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Welcome to the internet home of the Kilbourn Public Library (KPL) Book Club. The KPL Book Club meets at the library once a month. A book is chosen for each month and then members of the book club meet the last Monday and Wednesday of every month for lively discussion and treats. While we can’t offer you treats via the internet, this KPL Reads blog was designed for those of you who would like to participate in the book club but don’t have time to join us at meetings. Each month KPL staff will post discussion topics and questions to get you “talking”. Join in the discussion by adding a post to the blog. Click on the word comments below the post you want to "talk" about and write your comment. Be sure to check back often to see feedback and comments.

Friday, July 29, 2016

This month the Kilbourn Public Library Book Club is reading Deep Down Dark:  The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Hector Tobar.  The entire world watched what transpired above-ground during the grueling and long rescue of the Chilean miners in 2010, but the story of the miners' experiences below the Earth's surface--and the lives that led them there--was shared exclusively with Tobar.  According to Amazon this book is a "masterwork of narrative journalism--a riveting, at times shocking, emotionally textured account of a singular human event".

The prologue to Deep Down Dark describes the incredibly long commutes made by employees to reach the remote San Jose Mine.  No local jobs paid as well, so the pay was an incentive for miners.  What risks and personal sacrifices would you be willing to endure for a high wage?

What new information did you gain about those sixty-nine days of survival?  What details did Deep Down Dark provide that were absent from the 2010 media blitz?

Think about the many types of hunger described in the book, starting of course with hunger for food.  What other cravings did the miners face, deprived of power, their families, and a way out?  What would your coping strategies have been?

How did the miners retain their individuality while they were trapped?  Which of their personal stories resonated with you the most?

From the millionaire Leonardo Farkas's fund to the miners' decision to form Propiedad Intelectual Minera, S.A. (Miner Intellectual Property, Inc.), how has the miners' financial well-being been dealt with?  Did it surprise you that not all of the miners accepted pensions?

Let us know what you think of Deep Down Dark.

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