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The Long Walk (original 1979; edition 1999)

by Stephen King

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Title:The Long Walk
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Signet (1999), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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The Long Walk by Stephen King (1979)

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I'm starting to learn not to expect a strong finish when reading King's books, and in that respect this one didn't disappoint. I suppose his books are more about the journey than the destination (The Dark Tower series is a prime example). I enjoyed this one none the less and almost gave it five stars. I listened to the audio version mostly while hiking, which made it all the more interesting given the central theme. ( )
  Charlie_Boling | Apr 19, 2017 |
This was one of the most powerful books I read in 2016. Throughout the novel, I honestly felt like I was walking along with Garraty.

The descriptions felt so real. And once the Walk started, I couldn't put down the book. With every death, I felt my heart break a little more. ( )
  RavenNight | Jan 7, 2017 |
Didn't like how it ended, but I enjoyed the rest. I feel like we need more background (what is the time period? What has happened in America that this is taking place? etc ( )
  Jason_Gatewood | Nov 28, 2016 |
I picked up this book to read from the library, based upon a friend's recommendation. because of the similarities to the Hunger Games.

Overall I was disappointed with the book. The pacing is slow for me, and though on the one hand, a LOT happens in the book, on the other hand, not a lot happens - a bunch of boys are just walking along the road. It's more of a psychological thriller then I thought it would be.

I also had issues with the fact that you learn very little about the back story. It's another one of my pet peeves - I want to know the back story! yes, absolutely, sometimes the lack of a back story makes the book, and sometimes it's deliberate (for a prequel), but it still drives me crazy.

On the other hand (how many hands do I have? grin), the book is very real. The deaths of each individual boy who falls is heartbreaking, whether or not you liked the actual character. The boys supporting one another or taunting one another, and how each one deals with the pain and the madness as the hours creep by... wow... The book is exhausting to read, depressing, and definitely not for everyone. It's not a book I'll ever read again, but it's one I'm glad I read. ( )
  anastaciaknits | Oct 29, 2016 |
The First of May... Right now I'm having mixed feelings about this book. I like the premise and the characters and I did enjoy the story but while they kept walking and walking, I kept waiting and waiting for all these questions in my head to get answered and they really never did. I just personally don't care for ambiguous stories and endings. I wanted to know more about the reason and purpose of the race and what they got out of it in the end but unfortunately it looks like I'll be waiting for as long as they walked. ( )
  EmpressReece | Aug 22, 2016 |
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Wielki Marsz
Jaka jest największa nagroda, którą można sobie wymarzyć? Wielu odpowiedziałoby pieniądze, sława czy władza. Ale jest coż ważniejszego od tych rzeczy. Największą nagrodą jest zachowanie życia. Taką właśnie tematykę podjął Stephen King w książce zatytułowanej "Wielki Marsz". Autor znowu zaskoczył czytelników głębią swojego umysłu. Stworzył bowiem opowieść wciągającą, alegoryczną i tonącą w mrocznym klimacie.

Tym razem S. King mocą swojej wyobraźni przeniósł czytelnika na start wyścigu. Meta natomiast znajduje się tam, gdzie padnie ze zmęczenia przedostatni z zawodników. Raz w roku do Wielkiego Marszu stają młodzi chłopcy z całych Stanów Zjednoczonych. Ich zadaniem jest maszerować tak długo, aż zostanie tylko jeden. Jeden, bo pozostali zginą, jeśli spróbują wycofać się w trakcie wyścigu. Trasa marszu biegnie przez ogromne połacie kraju, a młodzi zawodnicy muszą wędrować niezależnie od warunków pogodowych czy pory dnia.

"Wielki Marsz" S. Kinga opowiada o brutalnej i bezwzglednej rywalizacji. Cel może osiągnąć tylko jedna osoba, a śmiałków jest wielu. Czy w grupie znajdą się ludzie gotowi pomóc słabszym zawodnikom? Czy chęć przetrwania okaże się silniejsza niż ludzkie uczucia?

Wędrując śladem zawodników wyścigu, czytelnik posmakuje napięcia, jakie zbudował S. King. Zagłębi się w mroczny świat, w którym obowiązuje tylko jedna zasada. Za wszelką cenę iść do przodu i nie zatrzymywać się nawet na moment. Tylko wtedy osiągnie się cel podróży i zdobędzie nagrodę.

"Wielki Marsz" to książka dla wszystkich miłośników literatury grozy. Ale z pewnością i inni czytelnicy znajdą interesujące wątki w opowieści S. Kinga. Niewątpliwie domeną tego autora jest to, że potrafi dotrzeć do wielu odbiorców.
 
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"Für mich war das ganze Universum leer, ohne Leben, ohne Sinn, ohne Willenskraft, ja, ohne Feindseligkeit; es war eine einzige, unermesslich große, todbringende Dampfmaschine, die in ihrer tödlichen Gleichgültigkeit vor sich herstampfte und mich Glied für Glied zermalmte. Ein ödes, düsteres, einsames Golgatha, eine Todesmühle! Warum waren die Lebenden, die dorthin verbannt waren, ohne Gefährten? Warum hatten sie ein Bewusstsein? Warum, wenn es keinen Teufel gibt - oder ist der Teufel etwa euer Gott?" - Thomas Carlyle
"Ich möchte jeden Amerikaner ermuntern, so oft wie möglich zu wandern. Es ist nicht nur gesund; es bringt auch Spaß." - John F. Kennedy (1962)
"Die Pumpe ist kaputt, weil die Vandalen den Schwengel mitgenommen haben." - Bob Dylan
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This is for Jim Bishop and Burt Hatlen and Ted Holmes
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An old blue Ford pulled into the guarded parking lot that morning, looking like a small, tired dog after a hard run.
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To me the Universe was all void of Life, or Purpose, of Volition, even of Hostility; it was one huge, dead, immeasurable Steam-engine, rolling on , in its dead indifference, to grind me limb from limb. O vast, gloomy, solitary Golgatha, and Mill of Death! Why was the Living banished thither companionless, conscious? Why, if there is no Devil; nay, unless the Devil is your God." - Thomas Carlyle
"I would encourage every American to walk as often as possible. It's more that healthy; it's fun" - John F. Kennedy (1962)
"The pump don't work 'Cause the vandals took the handle." - Bob Dylan
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Every year, on the first of May, one hundred teenage boys meet for an event known throughout the country as "The Long Walk." Among this year's chosen crop is sixteen-year-old Ray Garraty. He knows the rules: that warnings are issued if you fall under speed, stumble, sit down. That after three warnings...you get your ticket. And what happens then serves as a chilling reminder that there can be only one winner in the Walk - the one that survives... (0-451-19671-6)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451196716, Mass Market Paperback)

On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as ?The Long Walk.? If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying...

On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as ?The Long Walk.? If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying...

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In a futuristic America ruled by ultraconservatives one hundred of the nation's hardiest boys must endure a five-hundred-mile marathon race in order to win fame and fortune

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