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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), Edition: 1st, Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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The Long Walk by Stephen King (1979)

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I really enjoyed this book! It took me quite a while to get into, but once I got farther into the book I could not put it down! Stephen King is a legend and I'm glad that I got to experience his writing! ( )
  averyplata | Mar 29, 2016 |
I read an article about the book you didn't know Stephen King wrote, or something along those lines. So I had to check it out. I used to be a huge fan of Stephen King. The Dark Tower Series is one of my favorite series. I had high hopes for this book, the idea sounded pretty interesting. It was OK. I liked the characters he created. It got a little tedious and monotonous towards the end. I also still have some unanswered questions...like Why do they do this every year? All in all, it was alright, not sure I'd recommend it or have written an article about how this is THE Stephen King book to read.... ( )
  MinDea | Mar 12, 2016 |
Good characterizations, interesting story, typical Stephen King, pretty gory. ( )
  KathyGilbert | Jan 29, 2016 |
One hundred young people (under 20?) start on a walk (see title). There will be only one winner; the person who is the last man standing. All other competitors will have died, killed by soldiers of the ruling state. The journey's progress is described in approximately 370 pages. Descriptions of most of the 100 participants, the motives for their willing participation, many family backgrounds, and behavioral descriptions of the observing crowds are described.

A detailed observation of an Italian immigrant watermelon salesman attempting to help the walkers is rich in its first presentation and works well together with several other incidents in summary recollections later. The same is true of the description of a walker's aunt whose greatest satisfaction in life is to note the earlier deaths of her relatives and friends.

There is a fun section prior to the beginning of the story titled "The Importance of Being Bachman". Not to be missed for fans of Stephen King. A great author by any other name is...... (still a great author). ( )
  ajarn7086 | Jan 23, 2016 |
Pretty good story, full of the usual Stephen King questions and curiosities. A somewhat similar if simpler story to the Hunger Games that leaves more to the reader's imagination. A good read for any King fan. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 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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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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