After the Plane Crash—and the Cannibalism—a Life of Hope
"Every day, when I look at myself in the mirror, I thank God the same old jerk is still staring back at me," says Roberto Canessa.
Remember the TV series Lost? About the plane that crashes on a desert island? Well, this is the real thing. Except the island was the Andes mountains, and the “lost” were a group of boys who would face a dilemma too shocking, and too real, for prime time—whether to die a slow, excruciating death or eat the frozen bodies of their dead friends.
This was the stark choice facing a rugby team from Uruguay, and some of their friends and family, when the plane carrying them to a match in Chile crashed on October 13, 1972, in what was fittingly known as The Valley of Tears. Their story would amaze—and disturb—the world and become the basis for a best-selling selling book and the