Our book club club meeting was good tonight; the food is always great, the surroundings were beautiful and the book, though a difficult one, was uplifting in the end.
"Unbroken", by Laura Hillenbrand, is the story of Louis Zamperini, a runner in the 1940's who joined the service during WW11 and suffered many troubles and indignities before being liberated from a POW camp in Japan and ultimately being rescued by his faith, his hope and a remembered promise.
The book was difficult to read because of some of the subject matter. Louis and several colleagues were shot down over the Pacific and floated in life rafts for over a month before they found land. Later he and many others were captured by the Japanese and sent to POW camps, where they they discovered the depths of man's inhumanity to man and the slow degradation of their dignity and self-respect.
In the end, they triumphed; some through faith and some through sheer determination not to let themselves be broken. It points out that man can withstand almost anything if he set his mind to it and gives a sense of the depth of the human spirit. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
I made a recipe of shrimp which I took from a recent flyer from The Fresh Market; a Lemon Garlic and pine nut pesto dipping sauce. It was fairly good.
Our next meeting will be in February, and our book will be Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy. I have not read it since college (50 years ago), and as it was once of my favorites then, I am looking forward to reading it again.