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Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home Paperback – May 15 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (May 15 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140009769X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400097692
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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As a teenager back in the 70's I read Piers Paul Read's book Alive, and the story of the Andes survivors had a huge impact on me. The story was so powerful I became extremely attached to the survivors and over the years I have reread the book many times, flipping back and forth between the text and the picture section, putting faces to names. As a young girl I was drawn to Nando - to his strength, his courage and his shear will to survive. Every time I read the story I am overwhelmed by it - the last time I read Alive in 2013 I even went on Google Earth and searched for the crash site, looked at the photos, and looked at everything that I found about the story on YouTube. When I discovered that Nando had written his own book I had to buy it right away.

This book is written from Nando's perspective, and it is his personal account of the ordeal. It fills in some of (what I considered to be) the missing parts from Piers Paul Read's book. Nando's version provides us with a much more intimate view into all of the personal struggles he had and is a must read for all who consider Nando Parrado as one of their personal heroes. The book is extremely well-written and is a true and honest account of one of the greatest survival stories ever.
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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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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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