Questions About The Long Walk
Answered Questions (14)
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[ My first impression of reading this was that the dark figure represented and maybe was the ghost of every boy who died on the road, and that Garrety…more My first impression of reading this was that the dark figure represented and maybe was the ghost of every boy who died on the road, and that Garrety in that second was dying (I feel that this was foreshadowed in characters saying "no one is a winner") I think when it said he suddenly had the strength to run I think that was his soul leaving his body.(less) (hide spoiler)]
Tom McGraw It does seem like a soft take at some alternate history. Aside from the German assault on the East Coast, I caught one of the boys make a reference to…moreIt does seem like a soft take at some alternate history. Aside from the German assault on the East Coast, I caught one of the boys make a reference to there being 51 states. (less)
Unanswered Questions (7)
Excuse me, but what the fuck is up with that ending? Not the ending on itself but the way it was built up. You can't keep us hanging over the whole book and then end everything in the last two pages, quick and cold. I feel weird.
How does he do it? One can dissect his words, letter by letter, and still fall short of capturing the descriptive power with which he writes this story. I felt the exhaustion. The desperation. The hopelessness of the boys pulled me from page to page. Masterful.
What is the purpose of the long walk? Like, why is it a thing and what purpose does it serve? I know it's like a game show but if the boys know they die then why do they do it?
Did anyone else's copy have the dropout date as April 31st?! Was that an error or intentional and a metaphor to show that no one could actually dropout?
When I first read this book, over twenty plus years ago, it was in a Stephen King compilation book. But, I just recently found this as a stand alone book at Kroger, where I purchased it. This makes me believe that it is going to be made into a movie or tv show. Does anyone know if this is true? I'd love for that to be the case. Thank you in advance.