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The Long Walk Mass Market Paperback – 7 Dec 2001

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Product details

  • 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: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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horror stories to magazines such as "Cavalier" and "Adam, " while Richard Bachman wrote a series of novels that would not be published until the early 1980s and were then collected as "The Bachman Books."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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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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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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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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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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What a story!!For such a simple plot,King builds up characters you can really identify with and feel for.The reader can feel the fear and pain along with his or her favourite character.With the advent of reality T.V.,one feels this tale is not set in too distant a future,and that scares me as much as the guards in the book,and the punishments for walking slower than 3 miles per hour.The cameraderie built up between the walkers is admirable,and displays King,s faith in the human creature.There are similarities between this and Mr.King,s "Running Man" but I do not see this as a fault,just a need to re-tell a fantastic story.This does not have the speedy action of "Running Man" or the out and out horror of "Carrie",but I found it really creepy in a disturbing my sense of right and wrong way.One feels for the "heroes"of the walk,but surely greed was their motivation to start the walk,so one cannot help but think "well you asked for it".A great read
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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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