Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free

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Macmillan, Oct 7, 2014 - History - 309 pages
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When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days. The entire world watched what transpired above-ground during the grueling and protracted rescue, but the saga of the miners' experiences below the Earth's surface—and the lives that led them there—has never been heard until now.

For Deep Down Dark, the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Héctor Tobar received exclusive access to the miners and their tales. These thirty-three men came to think of the mine, a cavern inflicting constant and thundering aural torment, as a kind of coffin, and as a church where they sought redemption through prayer. Even while still buried, they all agreed that if by some miracle any of them escaped alive, they would share their story only collectively. Héctor Tobar was the person they chose to hear, and now to tell, that story.

The result is a masterwork or narrative journalism—a riveting, at times shocking, emotionally textured account of a singular human event. A New York Times bestseller, Deep Down Dark brings to haunting, tactile life the experience of being imprisoned inside a mountain of stone, the horror of being slowly consumed by hunger, and the spiritual and mystical elements that surrounded working in such a dangerous place. In its stirring final chapters, it captures the profound way in which the lives of everyone involved in the disaster were forever changed.

 

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User Review  - Maydacat - LibraryThing

It may not be easy to take thirty-three different lives and write about them in a cohesive narrative that is both informative and spellbinding, but that is exactly what author Hector Tobar managed to ... Read full review

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Book on CD performed by Henry Leyva From the book jacket: When the San Jose Mine collapsed outside of Copiapo, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock ... Read full review

Contents

Cities in the Desert
3
BENEATH THE MOUNTAIN OF THUNDER AND SORROW
17
SEEING THE DEVIL
161
THE SOUTHERN CROSS
265
Acknowledgments
307
Photos
310
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Héctor Tobar is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and a novelist. He is the author ofThe Barbarian Nurseries, Translation Nation, and The Tattooed Soldier.The son of Guatemalan immigrants, he is a native of Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and three children.

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