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The Long Walk by Stephen King

The Long Walk (original 1979; edition 1999)

by Stephen King

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Title:The Long Walk
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Signet (1999), Edition: 1st, Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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The Long Walk by Stephen King (1979)

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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 |

3.5 stars

This dystopian-style thriller novel is brutal - there's physical death, sure, but the brutality is more through the struggles of walking so ridiculously far, the psychology of the warnings and not knowing when the next person would fall. Even the horrors of squatting quickly in the street and using the bathroom in front of a crowd. Awful stuff.

You'd think it would be hard to fill a book with a "walk", but King manages it well through tension, suspense, dialogue, developed friendships, different personality types colliding, and the limitations of the human body. I know I definitely couldn't have made it far. Someone told me it was an analogy with the Vietnam war and so many signing up with idealized, youth-filled hope. During the walk itself the boys realized they made a mistake in signing up, that it was too late, that it was horrible, and ended up resenting the crowds, Mayor and those who ran the walk. Would have been so nice to be able to slaughter the crowds and those soldiers! Sickening.

The characters were well-sketched, and I grew attached to some of them. I had no idea who would go and when. King likes shifting POV but he keeps it straight through the main character Garrity this time.

The book was interesting and engaging, although there was some small issues. One is the bizarre focus on sex. I know these are teenage boys but some of this felt misplaced. Also a little of it grew tiresome after awhile, and it was such a bleak feel that is normal in dystopians, but hard to enjoy and follow enough for a higher rating. Also I'd like to have known more details on some of the mains and why they chose to join the walk.

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  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |

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Richard Bachman is a pseudonym used by Stephen King for his early works.

Dystopian novels are very popular these days. When people talk about the Hunger Games, they say it's like Battle Royale. If they know a bit more about the Dystopian genre, it's only a matter of time before the talk comes to The Long Walk, which was written and published long before even Battle Royale.

100 boys start The Long Walk. It's not really clear why they start, there doesn't seem to be real pressure but the winner is promised whatever he wants. They have to run 4 miles/hour until there's only one boy standing. They get three warnings, after which they will be shot.

It was enjoyable story, but I could sense that this was Stephen King's earlier works, as I was missing some explanation as to why they take this run and everything. But that's just a minor point. I would recommend this to people who enjoyed said novels, or like Dystopian novels in general. ( )
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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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An old blue Ford pulled into the guarded parking lot that morning, looking like a small, tired dog after a hard run.
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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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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