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

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Crown/Archetype, May 9, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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In the first hours there was nothing, no fear or sadness, just a black and perfect silence.

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 mother and sister. Those who remained were stranded on a lifeless glacier at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, with no supplies and no means of summoning help. They struggled to endure freezing temperatures, deadly avalanches, and then the devastating news that the search for them had been called off.

As time passed and Nando’s thoughts turned increasingly to his father, who he knew must be consumed with grief, Nando resolved that he must get home or die trying. He would challenge the Andes, even though he was certain the effort would kill him, telling himself that even if he failed he would die that much closer to his father. It was a desperate decision, but it was also his only chance. So Nando, an ordinary young man with no disposition for leadership or heroism, led an expedition up the treacherous slopes of a snow-capped mountain and across forty-five miles of frozen wilderness in an attempt to find help.

Thirty years after the disaster Nando tells his story with remarkable candor and depth of feeling. Miracle in the Andes—a first person account of the crash and its aftermath—is more than a riveting tale of true-life adventure: it is a revealing look at life at the edge of death and a meditation on the limitless redemptive power of love.


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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

Wow! I read Alive when it was first published, but was not prepared for how viscerally I would respond to THIS memoir. Parrado lays bare his soul in describing his (and his teammates) ordeal. Read full review

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User Review  - Tony2704 - LibraryThing

What courage, a well written biography of an appalling situation to find themselves in. The choices that they had to make must have been heart rending Read full review

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A Note on Photographs
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Nando Parrado lives in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Vince Rause lives in Pittsburgh.


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