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

by Héctor Tobar | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 1250074851 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingjlautnerwing of Henderson, Nevada USA on 3/22/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by wingjlautnerwing from Henderson, Nevada USA on Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Bought from Cuesta College book store in San Luis Obispo yesterday.

Journal Entry 2 by wingjlautnerwing at San Luis Obispo, California USA on Friday, May 13, 2016
So much that I did not know!

In this carefully researched book, Tobar tells the story of the 33 men who were trapped far underground in a Chilean mine for several weeks. In 2010, these 33 men were about to head up the ramp for lunch when the mine shook violently and threw a huge rock across their path. Almost like fiction. Well, really, entirely like fiction.

Having read The Barbarian Nurseries by the same author, I expected to like this book. It is nonfiction while the other is fiction but both are rich with real detail. One of the trapped men took to writing a diary about his experience there, not knowing from day to day if he would be alive to see others read it.

The men were fortunate that they had a fresh air supply and a large supply of water, albeit not entirely pure. In other ways they were not so lucky. The food supply in the emergency shelter was largely a joke, yet it did sustain them marginally for a number of days as they all lost significant amounts of weight. The mine was hot and humid and many men developed a horrific fungal infection, worsened when the drills above were working, as water kept them cooled.

Until the day of their actual recovery it was never certain that all 33 would survive, because the mountain is alive. At any moment they could have been wiped out. It was fortunate that their plight became a cause for the entire country, so nobody was going to close up the mine and walk away. Their loved ones set up a camp outside the gates. People from everywhere came to offer assistance or encouragement to the workers. The drillers worked tirelessly and beyond their shifts.

The story had me on the edge of my seat, even knowing ahead that all 33 would survive. We also learn much about what happened after.

Well written, clearly and without sensation.

Journal Entry 3 by wingjlautnerwing at Henderson, Nevada USA on Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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Journal Entry 4 by wingjlautnerwing at Henderson, Nevada USA on Thursday, October 22, 2020

Released 3 mos ago (10/22/2020 UTC) at Henderson, Nevada USA

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Journal Entry 5 by winggaboydwing at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Thursday, November 05, 2020
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Journal Entry 6 by winggaboydwing at Edgeware Rd Little Free Library in Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Thursday, January 14, 2021

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