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An astonishing story



I really missed the bus on this one—after all, there's a movie based on it—but this is powerful nonfiction. I picked it up at about 10:30 the other night, and the next thing I knew it was 1 a.m. As I learned, it's not bedtime reading. It wound me up so much that it took two hours to fall asleep. What a story. Amazing.

Tom Brokaw's phrase "the greatest generation" comes to mind; it is his description of the people who endured the Great Depression, fought in World War II and made major contributions to the war effort at home. It's a label that arguably applies to many different generations. I won't get into that debate here. Let's just say that Louis Zamperini, the central figure in this book, would have been among the greatest of any generation.

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anita_margarita
Jan. 20th, 2015 03:52 am (UTC)
the people who endured the Great Depression, fought in World War II and made major contributions to the war effort at home

Those are the people who were adults with I was a child. They are almost all gone now. I terribly regret not being cognizant of their lives and all they did, and not talking to them and finding out more.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 20th, 2015 12:18 pm (UTC)
I used to try to talk to my father about his days growing up, but he never seemed to want to—probably because of the shame and stigma attached to being poor as a boy: "piss poor," he said once. Once.

He was stationed in Kansas during the war because he had just been drafted and was going to be assigned to the front, but the war ended first. He was in the Army Air Corps and wanted to be a pilot.

I was talking the night before last with my mother-in-law, who's 88. She remembered what it was like on the home front.

I'm thinking there are plenty of people in nursing homes who still remember those days—and would like somebody to share their stories with.
tsrensel
Jan. 25th, 2015 03:46 am (UTC)
I just finished read this last weekend. I was planning on going to see the movie, but as our uniplex only shows a film for a week, I missed it. It was a fascinating story, although I thought the books dragged a little in places. I'm glad that I took the time to read it.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 25th, 2015 02:32 pm (UTC)
I'm interested in comparing the movie with the book. "Uniplex," huh? Like it!
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