The Long Walk Mass Market Paperback – 7 Dec 2001
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About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes the short story collection" The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes "(an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel), " Doctor Sleep, " and "Under the Dome". His novel "11/22/63" a recent Hulu original television series event was named a top ten book of 2011 by The" New York Times" "Book Review "and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
During the years 1966-1973, Stephen King was actually two men. Stephen King wrote (and sold) horror stories to magazines such as "Cavalier" and "Adam, " while Richard Bachman wrote a series of novels that would not be published until the early 1980s and were then collected as "The Bachman Books." Bachman died of pseudonym cancer in 1985, shortly after another of his novels, "Thinner, " was attributed to Stephen King; but a sixth Bachman novel, "The Regulators, " surfaced in 1995 and was published simultaneously with Stephen King's "Desperation, " to which it bore a weird resemblance. "Blaze" -- both brutal and sensitive -- was the last novel written during Bachman's early period. It is his legacy.
King's proceeds from "Blaze" will be donated to The Haven Foundation, which supports freelance artists. --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
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...
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was literally unputdownable. I started reading it it 11.45 one evening shortly after I had ordered it, and finished the following morning at 4. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Blackpoolnurse
Not quite up to King standard this novel. Can easily understand why it was originally published under the Bachman pseudnym. Still an enjoyable read, and quickly consumed :-)Published 3 months ago by Idar Haugen
I thought I had read all the Bachman books then found this...a disturbing tale of a long walk !Published 7 months ago by steven lloyd