By Piers Paul Read

In October 1972 an plane sporting a celebration of Uruguayan rugby gamers and their neighbors took off from Argentina to fly over the Andes to Chile. It crashed within the mountains in dense cloud, and a few of the forty five passengers have been killed. The survivors quickly learned, by means of hearing their transistor radio, that the hunt get together have been known as off simply because not anyone will be anticipated to outlive at that altitude in so savage a weather. because the days handed, weakened via hunger and sub-zero temperatures, they'd to stand the inescapable fact - that, that allows you to live to tell the tale, they have to consume the flesh in their lifeless partners. How those younger males ultimately despatched out "expeditionaries" to courageous the Andean peaks and the way, after appalling hardships, they accomplished rescue and back to civilization seventy two days after the crash, is stated during this story of human braveness and triumph. the writer is a novelist whose books comprise "The loose Frenchman" and "On the 3rd Day".

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H e r favorites were the fantasies of Jules Verne and she swore to herself to surpass the exploits of his heroes, w hether in the air or u n d e r the sea. Dolls and dresses bo red her, and for her. birthdays she d em a n d e d books about faraway places, or better yet the whole world—a globe! She d ream ed not o f grow ing up to be a coquette, of fancy dress balls, b u t o f wild country a n d glacier-tipped peaks. At least, h e r parents m ight take h e r traveling on school holidays. T hey failed to, and so A lexandra tried vainly to escape.

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She awoke at a siding and, calling out, discovered they had b o ard ed an express to Scotland. T hey would have to wait until evening when a local came thro u g h to re tu rn to London. It began to drizzle, and they sat u n d e r a little shelter. ” T h e youthful occultist launched into a strange tale o f how our fate is determ in ed by our astral double in the oth er world. T h e hours sped by, and although the notions elaborated by Villemain to his fascinated friend harked back to the neo-Platonists, they also corresponded to the beliefs of Tibetan B uddhism .

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