This book ranks up there with other accounts of great courage such as Touching the Void and Alfred Lansing's Endurance. It is deeply inspiring and where others have questioned its authenticity, I question whether it matters. In fact, those who claim it did not happen, or it was not the author who undertook this journey are simply killing any inspiration the book can offer the reader and parading their over-confident yet dubious insight into an event at which they were not present.
What this book offers is profound encouragement to be strong in the face of adversity and relentless in your belief of survival. I therefore personally believe it makes a most fitting tribute and metaphor for the resent history of Poland and the terrible things that incredible country and people have experienced, endured, and, not only ultimately survived but are quickly and unbelievably recovering from in the past 100 years.