The Long Walk: The Story that Inspired the Major Motion Picture: The Way Back Paperback – 16 Dec 2010
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One of the most epic treks of the human race...It must be read - and re-read. (Sebastian Junger)
An heroic tale desperately live and compellingly told, Rawicz carries us with each weakening step, sustained by his simple undying vision of the liberty that lies beyond the cruel emptiness of Siberia and the sterile gravles of the Gobi. The Long Walk is an odyssey through the wastelands of Asia and the vastness of the soul - a classic of triumph over despair, of beauty found in the Void. (Benedict Allen)
Positively Homeric. (Cyril Connolly, The Times)
A classic of epic endurance now a major motion picture, The Way Back, starring Ed Harris, Mark Strong and Colin Farrell, directed by Peter Weir.See all Product Description
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It's a great story of the hardships endured by prisoners of the Russian system in the early years of world war 2 and covers the capture of Slavomir Rawics while an officer in the Polish cavalry, his interrogation in Russia (for the crime of being a Polish cavalry officer) and the train journey and forced march to the Siberian prison camp with many deaths along the way. With the co-operation of the commandant's wife he has the opportunity to escape and finally does so with a small group of like minded prisoners.
Then begins another long period of torment as they set out to walk south to freedom, which they finally achieve in India.
A great read.
Some months later . .
Since writing the review above I have come across criticism and a heated debate over the possibility that this book was not written by the author but plagiarised from another's work and dressed up considerably.
The thought this may be so was disappointing but on examining the evidence I find myself still believing in the authenticity of this book and the author. There are too many questions of a fundamental nature that even the author's detractors do not address and some take on controversial elements in the book and use prejudice as part of the argument to undermine the whole thing.
The author is no longer around to defend himself - how many times does THAT happen! - and so it is ultimately left to the reader to decide and then it becomes a matter of opinion. I do, however, believe in the book, the story and the author and the more I consider it the more I find reasons to. Unfortunately detractors find the sounds of their own voices preferable to reasoned and considered thought.
Buy this book, be inspired and be moved.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book and well written. I read it after seeing the film and, for me, that was probably the right way round.Published 28 days ago by Gerrye
Nice read. Kept my attention all the way. I was rooting for the lads from start to finish. A nice story if you are traveling.Published 1 month ago by Dermot
I bought this after watching the film based in the book. It was a good read and hard to put the book downPublished 1 month ago by flowerinapot
This a very well writon I actully know the auther I courted his daughter about 55yrs ago with every thing he has suffered people certanly myself will be amazed to here that he is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aitchesin