The 33

The 33

Deep Down Dark : the Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in A Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free

Paperback - 2015
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Overview: Now a Major Motion Picture Starring Antonio Banderas, Includes New Material Exclusive to the Paperback. When the San Jose mine collapsed outside of Copiapo, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days. After the disaster, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hector Tobar received exclusive access to the miners and their tales, and in The 33, he brings them to haunting, visceral life. We learn what it was like to be imprisoned inside a mountain, understand the horror of being slowly consumed by hunger, and experience the awe of working in such a place-underground passages filled with danger and that often felt alive. A masterwork of narrative journalism and a stirring testament to the power of the human spirit, The 33 captures the profound ways in which the lives of the Chilean miners and everyone involved in the catastrophe were forever changed.
Published: New York, New York :, Picador, registered trademark of Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2015.
Edition: First Picador movie tie-in edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781250088949
Branch Call Number: 363.1196 TOB
Characteristics: xvii, 309 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm


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Dec 27, 2015

I read the movie because I anticipate seeing the movie (Antonio Banderas). And you should always read the book first. Unless it's by Nick Hornby. But I digress.
Not being one for current events, I paid only peripheral attention to the Chilean mining accident when it happened. I didn't expect to love (finish?) the book, but it grabbed me from the start and dragged me to the end. The initial introduction to the 33 miners can be confusing, but the description of the mine, the landscape and the working conditions just about takes you there. Without the danger.
I learned so much that passed me by when the disaster occurred, and the rescue planning is fascinating.
Recommended for mining enthusiasts, drilling engineers and students of South American culture.


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