The Long Walk

The Long Walk

The True Story of A Trek to Freedom

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"I hope The Long Walk will remain as a memorial to all those who live and die for freedom, and for all those who for many reasons could not speak for themselves."--Slavomir Rawicz In 1941, the author and six other fellow prisoners escaped a Soviet labor camp in Yakutsk--a camp where enduring hunger, cold, untended wounds, untreated illnesses, and avoiding daily executions were everyday feats. Their march--over thousands of miles by foot--out of Siberia, through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet, and over the Himalayas to British India is a remarkable statement about man's desire to be free. While the original book sold hundreds of thousands of copies, this updated paperback version includes a new Afterword by the author, as well as the author's Foreword to the Polish book. Written in a hauntingly detailed, no holds barred way, the new edition of The Long Walk is destined to outrank its classic status and guaranteed to forever stay in the reader's mind. *** Six-time Academy Award-nominee Peter Weir (Master and Commander, The Truman Show, and The Dead Poets Society) recently directed The Way Back, a much-anticipated film based on The Long Walk. Starring Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, and Ed Harris, it is due for release in 2011.
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, 2016.
ISBN: 9781493022618
Branch Call Number: 940.5472 RAW
Characteristics: x, 277 p. : map ; 23 cm.

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pierce_b
Aug 25, 2017

Its a good book to read but I'm having a hard time believing it. The distance the group traveled would be close to walking across America plus they walked across a desert.

Survival shows on TV always stress how important it is to have a water source and quickly
after getting out of the mountains which the snow would provide water I don't see how they could make it for hundreds and hundreds of miles.

I'm treating this book as Fiction, but its still a good read. :)

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flyfisher88
May 21, 2016

A few years ago I read an in depth article concerning the authenticity of the author's events. Some of the events didn't mesh up. One thing I do remember is that the writer interviewed an officer of the British Army who did say he remembered a ragtag bunch coming into his camp when he was stationed in India - so the story may be true. Nevertheless, its a great read.....except the part about the yeti's..........I'm a bit skeptical of that stuff.

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charris1948
Jan 11, 2015

Amazing story.

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di0nysus
Nov 10, 2014

A great book. Very hard to put down. The movie was terrible compared to the book. I was disappointed in the screenplay but the book is amazing.

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iw2h4up
Jan 29, 2013

I first read this book in 1957 just after it was first published. I read it again in 1983 and twice since then. It is the best book I've ever read.

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robbanks
Aug 13, 2012

Listened to the audiobook. Great story, kept me into it the whole time. But, I have to ask - why the heck did they bother to cook all the snakes??

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aaronjhill
Jun 05, 2012

I loved reading this book. It is one of my favorites.

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t0mma
May 30, 2012

Excellent book. good movie too.

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bu880357
Mar 27, 2012

One exceptional book and should be read by everyone who thinks times are tough now. Skillfully written and a book you do not want to put down!
Saw the movie but the book is far better, with much greater details about this journey.

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Liber_vermis
Jan 12, 2012

An incredible story of wartime hardship, initiative and endurance. Is it true or fiction? If you read the accounts of early European explorers in central Asia and Tibet, such as Sven Hedin and Francis Younghusband, one finds it hard to imagine a small band of refugees succeeding in this trek without local guidance and knowhow. Prisoners did escape from the POW camps in Siberia but they followed routes east through China or southwest through Persia. Rawicz's tale may be a composite of portions of the escapes of other people. The detail that casts the biggest question mark over the account is his encounter with a yeti. Very readable and fast paced regardless of its veracity.

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