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The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom [Paperback]

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Pages   245
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.06" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2006
Publisher   The Lyons Press
ISBN  1592289444  
EAN  9781592289448  

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Describes the four-thousand-mile journey across the Gobi Desert and the Himalayas of seven men who escaped from a Siberian prison camp.

Publishers Description
"I hope The Long Walk will remain as a memorial to all those who live and die for freedom, and for all those who for many reasons could not speak for themselves."--Slavomir Rawicz
In 1941, the author and six other fellow prisoners escaped a Soviet labor camp in Yakutsk--a camp where enduring hunger, cold, untended wounds, untreated illnesses, and avoiding daily executions were everyday feats. Their march--over thousands of miles by foot--out of Siberia, through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet, and over the Himalayas to British India is a remarkable statement about man's desire to be free.
While the original book sold hundreds of thousands of copies, this updated paperback version includes a new Afterword by the author, as well as the author's Foreword to the Polish book. Written in a hauntingly detailed, no holds barred way, the new edition of The Long Walk is destined to outrank its classic status and guaranteed to forever stay in the reader's mind. *** Six-time Academy Award-nominee Peter Weir ("Master and Commander, The Truman Show, " and "The Dead Poets Society") recently directed "The Way Back, " a much-anticipated film based on "The Long Walk." Starring Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, and Ed Harris, it is due for release in 2011.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Slavomir Rawicz lived in England after the war, settling near Nottingham and working as a handicrafts and woodworking instructor, a cabinetmaker, and later as a technician in architectural ceramics at a school of art and design. He married an Englishwoman, with whom he had five children. He retired in 1975 after a heart attack and lived a quiet life in the countryside until his death in 2004.

Slavomir Rawicz currently resides in London.

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Endurance in another sense  Nov 25, 2008
It is amazing to find this book and to read so many reviews on it. I first read it when I was 10 years old, forty three years ago to be exact, and I have never forgotten it. I remember as a child being unable to put the book down and the images of swimming the Lena River and tramping through the Gobi Desert have stayed with me all this time. I would need to read it again (with the benefit of the experience of long distance running and a unit in Russian History) to ascertain whether this book could lay claim to reasonable accuracy or whether the survival adventures recounted are impossible as one reviewer has claimed. The believability of the survival notwithstanding, this book makes a great read. That I have remembered it all these years is surely testament to its story telling impact and its endurance.
great book  Nov 2, 2008
I bought this for a friend. I read it a few years ago and loved it.
The Long Walk  Oct 24, 2008
Well written, intense, story of survival, grief, pain and the courage of men hanging on for their freedom. Once started, you cannot put it down.
A Mythic Tale  Sep 20, 2008
The Long Walk is one of the greatest books I have ever read. The decades long battle over its authenticity is, I think, a testament to its power. Only a work of literature that brings such palpable reality to the reader could have withstood the firestorm of controversy surrounding it from so many corners.

Concerning its authenticity, I think there should be some humility shown on all sides. There are those who would desire to believe it simply because it is a great tale. Others would seek to "burst the bubble" of all involved out of a cynical doubt in the human capacity for greatness.

Several considerations should be made when considering the recently revealed documents disproving Rawicz's claims: 1. Rawicz' story is too detailed to have been entirely fabricated. Whether or not he himself participated in the events he describes is doubtful, but that the events themselves or something like them occurred is, in my mind, undeniable; 2. Placing a great deal of trust in Soviet documents from the Stalin era has never been a wise course to take. The fact that Rawicz, according to these documents, rejoined the Polish Army the day after he was released from the Gulag (remarkable considering the debilitating conditions he obviously suffered from in later life due to his imprisonment), make it seem a little too clean.

The most likely occurrence, in my own mind, is that Rawicz appropriated the story from a group of survivors who underwent a journey similar to the one he describes. The BBC article makes this clear:

"A clue may come from the story of Rupert Mayne, a British intelligence officer in wartime India. In Calcutta in 1942, he interviewed three emaciated men, who claimed to have escaped from Siberia.

Mayne always believed their story was the same as that of The Long Walk - but telling the story years later, he could not remember their names. So the possibility remains that someone - if not Rawicz - achieved this extraordinary feat."

Whatever the case, the story Rawicz communicates possesses a majesty and power that can only belong to the annals of Truth.
A real page turner  Aug 28, 2008
The long walk is one hell of an adventure. It is well written and is difficult to put down once you start to read it. I am sceptical whether it is true. Walking across the Kobi desert with no food or water is a bit difficult to believe. I think a bit more research needs to be done to vouch for the veracity of this story. Whether the book is fact or fiction it is still a very interesting story to read.

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