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Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors Mass Market Paperback – Unabridged, December 3, 2002
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"A GREAT BOOK ... AN INCREDIBLE SAGA. Read's accomplishment in recording a struggle both physical and spiritual is superb."-- "Philadelphia Inquirer""THIS BOOK WILL EXCITE YOU, shock you, at times revolt you, but you are not likely to forget it."-- "John Barkham Reviews""A classic in the literature of survival."-- "Newsweek"
About the Author
Paul Piers Read is the author of numerous, critically acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, including A Patriot in Berlin (1996), Ablaze: The Story of the Heroes and Victims of Chernobyl (1993), On the Third Day (1989), and A Season in the West (1989). Mr. Read lives in London.
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Yes, it was a remarkably well told survival tale. It gave me a chance to be grateful that I have not yet had to face the challenges that the survivors of the flight felt . I found admiration both for the heroism of some of the survivors in particular and for the objectivity and strong writing of the author of the book. However, I would not call this a favorite book now. For one thing, I was overwhelmed with detail. I didn't want to read the minutia of every hour of every day (or so it seemed) for the survivors and their families. The author does a fine job of highlighting the participants in the story but there were so many of them and so many details that I didn't really feel as if I got to know any of them very well. I think I have changed as a reader. Perhaps, back in the day, I was interested in all those details. I think I was driven more by plot and story. Now? Now I want to know characters more. I want to identify (or not) with them and see what matters to them. Although there were certainly clear indications of what mattered (family, God, survival) I don't have a feeling of who the main players in the story were.
In short, Alive is a good example of survival story but did not give me the character fix that I want win a story now.
I have read Alive when it first came out in the 70's, when I was young and life was fast around me. I am reading this book all over again 30 years later, and I think this book should be thought in every university as it teaches how we could or should think in desperate situation, what could be done or what are the options instead.
Bad satiations always happen in life however how many times do we get the chance to find out or read about it the way we do in this book.
This is one of the best books I have read, and I recommend it for anyone who wants to learn from a deep and human story