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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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From Publishers Weekly

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read...won't last more than a day or two.... Oct. 26 2009
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book. I read this during some difficult transient times with work and quickly realized that my self-pity was shameful. Although the author doesn't really dwell on any major spiritual miracles here (he keeps it very objective and to the point), this book does make you wonder about the mysteries of the universe and the fate of each and every person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How Strong is Your Will to Survive?, Aug. 17 2007
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Miracle In The Andes Dec 11 2006
Format:Hardcover
Miracle In the Andes

This novel is written in the fist person by Nando Parrado. The big theme in this story would be on friendship and love with how utterly powerful the survivors love was for eachother, and how they fought just as hard for their own lives as well as their teammate's lives. Miracle In The Andes is an outstanding book filled with emotional struggle. It all begins with a high school in 1972, A rugby team was flying to Chile to play a match against the national team. It was supposed to be a smooth ride across the Andes the flight didn't go as hoped. They Plunged to their death at about 12,000 feet. Forty-five passengers and crew were on the plane but only 32 survived the crash, more died by the injuries they had. Then one of the nights well the survivors were huddling together to try to keep worm in the fuselage, A avalanche hit them lowering the number even more.

This remarkable story is about their struggle to survive and to endure freezing temperatures only being dressed in shorts and summer t shirts and soon having to eat the flesh of their friends.

The survivors had to face leadership, courage, patience and self control. Nando also has to deal with the death of his mother and sister. Seeing his fathers face once again is what makes Nando keep fighting for his life. They got the radio working but soon it dropped the dreadful truth that their search party had stopped searching. Now the only hope for survival was for Nando and 2 of his team mates to climb the mountain for hope of salvation.

This was one of the best stories I have ever read, each page was filled with heart stopping moments. The members of this incredible story compel you to contemplate long after you have read it. This novel really gave me hope, that if you really believe, anything can happen. Nando had strong courage and strength. He is my favorite author just by the way he describes
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read Aug. 2 2010
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Excellent read relating to the human spirit and survival. Touching and exciting with the final attempt to escape the frozen tomb in the Andes most riveting. An easily readable yet impactful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars addictive reading July 18 2009
Format:Paperback
Nando Parrado retells the story of his rugby team's plane crash in the Andes 30 years after the disaster. From the very beginning, the reader will have a hard time putting down this book until its very end. Mr. Parrado's writing style is smooth and engaging. The narration of the crash victims' dilemmas, conflict and suffering are heartbreaking. The author's account of the events leading up to , during and after the disaster is gripping. All in all an extremely spell binding book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars before and after June 16 2014
By Dia
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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 an excellent read, I have recommended this to several people
an excellent read , I have
recommended this to several people.
Published 4 months ago by Lana
5.0 out of 5 stars rating
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!
Published 10 months ago by Lise Lépine
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books in my life
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. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sirfdude
5.0 out of 5 stars NANDO'S STORY - MOVING HORRIFIC AND INSPIRATIONAL
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... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Buggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtakingly moving and inspirational
This was an amazing book!! I have not shed tears for many years until reading this book. Truly touching.
Published on Oct. 9 2010 by kal
5.0 out of 5 stars RIVETING...
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... Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2008 by Lawyeraau
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