Read These Fall Books Before the Movies Come Out
Because book lovers know the real joy of seeing
a movie is....having read the novel or memoir first.
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This is a wartime tale of Louis Zamperini who, after not only
competing in the Olympics but also fighting in World War II, survives a plane
crash and spends 47 days adrift on the ocean comes to theaters this December.
Based on the trailer, you can expect a stunningly visual film, directed by Angelina
Jolie. If you haven't read Hillenbrand's nonfiction account
now is the
time. First, you might just want to prepare yourself for the horrors that occur
to Zamperini in the Japanese POW camps (you can always put the book down if you
have to). Second, Hillenbrand's commentary on what we humans need to survive
applies to all our lives. "Dignity is as
essential to human life as water, food and oxygen," she writes. A
truth—like so many in the book—worth underlining.
— Leigh Newman