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The Long Walk [Mass Market Paperback]

Stephen King
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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Book Description

7 Dec 2001
On the first day of May, one hundred teenage boys meet for an event known throughout the country as "The Long Walk." If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc; Open market ed edition (7 Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780451196712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451196712
  • ASIN: 0451196716
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 6.8 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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102 of 104 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Long Walk - The Ultimate Reality Gameshow 14 April 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Originally published as one of the "Bachman Books" The long walk centres around a young man named Ray Garraty who decides to enter a competition called the Long Walk, whereby one hundred competitors literarally walk until they drop, with anyone who drops below four miles per hour being brutally dispatched by a group of heartless soldiers until only one is left. Why compete? Because of the ultimate prize - anything he desires. The book charts his mental decline as he walks hundreds of miles, gradually becoming attatched to some of his fellow walkers, all the while knowing that if he lives, they cannot. Similar in theme to "the Running Man", another book originally released in this compendium, this is King (or Bachman) at his best, with the tale mixing "Stand By Me" style themes of friendship amongst adversity with scenes of total horror. The only question is: how did King think he would continue to write under a psuedonym when these tales of the macabre could so clearly only ever have came from one man?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bachman style... 7 Mar 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read The Long Walk under Kings' other name; Richard Bachman when I was just 14. 10 years on and King is still taking up all the room on my bookcase. The way he takes such a simple plot and turns it into a mind gripping psychological thriller every time amazes me. This is such a simple yet brilliant story that all die-hard King fans should read.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
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Before Bachman's untimely death of "cancer of the seudonym", Stephen King wrote some of his most original work. "The Long Walk" is an example. It is like the spitting image of "The Body", since both deal with the same subject: the loss of innoncence. But where "The Body" is an elegy to long gone friends, "The Long Walk" is an scary tale of the erosion of childhood dreams.
The premise is simple: 100 teenagers will walk, non-stop, until they drop one by one and are terminated, and the last one standing will be granted whatever his heart fancies. Around it King spools a gothic yarn of classic treatment. The kids that take the Walk go in expecting to fight only physical exhaustion. Slowly, they find out their enemy is a different one: MADNESS.
Anybody wishing to take a walk on the dark side, come along. They are about to start...
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just keep picking em up, and laying em down... 1 Aug 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Long Walk is simply exhausting to read. I found myself keep drifting in and out of sleep, needing to eat, drink, and use the bathroom. But most of all, my feet ached a little more after each page. This is not because the book was bad and that I was losing attention, it was simply because I was so involved in the story. I was walking WITH them.The premise is simple and I'm sure if you're reading this review you're aware of what its about. The fact that the story is so simple, allows for it to become deeper on so many different levels.

At the end of the book I found myself questioning everything, not because the ending left me unfulfilled but because it made me realise so much about life.

The Long Walk is depressing, exhausting and brutal. But ultimately it is a beautiful story that makes you aware how great it is to be alive.

At this time of writing this review (1st August 2007), the rights to making a film have been bought by Frank Darabont, director of the Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. I read The Long Walk as part of the Richard Bachman compilation of 4 novels, Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork and The Running Man.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a compelling, thought-provoking book. 30 Jun 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Easily the most compelling and thought-provoking novel written by the late Richard Bachman, " The Long Walk " rarely fails to deliver the goods. More a morality tale than a run of the mill horror story, the plot centers around a grotesque contest of will where the winner is rewarded with all that his heart desires, and the losers pay with their lives. The young man at the center of this madness is a frightened 16 year old named Raymond Garraty, who, along with the circle of other young men he befriends during the course of their journey, quickly run the gamut from feeling excitement at the beginning of the walk, to alternately feeling scared, repulsed, and worst of all, tired. Tired is what the reader will feel at the end of this book, having felt like they made the walk themselves. A truly frightening look at what could be in the years to come.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will be with them every step of the way 6 Dec 2007
By Bezerus Bezby VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of King's finest tales- a brutal depiction of America as a militant state, where the mysterious major has devised a gruelling marathan- a 450 mile walk. It's only as the walk gets underway that you realise that opting out essentially means being shot.

King creates a vivid picture of the hopelessness and pain the long walkers experience. If you want to win, you must accept that all those with you must die. Ray Garraty, the hero of the story, questions why he entered the competition but never seems to question why it exists.

So well does King set the scene, that I swear my feet ached after reading this book. It is by no means a cheerful tale, but it is a tale of friendship, hope over adversity, tragedy and mildly like George Orwell's 1984. This is one of King's finest- certainly in the same league as the Shawshank redemption. It is also very moving and I will admit to shedding a tear or two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the long walk
I'm amazed that this isn't one of Stephen Kings better know books. A simple, but brilliant, frightening and mesmerising story.
Published 1 month ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent...absolutely excellent
I'd read a lot about The Long Walk but had never read it until now. King claims it was the first novel he ever wrote and there are many people who claim that it is actually King's... Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. M. Dobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
This in my opinion is a masterpeice. In other books, King rambles a little but this story is beautifully observed, concise with just the right amount of horror and humour mixed... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Graham A. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic
For the lovers of King a must have. If you haven't read it buy it. As always you get what you ask for.
Published 7 months ago by vasos panayiotou
5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve kinds of awesome
The ending left me a little wanting but I still enjoyed it thoroughly which is much more than I can say for novels without a cut and dry end.
Published 10 months ago by Zartan Bombasto
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I did not think for one moment that I would not enjoy this book when I bought it. Stephen Kink at his best.
Published 10 months ago by John Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange
Interesting book - comparisons with Vietnam War make good food for thought. Richard Bachmann books are different from Stephen Kings normal stories.
Published 11 months ago by Anthea Hilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I am a fan of Stephen King and have read many of his books. I will read others from this author.
Published 11 months ago by Chris Smyth
3.0 out of 5 stars boring book
Book arrived in good time and good quality. Different to the picture and hard back. Boring story though. Never mind
Published 14 months ago by fee
4.0 out of 5 stars Do The Math
Great book, original idea, but.
No one has done the math, or asked how reasonable it is.
An hour of 4mph is 400 calories. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. Anthony JONES
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