Friday, February 8, 2013

vengo de un avión

"... again I filled my lungs, then let the air out in long, unhurried exhalations, and with each breath I whispered to myself in amazement:  I am alive. I am alive. I am alive."
- Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado
We want you to scour through your favorite pieces of literature 
and give us the best 33 words you can find.


  1. exactly...always alive...way to kill it, metaphorically

  2. I remember reading Alive, written a few years after the crash. Such a terrible ordeal.

    1. It's a great book and its author was approved by and had the cooperation of the survivors. Miracle in the Andes is written by Nando from his point of view, and it really is an entirely different ball of wax. He is so eloquent with his words and the way he illustrates the complex matters of the heart that arise in such an extreme situation. Lots of tears in this book. Not so much with Alive.

  3. Another book I have not yet read but now need to add to my list. Very nice passage!

  4. Awesome choice of books! This is an incredible story! One of the best quotes so far! Very well done!

  5. Oooh this book was an awesome read! Great choice.

  6. So... we find the best 33 words and place them as is? I had totally misunderstood and thought we had to pick 33 words and write something of it. This is a terrific selection. How could anybody ever beat this? :)

  7. Powerful. I read Alive but will now read this account.