Roberto can already feel it’s “a special night, a magical night.” His spirits have been lifted, unexpectedly, by what he’s seen in the drive into the mine. A storm passed through the desert a few days earlier, dropping a light, rare rain on the driest desert on Earth … and produced what’s known in Chile as the desierto florido, the flowering desert. Roberto has seen the rocky and sandy landscape of khaki- and copper-colored mountains covered, suddenly, with fields of fuchsia, white star-shaped flowers, and yellow trumpets swaying in the breeze. It’s enough to make a man want to sing.
Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle that Set Them Free
by Héctor Tobar