Book Reviews of Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors

Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors
Alive The Story of the Andes Survivors
Author: Piers Paul Read
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ISBN-13: 9780380003211
ISBN-10: 038000321X
Publication Date: 5/1/1975
Pages: 318
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 116 ratings
Publisher: Avon
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
The story of the Andes Survivors. Their place crashed high in th eAndes. Their only shelter was the plane's shattered fuselage, their only supplies a little wine and some bits of candy. In the beginning, there were thirty-two survivors. Then, only twenty-seven; then, nineteen....and, in the end, sixteen. This is their story--the greatest modern epic of catastrophe and human endurance.
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Helpful Score: 3
Once I finally got into the book, this was a good story of survival. The men and women who crashed in the Andes had to overcome horrible situations -- injuries from the crash, an avalanche, and then the lack of food. What they did to survive was admirable, even if some may judge them harshly over their decision to eat the flesh of their dead friends.

That being said, though, the story moves so slowly, and the author's writing style is so staid, that it took me forever to actually feel like I was reading something worthwhile.

A good story, but it's a journey to plod through it.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is an amazing book of survival. How far would you go to survive? Would you be able to do whatever it takes to survive?
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Helpful Score: 1
Not for the squeamish but still a vivid and riveting account of a very remarkable story of survival.
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Helpful Score: 1
Once I finally got into the book, this was a good story of survival. The men and women who crashed in the Andes had to overcome horrible situations -- injuries from the crash, an avalanche, and then the lack of food. What they did to survive was admirable, even if some may judge them harshly over their decision to eat the flesh of their dead friends.

That being said, though, the story moves so slowly, and the author's writing style is so staid, that it took me forever to actually feel like I was reading something worthwhile.

A good story, but it's a journey to plod through it.
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The book was great. It was awful how those poor people had to eat others to survive and stuff
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amazing journey
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My husband had to read this book while he was in College, and he gave it to me to read. In my opinion this book is graphic. There is a movie available too!
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This book was wonderful.
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Remarkable story of amazing people. This book reveals both the ultimate sacrifices and length that a person will go to survive.
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This book blew my mind because it actually happened.
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exciting book.
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The story of the Andes survivors who ate their dead mates in order to live to tell the story.
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This one is for those how like real life drama. Enjoy!
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Haunting.
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Excellent book.
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When I first picked this book up, I thought that it would start slow & pick up only after long drawn-out accounts of the background of the people involved. I could not have been more wrong. Rather it moves along quickly, so much that I could hardly put it down, & the characters' lives are gradually revealed as they struggle to cope with their situation, the environment, & each other, as well as their own beliefs & consciences.
Although there are a few grisly details involving the cannibalistic habit, they were forced to adopt, the book as a whole is written in such a matter-of-fact attitudes to spare the reader disturbing mental images.
The book not only dealt with their survival & rescue, but also details the psychological & spiritual effects---something that was drastically understated, if not totally ignored in the movie.
It truly is a "heartbreaking & inspiring work" & one that is well worth reading.
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Once I finally got into the book, this was a good story of survival. The men and women who crashed in the Andes had to overcome horrible situations -- injuries from the crash, an avalanche, and then the lack of food. What they did to survive was admirable, even if some may judge them harshly over their decision to eat the flesh of their dead friends.

That being said, though, the story moves so slowly, and the author's writing style is so staid, that it took me forever to actually feel like I was reading something worthwhile.

A good story, but it's a journey to plod through it.
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I have not read the book, I watched the movie so I'd like to share the book with someone who'd be interested.