{Download kindle} Alive: The Story of the Andes SurvivorsAuthor Piers Paul Read – Mariahilff.de

The survivors had neither sensationalized nor sentimentalized their own experience and it seemed important for me to tell the reader what they had told me in the same matter of fact manner Piers Paul Read 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 survivors had neither sensationalized nor sentimentalized their own experience and it seemed important for me to tell the reader what they had told me in the same matter of fact manner Piers Paul Read 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 This edition had interviews with the author and two survivors thirty years after the publication of the book It s really hard for me to believe that Read was only thirty one years old when he was selected for this great project, even though he d previously only written fictional novels I also love that it was extremely fact based Nowhere in this book is the reader told what they should feel about sensitive subject matter, and yet it was told in such a way that I felt involved a spectator and visitor to the stranded fuselage that served as home to the survivors I m glad I read this before I read Nando Parrado s personal memoir about the ordeal, Miracle in The Andes, although it will probably be some time before I can recircle this event It really moved me to the core Definitely a compelling read Inspirational and gut wrenching We all have our own mountains, and it s important to remember that no matter how bad things are, one can always overcome them andso, one must never forget that they can always be worse It s important to value the small things in life Alvaro Mangino, one of the sixteen survivors I was a little obsessed with the movie Survive , the first version of this story when I was a young girl while my younger brother was appalled I ve also seen documentaries and the newer version of the movie Alive in the 90s Now, finally I ve read the book I m glad I did What a shocking story of survival, courage, endurance, and spirituality This book is tragic but uplifting in many ways as the ordeal in the mountain had changed their attitude towards lifeleft only with what they tr I was a little obsessed with the movie Survive , the first version of this story when I was a young girl while my younger brother was appalled I ve also seen documentaries and the newer version of the movie Alive in the 90s Now, finally I ve read the book I m glad I did What a shocking story of survival, courage, endurance, and spirituality This book is tragic but uplifting in many ways as the ordeal in the mountain had changed their attitude towards lifeleft only with what they truly cared for, their families, their novias, their faith in God, and their homeland In October of 1972, a chartered plane carrying 45 passengers and crew left Uruguay to travel to Chile A majority of the passengers were made up of young men who were part of an amateur rugby team going to Chile for a game Others included family and friends Over the rugged Andes, the pilot made a fatal error, and the plane crashed into the side of a mountain, flinging parts of the tail section, fuselage, wing, rudder and even some passengers out over the desolate landscape The survivors were, In October of 1972, a chartered plane carrying 45 passengers and crew left Uruguay to travel to Chile A majority of the passengers were made up of young men who were part of an amateur rugby team going to Chile for a game Others included family and friends Over the rugged Andes, the pilot made a fatal error, and the plane crashed into the side of a mountain, flinging parts of the tail section, fuselage, wing, rudder and even some passengers out over the desolate landscape The survivors were, for the most part, very young men average age around 23 years old On average, they came from priviledged families Most were devout Catholics They enjoyed their cigarettes They loved their mothers and girlfriends They loved the game of rugby and were eager to experience a taste of the world outside their beloved Uruguay.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.The story of the 16 remaining Andes survivors makes for riveting reading The first time I read this book I was in my early 20s myself, and I remember the cannibalism being the overriding memory I took away from this book Now I m older, and it s not the cannibalism that captures my attention, but how these very young men kept their sanity, faith and courage in the face of unimaginable horrors Of their cannibalism, they are unapologetic which is as it should be However, they didn t take what they did to survive lightly, and one of the survivors says it bestWhen one awakes in the morning amid the silence of the mountains and sees all around the snow capped peaks it is majestic, sensational, something frightening one feels alone, alone, alone in the world but for the presence of God For I can assure you that God is there We all felt it, inside ourselves, and not because we were the kind of pious youths who are always praying all day long, even though we had a religious education Not at all But there one feels the presence of God One feels, above all, what is called the hand of God, and allows oneself to be guided by itAnd when the moment came when we did not have anyfood, or anything of that kind, we thought to ourselves that if Jesus at His last supper had shared His flesh and blood with His apostles, then it was a sign to us that we should do the same take the flesh and blood as an intimate communion between us all It was this that helped us to survive, and now we do not want this which was something intimate, intimate to be hackneyed or touched or anything like thatAlive is much muchthen a survival story It is a glimpse of courage and faith in the midst of death, fear, and hopelessness Not gonna lie I read this book because I wanted to read about how they ate the people That is what hooked everyone to this story, isn t it I saw the movie to see how they ate the people It s what everyone remembers and why we remember the Donner party all these years later Dude, they ATE THE PEOPLE In the book, they had already eaten the first people by about page 70 the book is hundreds of pages longer Huh, I thought What are they going to talk about for the rest of the book What Not gonna lie I read this book because I wanted to read about how they ate the people That is what hooked everyone to this story, isn t it I saw the movie to see how they ate the people It s what everyone remembers and why we remember the Donner party all these years later Dude, they ATE THE PEOPLE In the book, they had already eaten the first people by about page 70 the book is hundreds of pages longer Huh, I thought What are they going to talk about for the rest of the book What they talk about are the other aspects of survival and it is a very compelling read There was an avalanche shortly after the initial crash, there are a couple of treks to find the tail and to see who is hardy enough to attempt a walk for help There are deaths and fights and camaraderie and heartbreaks and survival and yes, they eat the people This of course begs the question of how far any of us would go to survive Would I be able to take a piece of glass and cut the flesh off of a recently dead human being I don t think there is any way to answer that without actually being in that situation which, God willing, I never will be And speaking of God, the boys faith in God is awe inspiring I sometimes snap at God when I get caught in traffic and these boys were faithful throughout although they, understandably, questioned why some lived while others died I will have to remember this story next time I get snappy.The only reason that I didn t give this book 5 stars is that I found the parts describing the parents efforts to find the boys rather dull I don t know if I just anxious to get back onto the mountain with the boys, but I found myself skimming those parts I will say though that the reunions with the families were just amazingI can t imagine what the families went through and how full of awe they were to see their sons again.One other thing I would have liked is to some sort of follow up to tell me what the rest of their lives turned out like, especially the older man who had the 4 kids and the boy whose sister and mother died in the crash or shortly thereafter Nevertheless, this was a compelling readI would suggest reading it in the summer though because parts of it made me feel kinda chilly No rating I just couldn t..I did try though.If I could speak to the book, I would say It s not you, it s me.Some things are to dark for even me. This was the frightening yet amazing true story of a team of rugby players trying to survive in the mountains against the dangers present Only sixteen survived and were able to tell their story. 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.CONTENT WARNING Some strong language and traumatic events And by that I mean, plane crash, avalanche, death and cannibalism This is not a story This is an account, a confession, a testimony but this is a not a story.After finishing reading the last page this morning, I ve given this book a great deal of thought and, personal feelings aside, when asked to rate someone s REAL struggles in life I can t rate it anything less than the highest mark These people went though horrors, not all of them survived This REALLY HAPPENED and it promises you an unadulterated and very personal view of survival with all of its ugly i This is not a story This is an account, a confession, a testimony but this is a not a story.After finishing reading the last page this morning, I ve given this book a great deal of thought and, personal feelings aside, when asked to rate someone s REAL struggles in life I can t rate it anything less than the highest mark These people went though horrors, not all of them survived This REALLY HAPPENED and it promises you an unadulterated and very personal view of survival with all of its ugly implications in tow There are lessons here, gems to learn, for those who have the stomach for it.I would recommend this book to be read by everyone, at least once.My only complaint is the sensationalist drivel written by The New York Times splashed over the front page Thunderous EntertainmentA Classic Human Adventure whaaaaat entertainment adventure Go f ck yourself When is the death and the suffering of others such a thing I m sure the dead will disagree with your assessment On October a plane carrying a team of young rugby players crashed into the remote, snow peaked Andes Out of the forty five original passengers and crew, only sixteen made it off the mountain alive For ten excruciating weeks they suffered deprivations beyond imagining, confronting nature head on at its most furious and inhospitable And to survive, they were forced to do what would have once been unthinkableThis is their story one of the most astonishing true adventures of the twentieth century If you could read just 10 books in rest of your life,this book is worthy of being one of them This is a book based on reality that shook the conscience of the world in 1970s and even after almost 40 years past the incident,the book makes such a compelling reading A football team hires a chartered Plane to play a friendly match across the Andes,due to co piolt s mistake the plane crashes and our story begins,how they managed to survive is one of the all time great stories of them all They don t h If you could read just 10 books in rest of your life,this book is worthy of being one of them This is a book based on reality that shook the conscience of the world in 1970s and even after almost 40 years past the incident,the book makes such a compelling reading A football team hires a chartered Plane to play a friendly match across the Andes,due to co piolt s mistake the plane crashes and our story begins,how they managed to survive is one of the all time great stories of them all They don t have enough food for 72 days obviously,what will they do to survive Of course our primary instinct as mammals is to survive and the fans and football players alike face this dilemma,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..I didn t write much coz in case you haven t read heard about this real life story,I don t want to give away spoilers,but I guarantee you,you won t be able to keep this book away,you wont be able to put this book down once you start Once you start you won t stop and that s the bottom line coz Stone Cold said so Uhh okay,Jenny Jacobs said so ,55555555555555555 out of 5 stars