I don’t know about you, but Unbroken might be one of the best books I have ever read. How can you not love and wince and cheer and cry as Louie experiences every traumatic event and heartbreaking victory? I was on the edge of my seat at the turn of every page.
I hope you enjoyed this one as much as I did and I would love to hear your thoughts! Leave them in the comments!
How do you think Louie’s running career and/or his brother Pete helped prepare him for what he would face in war?
Pete was one of my favorite characters in this story. I truly admired the way he took care of and encouraged Louie to be the best he could be, and even when Louie began to be a more successful athlete than Pete himself, Pete continued to support him instead of becoming jealous. In a way, I think Pete was one of the main reasons Louie survived the war – he taught him to run, and in that, taught him to keep going no matter what his body or mind was telling him. To see it through to the finish line.
What do you see as the difference between Mac and Phil and Louie as far as how they responded to life on the raft?
From the beginning of life on the raft, it was clear that Mac felt a desperation and loneliness that Phil and Louie didn’t feel. It’s possible that the dynamics of their relationships could have affected Mac, since Phil and Louie were already good friends, and Mac didn’t really know either of them. In the end though, I think it boils down to the drive to survive and the belief that they would make it. Phil and Louie would do anything to make it to dry land, and it seemed like Mac didn’t possess that faith.
What is your take on the several miracles that Louie reported experiencing, such as being freed from the wires when the plane crashed?
Louie experienced several things that could be described as miracles, including being freed from the wires and hearing the voices of people singing when he was at his lowest points, both on the raft and as a prisoner of war. I believe that if Louie remembers experiencing these things, then he experienced them, and they helped him survive his trials and keep going. Whether they were a higher power or something else, only he can know.
Do you think Louie was justified in his plot to kill the Bird? Why or why not?
This is a hard one for me. I can never condone murder, but at the same time, the things that the Bird did to Louie were so horrible, so tormenting, and so abrasive, that I don’t think he felt like he had another choice. In that moment, it was either him or the Bird, and Louie had to do what was best for him. Later, after he returned from the war and wanted to return to hunt down the Bird, I think he felt much the same way. Although the Bird no longer had a physical hold on Louie, he maintained a mental hold on him, and Louie could never truly be free without ridding himself of that. He saw killing the Bird as the only way to do it.
What lessons do you think can be learned from Unbroken, and what did the book mean to you?
There are so, so many lessons in Unbroken. Overall it is a lesson of endurance, of not giving up, of persevering through every trial, and coming out at the end. But there are so many other things to think about, too – friendship, faith, and healing, to name a few. I don’t think I’ll ever stop thinking about this book and learning new things from it.
Overall, did you like or dislike the book? Would you recommend it to a friend? Why?
Obviously, I loved it, and will be recommending it to everyone I see! Tell me what you thought about it!
As a bonus, this month’s book club discussion includes some free desktop backgrounds and printables of some of my favorite quotes from Unbroken. I still can’t even decide which one I like the best, so I’ll probably be rotating through these on the daily! Click here to be taken to the downloads page.
What are your answers to the questions above, or other thoughts about the book? Let me know in the comments!