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The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz
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Feb 18, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: asia-africa, biographies-memoirs
Read from February 13 to 18, 2012

The story is 5*; the writing knocked it down to 4*. The vocabulary was quite good for a sort of translation (the story is a Pole's, and he shared it with a Brit), but the sentence structure and grammar were poor. Still, it was a captivating read. I didn't anticipate enjoying it much, but it was really hard to put down. It's a short read, but very powerful and moving. It's an incredible story of human endurance and stamina - all to break free. I found it difficult to comprehend that anyone could make it so far in such impossible and varying conditions. I felt really grateful throughout, and it's another one of those rare reads I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone and everyone.
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Jared Gillins You didn't find it a little hard to swallow? The yetis? The amount of time they were able to walk through the Gobi without a drop of water? The Yetis? The complete lack of any ability to produce corroborating evidence or secondary testimony? THE YETIS?


Jill Oh, I don't much concern myself much with the truth or lack thereof in "true stories." While it's certainly unethical to pitch things as true when they're not, it doesn't make much difference in causing me to reflect, so I'm content regardless. Seems to me a lot of so-called "true stories" are too incredible to swallow - or at least bits of them are...and then later the fraud is often exposed. Since nobody's asking for money (which does bother me), I just blow it off and enjoy the read.


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