Deep Down Dark

Deep Down Dark

The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in A Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free

eBook - 2014
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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. 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.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
ISBN: 9780374709204
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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ArapahoeAnnaL Jul 25, 2017

This book combines compelling personal stories with larger implications. What happens when 33 men are stranded thousands of feet underground for 69 days; is it survival of the fittest ala "Lord of the Flies" or "peaceable kingdom?" It is fascinating to read how this experience plays out!

ChelseaJM Mar 31, 2016

I heard about this book via the NPR book club, early last year. They posed the question, on what page did you first cry? For me it was 70-something. This book speaks to who we are when we find ourselves in the most dire circumstances. Some of the characters are brave, others weak. It was a quick read, very interesting, and made me grateful for my cozy and safe workplace!

Jan 15, 2016

This is a remarkable story of the trapped miners and of the superhuman efforts of the Chilean government to rescue them, told in a sympathetic and non-sensational manner.

Apr 16, 2015

I could not put it down. The story from all aspects was fascinating. I love survivor stories, I wonder what I would do in that situation, I marvel at the resourcefulness, the courage, the tenacity and this story is so much the better knowing that all 33 miners do survive. History from our own time, a story well told.

Apr 10, 2015

Following a years-long non-fiction hiatus, I picked up Deep Down Dark after hearing a recommendation on NPR by Ann Pachett. It was just what I was looking for... plot-driven and riveting, it is a non-fiction page-turner. Tobar’s sensitive reporting begins with the economic circumstances that led many of the men into the mine in the first place. After the dramatic collapse of the mountain around them, he focuses on the bonds that form between “the 33” below ground and the personality traits and coping strategies that the ordeal brings out in them. In the most troubling and interesting part of the story, we see how the long-anticipated contact with the surface begins to break the bonds between the men and shakes their hope for survival. His psychological interest in the men, which is never purient, continues after the dramatic rescue. He follows the men back home and looks with wonder and dismay at the changed men who survived, and their difficult and sometimes tragic reentry into “normal” life. I’m back on a survival story kick!

Mar 25, 2015

The cave in at the Chilean mine was an incredible survival and rescue story and should have made for a great book. Unfortunately I found this book to be plodding in style and it was weighed down with details that felt like filler to me.Perhaps it is just a style of writing that doesn't work well for me but I had to push myself to finish it

athompson10 Mar 19, 2015

Fascinating and impossible to put down.

Feb 20, 2015

Excellent. What an incredibly challenging thing these men and their families all faced. It's amazing it ended so well. The author goes into detail about each of the men and their families and it feels as if you're almost there with them. Not quite, because that would be impossible, but almost.

Jan 10, 2015

Overall, a good read. It is a vivid description of what the miners endured for 69 days trapped underground and how they managed to stay alive. I skipped ahead a few pages at the point where the rescuers were close to establishing the first successful contact because I wanted the story to move faster at that point.

Suzanne T Wagner Dec 10, 2014

This book has restored my hope for humanity and my faith in the Lord!

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