The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
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
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
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
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
The author purports to complete this adventure at an extremely interesting time in Eurasian history... Russia was in the high t...more
This has to be by far the most moving, touching and emotive story that I have encountered this year, and which really touched my heart with its undeniably frank and candid message. This heroic tale is told in such a way as to astonish its readers, speaking to your inmost core, as it leaves a mark with those significant words echoing on forever. Rawicz carries his reader along the rock...more
Great story -- recommended for anyone who likes e.g. Endurance Shackleton's Incredible Voyage. Going through snow, desert, mountains, hunger, thirst, and described in a very compelling way.
There is a big downer though: it seems the 'True Story' did not really hap...more
To open, there's question on whether or not this is really a true story or if the author is adding himself in someone else's journey. The BBC did track down an officer who served in India a recalls men entering the country claiming to have made this trek. Read the story, search for different points of view and make up your own mind.
The story opens in 1939, a Polish officer captured by the Soviets is incarcerated. After the obligatory fair trial, he's sentenced to a Siberian labor camp. Together...more
Сибир. Гоби. Хималаите. Концлагер. Глад. Жажда. Студ. Жега. 6500 км. Това е истинска история, ако щете вярвайте.
Да, знам, “Дългата разходка” = Кинг. И на мен ми е сред най-любимите ми негови романи, наред с “То” и “Гробище за домашни любимци”. Но тази дълга разходка е на Славомир Равич и е много, много по-сериозна – това е всъщност и единствената ми критика – рисуваната корица не пасва...more
I recently acquired a copy, and here is the part that I could not swallow as truth – that caused me to doubt the truth of the book. Even in a state of starvation and dehydration, I just couldn’t swallow that a Polish Army officer and his companions cou...more
Chamar-lhe "a longa caminhada" chega a ser irónico. Um ano de pé, a caminhar desde a Sibéria até à India. Um ano em fuga, desde o gelo da Sibéria, até à India, passando pelo calor infernal e mortal do deserto, pelas montanhas fatais, pelo Tibete. Um ano que mostra a força do ser humano, o seu melho...more
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