Monday, January 31, 2011

100 Word Review: Unbroken

This is one of those books you can't help but tell people about.  I mean anyone...your dental hygienist...your bank teller...the guy in line behind you at Walmart.  Several people told me about it, so I moved it to the top of my to-be-read list.  I'm sooooo glad I did.  Unbroken is an incredible true story told beautifully by Laura Hillenbrand (of Seabiscuit fame).  I can't believe no one beat her to it!  How could this story have gone untold for so long?  Move this book immediately to the top of your stack.  You won't be able to put it down and you'll talk about it with everyone who will listen (and even those who won't).  It will become one of your goals in life to convince as many people as possible to read this book.  As far as my 100 word review goes, this is the toughest one I've done.  I could write hundreds of words about this book, so I really had to work hard to trim it down.  Bottom line...read it!

Here's my 100 word review of Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

Terrifying...Intense...Gut-wrenching...Heartbreaking...
Astounding...Unimaginable...Uplifting...Amazing...

Man versus Nature...
Man versus Man...
Man versus Himself...

Ravenous men with broken bodies and unbroken spirits; desperately clinging to any shred of hope.

A lesson in courage...resourcefulness...honor...dignity...and the unequivocal power of forgiveness.

If this were a work of fiction, it would be criticized as too unbelievable a story.

These men are a part of what is called America's "Greatest Generation". 
They're cut from a different cloth.

Louis Zamperini and the others are true heroes. 
I thank Laura Hillenbrand for telling their story. 
I've been blessed by it.

(100)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

100 Word Review: Juliet

After finishing Sworn to Silence last month, I was looking for a much "lighter" read to start the new year.  I certainly found it in Anne Fortier's Juliet.  If you are a Shakespeare fan, then this is the book for you...or maybe not.  Anne Fortier holds a doctorate in history, so there are lots of very interesting factual tie-ins with Romeo and Juliet.  In fact, the premise of this story is a young woman searching for her connection to the real Juliet.  I guess you could call it a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, but it misses the mark so often, I don't want to align it with the play too much.  It did make me want to reread Shakespeare's classic....someday. 

Here's my 100 word review of Juliet by Anne Fortier.

Two feuding families...
The Bard and his "timeless" play...
A love destined by hundreds of years of ancestry...

Rich Italian history...
A 14th century mystery...

Crumbling Italian ruins...
What impossible treasures do they hide?

Fortier combined a classic love story with a modern day "DaVinci Code" type plot.
The love gets completely lost in the overly complicated and confusing mystery.

At times, the book is really entertaining, but it dragged in several parts. 
The long list of characters were not well developed and often seemed shallow and silly.

It did make me want to go to Italy, but who doesn't?

(100)