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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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best best best, short story. i loved it. soooo intense. ( )
  nmg1 | Mar 20, 2015 |
This was one of the most terrifying books I've read in a while. ( )
  tayitude | Mar 8, 2015 |
This was one of the most terrifying books I've read in a while. ( )
  tayitude | Mar 8, 2015 |
READ IN DUTCH

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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. ( )
  Floratina | Jan 4, 2015 |
It's pretty unbelievable that one can write about walking for a couple hundred pages. Leave it to the horror/ gross out master himself.

This is an older book, it doesn't flow as well as his newer ones, I can see the tactics he's using, and it really helps. ( )
  imaginationzombie | Sep 28, 2014 |
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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...

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:57:21 -0400)

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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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