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Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free
by Héctor Tobar

Published: 2014-10-07
Hardcover : 320 pages
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When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days. The entire world watched what transpired above-ground during the grueling and protracted rescue, but the ...

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When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days. The entire world watched what transpired above-ground during the grueling and protracted rescue, but the saga of the miners' experiences below the Earth's surface?and the lives that led them there?has never been heard until now.

For Deep Down Dark, the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Héctor Tobar received exclusive access to the miners and their tales. These thirty-three men came to think of the mine, a cavern inflicting constant and thundering aural torment, as a kind of coffin, and as a church where they sought redemption through prayer. Even while still buried, they all agreed that if by some miracle any of them escaped alive, they would share their story only collectively. Héctor Tobar was the person they chose to hear, and now to tell, that story.

The result is a masterwork or narrative journalism?a riveting, at times shocking, emotionally textured account of a singular human event. A New York Times bestseller, Deep Down Dark brings to haunting, tactile life the experience of being imprisoned inside a mountain of stone, the horror of being slowly consumed by hunger, and the spiritual and mystical elements that surrounded working in such a dangerous place. In its stirring final chapters, it captures the profound way in which the lives of everyone involved in the disaster were forever changed.

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Turn out all the lights and turn up the heat...make the book situation come alive!

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  "Very deep, very dark and way down"by Mjrock (see profile) 05/18/16

It is hard to imagine how these miners survived so far down in a hole inside of a mountain. With this read one gets the insight of how they survived with the journal one of the men kept. The emotions that... (read more)

 
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  "A Miraculous Tale of Survival!"by thewanderingjew (see profile) 03/15/15

“Deep Down Dark” reveals the story behind the tragedy of a mine disaster in the desert of Chile, on August 5, 2010. The many superstitions surrounding the collapsed mine, like it was a w... (read more)

 
by gailjuerling (see profile) 02/18/15

 
  "Deep Down Dark"by kmw2017 (see profile) 01/21/15

You know the ending. It was broadcast worldwide but you still want to keep reading to understand the complexity of how they actually survived and lived in that mine for 69 days.

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