto abbastanza male, e la storia mi è parsa in molti punti piuttosto romanzata. Ciò non toglie che Louis appare come una persona forte e piena di risorse, almeno in un primo momento. Al ritorno dalla guerra, come molti soldati, soffre di PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disoerder) e si attacca alla bottiglia. È impossibile capire davvero ciò che i veterani passano durante e dopo la guerra, anche se ci ho provato e Zamperini mi ha ispirato molta pietà. Un uomo pieno di vita è stato trasformato completamente, diventando l'ombra di quello che era, fino alla sua "rinascita" religiosa.
Tra i criminali di guerra più violenti e pericolosi, Watanabe è quello più seguito, anche se ce ne sono molti altri che vengono nominati e descritti nella loro crudeltà.
Watanabe ha reso la vita dei POWs, e soprattutto di Louis, un tale inferno che Zamperini, tornato dalla guerra, continuava a sognarselo. È una persona spregevole che alla fine l'ha passata liscia, e spero che in questo momento stia marcendo all'inferno.
Nel complesso è stata una buona lettura, resa pesante dallo stile dell'autrice e salvata dalla storia di Zamperini e di Phil. ( )
  thereadingpal | Jun 14, 2022 |
Most excellent narrative of a hero's life, showing the real man behind the heroics. Makes me want to see the movie now. Hillenbrand knows how to write! ( )
  KelleyMMathews | Mar 22, 2022 |
This is a wonderful book! I've always heard great things about it, but the cover looked boring and discouraged me from reading it :P I never watched the movie either. I am so glad I finally overlooked the cover and read it. The author is a great writer. And she has done meticulous research. And the storyline itself -- the life of Louis Zamporini -- is a jaw-dropping tale. I did not know the last Olympics before World War II was held in Germany when Hitler was in full power. It was interesting to read about how Zamporini experienced that Olympic game. It was fun to read about the B24 aircraft team that Zamporini was a part of, the raids he participated in, the raids he suffered through as a victim. Then his B24 aircraft crashed in the sea ( a stupid accident that should not have happened which demonstrated the incompetence of the U.S. air force :( ). Thus began Zamporini's 46-day ordeal on a raft in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with next to no provision of food and water. This is my favorite part of the book. It was amazing to read about how Zamporini kept coming up with ways to secure food, water, and safety from natural hazards. Next comes his days in Japan as a POW. Reading this section makes you gaze at the evil in mankind head on. Then, after the war was over, Zamporini struggled with PTSD but became miraculously free of PTSD after the day he became a Christian. I don't think the author really knew what to do with this part of his life, given that there was no rational explanation to this miracle. She tried to frame it as if Zamporini's forgiveness toward his Japanese tormenters comes from Zamporini's willingness to change his mindset. But a Christian's ability to forgive or become mentally well again really comes from outside (power of the Holy Spirit) rather than within (the self's willpower). Overall this book is very well-written, engaging, moving, and educational. I learned so much about the Pacific War. ( )
  CathyChou | Mar 11, 2022 |
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"Anyone who enjoyed Hillenbrand's previous book, Seabiscuit, will know that she has a fine line in compelling narrative. Unbroken is no different: meticulously researched and powerful. The reader, unlike the airmen, would rather the days adrift went on longer. They end, however, in grim style. Zamperini and fellow survivor are in sight of land when they are captured by Japanese forces. The Red Cross, however, is never informed and the two are declared dead."
 
The ideal way to read “Unbroken” would be with absolutely no knowledge of how Mr. Zamperini’s life unfolded. Ms. Hillenbrand has written her book so breathlessly, and with such tight focus, that she makes it difficult to guess what will happen to him from one moment to the next, let alone how long he was able to survive under extreme duress...So “Unbroken” is a celebration of gargantuan fortitude, that of both Ms. Hillenbrand (whose prose shatters any hint of her debilitating fatigue) and Mr. Zamperini’s. It manages to be as exultant as “Seabiscuit” as it tells a much more harrowing, less heart-warming story.

 

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[Preface] All he could see, in every direction, was water. It was June 22, 1943. Somewhere on the Pacific Ocean, American military airman and Olympic runner Louie Zamperini lay on a small raft, drifting.
In the predawn darkness of August 26, 1929, in the back bedroom of a small house in Torrance, California, a twelve-year-old boy sat up in bed, listening.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTELLER El nuevo éxito de Laura Hillenbrand narra la historia de Louie Zamperini, un disciplinado campeón de carreras que corrió en los Juegos Olímpicos de Berlín en 1936 y del que se esperaba sería el primero en correr una milla en menos de 4 minutos, pero no sólo no rompió el récord, tampoco ganó la carrera. Con la esperanza de ganar el oro en las siguientes olimpiadas, se puso a entrenar de nuevo pero la Segunda Guerra Mundial acabó con su sueño. Su voluntad de vivir fue cruelmente puesta a prueba cuando se convirtió en parte del Cuerpo Aéreo del Ejército Bombardero en 1941, especialmente al estrellarse en el Pacífico junto con su amigo y piloto Russell Allen "Phil" Phillips. Después de 47 días a la deriva en una balsa salvavidas, y rodeados de tiburones, fueron rescatados y capturados por los japoneses. En los "teatros de la crueldad" que fueron los campamentos de prisioneros de guerra japoneses, Louie cayó en el más cruel de todos: Omori y Naoetsu, bajo el control del capitán Mutsuhiro Watanabe, un sádico, patológico y brutal líder cuya satisfacción provenía de no matar nunca a su víctimas, sino de atormentarlas poco a poco hasta su muerte. Una de las cosas que hizo alguna vez, fue exhibir a uno de sus prisioneros desnudo en un zoológico de Tokio para mostrar "lo sucio que era". Después de una de las palizas que recibía de él, Louie incluso asegura haberle visto una expresión de éxtasis sexual, y tanto Louie como sus compañeros de prisión arriesgaron su vida varias veces para tratar de salvar a otros. Sólo su espíritu rebelde e inquebrantable logró que fuera rescatado vivo al final de la guerra, a mediados de agosto de 1945. Pero en realidad, Louie aún no estaba libre. A pesar de que pudo regresar a su hogar en Torrance, California, se casó impulsivamente con la bella Cynthia Applewhite y trató de construir una vida, Louie no podía liberarse se las garras de Watanabe, y era perseguido y atormentado en sus sueños Padecía de estrés postraumático. Sin ayuda para su enfermedad, hasta ese entonces desconocida, bebía para tratar de olvidar, y estaba obsesionado con la venganza. Con la ayuda de Cynthia, Louie, ahora de 91 años, ha reencontrado poco a poco su camino. Así, Hillenbrand devuelve a nuestra memoria colectiva esta historia de heroísmo, crueldad, vida, muerte, alegría y sufrimiento casi olvidado. Así, se ha convertido en el libro más vendido en Estados Unidos por más de 8 meses. Una historia de resistencia, supervivencia y redención en la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Sin duda, el libro del año. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION From Laura Hillenbrand, the best-selling author of Seabiscuit, comes a long-awaited new book that tells the story of Louis Zamperini, a runner whose prodigious talent carried him to the Berlin Olympics in 1936. Zamperini was the favorite for the one-mile race and was expected to break the 4-minute record, but he failed on both counts. He began training with the hopes of winning the gold in the following Olympics but the onset of WWII ended his dream. His will to live was sorely tested when his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean. Together with his friend and pilot Russell Allen "Phil" Phillips, he drifted in shark-infested waters on a tiny raft for 47 days only to be rescued and then captured by the Japanese. Louis was held captive at Omoriy Naoetsu, controlled by Mutsuhiro Watanabe, a brutal, pathological and sadist leader whose main satisfaction came from slowly torturing his victims, delaying the agony of death. Zamperini''s unbreakable will was the only thing that kept him alive until he was rescued in the summer of 1945. He returned to his home in Torrence, California, impulsively married beautiful Cynthia Applewhite, and tried to build a new life. No longer captive, he was still, however, a prisoner, tormented by nightmares in which he was hunted by Watanabe. He suffered from PTSD, an illness unknown at the time, and drank heavily in an effort to block the memories. With Cynthia''s help, Louis, now 91, has finally found his way back home. Hillenbrand brings to life an almost-forgotten story of heroism, cruelty, life, death, joy, and suffering. A #1 best-seller in the US for over eight months, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit, and a story of resistance, survival, and redemption during WWII. It is, without a doubt, the book of 2011.

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