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Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado

Miracle in the Andes (2006)

by Nando Parrado

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This is more than a description of a disaster and its survivors. 'Alive' by Piers Paul Reed did that job just a couple of years after the miracle in the Andes, as dubbed by the media. This book, written more than 30 years after the events is much more. Nando Parrado shares his personal, emotional journey from the moment he awoke from a coma, three days after the crash, to trekking an impossible distance in impossible circumstances to find civilization and mount a rescue for the remaining survivors. Add to that, he shares with us how his life developed after he and the other survivors were reborn - what happens after the rescue.

This was truly an amazing book. ( )
  sbecon | Sep 4, 2017 |
Summer BR with Momo
  JulieCovington | May 29, 2016 |
A rugby team's airplane crashes in the Andes. The team somehow survives both the crash and the freezing cold -- for 73 days. Amazing. Can’t believe they survived. This book changed my life. ( )
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
Wow! I read Alive when it was first published, but was not prepared for how viscerally I would respond to THIS memoir. Parrado lays bare his soul in describing his (and his teammates) ordeal. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 4, 2016 |
This is a familiar story that was related in Alive by Piers Paul Read and in a movie of the same title, about a plane chartered by a rugby team in 1972 that went down on one of the highest peaks of the Andes, leaving many of the passengers injured but alive. Parrado was one of those passengers. This is his story. When they heard news on a radio that the search had been called off, he and others decided they had to climb out of the mountains if they were to have any chance of survival. Parrado and another young man made a heroic, miraculous trek to reach help. The sensational news was they they had (necessarily) resorted to cannibalism, but although that had been a difficult decision, it was not the most horrific they had suffered. The frigid temperatures, an avalanche that killed eight and left the fuselage, their only shelter, buried, the terrible injuries, the lack of everything they needed, was considerably worse.

The biographical details at the beginning allows the reader to relate so much more to the disaster by getting to know some of the individuals. Also appreciated was the final update on the survivors. A few years ago I saw a movie of the story. Parrado's personal account delivered a more powerful account of the despair, desolation, helplessness and the agonizing trek out. ( )
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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.

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A survivor of the horrific 1972 plane crash that stranded his rugby team in the Andes for seventy-two days provides his account of the ordeal and of his desperate expedition across seventy miles of frozen wilderness to find help.

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