Posts Tagged ‘Louis Zamperini’

  • English Literature and the Battlefield

    Reading Simon Armitage’s The Not Dead (2008) was, for me, a reminder of the beauty of war poetry and prose.  Armitage spent no time working in the armed forces; however, his works cast my mind back to that of Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke, phenomenal canons of British war poetry. Sometimes, those who have faced the most traumatic, brutal and violent of experiences are gifted with a remarkable set of literary talents. We have an endless fascination with physical war; our interest and never-ending exploration of this theme is instilled in us from a young age – the horrors of WWII discussed in History lessons, its territorial ramifications rediscovered in Geography, and, in no less effect its impact on language and prose debated over in English Literature classes. This year has seen war, once again, dominate our screens, from independent film noir productions such as Ida to movie blockbusters like Fury and 4th Estate’s very own book-to-screen adaptation Unbroken due in cinemas early next year. Petitions to extend The Tower of London’s poppy memorial exhibition, featuring 888,246 poppies to represent every single English casualty of WWI is a simple but pertinent example of the impact war has in shaping collective identities.

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  • ‘Unbroken’ Trailer Release

    There are some lives that almost dwarf others, that the minor steps that they take on the way to success seem to outweigh even our greatest achievements. Louis Zamperini, without a doubt, led one of those lives. As a nineteen year old Olympian, Louis ran in the 5000 metre event at the 1936 summer games in Germany, where he met and shook hands with Adolf Hitler, who later referred to Zamperini as ‘the boy with the fast finish’. As a soldier, Louis spent two years in a prisoner of war camp, Read more…