I selected this book only because of the title. Had no idea of the content. This story parallels Unbroken, as it is the will to live that amazes the reader. And the power of the inner spirit to usurp the madness of evil men and the heinous acts they perform.
I am disgusted in the duality of man. That man can tip over to treachery by the push of an idle wind. How can this story happened.
This is an utterly unbelievable story of courage and not ever giving up. One of the best books I've ever read, despite the fact that it was difficult hearing what this man suffered at the hands of the Communists. It is unbearably sad at at times but the spirit of this man triumphs over all the despicable things that are done to him. There is a beautiful love story as well, and a good ending.
Without a doubt one of the greatest stories ever told. If ever there was a "must read" this is it.
Amazing story of an amazing man. Brings home in a graphic way the horrors of Stalin's Russia and to a lesser extent the post-Stalin period. Makes you realize that the freedom we enjoy in the U.S. (even as restriced as it sometimes seems) is not guaranteed to all people. Makes you reflect on the meaning of life and what is important.