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Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home Paperback – May 15, 2007
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“Miracle in the Andes is an astonishing account of an unimaginable ordeal. In straightforward, staggeringly honest prose, Nando Parrado tells us what it took—and what it actually felt like—to survive high in the Andes for 72 days after having been given up for dead. If you pick this book up, you will not be able to put it down.” —Jon Krakauer, author of Under the Banner of Heaven, Into Thin Air, and Into the Wild
“Unlike the cloud that obscured the mountainside, there is no haze enshrouding the meaning of life for Nando Parrado. It was in the love for his father that Nando found the motivation to survive for over two months on a Chilean glacier. As he makes his unbelievable traverse of the Andes, Nando also demonstrates the depth of his courage, faith, and perseverance that help him later transform his losses into a source of inspiration for others. Connecting our struggles to his, we readers can use Nando as our beacon and see that there is a way out of our ‘own personal Andes.’” —Aron Ralston, author of Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“Nando Parrado’s haunting experience in the Andes—grippingly, honestly, and insightfully told—ranks with the most dramatic survival stories of the last two centuries.” —Peter Stark, author of Last Breath: The Limits of Adventure
“Miracle in the Andes is an extraordinary book. Everybody’s philosophical hypotheticals were Nando Parrado’s real life experiences. Would I survive an aircrash? Could I eat human flesh? Would a horrific and life-threatening event affect my religious beliefs? In the end, this account benefits enormously from the maturity that time allows. It is a beautifully written and moving story.” —Peter Hillary, author of In the Ghost Country: A Lifetime Spent on the Edge
“Given up for dead after an air crash in the Andes in 1972, Nando Parrado not only survived but showed the strength and determination that saved his own life and that of his fifteen friends. Now he gives his own account of his ordeal—enthralling, enlightening, modest, and moving. An impressive testimony to what love can achieve.” —Piers Paul Read, author of Alive
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Nando Parrado lives in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Vince Rause lives in Pittsburgh.
From the Hardcover edition.
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This book is a keeper in my library.
It ought to be assigned in high schools. Not even the most faux-jaded teen could read it and not help but be impressed and inspired...even if they didn't admit it.
For many pages I was reading it like, 'oh how unpleasant.' Then the realization hit me, this is really happening, this is disgusting, this is hellishly terrible, this is worse than any nightmare I've ever had. Then at that moment all those stories I read in the beginning made sense, and survival became a glorious, celestial-like thing I craved for everyone in the story so much.I became spell bound and had to see the outcome as fast as possible.
Then there were redeeming moments, high points, celebrations. I was along for the rollerc-oaster ride.
You can tell that Nando isn't the greatest author to have ever written a book, but he has the story to tell and tell it he does, with total transparency. Even the end where Nando philosophizes a bit is understandable in the face of everything you just read.
I learned about unprepared humanity in the shocking presence of terror. I learned about team dynamics and leadership. I learned about mental limits.
So I really enjoyed this book and have recommended it to friends already. I don't think I'll ever read it again though.
I had the great fortune of hearing Nando speak in person. He brings you into the Andes, and you can feel seemingly everything they felt on that mountain. I got the undeniable notion how luck (or fate) plays a role in life. Nando is truly an amazing human being, not just because he survived this ordeal, but because he has chosen to live.
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