Unbroken: an extraordinary true story of courage and survival

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand will WOW you! The biopic movie adaptation, directed by Angelina Jolie and adapted by the Coen  Brothers, filmed partly in Australia (around the Gold Coast and Northern NSW) is due to hit the big screens is 2014. It is one of the  most amazing tales I’ve ever read and one that is worthy of much wonderment and respect.

Unbroken is the biography of Louis Silvie Zamperini. Louie was born to an Italian-American family, grew up in California and as a young-in’ was a bit of a rogue with a tendency for delinquency. After showing a talent for running, he was encouraged to funnel all his previously wayward energy into track-training. His commitment paid off and he qualified to run in the 1936 Olympics. Louie was a record-breaker. However his promising running career was interrupted by the outbreak of war. As reality took a sombre shift towards war, Louie enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces and was deployed as a Bombardier on a B-24 bomber.

Louis was onboard his plane in May 1943 when it crashed into the ocean. He and two colleagues drifted in a life-raft for 47 days. They were confronted by starvation, eternal thirst, sharks, and only two of them survived. But a worse fait still awaited Louie and his friends. They drifted into enemy territory and were captured by the enemy, the Japanese. For twenty-seven months Louie was held as a P.O.W. in abominable conditions, facing in-humane treatment, deprivation & extreme brutality. Against all odds, Louie survived the ordeal.

Post war, Louie was mentally tortured over-and over again and suffered from horrific post-traumatic-stress disorder and alcoholism but again he survived. His will-to-live, endurance, bravery and mental discipline have been the foundation stones of a remarkable life. His story is amazing. If you haven’t already read Unbroken, I highly recommend reading it before seeing it on the big screen.