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Miracle In The Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home Paperback – 4 Apr 2007
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His story is awesome. It is also enthralling, inspirational and an impressive testimony to one man's unquenchable instinct for survival and to the amazing resilience of the human spirit (Daily Mail)
Given up for dead after an air crash in the Andes in 1972, Nando Parrado not only survived but showed the strength and determination that saved his own life and that of his fifteen friends. Now he gives his own account of his ordeal -enthralling, enlightening, modest, and moving. An impressive testimony to what love can achieve (Piers Paul Read, author of ALIVE)
An utterly compelling read (Sunday Express)
Far and away the best book I've read this year is Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado, survivor and rescuer of the others who lived by desperate means through the horrific 1972 Andes plane crash (Publishing News)
This book not only reveals the lengths to which humans will go to survive, it makes you question your own strengths and weaknesses ... [this] dramatic story is moving, powerful and riveting (Daily Express)
this extremely humbling version of version of events tells how they sacrificed so much to survive their predictament. Overcoming adversity is rarely this tough (STUFF)
The story of the 1972 Andes plane crash and rescue, finally told by one of the heroes who saved his team-mates.See all Product description
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The author was a survivor and after some years, he's written this considered, well balanced although often harrowing account of the crash and its aftermath. There's barely a spare word in a narrative which details deprivation and endurance beyond understanding. Ingenuity, resourcefulness, courage and occasional divine intervention, both good and bad, all played a part in the aftermath of the crash. This is one of the most profoundly moving books I've ever read. Nando Parrado writes with warmth and understanding about his friends and team mates. He writes with insight, compassion and self awareness which brings these (mainly) young men vividly to life. That anyone survived the actual crash may be considered a miracle, but to follow the story of the next weeks as a group of survivors struggle to live is a really emotional ride. It's impossible to imagine being stranded thousands of feet up in the Andes, wearing light summer clothing, without food or heat and no experience of snow which was waist deep. Their physical strength depleted through starvation and dehydration, to say nothing of the injuries sustained during the crash, they had to draw on every ounce of mental and spiritual strength in order to survive.
The writing is always measured, which makes it all the more powerful and it's a very thought provoking account which leaves the reader reflecting on a number of moral issues. It certainly puts every day to day gripe about some misfortune or other into perspective. It's a book I'd recommend to everyone.
However in my opinion that is extremely harsh!
What I didn't understand is that it is clearly a version of events written by Nando himself, so of course it's going to be different o the version of Alive, which I have not yet read... I am waiting for the kindle version....
It is still a brilliant story a true story, that hopefully none of us will ever have to endure. I happen to think that the brief description of those aboard is actually very clever, some of these people simply did not survive for very long, so why go into detail about them when they are simply not going to be in the book. This is not an obituary.....
I'm sure Nando harbours great feelings to those aboard, but it does not mean he has to explain all of their lives in character development.
The story is gripping, extremely well written, upsetting in parts, simply amazing in others.
I say well done to Nando and more people should buy and read this book.
Excellent book, wrote with raw honesty, passion and often heartbreaking truths.
If you want to know anything about the Andes disaster, this is the book for you
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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