A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Newspaper, magazine, and podcast reviews proclaimed the book. Other readers whose opinions I trust recommended it. I remember the story from 2010 as amazing and compelling. The probability that I would enjoy Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Hector Tobar was high. The only reason that I took so long in starting is my to-read list is long. (I started to say over-populated, but you can not have too many books in your reading queue.)
With 33 men in the collapsed Chilean mine and numerous important figures on the surface above, the task of the writer to make each of them singularly memorable was next to impossible. How could his readers help but need a cast list? Tobar provides one and uses continuing descriptions to single characters out. Even better, the author weaves the many threads into one great story.
What I did not expect was the amount of the story that takes place after the miners were discovered to still be alive and after they were rescued. Tobar recounts the days of his interviews with the men and tells how the miners have fared since the ordeal. The only part of the story I would have like to be more detailed is the actual day of rescue.
I would happily read Deep Down Dark again if it is chosen for my book group. If you wonder about conditions in mines and enjoy a dramatic tale with suspense, even when you know the outcome, you may also like this disaster rescue story. – Review by Rick