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She was 17-years-old on a Christmas Eve flight 40 years ago to join her father for Christmas when the unimaginable happened. The Lockheed L-188A Electra, on the way from Lima to Pucallpa, flew directly into a thunderstorm. A strike of lightning left the plane incinerated and Juliane Diller (Koepcke) still strapped to her plane seat falling through the night air two miles a She was 17-years-old on a Christmas Eve flight 40 years ago to join her father for Christmas when the unimaginable happened. The Lockheed L-188A Electra, on the way from Lima to Pucallpa, flew directly into a thunderstorm. A strike of lightning left the plane incinerated and Juliane Diller (Koepcke) still strapped to her plane seat falling through the night air two miles above the Earth.Her survival is unexplainable and considered a modern day miracle. Her mother was among the 91 dead and Juliane the sole survivor. For eleven days she crawls and walks alone through the jungle, fighting for her survival again with hunger and despair her only companions as maggots eat their way into her wounds. Juliane ultimately survives and goes on to live an inspiring life as a scientist continually drawn back to the terrain that threatened to take her. On the 40th anniversary she shares not only the private moments of her survival and rescue but her life in the wake of the disaster.


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She was 17-years-old on a Christmas Eve flight 40 years ago to join her father for Christmas when the unimaginable happened. The Lockheed L-188A Electra, on the way from Lima to Pucallpa, flew directly into a thunderstorm. A strike of lightning left the plane incinerated and Juliane Diller (Koepcke) still strapped to her plane seat falling through the night air two miles a She was 17-years-old on a Christmas Eve flight 40 years ago to join her father for Christmas when the unimaginable happened. The Lockheed L-188A Electra, on the way from Lima to Pucallpa, flew directly into a thunderstorm. A strike of lightning left the plane incinerated and Juliane Diller (Koepcke) still strapped to her plane seat falling through the night air two miles above the Earth.Her survival is unexplainable and considered a modern day miracle. Her mother was among the 91 dead and Juliane the sole survivor. For eleven days she crawls and walks alone through the jungle, fighting for her survival again with hunger and despair her only companions as maggots eat their way into her wounds. Juliane ultimately survives and goes on to live an inspiring life as a scientist continually drawn back to the terrain that threatened to take her. On the 40th anniversary she shares not only the private moments of her survival and rescue but her life in the wake of the disaster.

30 review for When I Fell from the Sky: The True Story of One Woman's Miraculous Survival

  1. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Dicks

    I struggled a bit with this one. It is of course, a fascinating story - how a 17 year old girl suvived a fall from a plane 2 miles in the sky and made it through the Amazon jungle back to safety on her own. But the writer's style is jarring. For example, she has a peculiar and annoying habit of starting a sentence at the end of a chapter and leaving it incomplete; it is only in the next chaper, after its title, that the author finishes the sentence. This felt contrived and unnessessary. Furthermo I struggled a bit with this one. It is of course, a fascinating story - how a 17 year old girl suvived a fall from a plane 2 miles in the sky and made it through the Amazon jungle back to safety on her own. But the writer's style is jarring. For example, she has a peculiar and annoying habit of starting a sentence at the end of a chapter and leaving it incomplete; it is only in the next chaper, after its title, that the author finishes the sentence. This felt contrived and unnessessary. Furthermore, very little of the story actually focuses on her ordeal though the jungle. Much of it is set much later on when the author is 56 years old and is setting up a nature reserve, and has to navigate the buerocracy of the region. Obviously this is a worthwhile thing to do but it is not what I expected from the advertised synopsis of the book so I was a little disappointed.

  2. 4 out of 5

    K.

    Trigger warnings: plane crash, loss of a parent, horrifying descriptions of wounds and maggots. 3.5 stars. I found this story surprisingly compelling and interesting, but it definitely wasn't what I expected based on the title. Basically, Juliane Koepcke grew up in Peru with her naturalist parents. As a teenager, they moved to a nature reserve in the middle of nowhere. She subsequently returned to Lima to attend high school. On Christmas Eve of 1971, she and her mother were flying to the closest Trigger warnings: plane crash, loss of a parent, horrifying descriptions of wounds and maggots. 3.5 stars. I found this story surprisingly compelling and interesting, but it definitely wasn't what I expected based on the title. Basically, Juliane Koepcke grew up in Peru with her naturalist parents. As a teenager, they moved to a nature reserve in the middle of nowhere. She subsequently returned to Lima to attend high school. On Christmas Eve of 1971, she and her mother were flying to the closest airport to the nature reserve on a commercial flight, which was struck by lightning and crashed. Juliane was the only survivor. With a broken collarbone, cuts and bruises, and a torn up knee, she somehow managed to a) survive in the jungle alone for nearly two weeks and b) follow the creeks and rivers of the Peruvian Amazon until she came across a boat and was rescued. So I was expecting the bulk of the book to be about the crash and her staggering through the rainforest trying to find help. Instead, there were only really a couple of chapters dedicated to that. Probably half the book is about her life after the crash - how it impacted her relationship with her father, how it felt having the press follow her everywhere, how she was really in shock over what happened for years - as well as her adulthood and what she ended up doing with her life. It's about how she returned to the rainforest, about the documentary that was made in which she returns to the crash site, about how she ended up following in her parents' footsteps and studying the fauna of the Peruvian rainforest. So it was definitely interesting, particularly seeing how well she's remembered in parts of Peru. But it wasn't what I was expecting, that's for sure.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    The true story a the German/Peruvian 17 year old who was the only survivor of a plane that crashed in Peru while crossing the Andes at Christmas time. She lost her mother in the accident which also claimed 90 other lives. Juliane tells her own story 40 years after the crash and her amazing eleven day journey out of the Peruvian rain forest. It is also a story of her love of the jungle where she had been raised with her German zoologist parents and her struggle for survival of the Amazonian rain The true story a the German/Peruvian 17 year old who was the only survivor of a plane that crashed in Peru while crossing the Andes at Christmas time. She lost her mother in the accident which also claimed 90 other lives. Juliane tells her own story 40 years after the crash and her amazing eleven day journey out of the Peruvian rain forest. It is also a story of her love of the jungle where she had been raised with her German zoologist parents and her struggle for survival of the Amazonian rain forest. I had not heard of this book when a friend loaned it to me because she knew I had traveled in the Amazonian part of Peru. I enjoyed reading it and found the author's description of the area beautiful and her thoughts about survival guilt very thought provoking. 3.5 stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Marlene♥

    Juliane after her 11 days in the jungle I finally finished it last night. Wow this one took me ages to read but I do think it was not just the book but also my state of mind or lack of mind is the better expression because I was just too tired to read. One negative thing was the annoyingly the constant jumping around in time. In one example she had told us her grandmother had died and the next chapter she was staying at her grandmother. The story about what happened during the crash and the 11 day Juliane after her 11 days in the jungle I finally finished it last night. Wow this one took me ages to read but I do think it was not just the book but also my state of mind or lack of mind is the better expression because I was just too tired to read. One negative thing was the annoyingly the constant jumping around in time. In one example she had told us her grandmother had died and the next chapter she was staying at her grandmother. The story about what happened during the crash and the 11 days of her in the jungle getting out is just a small part of the book. That being said I did find the other stuff interesting as well. I never knew that as a student you can go pick a subject and go travel to a place in the world and start to research. She wrote about other researchers coming there and I was curious who pays them. I also was interested about the world there in Peru. Weirdly I liked the second half more. One person that intrigued me the most was Juliane's mother. Tried to find out more about her and what she did. Very interesting pair of parents she Juliane had. Juliane's parents Not the best book about survival but if you are interested in another way of living you might like it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    Story is about a woman who writes about how she survived 11 days in the jungle when the plane she was on crashed. It is told like she is speaking to you and jumps from the present day to the time when she was in the jungle. At some times it seems awkward but by writing in this way, the reader is able to get an understanding of what her life was like before the crash, background on her parents, what she did in the jungle for those days, after the crash, and the present. I thoroughly enjoyed the b Story is about a woman who writes about how she survived 11 days in the jungle when the plane she was on crashed. It is told like she is speaking to you and jumps from the present day to the time when she was in the jungle. At some times it seems awkward but by writing in this way, the reader is able to get an understanding of what her life was like before the crash, background on her parents, what she did in the jungle for those days, after the crash, and the present. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I like how Juliane also wrote about what she did after the crash and her continued interest in Panguana (place where her parents did research) and making it into a nature reserve for research but also including the locals to understand the importance of such an area. Eventhough this book is about her, it reads very differently since it is not written in a way in which she is only talking about herself but rather mentions many people throughout the book and how they have impacted her life in different ways.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Claire Fuller

    Oh dear. I was so looking forward to this, and even though Koepcke's eleven days getting out of the jungle after a plane crash is not actually that dramatic, she does have an interesting story to tell. The daughter of two zoologists she spends many years in Peru before going 'home' to Germany to become a zoologist herself. But it felt as though Koepcke knew that her survival story wasn't strong enough to hang a whole book around and so she mixes it with going back to Peru with her husband to try Oh dear. I was so looking forward to this, and even though Koepcke's eleven days getting out of the jungle after a plane crash is not actually that dramatic, she does have an interesting story to tell. The daughter of two zoologists she spends many years in Peru before going 'home' to Germany to become a zoologist herself. But it felt as though Koepcke knew that her survival story wasn't strong enough to hang a whole book around and so she mixes it with going back to Peru with her husband to try and get her parents' land recognised as a nature reserve (but this isn't her first time back, and she doesn't really succeed, so that story is weak too), as well as mentioning the time she was taken back to the jungle by Werner Herzog to film a documentary (nothing much to say here either). And, unfortunately the writing is at times excruciatingly poor.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Brilliant book. I totally get where she was coming from with many aspects of her life. Growing up in a remote area, check, moving for parents work, check, Loving nature due to parental influence and growing up in it, check, Dad who can't show feelings, check, not needing/missing modern conveniences, check, witing months for supplies or mail, check. The only part I can't relate to is the actual crash and the loss of a mum both at that age and in that way. This book made me laugh, cry, nod in agre Brilliant book. I totally get where she was coming from with many aspects of her life. Growing up in a remote area, check, moving for parents work, check, Loving nature due to parental influence and growing up in it, check, Dad who can't show feelings, check, not needing/missing modern conveniences, check, witing months for supplies or mail, check. The only part I can't relate to is the actual crash and the loss of a mum both at that age and in that way. This book made me laugh, cry, nod in agreement and want to read it again.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vivek Shilimkar

    I was expecting to read her story about how she survived the plane crash and how she made her way back to civilization through the forest. I expected to get answers for, what she ate? How she kept herself safe from wildlife? How she managed to keep clam and psychologically strong for 11 days in forest along the river. But, I am disappointed, none of them are answered.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    When I Fell From the Sky: The True Story of one woman’s miraculous survival is by Juliane Koepcke. Although this incident occurred during my lifetime (In fact, I am only 4 years older than she), I do not ever remember hearing of her story. Her story is frightening as well as brave and incredible. Luckily, she had been trained in knowing the jungle and surviving in it by her parents. This knowledge definitely played its part in her story. Simple luck also played its part. Juliane was brought up i When I Fell From the Sky: The True Story of one woman’s miraculous survival is by Juliane Koepcke. Although this incident occurred during my lifetime (In fact, I am only 4 years older than she), I do not ever remember hearing of her story. Her story is frightening as well as brave and incredible. Luckily, she had been trained in knowing the jungle and surviving in it by her parents. This knowledge definitely played its part in her story. Simple luck also played its part. Juliane was brought up in Germany and in Lima, Peru by her parents who were both world renown German Zoologists. Her Mother studied birds and her Father studied life forms of animal and plant life. They spent a great deal of time in the jungle of Peru. Until she was in her early teens, her parents lived mainly in Peru, although they intended to return to Germany. When she was a teen, she and her parents moved to the jungle at Panguano. There they set up the beginnings of a reserve where they studied animal and plant life. Juliane was homeschooled at this time; but kept up with the curriculum her peers were getting by keeping in touch with a friend who sent her the information. Her Father had gone back to Panguano while she and her Mother stayed in Lima so she could graduate. Juliane convinced her Mother to stay an extra day so she could go to a graduation party. So, instead of traveling on an airline her Father preferred, they traveled on LANSA airlines on what was their last plane. All others had crashed, although this was not known to them at the time. What was an hour flight would turn into a disaster for them! The plane flew into a storm and something happened, no one is sure, and the plane began to fall out of the sky. Juliana remembers looking down and seeing the front of the plane below her. She heard her Mother quietly say, “Now it’s all over.” Then she found herself dropping towards the ground in her seat. No one else was in sight. How she stayed alive after falling ten thousand feet is still unknown; but she did and lived with only a cut arm and scratches. She is all alone in the jungle and has no idea where she is. She must get to civilization and help on her own. How will she manage this? What will her life be after this? The book is compelling once you get started with it. It is truthful and filled with lovely people and her best friends. It shows what you can do when you really want it bad enough. It is an inspiration to others.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Was expecting more detail of the actual 11 day journey, based on synopsis and title, but I think her entire story is worth telling, and the past and present is woven together pretty well in my opinion - plus with her condition and time blurring together, plus the trauma, I don't blame her at all if she didn't have enough material from strictly her time walking out from the crash to make an entire book. This is her story as she wishes us to know it, and it's a great read for that. Was expecting more detail of the actual 11 day journey, based on synopsis and title, but I think her entire story is worth telling, and the past and present is woven together pretty well in my opinion - plus with her condition and time blurring together, plus the trauma, I don't blame her at all if she didn't have enough material from strictly her time walking out from the crash to make an entire book. This is her story as she wishes us to know it, and it's a great read for that.

  11. 4 out of 5

    BarbaraW

    I found this book after looking at something on the Internet. I just had to read it. Yes it’s the horrible story of a plane crash in the Amazon Jungle and yet it’s much more than that. The author’s 11 day survival journey back to civilization is nothing but amazing. The more detailed story is her parents being research zoologists after WW2 and setting up a research area in the jungle near Lima, Peru. Well put together. Poignant. Author is a gentle soul.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Piper

    There is no doubt that Juliane Koepcke has an incredible story to tell. To survive a fall from 10,000 or so feet by landing in a thick, uninhabited jungle in Amazonian Peru is, by itself, a true miracle. But then to survive 11 days in that jungle, and finally to find her way back to civilization, is yet another truly miraculous event and one that makes for a great story. The descriptions of her fears and shock at discovering that she was the sole survivor of the 1971 plane crash, and the sad los There is no doubt that Juliane Koepcke has an incredible story to tell. To survive a fall from 10,000 or so feet by landing in a thick, uninhabited jungle in Amazonian Peru is, by itself, a true miracle. But then to survive 11 days in that jungle, and finally to find her way back to civilization, is yet another truly miraculous event and one that makes for a great story. The descriptions of her fears and shock at discovering that she was the sole survivor of the 1971 plane crash, and the sad loss of her mother in that crash, as well as her guilt at being alive when so many others died, is truly heartrending. The title and all the promotion surrounding this book would have you believe that the book is all about the crash and its aftermath. However, only 2 of the 19 chapters deal with these events in any detail. The majority of the rest of the book is about Panguana, a section of jungle in Peru which Juliane is attempting to establish as a nature preserve. This appears to be her true agenda in writing this book. Juliane also writes at length about her parents, their biological and zoological studies of the jungle, and her relationship with her father, post-crash. In other words, the story about the crash and her incredible trek through the jungle would have made an excellent article in the Readers' Digest Magazine. Period. See, this is why I don't much care for non-fiction; too many details and diversions. I'm just not that interested in the long chapters about her studies or her family or the native customs unless they directly pertain to the story at hand. Which should have been the crash and her survival. Juliane did mention a couple of films based on her story, both of which I found on YouTube: "Wings of Hope", Werner Herzog's documentary featuring Juliane herself speaking about the events of the crash. (Interesting side note: Werner Herzog himself was almost a passenger on that same ill-fated flight.) Also, "Miracles Still Happen", a 1974 movie about the crash (not a very good movie, but still more interesting than the book, IMO.)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    On Christmas Eve 1971, Juliane’s plane flew into a thunderstorm that was so great that the plane broke up in mid-air. Still strapped into her seat, she fell two miles, crashing through the dense jungle canopy into the Amazon rainforest. Waking up alone and injured, she spent the next eleven days fighting her way through a “green hell”, desperately hoping that, as she had survived, then so must have the others. “When I Fell From the Sky” tells the story of how Juliane gained the skills that enabl On Christmas Eve 1971, Juliane’s plane flew into a thunderstorm that was so great that the plane broke up in mid-air. Still strapped into her seat, she fell two miles, crashing through the dense jungle canopy into the Amazon rainforest. Waking up alone and injured, she spent the next eleven days fighting her way through a “green hell”, desperately hoping that, as she had survived, then so must have the others. “When I Fell From the Sky” tells the story of how Juliane gained the skills that enabled her to survive in such a dangerous and inhospitable place. It also describes her life in the aftermath of the crash – her rescue, the devastation of discovering that she was the sole survivor and that her mother was lost to her, the media frenzy, and her aspirations for the future. An inspiring read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Inez

    2.5 stars terrible structure

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    "When I Fell From The Sky" was an incredible story of a 17-year-old who survives a 10,000 foot fall from a plane after it explodes or is hit by lightning and she is still strapped to her seat, AND survives life afterwards... there was no "therapy" for this, or it wasn't widely resorted to in times of trauma. The book describes how she continues on to find her way and choses to continue her parents' research work in the jungles of Peru. Quick read. Available at the St. Louis County Library. "When I Fell From The Sky" was an incredible story of a 17-year-old who survives a 10,000 foot fall from a plane after it explodes or is hit by lightning and she is still strapped to her seat, AND survives life afterwards... there was no "therapy" for this, or it wasn't widely resorted to in times of trauma. The book describes how she continues on to find her way and choses to continue her parents' research work in the jungles of Peru. Quick read. Available at the St. Louis County Library.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Iriana Gil Rodríguez

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The survival story is fascinating. However, it is only depicted in one or two chapters of the book. The rest of the book tells you the story of Juliane’s life after the crash and her commitment to the rainforest. Although this is a really important topic itself, it is not what I was looking for when I chose this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    David Patterson

    incredible story. But the before and after stories did not grab me like the actual event. Still...a good book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lynn G.

    Interesting story. Transitions a bit disjointed, possibly caused by translation from German. Somewhat repetitive.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Jameson

    So little of this book focuses on Juliane's struggle to survive and was we the jungle. Instead the writer spends more time taking about her life as an adult and carrying o. Her parent's work in the jungle. Not what I expected....I skimmed a lot to get through it. So little of this book focuses on Juliane's struggle to survive and was we the jungle. Instead the writer spends more time taking about her life as an adult and carrying o. Her parent's work in the jungle. Not what I expected....I skimmed a lot to get through it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melody Hill

    Such exciting possibilities, so little excitement. True story of a girl who survived a plane crash. This was only touched on a few times. Most of the story was about her life in the tropical rain forest. Just really disappointing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    This is a memoir of a gripping account of survival by a seventeen year old girl. On Christmas Eve 1971, seventeen year old Juliane Koepcke and her mother were flying from Lima to Pucallpa, when the LANSA Lockheed Electra, LANSA flight 508 commercial airliner with ninety passages on board broke up in midair. The plane was struck by lightning during a freak storm and tore off one side of the plane. There was only one survivor. Turned out that plane should have never flown near the Andes. Lockheed This is a memoir of a gripping account of survival by a seventeen year old girl. On Christmas Eve 1971, seventeen year old Juliane Koepcke and her mother were flying from Lima to Pucallpa, when the LANSA Lockheed Electra, LANSA flight 508 commercial airliner with ninety passages on board broke up in midair. The plane was struck by lightning during a freak storm and tore off one side of the plane. There was only one survivor. Turned out that plane should have never flown near the Andes. Lockheed had pulled it from duty and told airlines not to fly it. The LANSA airline had put this plane together with parts from other crashed or not working Lockheed Electra planes. Juliane was catapulted from the plane still fastened in her airplane seat. She fell two miles landing in the Peruvian jungle. After regaining consciousness, she found herself alone, with a broken collarbone, gashes on her leg and right arm. She had a concussion and her right eye was swollen shut. Apparently she put to use the knowledge her parents had taught her to survive and find her way out of the jungle. Her mother was ornithologist Marie Koepcke and her father was biologist Hans-Wilhelm Koepcke. They were working in Panguana. Juliane walked out of the jungle to find help. She had massive insect bites that were infected. Her wounds became infected also with maggots. Juliane was saved by forest workers when she walked into their camp. Juliane went on to become a zoologist and carried on her parents work at the nature preserve in Panguana. The book was translated from German to English by Ross Benjamin. The book has 227 pages. I read this e-book on my Kindle app for my iPad.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth Bibbings

    What an amazing escape! Juliane Koepcke was 17 when the aircraft she was travelling in over the Peruvian rainforest took a nosedive in a thunderstorm, and broke up. When she regained consciousness, she was still strapped in her seat, but the other seats on her bench were empty. (One had contained her mother). She was later to discover that out of 91 people on the plane, she was the only survivor. She had landed in the middle of rainforest, (described by journalists who didn't know her as a "gree What an amazing escape! Juliane Koepcke was 17 when the aircraft she was travelling in over the Peruvian rainforest took a nosedive in a thunderstorm, and broke up. When she regained consciousness, she was still strapped in her seat, but the other seats on her bench were empty. (One had contained her mother). She was later to discover that out of 91 people on the plane, she was the only survivor. She had landed in the middle of rainforest, (described by journalists who didn't know her as a "green hell"). It might have been hellish for others, but Juliane's parents were zoologists, with a scientific research base in the rainforest, and she was well aware of the pitfalls and coping strategies she would need. She found a stream, and following advice her father had given her when all was well, she travelled along it and along the river it joined for eleven days. Eventually, she made contact with people and the story broke all over the world. What is so sad is that Juliane was never left alone. Even years after the event, she is still a celebrity when she returns to Peru. These days, I think a news blackout would have given her time to recover, or an identity change would be offered - but when she only wanted to complete her school leavers exam and get on with life, she was hounded by the media in a way Princess Diana was all too familiar with. Miraculously, she still uses aeroplanes. Even more miraculously, she was able to return to the crash site with a film crew. Her story is of passionate love for the rainforest, where she was able to create a nature reserve around her family's research station. It is her true spiritual home.

  23. 5 out of 5

    E.R. Yatscoff

    When Juliane flew over Peru with her mother the plane encountered a wild thunderstorm and the plane exploded. Juliane, still attached to her seat was flung out and plummeted 10, 000 feet into the Peruvian jungle. Freaky, indeed. She followed the #1 rule of survival which is follow the water courses. There isn't much here on her actual survival except for maggots in her wounds and that she was in shock for some of the 10 day ordeal that she spent floating down a river. Most of the book is about h When Juliane flew over Peru with her mother the plane encountered a wild thunderstorm and the plane exploded. Juliane, still attached to her seat was flung out and plummeted 10, 000 feet into the Peruvian jungle. Freaky, indeed. She followed the #1 rule of survival which is follow the water courses. There isn't much here on her actual survival except for maggots in her wounds and that she was in shock for some of the 10 day ordeal that she spent floating down a river. Most of the book is about her rescue, the rescue searching for more survivors, and her life between then and 27 years later when a film was made on the event. The story jumps around between going back for the film and her post survival after being found and her family life after. It is an interesting story with facts about the Amazon and how the journalists dialed in much of her story when she was found. Didn't really care for her relationship changing areas in regards to her father. I'd give this about 2 stars because I expected more on her trek of survival. But that's trauma for you.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary Cochrum

    There's some bait and switch in the marketing and title of this book. I was looking for a survival story, but this isn't really what this is. The actual survival is barely mentioned in the book; this one is really more about the author's life and the preserve in Peru that she is trying to save. A noble cause, but I was bored with the book. The survival story itself has so little detail. I got up, looked around, found a river and followed it. That's about how interesting the detail gets. The life There's some bait and switch in the marketing and title of this book. I was looking for a survival story, but this isn't really what this is. The actual survival is barely mentioned in the book; this one is really more about the author's life and the preserve in Peru that she is trying to save. A noble cause, but I was bored with the book. The survival story itself has so little detail. I got up, looked around, found a river and followed it. That's about how interesting the detail gets. The life story is about the same; it sounds like an interesting life, but the method of storytelling lacked so little detail and interesting description or feeling that I was fairly bored for most of the book. As the author is a scientist, I wonder if she just couldn't make the leap from research writing to how you write a good story?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    3 1/2 stars. In 1971 Juliane Koepcke and her mother were in a plane in Peru when disaster struck. Juliane was the only person who survived. After miraculously surviving a fall of roughly 10,000 feet, and 11 days in the jungle, she got to safety. I expected the book to be about the accident and her rescue. Much of it was actually about her life before and after the incident. She had been a pretty typical teenager in a happy family. Now she was an unwilling celebrity with survivor’s guilt, trying 3 1/2 stars. In 1971 Juliane Koepcke and her mother were in a plane in Peru when disaster struck. Juliane was the only person who survived. After miraculously surviving a fall of roughly 10,000 feet, and 11 days in the jungle, she got to safety. I expected the book to be about the accident and her rescue. Much of it was actually about her life before and after the incident. She had been a pretty typical teenager in a happy family. Now she was an unwilling celebrity with survivor’s guilt, trying to cope with the loss of her mother. Her mental recovery took much longer than her physical recovery. I got the sense that with this book she reluctantly tells her survival story one more time only so that she can tell the story that she actually wants to tell, which is about her beloved research station and nature reserve in the Peruvian rain forest.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eugenie

    Although repititive, this book does entertain and inform. The author's passion for the "jungle" and for saving Panguana is obvious and contagious. Told mostly from the perspective of the adult Juliane, the recounting of her fall serves mainly to link the past with her present drive to preserve this biosphere. It's interesting to see the family connection to science and how that has obviously passed on to her as well as her parent's qualities of endurance. Read this book to be inspired to more gr Although repititive, this book does entertain and inform. The author's passion for the "jungle" and for saving Panguana is obvious and contagious. Told mostly from the perspective of the adult Juliane, the recounting of her fall serves mainly to link the past with her present drive to preserve this biosphere. It's interesting to see the family connection to science and how that has obviously passed on to her as well as her parent's qualities of endurance. Read this book to be inspired to more green living, to appreciate the diversity our planet offers, or simply as a comforting tale of triumphing over incredible odds against survival.

  27. 5 out of 5

    James

    I had been waiting for this book to be released, having heard about Juliane's story from a friend. Really great book, slightly repetitive at times, but overall well written and very well translated into English. What surprised me most was that I was most interested in reading about the crash and her survival, but actually found my favourite part of the book was the first 5 chapters where she described growing up in Peru, both in the city and the jungle. Her passion really shows for both the coun I had been waiting for this book to be released, having heard about Juliane's story from a friend. Really great book, slightly repetitive at times, but overall well written and very well translated into English. What surprised me most was that I was most interested in reading about the crash and her survival, but actually found my favourite part of the book was the first 5 chapters where she described growing up in Peru, both in the city and the jungle. Her passion really shows for both the country of her birth and for her 'jungle', and it was very entertaining, and also educational, to read

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The actual story of the crash makes up only a portion of this book, but the background of Koepcke's family and childhood, the aftermath of the crash, and her subsequent return are also interesting aspects of her story, so I didn't mind. The fact that she survived a fall of 2 miles, and didn't immediately get eaten by some wild Amazon animal was apparently story enough for me! Though, I am happy that I learned something, just in case I am trapped on the floor of the rainforest - follow fast movin The actual story of the crash makes up only a portion of this book, but the background of Koepcke's family and childhood, the aftermath of the crash, and her subsequent return are also interesting aspects of her story, so I didn't mind. The fact that she survived a fall of 2 miles, and didn't immediately get eaten by some wild Amazon animal was apparently story enough for me! Though, I am happy that I learned something, just in case I am trapped on the floor of the rainforest - follow fast moving water (but watch out for predators), find something sharp to remove maggots from your skin, and don't eat pretty much anything.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Always a sucker for a good survival story and this one fit the bill. An astounding story of a woman who while still strapped to her plane seat fell through the air two miles and landed in the middle of the Amazon. Her survival of the fall itself is incredible but from there she had to find her way out of the rainforest. For eleven days she crawls and walks alone through the jungle, fighting for her survival again with hunger and despair. Almost as good as "Touching the Void" Always a sucker for a good survival story and this one fit the bill. An astounding story of a woman who while still strapped to her plane seat fell through the air two miles and landed in the middle of the Amazon. Her survival of the fall itself is incredible but from there she had to find her way out of the rainforest. For eleven days she crawls and walks alone through the jungle, fighting for her survival again with hunger and despair. Almost as good as "Touching the Void"

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Incredible story about a 17-year-old sole survivor of a Peruvian plane crash. Her parents were famous and ground-breaking German zoologists who raised Juliane in both Lima and the rain forest before the accident. This auto-biography is a talented weaving of a current-times visit back to the rain forest in order to ensure her parents' study area as a national reserve with her childhood, the crash, her unbelievable survival, and eventual rescue. Incredible story about a 17-year-old sole survivor of a Peruvian plane crash. Her parents were famous and ground-breaking German zoologists who raised Juliane in both Lima and the rain forest before the accident. This auto-biography is a talented weaving of a current-times visit back to the rain forest in order to ensure her parents' study area as a national reserve with her childhood, the crash, her unbelievable survival, and eventual rescue.

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