Saturday , 19 January 2019
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Alive…by Piers Paul Read

Alive…by Piers Paul Read

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I decided to read something different than fiction .while searching,I came across this one and got different experience !

“Alive” is true story of 40 people and their survival in snow peaked Andes mountains.Its really interesting and written in different style,published in 1974.Its a story of some people who are forced to adopt Cannibalism.

SHORT DESCRIPTION –> Alive tells the story of a Uruguayan Rugby team (who were alumni of Stella Maris College) and their friends and family who were involved in the airplane crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 which crashed into the Andes mountains on Friday, October 13, 1972. Of the 45 people on the flight, only 16 survived. After a few days, the rescue team who were supposed to be finding the survivors gave up, so they had to keep alive by themselves. This meant that most of the survivors decided the only way to keep alive was by eating the dead, which was what many decided to do.

On October 12, 1972, 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 unthinkable…
This is their story – one of the most astonishing true adventures of the twentieth century.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR –> Piers Paul Read


British novelist and non-fiction writer. Received a BA and an MA (history) from Ampleforth College and St John’s College, Cambridge. Artist-in-Residence at the Ford Foundation in Berlin (1963-4), Harkness Fellow, Commonwealth Fund, New York (1967-8), member of the Council of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (1971-5), member of the Literature Panel at the Arts Council, (1975-7), and Adjunct Professor of Writing, Columbia University, New York (1980). From 1992-7 he was Chairman of the Catholic Writers’ Guild.

AUTHOR’s NOTE ABOUT ‘ALIVE’ –> I was given a free hand in writing this book by both the publisher and the sixteen survivors. At times I was tempted to fictionalize certain parts of the story because this might have added to their dramatic impact but in the end I decided that the bare facts were sufficient to sustain the narrative…when I returned in October 1973 to show them the manuscript of this book, some of them were disappointed by my presentation of their story. They felt that the faith and friendship which inspired them in the cordillera do not emerge from these pages. It was never my intention to underestimate these qualities, but perhaps it would be beyond the skill of any writer to express their own appreciation of what they lived through.

SOME snaps @Andes –>



READER’s ANGLE VIEW –> An interesting book to read and experience. good one from non fiction and adventure novels. Its for those likes to read about true incidents and loves adventure and thrill. It is story of some
unbelievable experiences.. must read …

It has been converted into movie – Alive (1993)

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