Deep Down Dark

Deep Down Dark

By Héctor Tobar

  • Release Date: 2014-10-07
  • Genre: Latin America
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Description

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.

Reviews

  • Deep Down Dark

    5
    By Giudita
    What a phenomenal story of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days. This book was chosen for our book group. It was so inspiring to read about these ordinary people who survived 2,200 feet below ground through their teamwork, faith, and the extraordinary people who worked above ground to rescue them.
  • Deep Down Dark

    5
    By Bj3551
    Excellent book. Would highly recommend it.
  • Excellent Reading

    4
    By jrbgbp
    Remember watching the rescue on TV. This book took us behind the scenes and the years after. Would like to have seen a map of the mine included.
  • Deep Down Dark

    5
    By roxkat
    This book was an eye opening, heart changer. Written very well, can't put it down. So glad to read the details of the rescue and the individuals involved in this epic historical victory over tremendous adversity! Roxanne Michigan, USA
  • Well done

    5
    By wiggyswish
    Good book. Flowed very well.
  • Deep Down Dark

    5
    By Debra Caren
    Compelling and riveting account of the 33 Chilean miners trapped for 69 days in the San Jose mine. I couldn't put the book down. It's a deeply personal and spiritual account of what it feels like to face death and then miraculously survive and try to return to a prior way of life. Extraordinary story. Highly recommend.
  • Gripping

    4
    By Deaf Mac User
    Even though I know how this story unfolds, I was gripped. The details and perspective offered kept me reading long after I should have gone to sleep. A wonderful book.
  • Deep down dark

    5
    By Aunt meanie
    Very good. Didn't want to put it down.
  • Riveting!

    5
    By BWinCC
    Thank you, Mr. Tobar for writing such an excellent story. I couldn't put the book down. You successfully took the words of the miners and others and let me feel their pain and horror. I will never forget this tragedy.
  • Deep Down Dark

    5
    By MelPow
    This Novel is humbling, miraculous & well written. Upon reading it I felt I was there with the miners during their ordeal. This account of their experience & journey back to normalcy with their families above ground, has honored each individual miner. A captivating and amazing story. Thank you.

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