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The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz
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Feb 27, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: travel, location-russia, adventure-and-exploration, around-the-world, 2012-reads
Read in June, 2012

Around The World = Siberia.

I've just finished reading The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz, which, if true, is a simple unembellished telling of an amazing feat of endurance. Rawicz, an officer of the Polish cavalry, is captured by the Soviet forces and imprisoned in a Siberian gulag. With a band of other prisoners, Poles, Lithuanians, a Czech and an American, they escape the camp and travel south. First through Siberia, on a route running parallel to Lake Baikal, before crossing the Trans-Siberian Railway and the Mongolian border. They trek across the Gobi desert and the Tibetan plateau, before finally making their way through the Himalayas into British India.

However, a great amount of criticism has been levelled at the truthfulness of the account, and certain episodes have more than an air of improbability (several days without water in the Gobi; sighting a pair of yetis in the Himalaya). But given that the book was written from memory without notes, in the third or fourth language of the author, several years after events it describes, and deals with an intensely traumatic period of his life, I think that a few fabrications can be forgiven.
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message 1: by Jenny (new)

Jenny That sounds fascinating - thanks for the recommendation.

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