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

By | June 7, 2017
Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home Author Nando Parrado
ISBN-10 140009769X
ISBN-13 9781400097692
Year 2007-05-15
Pages 304
Language English
Publisher Broadway Books
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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 dyingamong 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 Nandos 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 Andesa first person account of the crash and its aftermathis 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 From the Hardcover edition

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