Non fiction: Out of the Silence: After the Crash

Out of the Silence: After the Crash

⭐⭐⭐.5 3.5out of 5 stars

In 1972 the plane with the Uruguayan rugby team, their friends and families on board, crashed in the Andes. For over seventy days, the young men who survived the accident were trapped in the mountains, dealing with extreme weather, food shortage and the constant presence of the dead and the dying. In their situation, the most significant difficulty they were forced to face was not only staying alive but staying hopeful…

This book is a personal account of the real fight for survival. The story of this crushed plane became legendary thanks to many books and a movie adaptation. While some of these works might seem sensational, Out of the Silence focuses on the spiritual side of things. It is a very personal, emotional read about the struggle and the brotherhood born in the mountains. While I expected to learn more about those seventy extreme days, Eduardo Strauch intertwines his relation to his time in the Andes with his thoughts and opinions on various topics. He seems to divert from the main issue a lot. Still, it was interesting to read his account of the tragedy and miracle of the Andes.

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