Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors Mass Market Paperback – Dec 3 2002
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"A GREAT BOOK ... AN INCREDIBLE SAGA. Read's accomplishment in recording a struggle both physical and spiritual is superb."-- "Philadelphia Inquirer""THIS BOOK WILL EXCITE YOU, shock you, at times revolt you, but you are not likely to forget it."-- "John Barkham Reviews""A classic in the literature of survival."-- "Newsweek"
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Theirs is a journey born of tragedy and human endurance. The author unfolds a tale that is gripping in the telling, as enthralling as it is almost unbelievable. It is investigative reporting at its best, because it does not fail to convey the human drama and pathos behind the story of this remarkable struggle for survival high up in the Andes Mountains. Masterfully written, it is a well balanced narrative that takes great pains to ground the experience of the survivors in the context out of which it arose.
The plane had crashed in the Andes Mountains on Argentinian territory. It was an exercise in terror for those on the plane, as it barreled down the mountain, before finally coming to rest in a valley of snow high up in the Andes. Of the forty five persons on board, thirty two had initially survived the crash. Some, however, had sustained serious injuries. Time would not be their friend. Moreover, with little warm clothing (keep in mind that October is springtime in South America), the survivors were exposed to the extreme cold of the night air, high up in the Andes. Though spring, this still meant temperatures well below freezing. Damp, cold, and hungry, amid the anguished cries of the injured, thus began the first of many such nights.
By their tenth day in the Andes, the limited food supplies, which they had rationed with all the care of a miser, had virtually run out. Starving and ravenously hungry, they voiced what they all knew to be true, but had not dared to voice before.Read more ›
But it is thought-provking as a character study as the reader wonders how they would react in that situation. As the group is short on supplies and definately not clothed to handle the temperatures they are facing, everyone reacts differently. The aspect of the book (and later the movie) that has gotten the most attention is the decision to eat the flesh of deceased passengers for survival. It is something every reader will consider - not only how far would you go to survive, but what would you want to be done with your body in that situation.
Although you may know the basics of what happened, the reality of the situation will only sink in when you are wrapped in the story by the author. While he is able to make you feel like you are really there, then you will be able to feel truly inspired by Nando Parrado, and really think about the situation and the passengers' decisions. This book is still a must-read.
The part i enjoyed reading the most was at the beginning when the boys had to adapt to there surroundings. It would be very hard to do that for people that are from Uraguay which is on the eastern side of South America and is known to have beautiful weather. The Andes Mountains are known as some of the most dangerous mountains in the world. The conditions they were put trough were beyond belief. The part i least enjoyed reading about was when people died because i knew that it was a real death. Some of the characters froze to death and others starved to death. Can you imagine what it would be like to be stuck in the Andes mountains for a month with very little supplies?
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I read this book many years ago and enjoyed it very much. Although the subject matter is at times gut wrenching it is an amazing story of will and personal strength. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2012 by Donna - B.C. Canada
This is a must have book if you ONLY saw the hollywood movie "Alive". It's one of my favorite movies as I love true survival movies, but had an itch to read more details about... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2011 by Bert
This is the story of a rugby team whos plane crashes in the Andes Mountains. This book shows how most of the team survived and even got rescued. Read morePublished on May 9 2004
On October 12th, 1972, a small plane carring 45 rugby players and their families crashed in the Andes, after their pilot made a wrong tuirn in the Andes. Read morePublished on May 7 2004 by Moniker
I read this book while I was going through chemotherapy five years ago. It may sound corny, but this book really helped me to get through the chemo. Read morePublished on April 23 2004 by Callie O'Shea
Alive is a story about a team of rugby players who crash land there plane in the andes mountians. this book is very graphic and is very intense story I would recomend the book to... Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by mike Hardin
Alive is a very boring book. The plot is way to long, and it takes to long to read. The book really doesn't make sense either. Read morePublished on March 31 2004
i gave "Alive" five stars because it was a great story about a group of rugby players that are in a plane crash in the andes mountains where they are faced with very... Read morePublished on March 18 2004 by jacob benjamin/matau rocks
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