|Plot Summary of Alive|
|"Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Piers Paul Read is the unimaginable mental, physical, and moral struggle by airplane crash survivors to stay alive during a ten-week ordeal in the Cordillera De Los Andes of South America. In 1972, a small aircraft carrying 40 team members, staff, family, and friends of a Uruguayan rugby team along with 5 crew members en route to Chile, smashes into a mountain in Argentina killing dozens aboard, however nearly two-dozen manage to survive the impact. On a patched up radio receiver they find out that the search for the plane has been called off, so the crash victims are forced to rely on their own initiative to endure the harsh conditions at such a high altitude. Several more die of injuries suffered in the crash, inadequate medical supplies, a subsequent avalanche, and prolonged exposure before sixteen fortunate individuals are rescued.
How they were able to survive is more bizarre than the fact that they survived. With no left food they were forced to resort to cannibalism of their deceased teammates frozen and buried in snow corpses in order to live. Reluctant and disgusted at the prospect at first, they ate the flesh of the dead with a determination to live. The young men fear never being spotted on the mountain side, so have two individuals hike their way down into the valley below to summon help for their stranded comrades. "
David Fletcher, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Alive|
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Kind Of History
Time of history:
History of disaster/tragedy?
Kind of disaster:
- Central/Latin American
Subjects of this Historical Account
Religion? (if plays a major part)
Ethnicity (if plays a major part)
Is the portrayal sympathetic?
Intelligence of subject of
The Americas (not US):
How much gore?
- 10 ()
How fast-paced is the book?
- 10 ()
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to deaths
Book makes you feel...
How much focus on stories of individuals?
- Focuses mostly on history of key players
How much romance?
- 1 ()
Is this a kid's book?
- Ages 16-Adult
- Not enough maps
Length of book
- 350-400 pages
How much emphasis on small details?
- 5 ()