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Miracle in the Andes : 72 days on the mountain and my long trek home / Nando Parrado with Vince Rause.

By: Parrado, Nando, 1949- [author.].
Contributor(s): Rause, Vince [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London [England] : Orion, c2006Description: 274 p., [32] p of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0752871943 (pbk.).Subject(s): Parrado, Nando, 1949- | Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks, etc | Aircraft accidents -- Andes Region | Cannibalism | Aircraft accident victims -- Uruguay -- BiographyDDC classification: 982.6
Before -- Everything precious -- A promise -- Breath once more -- Abandoned -- Tomb -- East -- The opposite of death -- "I see a man" -- After.
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On 13 October 1972, the members of a top Uruguayan rugby team were flying over the Andes to play in Chile. Their plane crashed into a mountain and was stranded 11,000 feet up on an inhospitable glacier. Many died instantly in the crash, including the person sitting next to Nando, but others survived. They had almost no food or suitable equipment to withstand temperatures as low as -35C, and had to eat the bodies of their dead team-mates to survive. With the prospect only of a slow death, and no rescue likely, Nando and one of his friends set off on an impossible journey, walking and climbing for ten days in search of help. Finally, after 72 days, the 16 survivors were brought to safety. Parrado's unique viewpoint brings a new perspective to this remarkable story. His hugely inspirational tale shows how the strength of the human spirit, the close bond of friendship and faith can make you achieve the impossible. He explains how, once you realise you must surely die, no risk becomes too great. Above all, Parrado came to understand that the opposite of death wasn't life but love. And it was love, for his waiting father and the mother and sister who died in the crash, that saw him home.

Before -- Everything precious -- A promise -- Breath once more -- Abandoned -- Tomb -- East -- The opposite of death -- "I see a man" -- After.

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In October 1972, Uruguayan rugby player Parrado awoke bewildered, freezing, and wracked with pain, finding himself stranded high in the Andes, one of numerous survivors of the crash of the airplane that had been carrying his rugby team to Chile. With little food or warm clothing, suffering from a head injury, and grieving the deaths of family members and friends, Parrado, with the other survivors, was plunged into a harrowing life-or-death struggle. Over 30 years later, he explains that he found the means to persevere through his deep love for his father, which enabled him to endure subzero temperatures, deadly avalanches, and the gruesome necessity of cannibalism. Contemplative yet unflinching, this thought-provoking work is both a gripping survival story and a sensitive examination of the sustaining power of religious faith, friendship, love, and family ties. More introspective than Piers Paul Read's journalistic account, Alive, published soon after the ordeal, Parrado presents both the jaw-dropping realities of the 16 survivors' story and the life-altering lessons he learned from the experience. With its universal themes of courage and determination and its broad appeal to true-adventure fans, this work is recommended for all public libraries.-Ingrid Levin, Florida Atlantic Univ., Jupiter (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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