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

  • Title: Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free
  • Author: Héctor Tobar
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  • Page: 303
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  • Deep Down Dark The Untold Stories of Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free The exclusive official story of the survival faith and family of Chile s Trapped Miners by a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist When Chile s San Jos mine collapsed outside of Copiap in August
    The exclusive, official story of the survival, faith, and family of Chile s 33 Trapped Miners, by a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist When Chile s San Jos mine collapsed outside of Copiap in August, 2010, it trapped 33 miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record breaking 69 days And across the globe, we sat riveted to television and computer screens while joThe exclusive, official story of the survival, faith, and family of Chile s 33 Trapped Miners, by a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist When Chile s San Jos mine collapsed outside of Copiap in August, 2010, it trapped 33 miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record breaking 69 days And across the globe, we sat riveted to television and computer screens while journalists flocked to the Atacama Desert While we saw what transpired above ground during the grueling and protracted rescue, the story of the miners lives buried below the earth s surface and the lives that led them there hasn t been heard until now In Deep Down Dark, this master work of a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, H ctor Tobar gains exclusive access to the miners and their stories The result is a miraculous and emotionally textured account of the 33 men who came to think of the San Jos mine as a kind of coffin, as a cave inflicting constant and thundering aural torment, and as a church where they sought redemption through prayer, while the world watched from above It offers an understanding of the families and personal histories that brought los 33 to the mine, and the mystical and spiritual elements that surrounded working at such a dangerous place.

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    About Héctor Tobar


    1. H ctor Tobar, now a weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times, is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and a novelist He is the author of Translation Nation and The Tattooed Soldier The son of Guatemalan immigrants, he is a native of the city of Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and three children.


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    1. Wow. This is the incredible story of the 33 miners who were trapped in a Chilean mine for more than two months. Journalist Héctor Tobar had exclusive access to the miners, and his interviews and reporting make for an impressive read.The San Jose mine, which was more than 120 years old, suffered a massive cave-in on August 5, 2010. Luckily, the 33 miners who were underground at the time were able to get to a refuge, where there was some food and water. The mine lacked numerous safety features, a [...]

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    2. Strangely, this was a bit plodding. There were many details that were not that interesting. I also had a very, v. difficult time visualizing the mine and the area that the miners were trapped in. I would have liked diagrams and pictures. It was cumbersome to flip to the beginning of the book to look at the pictures of the miners especially b/c they were not in alphabetical order. BUT, the actual story is quite amazing. The men all handle being stuck in the mine differently & that part of the [...]

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    3. ”The San José Mine [on the fringe of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile] spirals down nearly as deep as the tallest building on Earth is tall, and the drive along the Ramp from the surface to the deepest part of the mine is about five miles.The Atacama Desert is one of the oldest and driest deserts in the world. There was once a river, the Copiapó, which ran through a city of the same name on the edge of the Atacama, but mining and population pressures have long since bled the river dry. C [...]

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    4. 3.5 stars. I was going to start by saying that prior to reading this book, I was ignorant of the events described in it because at the time that they were unfolding, I was living under a rock. I then realized that I would be making the most horrible pun ever, so I'll just begin by saying that in August of 2010, I wasn't keeping up with the news. (Here's the article for anyone else who needs to be reminded about the background info.) This book's jam-packed title gives you some idea of how its co [...]

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    5. Don't know about you, but when they announced in in September, 2010 that drillers had found all 33 Chilean miners alive that were trapped 700 meters down in a mine in the Atacama Desert, I, like millions around the globe, was glued to CNN for word on the rescue progress. While my profile boasts "spelunking" as one of my interests, this is not exactly accurate. I do love caves (and have been to at least a dozen of the US State and National Parks that feature them) but mines (particularly the aban [...]

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    6. I don't read a lot of nonfiction, mostly because I worry that the stories will be dry accounts of whatever subjects they concentrate on. But this book was far from a dry account as it detailed the collapse of the San Jose Mine in Chile in 2010, and the subsequent rescue of the thirty-three men trapped inside it for sixty-nine days, two thousand feet below the surface. They lacked a source of fresh water and their original provisions consisted of only enough food for twenty-two men for a grand to [...]

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    7. I give this book 4.5 stars. I was completely intrigued from the beginning. I loved that the author was able to humanize the miners with an honest portrayal of emotions that included fear, humility, courage, anger, depression, defeat, happiness, with their personal stories of struggle and faith. In addition, the author also let you into their families own helplessness 2000+ feet aboveground. We also get to experience the miner's lives after their rescue outside of what we saw in the media. The 33 [...]

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    8. I'm feeling torn about my response to this book. The rescue of the 33 Chilean miners made for a gripping story that caught the world's attention as it unfolded. I remember watching the news 17 days after the cave-in. A drill with a camera attached finally broke through to the area where the miners were believed to be trapped. We were braced to witness a tragedy - video of 33 dying or crushed men. When the camera finally returned to surface that expectation was turned into riotous, joyous celebra [...]

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    9. 4 stars - It was great. I loved it.A personable and evocative story told by a journalist that is capable of writing a narrative nonfiction book. Now, on to the movie. -------------------------------------------Favorite Quote: It seems silly to Franklin for his fellow miners to think of themselves as national heroes when all they’ve done is gotten themselves trapped in a place where only the desperate and the hard up for cash go to suffer and toil. They are famous now, yes, but that heady sense [...]

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    10. For the NPR Bookclub with Ann Patchett!! I'd better hurry - it's 13 hours long and the on air book club is on the 20th!!!

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    11. Book on CD performed by Henry Leyva From the book jacket: When the San Jose Mine collapsed outside of Copiapo, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for sixty-nine days. The entire world watched what transpired above-ground during the grueling and protracted rescue, but the sage of the miners’ experiences below the Earth’s surface – and the lives that led them there – has never been heard, until now.My ReactionsWhat a gripping tale of sur [...]

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    12. “All the evenness of life, the ‘light’ part of it, really stunned me,” Edison says. “It shocked me to see people walking around, living normally. It shocked me because I would say ‘Hey, where I come from isn’t like that. I come from a place where we were fighting desperately to live.’ I came out and found this shit called peace. It threw me off. That’s my favorite passage of the book. Of course, Edison Pena is the miner who falls apart most severely in the aftermath of rescue. [...]

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    13. I enjoyed this book--found it riveting and revealing. My husband did not feel the same: He likes action, and there was very little action for the 33 trapped miners in the first 17 days. I liked it because I am very interested in what was going on in their minds--before, during, and especially after the mine collapsed around them. I remember seeing the first miner emerge and remember the relief I felt for him and for them. I plan to share this book with friends but will warn them it's NOT swashbu [...]

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    14. Somewhat gripping and finely reported narrative of a major news event that I just didn't seem to care much about when it was happening in 2010, but was definitely intrigued by now, four-plus years later. I think I just needed this tale told to me in this form -- as a contained work of book-length prose from a trustworthy narrator, instead of round-the-clock and sensational TV coverage. I can't imagine the amount of notes, transcribing (and translating!) that Hector Tobar had to to sort through h [...]

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    15. Deep. Down. Dark. The title says it all. Like the vast and terrible San Jose copper mine, this true story has many voices, many layers, many veins. The main narrative centers on how 33 disparate personalities—righteous and profane; egocentric and meek—survive their ordeal together. But the warnings and after-shocks stay with you, too, from the voice of the mine itself, a haunting wail that precedes the disaster, to the echoes of trauma and epiphany that alter the lives of the men long after [...]

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    16. Made no sense why publisher didn't insist on drawings or diagrams to help the reader with logistics of their entrapment and eventual rescue. To not have the men with their photos listed alphabetically is ridiculous. Captivating story of survival but terribly frustrating with lack of helpful info. Jumped from measurements of feet and meters. Unnecessarily frustrating.

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    17. The book was great, I really liked how the story was written.

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    18. Who wasn't enthralled in the story of these 33 men buried alive? Everyone was tuned in, waiting the outcome, hoping, stressing, praying. I was really looking forward to hearing their story and what went on down there. It's such an intriguing real life story with an actual happy ending, Deep Down Dark goes behind the scenes and tells us their story.33 men: 69 days unimaginable but it happened in Chile in 2010. Until now it was one of those news stories we all remember but Hector Tobar has brought [...]

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    19. I read this book because it was recommended by Ann Patchett on NPR's new book club. I wouldn't have read it otherwise. I remember watching this story unfold on CNN and was amazed that these miners were alive. This book is very in depth and detailed and that's where it became very slow reading. I believe that the author had the best intentions in recording every meal, every movement, every thought, etc. of these men but it doesn't make for compelling reading.

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    20. It was difficult for me to keep the 33 men straight in my head while listening to it on audiobook. I liked how the author reminded us with small phrases like "with the heart of the dog" or "the man who gave his wife a long hug," but I wish I had not needed those character reminders. Overall I liked this and am glad I gave it a try. I was pleased to educate myself about an event I knew little about but that was so important to Chile.

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    21. Hearing Deep Down Dark (audio version) by Hector Tobar is amazing emotional experience. It runs through almost all emotions that man can experience. You are afraid with the miners, despondent, exhilarated, lighthearted, fearing, surprised, impressed, and inspired. This is the true story of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped by a collapse of the San Jose Mine for 69 days. It would seem like a miracle if any of them survived but all 33 did.The author takes us from the morning of when the men f [...]

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    22. This book was well reviewed which I suppose is why I wanted to read it. Though also I like stories of people surviving natural catastrophes. I thought, as I was reading the book, that it might only be a 4-star, but then around halfway through, it changed for me. I think it was from the point at which the miners were discovered that it changed. It is rare for me but I had tears in my eyes when the Note, tied to the drill bit that finally penetrated the miners' refuge, was discovered by the people [...]

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    23. Hector Tobar's Deep Down Dark, was not a miracle for me. When I tried to pinpoint how it could have been portrayed better I couldn't. I believe the nature and reality of the story is cumbersome. The events, lives and details were staggering. It was overload. And yet I kept going to the internet to get diagrams of the mine and pictures to put with the story. I read as much on line as I did from the book. On one hand it was to much, and on the other to little.There are so many people involved with [...]

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    24. I got bogged down a bit in places as author it seemed told every minute detail of the entrapment but it was fascinating to read how the 33 made it through such physical, mental and emotional stress.

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    25. With this compelling narrative of a catastrophic mine collapse and the resulting burial alive of 33 miners and subsequent massive rescue efforts, Hector Tobar does a good job of explaining the various social and economic factors that contributed to the mine's collapse while presenting each trapped miner, despite his fears, failings, and character flaws, in an entirely humane and dignified manner. This is a compelling tale of perseverance amid devastating privation as well as a telling commentary [...]

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    26. I read this a couple of years ago and was reminded when I saw it on someone else's list. I was fascinated by the personalities of the men, their families back at home, and the whole mining industry. It takes brave men and women to work in such trying conditions.

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    27. Mining: where hard drinking and hard working men descend daily into the bowels of the Earth, 2000 feet below ground level. The jobs are varied: Truck driver. Electrician. Heavy machinery operator. Mechanic. Foreman. Supervisor. 12-hour shifts. The conditions are appalling. Temperatures which range from 110-120oF. Humidity levels above 80%. Dust and dirt everywhere. Constant noise from drilling and machines. Men are transported to the work area each morning, brought up for a lunch break, and retu [...]

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    28. My husband bought me this book for Christmas after he heard Ann Patchett's glowing review on NPR. Background: I was a little obsessed by the story when it was breaking news back in the fall of 2010. I was home on bedrest during September-October 2010, and watching this unbelievable story unfold on the news was one of the things I l looked forward to most during that time period. I even dressed up as a Chilean miner for Halloween that year -- a few weeks after all 33 men had been rescued from the [...]

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    29. Gripping and poetic. So why didn't I LOVE it rather than finding it "really good"?Héctor Tobar is a master journalist and writer. It's clear that his account of Chile's disastrous mine collapse came about by slowly winning the trust of every single miner (and their families), not to mention government officials. The book is testament to his ability to build relationships, tease out confidences, and matter-of-factly write about the stark realities of disaster and survival. He was clearly the rig [...]

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    30. I enjoyed listening this book on tape and it was an amazing story. Hector Tobar was selected by the 33 Chilean miners, who were trapped 700 meter down for 69 days to write about their story collectively. The year was 2010.Hector Tobar tells the story of each miners' personal life, their struggle in life, the accident at the mine, the unity of the group, the survival tactics, the faith of the family members, the country who gets behind them, the whole world coming together to contribute to the re [...]

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