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Długi Marsz

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  8,013 ratings  ·  1,542 reviews
Cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and was sent to the Siberian Gulag along with other captive Poles, Finns, Ukranians, Czechs, Greeks, and even a few English, French, and American unfortunates who had been caught up in the fighting. A year later, he and six comrades from various countries escap...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published 2011 by Wydawnictwo Gord (first published 1956)
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Ed
Jul 01, 2008 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in what humans can endure and still survive
Recommended to Ed by: Warren B. Jones
There is much controversy as to whether this account is fact or fiction. I googled the author's name and the book title and after reading dozens of articles and opinions, I'm still not sure, though I lean towards thinking that the narrative is actually a composite of a number of experiences including Rawicz's.

As was said in an account on the web entitled "#18 Anderson's Long Walk Expedition", in which a group of people retraced Rawicz's journey, although on camels not on foot:

Attempting to find...more
Tj
Feb 24, 2008 Tj rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in reading
I found this book truly inspirational and gripping. I read it in 2 nights. There is some banter about whether or not it is true. I'm still not decided on what I think about this debate. What I do know, from having lived in Russia for a number of years and having toured an obscure KGB "prison" in Lithuania 3 times, that the author's description of his torture in Minsk and in Moscow were especially haunting. From what I saw in Vilnius, he was actually given light treatment. Some of the rooms in th...more
Gary
A memoir must be an unrewarding thing to write today. So many have been discredited as either full of untruths or completely fabricated. Jerzy Kosinski's "Painted Bird", Carlos Casteneda's "The Teaching of Don Juan", more than a few of Oprah-publicized books, and now (a revelation for me) "The Long Walk", a book that has sold half a million copies since it was first published in 1956. I started to get suspicious about 1/3 of the way through this book. There were too many implausible incidents, s...more
Jrobertus
The Long Walk, by Slavomir Rawicz, purports to be the true story of an heroic flight to freedom. He claims to have been a Polish officer grabbed by the Russians in 1939, imprisoned and marched to "camp 303" in Siberia. From there he and six companions escape, with the help of the commandants wife. THey begin a year long trek south, past Lake Baikal, through Mongolia, across the Gobi, over Tibet and to India and freedom. Hurray! What a triumph of the human spirit. The book had the taint of improb...more
Buggy
Opening Line: “It was about nine o’clock one bleak November day that the key rattles in the heavy lock of my cell in the Lubyanka Prison and the two broad-shouldered guards marched purposely in.”

Wow what an amazing story, epic is I guess more the word I’m looking for. I read this after watching the movie The Way Back and as is usually the case the book is much better, vastly different yet obviously maintaining the gist of the year long trek across an entire continent to freedom. As a point of in...more
El
I'm not going to get all wrapped up in whether or not this account is true as the book claims. It's a remarkable story regardless, much like the book I just read, Das Boot: The Boat, was a remarkable story and may have some kernels of truth from the author's real life. The story itself is good and empowering, and that's all that really matters to me.



That's a lot of walking, even for fictional characters.
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Amazing true account of courage and determination. 4.5 stars.
This group of men escaped from a Siberian prison camp in 1941 and spent a year making their way to safety in India. They crossed very harsh terrain including the Gobi Desert and the Himalayas. Sadly, not all of them survived the journey.
Most interesting were the locals they met along the way, especially the Mongolians and Tibetans.
Very well edited and not too long. Reads like a novel.
Lee Bridgers
Nov 17, 2009 Lee Bridgers added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who believes the Bible is literally true
Recommended to Lee by: no one
This book was a real disappointment, so stupid a lie that it is almost as hard to believe that so many people fall for it--oh well, the Bible comes to mind. I love non-fiction, especially books on mid 20th century history. I had just finished reading One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and found this book in the Falcon Press racks at an airport. I began to read it, and inch by inch I started to feel the lie. Ivan Denisovich is a made-up story (based on the author's actual experience, but fict...more
Julia
An amazing true story of the human spirit's will to live. Russia invaded Poland in 1939 and took hundreds of thousands of Polish soldiers prisoner...

One man, the author of this book, not only survived torture in Russian hands, and an inhumane train ride and walk to a Siberian labor camp... but after all that, he decided to escape. He recruited 6 other prisoners to join him and the 7 of them walked to India. Through Siberian blizzards, the Gobi desert's deadly heat, the treacherous landscape of t...more
Chrissie
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Misty Hobbs
Cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and was sent to the Siberian Gulag ...more. This book has had a huge influence in my life. It is the book that I read when I need to be reminded of how much the human heart and body can endure. It is the story I think of when I feel that my life is out of my control. When I need to be reminded that my life is not that bad that I really don't have it as tough as I think I do. What Raw...more
Chana
Slavomir Rawicz is in the Polish army and is arrested by the Russians, accused of spying. He spends a year in Russian prison, then is given a trial and sentenced to 25 years labor. He is transported by train from Moscow to Irkutsk, then is on a forced march in chains with hundreds of other prisoners to Camp 303 in Northern Siberia. After a few months he decides to escape, gathers a group of like minded men, is helped by the Camp Commander's wife who is sympathetic. They successfully escape the c...more
Amy
Perhaps I’ve been missing references to this book and gulags for years, but now I see them everywhere. The night after I finished this book, I laughed uproariously to find this book (and its movie) being referenced in the new Muppets movie. I think I was the only person in the theater who got the joke when the actress that played Christina in the movie started doing ballet against scene cuts of Muppets treacherously traversing snowy mountains and hot deserts to get to Kermit the Frog in his Sibe...more
Avtar Dhaliwal
Feb 13, 2012 Avtar Dhaliwal is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I am on page 79 in the book, right now the book is really taking a new step. (view spoiler) I think that this book really represents dehumanisation with the treatment of the main characters, and comradship with the pri...more
Eris
Well written history, with all of the elements of travel survival that make your pulse quicken... It is not an easy read, there are many places where you will wince and want to turn away - but it is a history important to note. Stalinist Russia was full of bizarre and improbable cruelties, we should never forget the lives that were devastated by the tangled web of paranoia and totalitarianism.

On another level, the human survival story is inspiring and jaw dropping. The things these human beings...more
Katy
This has been on my shelf for years and I've no clue what took me so long to read it. Epic true story of prisoners escaping from a Siberian work camp and WALKING to India...yeah, look at a map on that folks. Through Siberia, Russia, Mongolia, China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet, the Himalayas...that's a lot of geography and all on foot. Mind boggling.

One thing that struck me early on as he was talking about his initial capture and how they tried to torture him into confessing...next generation reading...more
Tyler Carlson
The long Walk is a story of one man and his magnificent walk to freedom. The book is about a man named Slavomir Rawicz and how he escaped the Russian soviets. It begins by Slavomir talking about himself and telling of the role he played before arrested by the Russians. Slav was a Polish man who served in the Polish army. But according to the Russians Slav was a polish spy and they arrested him. After interrogating him in 1941 he was sentenced to do 25 years in prison in Siberia. Without being a...more
Fredrick Danysh
After Germany and Russia partitioned Poland just before World War II made them enemies, the Russians arrested Polish cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz at his home. Tortured and imprisoned for months, Ramicz was then sent to a slave labor camp in Siberia with a twenty-five year sentence. A few months later and six others escape and set off on a foot trek across southern Russia, the Gobi Desert, and the Himalayan Mountains. I first read this book for the first time about 50 years ago.
Lisa
This was a good read but I would like to respectfully disagree with the second half of the title and that's unfortunate. I sure hope it was a "mostly true story" or I just read a work of complete fiction. Being invaded by Hitler on one side and Stalin on the other with the massacre of so many in the middle is more than tragedy. Embellishments take away from the true horror.

It's well written, brutal,interesting, and seems to be factual. So much lost. I know people with Polish grandmothers who ha...more
Tracey
It’s a great tale, but it really doesn’t ring true.
Nice touch with the Yeti.

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Toni
Jul 24, 2008 Toni rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lynne
An amazing story of how much humans are able to endure. Yes, there are many doubters as to the veracity of both the author and the story. Even if it is only partially true, or a compilation of several people's experience, The Long Walk is truly a remarkable read.
Amy Ernest
In the past few years I haven't read many books mostly due to school but this one I think I read in 2004 and stands out as a pretty neat story of survival....
Jessi
This is a really great story though extremley depressing, but when you hear prisoner of war and Siberian prison camp it ain't gonna be unicorns and rainbows.

This is the amazing tale a prisonor who escapes this wretched prison camp in Siberia with 6 friends and they travel through the epic forests to getaway. They go to mongolia, western china, tibet and all through to India. It is cold then it is hot then it gets cold again and then.... you guessed it more hot.
Halfway through reading this I fou...more
Rebecca
This is the true story of 7 men who were unjustly imprisoned in communist Russia during WWII. They escaped from a Russian prison in Siberia and traveled over 4000 miles on foot to freedom in British ruled India. The story is fascinating and heart wrenching. The conditions that they traveled through were beyond comprehension. They escaped in the middle of a Siberian winter, traveled through a desert in Southern Mongolia, crossed the Himalayan mountains. They were starving and broken. There were s...more
Katie
This book says it's the "true story of a trek to freedom" and I began reading it as such. It takes the reader on a harrowing journey beginning with Soviet imprisonment where the Polish author is eventually sentenced to 25 years in a Siberian labor camp. The trip to the labor camp alone was a torturous mix of walking and riding in a packed rail car. Once at the camp, the author begins making plans and choosing associates to break out. His group of 6 prisoners is ultimately successful... and so be...more
Amy
I am constantly amazed at the human spirit and will to survive. I often wonder, after reading books like this, if I would be one to make it. I'm not sure I would. This reminds me of Life and Death in Shanghai and of David Faber's story. How is it possible for humankind to be so diverse and affected by governments that you would find it in yourself to treat people the way prisoners are treated at times? How can you be so convinced of the "common good" that you allow yourself to degrade another li...more
Jim
The Long Walk is really three stories in one. There is a story of imprisonment, a story of escape, and a story of an unbelievable flight to freedom. The author, Slavomir Rawicz, was a young Polish Cavalry officer who fought against the Nazi invasion from the west in 1939 . . . the beginning of World War II. At the same time, of course, the Soviet Union invaded Poland from the east. When Poland lost, Rawicz fell under suspicion of the Communist occupiers of his homeland and was arrested. He was t...more
Dave Gaston
This is a classic World War II war story on par with, Solzhenitsyn’s, “Gulag Archipelago”. “Long Walk” was written in the 50’s, but comes to us at present so clean and sparse it feels almost contemporary (Cormac McCarthy style). And what a perfect timbre for a death march trough Siberia and the Gobi Desert! The story of the Russian Work Camp escape is sensational and needs little adornment. Still, Rawkz adds color and personality to the epic adventure and in doing so elevates it close to the zen...more
Scot
This is certainly a remarkable tale, purportedly a factual account of how seven prisoners held in a 1941 Soviet prison camp in the frozen wastes of Siberia effect an escape and make a determined long, painful walk towards freedom. The narrator is a Pole who got caught in the partition of his homeland, and the first part of the book recounts how he came to be sent to the Gulag. Once there, with ingenuity, well chosen comrades, and incredible luck, he masterminds a breakout, and we then follow the...more
Molly
So...here's the deal...

I totally would've given this 5 stars because it was an amazing story of survival and the human will to overcome difficult challenges. That being said, when I had like 30 pages left, I googled the author to see if he was still alive and what I discovered were a whole bunch of articles (including a BBC documentary) that exposes him as a fake! It said he could never prove that he was there when the story takes place and all this other stuff, so I don't know if it's true or n...more
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Sławomir Rawicz was a Polish Army lieutenant who was imprisoned by the Soviets after the German-Soviet invasion of Poland. In a ghost-written book called The Long Walk, he claimed that in 1941 he and six others had escaped from a Siberian Gulag camp and walked over 6,500 km (4,000 mi) south, through the Gobi Desert, Tibet, and the Himalayas to finally reach British India in the winter of 1942. In...more
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