Review: Hector Tobar’s ‘Deep Dark Down’

December 5, 2014 5:06 PM

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Review: Hector Tobar’s ‘Deep Dark Down’

Miners have a rule: No one walks anywhere alone. A slab of rock can peel off suddenly and imprison a man for days. Or a miner can step into a fatal crevasse. The buddy system is an expression of the job’s perils and also the limits of its safety: What happens when every man’s life is in danger?

That’s the question on Hector Tobar’s mind in his chiseled, brooding new book, which tells the 2010 story of 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and acclaimed novelist who lives in Los Angeles, Tobar spent four years interviewing “los 33,” their fam...

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