three books from my continuing and
ever growing reading list.
By far, my favorite of the three was
MAJOR PETTIGREW'S LAST STAND
by Helen Simonson.
Although it's a little slow at the start,
many of the characters seem a bit stock,
and Major Pettigrew, the lead character,
is insufferable in the beginning,
it develops into a very sweet love story.
Equally important, the Major redeems himself by
evolving into the kind of caring individual
who is worthy of the happy ending!
THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
by Stieg Larsson is the second in his
very popular trilogy.
You MUST read
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
before you attempt this one.
Otherwise, you'll miss too much character
development of the main players.
That being said, I didn't know what the
hell was going on in much of this book.
I am not usually a thriller/suspense reader,
give me a domestic drama any day.
So, although I am out of my comfort zone
with these books, that doesn't mean
I don't want to know what all the buzz is about!
I found that if I didn't let myself get too
overwhelmed with a lot of detail,
the first two books are were
I will take the same tact when I tackle the
third and last one,
THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS NEST.
UNBROKEN is the true story of a gifted athlete,
runner Louis Zamerini.
He ran in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, but his
athletic career was cut short by the outbreak of WWII.
He becomes a gunner in a B-24 and
is shot down over the Pacific.
I found this book very difficult to get through.
Although the survival story is extremely inspiring,
Zamerini's harrowing experiences of survival in a raft
which floats for 2000 miles before he is "rescued" and
then his experiences in various Japanese prison camps
is extremely grim.
His re entry into civilian life at the end
of the war is not smooth.
After what he has suffered,
how could it be?
However, he does eventually find redemption,
after hearing a young Billy Graham preach.
After all the degradation, misery and hardship
Zamperini suffered, I felt the ending was a little flat.
Granted, this is true life, not a novel,
but I wanted the ending to be more
uplifting and heartfelt than it seemed.