The Long Walk is a novel by American writer Stephen King, published in , under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. It was collected in in the hardcover omnibus The Bachman Books, and. Sławomir Rawicz was a Polish Army lieutenant who was imprisoned by the NKVD after the German-Soviet invasion of Poland. In a ghost-written book called The Long Walk, he claimed that in he. "A poet with steel in his soul."--New York Times "One of the most amazing, heroic stories of this or any other time."--Chicago Tribune “A book filled with the spirit.
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The Long Walk book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. On the first day of May, teenage boys meet for a race known as. The Long Walk book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The harrowing true tale of seven escaped Soviet prisoners who desp. Compre o livro The Long Walk na billpercompzulbe.ga: confira as ofertas para livros em Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide.
Although his fate is unknown after he was arrested, his execution or imprisonment would be a plausible theory. The Long Walk is shown to be a mental and physical trial, as contestants are faced with the ideas of their own death.
Being ticketed is often result of insanity and complete mental breakdowns; one walker eventually tears his own throat out due to emotional stress from the surrounding situation. The main character of this novel is Ray Garraty, a sixteen-year-old boy from Maine.
Garraty had only seen one long walk in his life, where he was reluctantly taken by his father, a man who hated the long walk with a passion. Because Garraty's father was so vocal in his hate for the long walk, he was "squaded. Gary Barkovich, another walker, establishes himself as a main antagonist, taunting the other walkers with threats of "dancing on their graves.
Along the road, the Walkers learn that one of their number, an older kid named Scramm—who is initially the heavy odds-on favorite to win the Walk—is married. When Scramm gets pneumonia and realizes that he will soon die, the remaining Walkers agree that the winner will use some of the Prize to take care of his pregnant widow, Cathy.
After five days, the walk comes down to Garraty and Stebbins, who has just admitted to being the bastard son of the Major. After walking for almost an entire day more, Garraty, decides that he cannot walk any more and accepts his fate. He walks up to Stebbins to tell him that he is about to give up, when Stebbins claws desperately at Garraty's shirt and screams "Oh Garraty! Unaware of the celebration going on all around him, Garraty walks towards a dark figure in front of him, trying to identify it.
When the major puts his hand on Garraty's shoulder to congratulate him, Garraty "somehow finds the strength to run. He is the only competitor from the state of Maine, where the long walk is held, and is shown huge amounts of support from the crowd.
During the walk, Garraty makes many revelations about mortality, and the imminent possibility of his own death. Garraty bonds with many of the competitors over the course of the long walk, including the enigmatic Stebbins. Garraty eventually becomes the winner of the walk after Stebbins's death. When the major comes to congratulate him, Garraty somehow finds the strength to run. Peter McVries — A young, cynical man with a sardonic sense of crazy peanut butter humor, and a prominent scar on his cheek.
Of all the walkers, he bonds the closest with Garraty and saves his life multiple times. He also creates the idea for the " eight musketeers," a group made up of himself, Garraty, Baker, Olson, Harkness, Abraham, and Pearson.
That's a lot of walking, even for fictional characters. Jul 18, Lyn rated it liked it. Tragic and difficult but also hypnotic. The reader may question the complete veracity of the account and and may be somewhat disappointed to learn of the amount of criticism and doubt surrounding his story. Essentially, a group of political prisoners in a Soviet prison in Siberia literally walk out of captivity.
The idea is that an escaped prisoner will die in the bitter cold and unforgiving wilderness of eastern Asia. The group walks across Siberia and into the Gobi desert and then to the Himal Tragic and difficult but also hypnotic. The group walks across Siberia and into the Gobi desert and then to the Himalayas. Di they really see a Yeti? A very interesting book.
Jan 21, Buggy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Opening Line: I read this after watching the movie The Way Back and as is usually the case the book is much better, vastly different yet obviously maintaining the gist of the year long trek across an entire continent to freedom. As a point of in Opening Line: Anyways… Slavomir Rawicz wrote this memoir in as a form of therapy to escape the memories that still haunted him.
These sections were actually some of the most brutal in the whole book Thus begins his journey. Transferred during the dead of winter Slav somehow survives the mile cattle car train ride and subsequent chain gang death march into inner Siberia and camp in Yakutsk After enduring starvation, cold, illness and brutality he and six other prisoners escape. Together they cross an entire continent on foot with nothing more than an axe, a knife, a weeks worth of food and an unbreakable will to live.
Covering some of the most inhospitable conditions on earth they travel out of Siberia and through China, across the Gobi dessert into Tibet and finally over the Himalayas and into British India. This is where the epic part comes in because their journey is so brutal, so filled with despair and suffering its at times unbelievable and also impossible to put down.
However for this type of storytelling it was perfect. Included in this version is an afterwards with some of the readers most persistent questions answered. Did he ever see them again? I mean they walked from Siberia to India, just think about that for a second.
Oct 20, Jrobertus rated it it was ok. The Long Walk, by Slavomir Rawicz, purports to be the true story of an heroic flight to freedom.
He claims to have been a Polish officer grabbed by the Russians in , imprisoned and marched to "camp " in Siberia. From there he and six companions escape, with the help of the commandants wife. What a triumph of the human spirit. The book had the taint of improb The Long Walk, by Slavomir Rawicz, purports to be the true story of an heroic flight to freedom.
The book had the taint of improbability all along,especially the part about observing a Yeti couple! Subsequent investigation shows the book is a fraud. None of the events can be substantiated. He claims to have convalesced in a British military hospital in India for a month, but there is no such record.
He claims to have trained with the Polish contingent of the RAF, but there is no record of that. Russian records show no camp ; they show Rawicz was a prisoner of war, but was pardoned in and sent to a refugee camp in Iran.
So there you go. View all 4 comments. Aug 14, Bibliovoracious rated it it was amazing. InCREDible adventure story. Unbelievable what people are physically able to endure and survive.
Just riveting. Several of them died. Que grande aventura! Que grande coragem! Gosto de livros que me inquietam e que me deixam a pensar Este foi um deles.
Tudo se pode perder ali Volto ao principio: E acrescento: Dec 29, Jeanette "Astute Crabbist" rated it really liked it Shelves: Amazing true account of courage and determination.
This group of men escaped from a Siberian prison camp in and spent a year making their way to safety in India. They crossed very harsh terrain including the Gobi Desert and the Himalayas. Sadly, not all of them survived the journey. Most interesting were the locals they met along the way, especially the Mongolians and Tibetans. Very well edited and not too long. Reads like a novel. View all 6 comments. Jan 31, Julia rated it it was amazing. An amazing true story of the human spirit's will to live.
Russia invaded Poland in and took hundreds of thousands of Polish soldiers prisoner One man, the author of this book, not only survived torture in Russian hands, and an inhumane train ride and walk to a Siberian labor camp He recruited 6 other prisoners to join him and the 7 of them walked to India.
Through Siberian blizzards, the Gobi desert's deadly heat, the treacherous landscape of t An amazing true story of the human spirit's will to live.
Through Siberian blizzards, the Gobi desert's deadly heat, the treacherous landscape of the Himalayas.
Took them over a year, and some died along the way, but 4 made it all the way. We've all heard of incredible survival stories, but you have never read a story like this. A detailed account of an entire year, highlighting the day-to-day challenges of survival. The amazing strokes of luck that saved their lives, like the generosity of the peoples they came across in Mongolia and Tibet, people who fed them along the way.
It is truly amazing how the human body survived the ordeal, and even more impressively, how they managed to keep their integrity, their spirits, and humanity in tact. Author is very factual, almost dry and understated, which I think, is how he survived.
Still rich in detail and captures the pain and suffering without wallowing in it. Have to move on, as do the words and chapters Mar 23, Amy rated it it was amazing Shelves: The night after I finished this book, I laughed uproariously to find this book and its movie being referenced in the new Muppets movie.
I think I was the only person in the theater who got the joke when the actress that played Christina in the movie started doing ballet against scene cuts of Muppets treacherously traversing snowy mountains and hot deserts to get to Kermit the Frog in his Siberian gulag. I remember my International Relations professor referencing Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and his writings about the Russian gulags Russian forced labor prison camps , but it was only a vague reference without much background.
Somehow I missed that Stalin began placing people in gulags in and had already imprisoned 1. The majority of these camps were located in Siberia. The history of this book is a convoluted one. The tale within the book occurs from and was originally ghost written for the author in A few years ago, it came out that it was impossible for this to have been the true story of the author since he was released from the gulag in to a refugee camp in Iran rather than escaping to India in The movie and book became instant favorites of mine.
I think that, more than anything, I was amazed that the U. It was a selfish alliance in some ways, but a wise alliance in others. In toll of lives, Stalin was directly or indirectly responsible for far more than Hitler. Still, I suppose it could have been worse. Prisoners were chained together poorly dressed for the cold weather and made to walk miles or more with only bread and water to sustain them.
Many died along the way.
Once the prisoners escaped into the wilderness, I found it odd that they never found a way of carrying water with them. They could have hollowed out a tree trunk, used the bladder of the deer they killed, rummaged in the garbage of villages they passed for some sort of vessel, etc.
But they never had more than a mug between them for cooking or carrying water. At the point that they realized they were wandering into a desert, surely they would have realized their need for a way to carry water. I suppose that you do what you have to do.
Luckily, poor peasants are far more accepting of a ragamuffin group of travelers than your average city dweller. If you saw a band of half-starved dirty travelers walking down your street, you'd be more likely to lock your doors than kill a lamb to feed them.
Whether this story was completely, partially, or not at non-fiction, it still stands as a grand tale. I highly recommend it to those interested in history and tales of survival. View all 3 comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
OK, here is my gut feeling. I do not know if all of this is true. Right smack in the beginning sections just did not seem believable. Once I started thinking this way my feelings toward the book were wrecked. If there is one inconsistency, do you believe the rest? I will list some of the points that I found quite unbelievable. I must add, that for none of these points can I prove I am right. Everythin OK, here is my gut feeling. Everything is so fullproof, that it doesn't ring true.
I am a born sceptic First of all, why are there no notes that document these experiences. To believe this I need the notes. Seven men escape from a gulag in Siberia just south of Yakutsk. The seven men manage to get themselves all placed in the same building, a building located near their escape route. How did they pull this off? Other men were sleeping in the barracks and none of the others awoke.
Is this believable? I certainly hear when someone gets up or even moves in my bedroom. I know.
These men were exhausted, but still I find it strange. Furthermore the author, the instigator of the escape plan, is aided by the wife of the commanding officer of the gulag I mean give me a break.
Everything is explained so well, that I do not believe it. Real life has hitches. When they escape they are never chased. They manage to survive the Siberian cold and get through the Govi desert. Three of the seven do die. Along the way they are joined by a woman.
She does die in the desert. But the whole thing is kind of "cute". Then the final bit is just too much They meet the, not one but two, Abominable Snowmen. The way it is described is just too much. They are drawn up as couple. When the group departs the text reads: I looked back and the pair were standing still, arms swing slightly, as though listening intently.
On the other hand, if this book is true I feel like a total creep. There are elements that seem to bring forth a romanticism to sell the book. There is a huge bear playing music on a tree trunk. Walkers may be shot immediately for certain serious violations, such as trying to leave the road or attacking the half-track, and are given warnings for minor violations such as interfering with one another. The soldiers use electronic equipment to precisely determine a Walker's speed.
A Walker clears one warning for every hour that he goes without receiving a new one. The event is run by a character known as "The Major". The Major appears at the beginning of the Walk to encourage the boys and start them on their way, and then occasionally thereafter.
While the Walkers initially greet him with awe and respect, they ridicule him in later appearances.
There are no stops, rest periods, or established finish line, and the Walk does not pause for any reason including bad weather or darkness ; it ends only when one last Walker is left alive.
According to the rules, the Walkers can obtain aid only from the soldiers, who distribute canteens of water and belts packed with food concentrates apparently similar to the ones developed by NASA 's space program just before the Walk begins.
They may request a fresh canteen at any time, and new food supplies are distributed at 9: Walkers may bring anything they can carry, including food or additional clothing, but cannot receive aid from bystanders. They are allowed to have bodily contact with onlookers as long as they stay on the road. While they cannot physically interfere with one another to detrimental effect, they can help each other, provided they stay above four miles per hour.
It is implied that many past winners have died soon after the Walk, due to its hazardous mental and physical challenges. The Long Walk is not only a physical trial, but a psychological one, as the Walkers are continually pressed against the idea of death and their own mortality. One contestant from past years is described as having actually crawled for a distance of two miles at four miles per hour after suffering cramps in both feet.
Several characters suffer mental breakdowns, one of them killing himself by tearing out his throat, and most characters experience some mental degeneration from the stress and lack of sleep. Another Walker, Gary Barkovitch, quickly establishes himself as an external antagonist , as he quickly angers his fellow walkers with multiple taunts of "dancing on their graves". This results in the death of a fellow Walker, Rank, who is ticketed after repeatedly trying to assault Barkovitch. Lastly, the most charismatic and mysterious Walker is a boy named Stebbins.
Throughout the Walk, Stebbins establishes himself as a loner, observing the ground beneath him as he listens to fellow Walkers' complaints, seemingly unaffected by the mental and physical strains. The only character Stebbins truly interacts with is Garraty. Stebbins, however, corrects him: Along the road, the Walkers learn that one of their number, Scramm—initially the heavy odds-on favorite to win the Walk—is married. When Scramm gets pneumonia, the remaining Walkers agree that the winner will use some of the Prize to take care of his pregnant widow, Cathy.
Members of the public interfering with the Walkers can receive an "interference" ticket. This nearly occurs when the mother of a Walker named Percy tries, on several occasions, to get onto the road and find her son at her last attempt, he has already been killed for attempting to sneak away. Only the intervention of the local police keeps her from being executed. The second instance is when a spectator's dog runs across the road in front of the Walkers and is shot.
However, one man is able to throw the Walkers watermelon slices before being hauled away by the police rather than the soldiers; several Walkers receive third warnings after taking the watermelon, but none of them are shot. Garraty becomes closest to McVries, a boy with a prominent facial scar who speculates that his own reason for joining the Walk is a subconscious death wish.