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October 14, 2010

Chile miners: get ready for the book and movie

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Now that the dramatic rescue of the Chilean miners is complete, we should get ready for an onslaught of books about the drama. Although the rescue has been detailed by the media, we haven't heard the personal accounts of the miners. No one is known to have survived as long trapped underground, and it won't be long before the first-person tales are rushed to print.

I'm not complaining. I'd like to hear more from shift foreman Luis Urzua, who was credited with organizing the men and keeping morale high despite the terrible circumstances. Or from Jimmy Sanchez, 19, the youngest of the group and the father of a 4-month-old baby. Or from the poor guy who was torn between wife and mistress. I'd love to see a recreation of the ordeal by Sebastian Junger ("The Perfect Storm") or Jon Krakauer ("Into Thin Air").

Crain's, meanwhile, reported that New York editors were considering a book proposal by Jonathan Franklin, who has covered the rescue for the Guardian, and another by Alexei Barrionuevo, who has been on the scene for The New York Times. Franklin's book, "33 Men, Buried Alive" sold this week to a British publisher.

I'm sure "Collapse: The Movie" won't be far behind.

Posted by Dave Rosenthal at 9:00 AM | | Comments (4)


English to Chilean Spanish translator (me) offers her services to directors/producers making a movie of the Chilean mining incident.

there is a VERY touching tribute on youtube for the miners & rescuers. its worth a look..

Hollywood would change the storyline to fit what audiences want. They'd cut the number of miners from 33 to 6. Add a female lead. Basically they'd remake Snow White.

There is already a book from the fans of the miners

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Dave Rosenthal came to The Baltimore Sun as a business reporter in 1987 and now is the Maryland Editor. He reads a wide range of books (but never as many as he'd like), usually alternating between non-fiction and fiction. Some all-time favorites: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and anything by Calvin Trillin or John McPhee. He belongs to a book club with a Jewish theme.
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