I've spent the weekend with a terrific book.
And terrific is such a weak adjective, for such a book as Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.
It's the true story of American Olympic track-and-field star and World War II veteran, Louis Zamperini.
I can't recall being so riveted to a story in a long long time. It's so unbelievable that at one point my reading partner said to me, "If this were fiction you would be critical of its believability", and I agreed.
The comment itself made me think of something that author China Mieville once said about fantasy fiction: "The problem with most genre fantasy is that it's not nearly fantastic enough. It's escapist, but it can't escape."
Believe me, if you pick up Hillenbrand's book, you will not be able to put it down until you have read a few hundred pages. Leave yourself a lot of…. time!
It's a big book -- I'm 2/3rds through. It is so enthralling, and definitely "fantastic enough". Escapism, that escapes.
It will test, and most likely exceed [at times] your capacity to believe that a human being could have possibly survived what Louis Zamperini did.
The following clip says it all: