By Piers Paul Read
In October 1972 an airplane sporting a celebration of Uruguayan rugby gamers and their associates took off from Argentina to fly over the Andes to Chile. It crashed within the mountains in dense cloud, and a few of the forty five passengers have been killed. The survivors quickly learned, via hearing their transistor radio, that the quest occasion were known as off simply because no one will be anticipated to outlive at that altitude in so savage a weather. because the days handed, weakened by way of hunger and sub-zero temperatures, they'd to stand the inescapable fact - that, to be able to continue to exist, they have to consume the flesh in their lifeless partners. How those younger males ultimately despatched out "expeditionaries" to courageous the Andean peaks and the way, after appalling hardships, they completed rescue and lower back to civilization seventy two days after the crash, is acknowledged during this story of human braveness and triumph. the writer is a novelist whose books contain "The unfastened Frenchman" and "On the 3rd Day".
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It did occur to me that this might be an appropriate time to attempt a memoir. The effort would, I reasoned, provide an opportunity for reflection and perspective and allow me to convey my gratitude for all the circumstances in my life--good and bad. I also figured that if the book made any money, I could put it toward PD research. Realistically though, my life after this trip to France was as blank as the pages in the book I had yet to write. Beyond this period of rest lay the rest of my life, and it was nothing but undedicated time and space.
But where did all of this leave me? I had to build a new life when I was already pretty happy with the old one. I'd been blessed with a twenty-five-year career in a job that I loved. I had a brilliant, beautiful, funny, supportive wife and an expanding brood of irrepressible kids. If I had to give up any part of this, how could I possibly protect myself from losing all of it? The answer had very little to do with "protection" and everything to do with perspective. The only unavailable choice was whether or not to have Parkinson's.
Deep down I knew that my love of working--that megavolt crackle that licked up my spine when a well-written joke was well-timed and well-received--was still there. A hard-earned comfort had developed after so many years of performing--not laziness, but a reasonable confidence that no matter what emotion, intention, or attitude I needed to access, that arrow would be in my quiver when I reached for it. As a younger actor, I could sometimes obscure my insecurity about the integrity of a given moment with some deft piece of physicality: Alex Keaton, putting his hands in his pockets and leaping backward onto the kitchen counter; Marty McFly, duck-walking, windmilling, and power-sliding through "Johnny B.