Miracle in the Andes

Miracle in the Andes

eBook - 2006
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In the first hours there was nothing, no fear or sadness, just a black and perfect silence. Nando Parrado was unconscious for three days before he woke to discover that the plane carrying his rugby team, as well as their family members and supporters, to an exhibition game in Chile had crashed somewhere deep in the Andes. He soon learned that many were dead or dying--among them his own mother and sister. Those who remained were stranded on a lifeless glacier at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, with no supplies and no means of summoning help. They struggled to endure freezing temperatures, deadly avalanches, and then the devastating news that the search for them had been called off. As time passed and Nando's thoughts turned increasingly to his father, who he knew must be consumed with grief, Nando resolved that he must get home or die trying. He would challenge the Andes, even though he was certain the effort would kill him, telling himself that even if he failed he would die that much closer to his father. It was a desperate decision, but it was also his only chance. So Nando, an ordinary young man with no disposition for leadership or heroism, led an expedition up the treacherous slopes of a snow-capped mountain and across forty-five miles of frozen wilderness in an attempt to find help. Thirty years after the disaster Nando tells his story with remarkable candor and depth of feeling. Miracle in the Andes --a first person account of the crash and its aftermath--is more than a riveting tale of true-life adventure: it is a revealing look at life at the edge of death and a meditation on the limitless redemptive power of love. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Crown/Archetype, 2006.
ISBN: 9780307347022
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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JCLRitaG Feb 18, 2016

Imagine the ages of these young men: late teens, early 20's. They survived at the top of the Andes prepared only with the clothes on their back...and it was lightweight clothing as they were headed to Chile for a rugby match! Their resilience, intelligence, and a profound faith brought 16 of them home. This book made me want to read "Alive!" by Piers Paul Read the factual account of the story written within a year of the rescue.

Jan 08, 2014

1974's Alive by Piers Paul Reid is one of my all-time favorite books. The tone in that one had just the right amount of everything in order to convey the scope and aftermath of that fateful 1972 plane crash in the Andes Mountains. So when I learned that Nando Parrado himself, one of the heroic survivors, was writing a memoir, I was skeptical but still curious. Would his retelling offer a profound new insight to the tragedy? Or would this be another instance of should've left well-enough alone? Fortunately, it's the former.

If you're a fan of the Piers Paul Reid book, or heck, even the 1992 movie, then I recommend this one.

carolynv Apr 04, 2012

If you enjoyed the classic Alive - about the 1972 plane crash in the Andes, you'll love this story told from the perspective of one of the survivors. Feels like you're right there!

mberk Nov 13, 2011

Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Incredible.

Aug 02, 2011

Fascinating book! Inspiring story...

Mar 18, 2008

In October 1972 Parrado, his rugby teammates, and their fans from Uruguay were flying to Chile to play a match against the Chilean national team when the aircraft carrying the 45 people, crashed on a remote high-altitude glaciated slope in the Andes Mountains.
Thirty years after the disaster Parrado, one of the leaders during the disaster, decided that he had to set the record straight about what some of the survivors said about others when they were interviewed as young men by Piers Paul Read for his book Alive.
A thought provoking story about the will to survive and the power of love.

Pippin Mar 17, 2008



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