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The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz
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May 05, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: 20th-centurylit-early, eastern-central-european-lit, russia, wanderlust
Read from July 30 to 31, 2011

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.
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message 1: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Whoa! Now that's a trek.

(This has nothing to do with your review - but it's really pissing me off in my updates feed, some reviews have the images edited out and replaced with "[image]", while others remain. Inevitably it's the images that are incredibly helpful that get edited, and inane ones that are left. Gimme a glass of whine.)

message 2: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Looks very interesting, El.

message 3: by El (new) - rated it 4 stars

El Hah, Cindy. I've noticed that. All the lol-cats that people post are viewable for some reason. Maybe it has to do with where the images are pulled from? I don't get all crazy about it - I just do a Google search, but maybe that's too complicated for GR.

K.D. - it's definitely interesting!

message 4: by Cindy (last edited Aug 01, 2011 01:49PM) (new)

Cindy Oh, that could be it, El! I just looked, and you're hotlinking it from someone else's website. I suppose you could try uploading it to an image server (imgur, photobucket, yfrog, etc.)? Might be wise, because sometimes when people find out their images are hotlinked, they'll put up a nasty picture to embarrass the hotlinker. Which would be kind of funny.

message 5: by El (new) - rated it 4 stars

El Hey, I use images for good, not evil! I kind of think people shouldn't put images out there if they don't want them to be used. But you do bring up a good point. I just don't have the tenacity to go to that kind of trouble right now. I'm happy to remove any images if anyone asks me due to copyright or yada yada yada. :) Actually in the past I have tried to source where I pull images from, but I think I've gotten lazy on that too.

message 6: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Haha - laziness makes the heart grow fonder.

It's not copyright that's the issue, it's server bandwidth. Whoever is hosting that image pays for every upload. Which is part of the yada, yada, yada.

Wouldn't it be kinda awesome, though, if some unicorn porn replaced one of your review images?

message 7: by El (new) - rated it 4 stars

El See, I know nothing about this stuff, so it's good you said something.

Oh, yeah, unicorn porn would be great. Preferably in one of my Russian reviews. :)

message 8: by Cindy (new)

Cindy OMG, Solzhenitsyn unicorn porn!!

I doubt you'd ever have problems here... it's a big no no for popular sites to hotlink, because their high pageviews can take down those smaller sites.

The only other problem you may want to consider is if a small site is hosting the image and the site goes away or removes the image, it's gone from your review, too. If you copy and re-post it at an image hosting site, it's likely to remain intact.

There's a hilarious example of someone messing with a hotlinked image. The National Organization for Marriage (gag, puke) incorrectly thought a cartoon from SMBC was anti-gay marriage, and hotlinked it on their blog. (It was just a goofy cartoon.) So the cartoonist brilliantly posted this instead: http://gizmodo.com/5751795/cartoonist...

Okay, I'll leave the hotlinking alone now, and go Google: Russian unicorn porn.

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