Alive: the story of the Andes survivors
On October 12, 1972, a plane carrying a team of young rugby players crashed into the remote, snow-peaked Andes. Out of the forty-five original passengers and crew, only sixteen made it off the mountain alive. For ten excruciating weeks they suffered deprivations beyond imagining, confronting nature head-on at its most furious and inhospitable. And to survive, they were for...more
I wondered what happened...more
They had left home with much excitement on Oct 12th, but reports of bad weather in the Andes had put them down for an overnight stay in Mendoza. Most of the young men, with an average age of just 19, had never flown before, never been away from home, so they were extemely ex...more
In the book, they had already eaten the first people by about page 70; the book is hundreds of pages longer. Huh, I thought. What are they going to talk about for the rest of the book?
That describes gruesome suffering, but somehow this account managed to be life-affirming. Maybe because, after all,...more
The writing of the book is awful,long winded, and boring. How he made cannibalism boring, I don't know, but it was boring. Best of luck enduring to the end of it.
What will anyone do when faced with death? How will humanity in general deal with starvation? I'd say "it remains to be seen" might be the lesson to be learned here.
The survivors, with the help of those that did not make it, managed to work and pray together to formulate...more
Most of the passengers on the plane were related by being part of or supporting the football team of a religious institution. So of course prayer and the talk of miracles would turn up. But when selecting a writing to tell the story they selected a fellow catholic.
I do not believe the author intentionally hid any facts, however...more
In 1972 a private Catholic college rugby team from Uruguay went on a trip to play a match in Chile and enjoy a mini vacation. Their plane crashed in the Andes mou...more
Everyone knows this story as they became famous not just for surviving but for how...more
The book isn't written as a "nonfiction novel", and has a tone halfway between fictional prose and an in-depth magazine article. I believe the author's intent was to describe the situation as accurately as possible without fabricating anything, aside from small pieces of dialogue present here and there throughout the book.
Piers Paul Reid...more
The story is well told, comprehensive, sensitive to most issues, and searching as far as the motivations and suffering of the survivors. I particularly liked the heroism of the few who managed to hike out to contact civilization. I admired th...more