Friday, October 16, 2009

"Miracle" author to visit Amarillo on Tuesday

As part of Amarillo College's Common Reader program, Nando Parrado, author of Miracle in the Andes, will be visiting Amarillo and discussing his experiences at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.

The book is Parrado's account of the crash in the Andes Mountains of a plane carrying rugby players from Uruguay. Those who weren't killed by the crash survived by eating the remains of the dead.

After about two months on the mountain in frigid temperatures, Parrado and another team member made a descent down the mountain that led to a rescue of the survivors after 72 days.

The book was an excellent selection for the Common Reader program because it involves a number of controversial topics including the eating of human flesh, the differing roles of faith among the survivors and the teamwork it took for many to survive.

The event is free and the book is a quick read that you could get done before next week's presentation. It's an extremely interesting book from the perspective of one of a handful of people who survived a harrowing event.

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