NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A harrowing, moving memoir of the 1972 plane crash that left its survivors stranded on a glacier in the Andes—and one man’s quest to lead them all home—now in a special edition for 2022, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the crash, featuring a new introduction by the author
“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 seventy-two days after having been given up for dead.”—Jon Krakauer, author of Into the Wild
“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 to Chile had crashed deep in the Andes, killing many of his teammates, his mother, and his sister. Stranded with the few remaining survivors on a lifeless glacier and thinking constantly of his father’s grief, Parrado resolved that he could not simply wait to die. So Parrado, an ordinary young man with no particular disposition for leadership or heroism, led an expedition up the treacherous slopes of a snowcapped mountain and across forty-five miles of frozen wilderness in an attempt to save his friends’ lives as well as his own.
Decades after the disaster, Parrado tells his story with remarkable candor and depth of feeling. Miracle in the Andes, a first-person account of the crash and its aftermath, is 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.
In October 1972, a plane carrying an Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the Andes. Not immediately rescued, the survivors turned to cannibalism to survive and after 72 days were saved. Rugby team member Parrado has written a beautiful story of friendship, tragedy and perseverance. High in the Andes, with a fractured skull, eating the flesh of his teammates and friends, Parrado calmly ponders the cruelties of fate, the power of the natural world and the possibility of continued existence. "I would live from moment to moment and from breath to breath, until I had used up all the life I had." Parrado, who for the past 10 years has been giving inspirational talks based on his experiences, lost his mother and sister in the crash. Struggling to stay alive, his guide becomes his beloved father: "each brought me closer to my father... each step I took was a step stolen back from death." More than a companion to the 1970s bestselling chronicle of the disaster, Alive, this is a fresh, gripping page-turner that will satisfy adventure readers, and a complex reflection on camaraderie, family and love. Photos. First serial in Outside.
This book changed my life!!!!
I cannot even express how much I love this book. After having to read it for a school project(which usually results in a strong dislike towards the books), I am honestly surprised that it could be as enjoyable as it was. Reading it has given me a new realization on the perspectives of life, that everything can change in an instant, that even though things seem hard, it all gets better. But perhaps the most important lesson that I learned while reading this book, is that love, yes, L-O-V-E, conquers all. It is the strongest force, the glue that bonds us all together, the thing that everyone believes in. Love. Whether it be love for a friend, a pet, a partner, a place, yourself, anything at all. Love is what makes life worth while.
I would really like to say thank you to Nando, you really made me appreciate everything that I have in my life, the good and the bad. The memories of hard times, the hope for the good. All of it, I have reason to be thankful.
This book is very inspirational. I watched the movie when I was only 10 and could not really comprehend what was happening but I stumbled upon this again a few months ago and decided to read the book and was not able to put it down. Great read!
I recommend it!
This book is amazing. I couldnt put it down. AMAZING story!