Alive: The True Story of the Andes Survivors
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Haunting, haunting book. I read this too long ago to give a proper review but the account itself has stayed with me for years. Amazing story of survival against incredible odds. Not for the faint hearted but truly gripping. I found very interesting the dynamics that formed amongst the survivors and how each one of them takes on his role to contribute to the survival of the group; of course there were disputes and quarrels, but in general what prevailed was solidarity, unbreakable faith, and the wish to return to their families alive. And well, the moment when they decide to eat the corpses of their friends is obviously eerie and daunting, even though it is completely understandable given the situation so extreme in which they found themselves. Ben, who initiated the shooting with Arthur, was never seen in the book until the school shooting first happened. Ben’s story was mentioned and readers are told about how he had been bullied out of school but he was not present again until the shooting. In the film, Ben is part of Ani’s group and is one of Arthur’s friends. The relationship between Mr Larson and Ani is very different in the book
I read this when it first came out in PB, so many years ago, mid-70's. I'd give it 5 stars because I still remember it so clearly, but I never wanted to re-read it. It was well done, but pretty gruesome. Stranded for 10 weeks with not much else to eat but dead passengers (some of them team mates) injured, & cold. They tried a number of things, but finally 2 of them managed to walk out & get help. It's one of the most incredible stories of survival I've ever read. The book was written by the author to document the factual event of the crash of the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 in the Andes mountain and to tell readers the horror of what they faced all alone in the mountains, stranded. The author actually interviewed many of the survivors as well as the family members of the passengers before writing this book to obtain facts about the crash. I've been on a sort of quest for the ultimate book. The book that will be my go to reread anytime I find myself without another book handy. The book I will recommend to anyone who asks. The book that will make me think about my life and be a better person for having red it. This book is the closest I've come so far. It will be a hard book to beat and I highly recommend it to anyone. It will make you think about your life and contemplate on everything from family, friends, nature, and God.Once you start you won't stop and that's the bottom line coz Stone Cold said so(Uhh okay,Jenny Jacobs said so!),
I remember watching the film adaptation of this book when I was quite young, and being so impressed with the resilience of the human spirit, and the desire to live. This book surpassed the film, because Read did such a great job of involving the reader in the whole ordeal, including the plane crash survivors, their families, and the efforts others made to keep searching for the victims even when the odds of survival were dismal. fue valiente lo que hizo parrado porque gracias a él pudieron encontrarlos. al mismo tiempo era interesante ver la perspectiva de todos que hacían el intento por enviar rescate para los 16 que quedaron de los 45. 15 partes en las que fuimos viendo todo el panorama.before you judge them for what they did to survive,just ask yourself,what would you do if you were facing the same situation?It's such a controversial question and topic but for anyone who loves reality based or mountain hiking adventure type of books,this is a must read.. Otra cosa que me gustó es que en capítulos alternos vamos viendo simultanéamente los esfuerzos inagotables de los padres por encontrar a sus hijos aun después de que cesa la búsqueda oficial. Desgraciadamente todos esos esfuerzos fueron en vano y los chicos se salvaron porque decidieron que los más fuertes cruzarían las montañas hasta encontrar ayuda, y así lo hicieron. La salida de ahí fue verdaderamente épica, una hazaña sobrehumana. The book was received well by critics and fans alike as it told the event very unique and as if the reader was actually present at the events. In fact, Walter Clemons declared that Alive "will become a classic in the literature of survival". Also, Michael A. Rogers stated that "Read has risen above the sensational and managed a book of real and lasting value." The book was turned into a full feature film in 1993 and produced by Frank Marshall. Update this section!
Over the next 70 days, the remaining survivors battled cold, avalanches, injury, fear and hunger. To survive, they prayed - alot. They devised plans for capturing water. They made forays into the vast white bleak landscape to search for supplies and a way out. They became makeshift doctors and surgeons and helped the wounded. They waited for rescue to come from the outside. And to fight off starvation, they ate their dead. Qué historia tan más asombrosa e increíble. Creo que todos hemos escuchado sobre el accidente aéreo en los Andes en octubre de 1972 y de cómo algunos pasajeros lograron sobrevivir recurriendo al canibalismo. Y este libro es una reconstrucción detallada de lo sucedido y basada en extensas entrevistas con los sobrevivientes. A mí francamente no me cabe en la cabeza cómo esos chicos lograron sobreponerse a tanto sufrimiento, miedo, dolor y adversidad; de verdad fue una proeza sin igual.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.