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Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home
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Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home [Kindle Edition]

Nando Parrado , Vince Rause
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In October 1972, a plane carrying an Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the Andes. Not immediately rescued, the survivors turned to cannibalism to survive and after 72 days were saved. Rugby team member Parrado has written a beautiful story of friendship, tragedy and perseverance. High in the Andes, with a fractured skull, eating the flesh of his teammates and friends, Parrado calmly ponders the cruelties of fate, the power of the natural world and the possibility of continued existence. "I would live from moment to moment and from breath to breath, until I had used up all the life I had." Parrado, who for the past 10 years has been giving inspirational talks based on his experiences, lost his mother and sister in the crash. Struggling to stay alive, his guide becomes his beloved father: "each [stride] brought me closer to my father... each step I took was a step stolen back from death." More than a companion to the 1970s bestselling chronicle of the disaster, Alive, this is a fresh, gripping page-turner that will satisfy adventure readers, and a complex reflection on camaraderie, family and love. Photos. First serial in Outside. (May 9)
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Adult/High School–In 1972, Parrado and his rugby teammates from Uruguay were flying to Chile to play a match against the national team. Crossing the Andes, the aircraft crashed on a remote, high-altitude, glaciated slope. This remarkable story of the survivors omits none of the raw intensity and brutality of their experience but is burnished by time, casting an analytical perspective on ways in which their subsequent lives were influenced by the ordeal. The many forms of courage exhibited and the sustaining power of love of family are the basis of the narrative as the group supported one another in a collective refusal to surrender to the mountain. Parrado credits their physical conditioning and the rigorous team ethic inherent in the sport as the foundation for the trust and allegiance that enabled the men to battle the odds. Reduced to the most elemental human needs and learning from a radio transmission that rescue efforts had been abandoned, they reluctantly realized that their only food source was the bodies of the victims. Parrado was respectful of the spiritual faith of those who clung to a belief in rescue, but put his energy into engineering a plan and acted as a leader of the expeditionaries who hiked through the perilous mountains to find help. A detailed chronicle of these events was presented in Piers Paul Read's Alive (Avon, 1975), but Parrado's memoir offers a reflective expansion of that work. Dramatic photographs are included.–Lynn Nutwell, Fairfax City Regional Library, VA
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8328 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (May 9 2006)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000GCFW6O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars before and after June 16 2014
By Dia
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What I love about this book is that it gives the point of view of one of the survivors of the plane crash: what he experienced then and what he lived through afterwards. He has some pictures of the crash site as seen at the time of writing his book. He is clear in what he writes and one can glean new insights into what happened. As far as I am concerned this is a must-read along with the other book titled "Alive" written by a different author. 5 stars for an excellent first-person retelling of recent history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars rating Feb. 11 2014
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OMG, this is a story I will never forget. How they managed to get through this horrific accident and how they managed to survive is unbelievable. A must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books in my life Dec 17 2013
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Nando creates an immediate and deep connection. You travel with him from the flight to the crash and the gruelling experiences of the Andes. The escape. More than anything -the lesson. Nando struck me as one of the most spiritually developed men of our age when I saw the documentary where he was doing some narrating. I think it was called "I Am Alive". I had to learn more about him; What he is doing now, what happened to him and the others after. Then I found his book. I am so glad I did. My life is richer for having read it.
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This was a fantastic read, absolutely gripping even though I already knew the story pretty well having read Piers Paul Read's Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivorsand catching the movie on TV a couple times. You wouldn't really think there'd be much left to tell of the ill-fated Uruguayan rugby team's plane crash and their subsequent 72 days spent stranded in the Andes Mountains, but we've never heard Nando's story before and it's worth hearing. (He's the one played by Ethan Hawke in the movie who was ultimately responsible for their rescue)

This book is also interesting as its written 30 years after the event so we get detailed updates from, not just Nando but the other survivors as well. Describing their lives since the rescue; jobs, marriages, children, problems with drugs etc. (There are lots of children and that made me smile)

There are some 30 pages of photographs included here which contain shots of the team before the crash, during their ordeal, during their rescue and in the years after. The pictures taken at the crash site are especially haunting because they just look like college boys on vacation until you notice the eyes, gaunt faces and the fact that they're starving. Oh and the wreck of the plane in the background. Yes, Nando does go into detail about the much published cannibalism and their brutal decision to eat the dead in order to survive. (Most looked at it as a sort of religious experience, i.e. eating the body of Christ to sustain themselves as starvation would be suicide which goes against Catholicism.)

As an essentially non-religious person I have to say that I found Nando's interpretations of God particularly interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How Strong is Your Will to Survive?, Aug. 17 2007
Most of us will never have to ask ourselves such a question, but at only 23 years old, Nando Parrado had to.

We have all heard the story of the Uruguayan rugby team travelling to Chile by plane that met with disaster. The plane, unable to maintain its height because of severe weather conditions, collides with one of the sharp mountainous peaks. The plane is cut in two, one half plummets from the sky only to crash among the towering peaks of the Andes, while the other half--carrying survivors--hits the incline of a snow-covered mountain and dives deep into a valley. Those who survived the crash, look to the skies above, hoping and praying for any sign of rescue. With limited food supplies and limited clothing to shield them from the cold, they are forced to come face to face with the knowledge that they must act or they will die. Three brave men begin a journey--a gruelling trek that no one has ever attempted before, with only a glimmer of hope and no clear path to their destination, they set out to help their friends and save themselves. One of these men is Nando Parrado; Miracle in the Andes is his personal story.

The first few pages of the novel walks the reader through Parrado's first moments after the crash as he wakes up and realises his gruesome predicament. He describes the cold as it first hit him, "burning his skin like acid," making it hard to breathe, hard to move, and as a consequence even harder to live. Those first moments are terrifying, and the reader is right there with him, experiencing every chilling second. As the book progresses, Parrado reflects on his life leading up to the crash. Unlike Nando, his father was a hardworking man who worked long hours to make sure that his family could live the life that he did not.
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By Lana
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an excellent read , I have
recommended this to several people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RIVETING... Nov. 29 2008
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
Having read Piers Paul Read's book, "Alive", a riveting account of the 1972 plane crash in the Andes mountains in which sixteen of the forty-five aboard survived a harrowing ordeal on the mountain for nearly two and a half months, I was sufficiently intrigued to read a first person account by one of the pivotal survivors of that ordeal. I was not disappointed.

Nando Parrado, reflecting back over a span of thirty plus years, shares his experiences with the reader. At twenty-three, as a young Uruguayan high on life and flying to an exhibition rugby game in Chile, he was master of his universe, when the unthinkable happened. The plane carrying his family, friends, and teammates, suddenly crashed onto a glacier deep in the Andes Mountains. The crash killed many of those he had known and loved, including his beloved mother and sister. Life as he knew it was over, and from its ashes a new Nando Parrado was born.

Before the crash, Nando had lived a comfortable, privileged life and was more of a follower than a leader. Yet, as their situation on the mountain became more desperate and death seemed a certainty for all of them were extraordinary measures not taken, Nando rose to the challenge, emerging as a leader in the unlikeliest of circumstances. In a desperate bid to save his life and that of the other survivors, an emaciated and ill-clad Nando, together with his friend, Roberto Canessa, climbed an unknown peak in the Andes, and trekked over forty-five miles across frozen terrain to seek help for the remaining survivors. How he and Roberto did this is the stuff from which legends are made. It is simply an extraordinary and riveting story.
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