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Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home

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In October 1972, a plane carrying an Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the Andes. Not immediately rescued, the survivors turned to cannibalism to survive and after 72 days were saved. Rugby team member Parrado has written a beautiful story of friendship, tragedy and perseverance. High in the Andes, with a fractured skull, eating the flesh o
Paperback, First Paperback Edition, 291 pages
Published by Three Rivers Press (first published 2006)
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Why bother reading Nando Parrado's book if you have already read 'Alive' right? After all, that book was written right after the event with extensive interviews with the 16 survivors and offers an accurate and detailed account of the events of that tragic crash sight portrayed in the 1993 Ethan Hawke movie 'Alive'?

WRONG! This book is simply amazing. Written thirty years after the crash Nando ruminates and expresses his emotions about those awful 72 days. There are many interesting points he brin
Opening Line: “It was Friday the thirteenth of October. We joked about that -flying over the Andes on such an unlucky day, but young men make these kinds of jokes so easily.”

This was a fantastic read, absolutely gripping even though I already knew the story pretty well having read Piers Paul Read’s Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors and catching the movie on TV a couple times. You wouldn’t really think there'd be much left to tell of the ill-fated Uruguayan rugby team’s plane crash and thei
Jun 03, 2008 Savvy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A staggering story....Intense and Incredible!

When my book club chose this book, I honestly wasn't looking forward to reading it. I had read ALIVE and thought I already knew the story, as it had been told in detail.
Boy, was I blown away! What an amazing surprise MIRACLE IN THE ANDES turned out to be!

Nanado Parrado very skillfully and gently takes you into those mountains with such vivid images and heartbreaking exchanges of dialogue, that you 'feel' the immense cold, your stomach actually chur
Jul 16, 2008 Alicen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
AMAZING! I was somewhat taken by surprise by this book, which is the story of the personal account of the one survivors of the Andes plane crash in 1974. The author was an untested and somewhat spoiled young man in his 20's when his plane crashed in the mountains and he and his rugby teammates were left for dead. Their story was also told in "Alive", which is also a great book, but this story is less about the details of the crash and more about the author's personal journal out of the mountains ...more
Jun 23, 2008 Jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing! A first-hand account of the famous rugby team crash in the Andes in 1972. If you like what I call the Krakauer genre--you'll love this one! Very insightful! What goes through your mind when you realize you've survived a crash--but the search crews have given up and there is no way out of the mountains? How about the thought process behind the decision to eat the frozen flesh of your dead friends? This is one of the more powerful books I've read in a while. Stark look into the depths of ...more
Feb 24, 2008 Jimcgold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in life's perspectives
This was one of the most amazing survival stories I've ever read. What is most incredible is to listen to the author, in his own tone of voice, articulate the philosophy, values and behavior of this airplane accident high in the Andes. And then, from a perspective of over 30 years, hear him describe what he has learned and what is important to him. Lessons for us all.
I am probably like a lot of other people who, after reading Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors many years ago, never got the story out of my head. I missed this book completely when it came out in 2006 but am so glad a friend lent it to me. The only bad thing was that I started reading it while I still had family at the house for the Thanksgiving weekend and I had to pretty much be physically pulled away from the book to interact with everyone. (Apologies to my sister...)

This book was comp
E’ stata, questa, una lettura coinvolgente. Non è un libro scritto “bene”, né poteva esserlo, poiché scrivere non è la professione dell’autore, anche se coadiuvato da altri. Ed è permeato, benché Parrado lo neghi ripetutamente, da un profondo senso religioso, cosa che mi disturba sempre un po’. Ma, nonostante questo, ti ritrovi a voler ascoltare la voce narrante, per capire una situazione che, ovviamente, ti auguri non debba capitarti mai.

Il 13 ottobre 1972, Fernando Parrado e tutti gli altri pa
Apr 24, 2016 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spectacular adventure story that brought me to tears in the final pages. I had vaguely heard about this historic event, but had yet to "dive in" (read: read the entire wikipedia page and all related links). The most I knew going in was a Uruguayan rugby team crash landed in the Andes and at least one learned to tell the tale. I had no idea how the crash happened, who survived, how they survived and most importantly, how they escaped. Of course, this was the best way to experience the book, as ma ...more
Emad Alamoudi
Mar 08, 2015 Emad Alamoudi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الرحلة 571 لسلاح الجو الأوروغوياني او ماتعرف بمعجزة جبال الأنديز, قصة الطائرة لتي كانت تقل اعضاء من اتحاد فريق الرغبي الاورغواياني و التي تحطمت وسقطت في اعلى سلسلة جبال في امريكا الجنوبية. هذا الكتاب اشبة بقصه خيالية حيث الاحداث شيقة ومحبوكة بعناية. يحكي الكاتب, وهو احد الناجين, الاحداث التي مرت بهم بداية من سقوط الطائرة مروراً بالتحديات التي واجهتهم للتأقلم مع البيئة الثلجية شديدة البرودة وانتهاء بلحظة انقاذهم. من اشد ما يصدم في هذه القصة انه وعندما نفذ مالديهم من اكل و لم يجدوا ماياكلوا في تلك ...more
Jan 23, 2016 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I was a young teenager the first time I read ALIVE and that book made a huge impact on me. My daughter jokes about the fact that I scared the hell out of her as a kid when I used to try to impress upon her that she was welcome to eat my dead body if she ever needed to. It sounds really creepy (my daughter certainly thought so!) but it came from being so deeply affected by ALIVE and its intense story of survival. Me telling her that was a gesture of fierce mother-love--it was me wanting t ...more
May 23, 2016 Gab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story of survival and spirituality. This book was extremely well written and really easy to read. As Nando describes his time in the Andes, "we were absurdly out of place here, like a seahorse in the desert, or a flower on the moon" - and yet he and 15 of his friends managed to survive for 72 days. I particularly liked a conversation Nando recalled with Arturo, who sadly did not survive - "The God who is supposed to watch over you and protect you, who answers your prayers and forgives yo ...more
May 21, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started to read this book and then stopped thinking I'd seen the movie "Alive" and I don't need to relive the horrible tale of people eating people, but my friend Lisa convinced me to give it a 2nd chance and explained that this book helped her find her inner strength while running the races she does. So I decided to give it another try. I'm so happy I did. Unlike the movie "Alive", which is a factual account of the plane crash and aftermath, this book is more a book of the human soul, as Nand ...more
Sep 19, 2012 VaultOfBooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By Nando Parrado and Vince Rause. Grade: A+
‘Miracle in the Andes – 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home’ is the story of adventure, courage, tragedy, horror, terror, love and much more of a group of individuals who survive for seventy two days at more than twelve thousand feet in the Andes. Penned by Nando Parrado (one of the survivors) and Vince Rause, it is an autobiographical account of the days Nando and his comrades had to face high in the Andes.
The blurb goes like this -
Nando Parr
Aug 27, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Gripping! I cannot tell you the emotions this book will bring you. This is a true story, an emotional account written by one of the survivors of a plane crash back in October 1972 in the Andes Mountains. Honestly, I had never heard of this before? Granted when the story unfolded I was merely 6 years old and even if over the many years that have transpired, if mention of it was on the news of an "anniversary", I had no recollection of the initial happening to make it memorable for me., ...more
Sophie Schiller
May 10, 2012 Sophie Schiller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Back in the 1970's, a fantastic, gruesome story emerged that a Uruguayan plane had crashed in the Andes and the passengers had managed to stay alive by resorting to cannibalism. Pretty soon, the book "Alive" by Piers Paul Read started coursing its way through my seventh grade class, but those of us who refused to read it did so for one compelling reason: that by reading it we would somehow be tainted by the taboo of cannibalism. Many years later, when I discovered "Miracle in the Andes", a first ...more
Oct 06, 2013 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Such a moving and amazing book on survival, loss and triumph of the human spirit. This is a personal account written by Nando Parrado of what happened to him and other survivors of the Andes plane crash. 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 ...more
Liz Young
Aug 06, 2011 Liz Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There have been several books in my life which have altered my perspective on the world, and my place in it. This is one of them. There are some stories which, fact or fiction, just hit you in some core part of the soul. The idea that this story is real adds to the kick.

Nando's story of survival is no doubt one jaded by time and perspective. I wonder how many of the other survivors of this ordeal has read this work, and what their commentaries are. I wonder how other survivors of other such tra
May 19, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
This book is a personal narrative written by a survivor of the 1972 plane crash into the Andes. This event was already well recorded in the book "Alive" and the movie with the same name. What you get: a very moving and personal story of surviving. Parrado lost his mother in the crash, had his sister dies in his arms and proceeded to after 60 days of fighting for his life, walked out of the Andes (with another survivor)to save himself and his fellow survivors. And it is moving and uplifting.
Jan 14, 2008 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. Having read Alive many years ago, and knowing what was going to happen in this true story, I was rivited nonetheless. Reading it from the perspective of Nando Parrado himself made the tale very personal and real, rather than simply a factual account. Parrado describing his emotions added imesnly to this compelling tale of hope and survival.
Laura B.
Oct 26, 2015 Laura B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Es difícil hacer una reseña de esta historia real.
Si bien la conocía por haber visto la película, los detalles son estremecedores: este grupo de
sobrevivientes crearon su propia sociedad a pesar de que les arrebataron su mundo feliz.
Soportaron juntos dolores, pérdidas, desgaste mental y físico, bronca, además de aludes de
nieve, frío impensable; incluso se vieron obligados a practicar el canibalismo para subsistir.
El fuerte compañerismo más pensar en los seres queridos les daba el arranque de e
Kathy Truong
Dec 27, 2015 Kathy Truong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. Adventure, love, loyalty, courage, terror, survival tips, grief, revival, and so much more all in one. Nando got right to it and I was hooked right from the first page. His recount of the terrible disaster put me right in the eye of the turmoil and it just relinquished so many emotions. I loved that Nando included pictures because I got to satisfy my curiosity of how everyone and the wreckage looked like. It was a beautiful and heart-wrenching series of events with endless life ...more
Feb 25, 2014 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What should of been an enthralling read was spoilt by poor writing. Such a shame.
Denise Gianelli
Jul 26, 2013 Denise Gianelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful, heroic story......Nando' struggle to live and conquer this horrific event.
Jul 30, 2015 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This is a gripping story, intense and shattering, with examples of heroism on every page. I generally do not mind lots of detail in books, but the detail in this one bogged down the progress of the story for me. I found myself reading the first couple of sentences of each paragraph, skipping the examples and reflections that followed, and I do not feel this harmed my understanding of the story itself in any way. However, I know that I am walking away with far less familiarity with each of the in ...more
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Es gibt viele unschöne Arten zu sterben. Mit dem Flugzeug abstürzen, erfrieren, verhungern, einen Hang hinunter stürzen, seinen Verletzungen erliegen.
In der größten Überlebensgeschichte unserer Zeit, sah sich Nando Parrado mit all diesen Todesursachen konfrontiert und schaffte es immer wieder dem Tod um Haaresbreite zu entkommen. In "Miracles in the Andes" bringt er 30 Jahre nach dem Absturz, die unglaubliche Geschichte seines Überlebenskampfes zu Papier.

Für weltweiten Wirbel in der Sensationspr
Emily Park
Nov 10, 2011 Emily Park rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is the true story of the 1972 Andes plane crash. Nando Parrado was a young man traveling with his rugby team from Uruguay to Chile in 1972. Also on the charter flight were Nando's mother and younger sister, and several other friends and relatives of teammates, for a total of 44 passengers. When the flight encountered bad weather high in the Andes, the plane crashed into the side of the mountain. Many passengers died immediately, and the remaining surv
Adam Rabiner
Aug 15, 2012 Adam Rabiner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1973, just a year after the fateful crash in the Andes, Piers Paul Read wrote the now epic account of this survivors' story, Alive. Read's story is universally acclaimed as a masterful account of this epic tale of cannibalism and the power of human will. It's a third person account and it has taken 30 years for one of the sixteen survivors to tell their memoir. This task was finally assumed by Nando Parrado, one of the two men who left the relative security of the plane's fuselage to scale th ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 25, 2013 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Interested in Tales of Survival
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Ultimate Reading List - Biography
Even in the minds of the co-authors, this book is overshadowed by another, Piers Paul Read's Alive, which told this story of a plane crash and the months that followed in the Andes using interviews of the survivors. Nando Parrado, one of those survivors called Alive a "magnificent book" and said he had not tried to tell his own story for 30 years because he felt that book already covered "all the public needed to know." Vince Rause in his acknowledgments admitted wondering if another book was ne ...more
Feb 04, 2011 Marsha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the early 1970s, Piers Paul Read’s bestseller “Alive” was published telling the story about a ruby team as well as some of their family and friends who were abandoned after their plane crashed in the Andes. Due to the crash, some passengers were immediately killed, some were badly injured, while others initially survived with barely a bruise or scratch. First they anxiously waited for their rescue. Dealing with cold weather, they were unprepared with light clothing and no food other than some ...more
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“I had always thought that life was the actual thing, the natural thing, and that death was simply the end of living. Now, in this lifeless place, I saw with a terrible clarity that death was the constant, death was the base, and life was only a short, frgile dream. I was dead already. I had been born death, and what I thought was my life was just a game death let me play as it waited to take me. . .

Death has an opposite, but the opposite is not mere living. It is not courage or faith or human will. The opposite of death is love. How had I missed that? How does anyone miss that? Love is our only weapon. Only love can turn mere life into a miracle, and draw precious meaning from suffering and fear. For a brief, magical moment, all my fears lifted, and I knew that I would not let death control me. I would walk through the godforsaken country that separated me from my home with love and hope in my heart. I wouuld walk until I had walked all the life out of me, and when I fell I would die that much closer to my father.”
“You are angry at the God you were taught to believe in as a child. The God who is supposed to watch over you and protect you, who answers your prayers and forgives your sins. This God is just a story. Religions try to capture God, but God is beyond religion. The true God lies beyond our comprehension. We can't understand His will; He can't be explained in a book. He didn't abandon us and He will not save us. He has nothing to do with our being here. God does not change. He simply is. I don't pray to God for forgiveness or favors, I only pray to be closer to Him, and when I pray, I fill my heart with love. When I pray this way, I know that God is love. When I feel that love, I remember that we don't need angels or a heaven, because we are a part of God already.” 14 likes
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