Book review: “Deep Down Dark” by Hector Tobar


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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

Published 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Format: Audio CD

Source: Public Library

Summary: In August of 2010, a mine in Chile collapsed, burying 33 men deep underground. Miraculously, all were rescued an amazing 69 days later. This book tells the story of who the 33 men were, how they came to be working in the mine that day, and how they all survived in challenging conditions for an unprecedented length of time.

Thoughts: It was interesting, but not a “must read.” Not every book can be the most amazing book ever, and this is what I would categorize as a worthy filler — something interesting to fill the space between the last amazing book and the next, which I hope I’ll discover soon.

It’s certainly an intriguing story, but I felt it suffered from being too thinly spread between too many viewpoints and perspectives. However, given that this is a true story about real people, and not a novel, I think Tobar did a commendable job of relaying the experiences of the miners and the surrounding events and circumstances with clarity and respect. The reader for the audio edition (Henry Leyva) also did an excellent job.

Rating: ★★★★