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The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom (original 1956; edition 2007)

by Slavomir Rawicz (Author), Ronald Downing (Ghostwriter)

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Title:The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
Authors:Slavomir Rawicz (Author)
Other authors:Ronald Downing (Ghostwriter)
Info:London : Robinson, 2007
Collections:Memoirs, Nonfiction
Tags:incarceration, gulag, survival, soviet union, fugitives

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The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz (1956)

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  athaulf | Apr 13, 2014 |
So, a lot of people say that this is fiction, and I can't say I blame them too much; the bit about the yeti is somewhat difficult to swallow. However, if it isn't true, why would he make it up? Book royalties? I doubt it. Anyway, fiction or not, it's an incredible story of human perseverance and fortitude in the most horrible of conditions. Strongly recommend it. ( )
  bradgers | Feb 6, 2014 |
This book has been disproved as a hoax. I have withdrawn my review as a result. ( )
  labfs39 | Dec 26, 2013 |
Amazing story. Tough to read. ( )
  bwkramer | Nov 19, 2013 |
The Long Walk came about because of a journalist for the London Daily Mail was writing a story on the Abominable Snowman. Ronald Downing was told Slavomir Rawicz had seen the creature. So what started as a story about a yeti gave birth to Rawicz telling his own seemingly incredible tale. Ronald Downing became the ghost writer for the project. The short story: Slawomir Rawicz was imprisoned by the Soviets after the invasion of Poland in World War II. After being sentenced to 25 years of hard labor Rawicz managed to escape and, along with seven other companions, supposedly made a 4,000 mile trek to India. I have some skepticism in my words because some say the story is not true.
True or not, time and time again I was amazed by Rawicz's resolve even if it was only in his head and he had no witnesses. First, during his endless "trial" when he was questioned repeatedly about being a spy. I believe every word. A lesser man would have cracked under the pressure and finally given a false confession. Then, after being sentence to 25 years hard labor in a remote part of northern Siberia Rawicz never gave up believing he could survive his sentence. The idea for escape was planted after being summoned to fix a commandant's radio. Unbelievably, the commandant's wife subtly suggested it to Rawicz. The idea percolated gently while Rawicz worked out the details in his bunk at night. There were so many elements that needed to be in place. He needed men and he needed supplies. Then he needed the perfect storm, a blizzard, to cover his tracks. It reminded me of Shawshank Redemption when Andy Dufresne planned his escape from prison.
Whether Rawicz's story is 100% true or not remains a mystery. There is no one to confirm his story. What remains is an incredible tale about an impossible journey made possible only by hope. ( )
  SeriousGrace | May 6, 2013 |
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In 1941, the author and six fellow prisoners escaped a Soviet labor camp in Yukutsk-a camp where surviving hunger, cold, untended wounds, and untreated illnesses, and avoiding daily executions were everyday feats. Their trek over thousands of miles by foot-out of Siberia and through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet, and over the Himalayas to British India-was a remarkable journey through some of the most inhospitable conditons on the face of the earth. (978-1-59921-975-2)
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Cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and was sent to the Siberian Gulag along with other captive Poles, Finns, Ukranians, Czechs, Greeks, and even a few English, French, and American unfortunates who had been caught up in the fighting. A year later, he and six comrades from various countries escaped from a labor camp in Yakutsk and made their way, on foot, thousands of miles south to British India, where Rawicz reenlisted in the Polish army and fought against the Germans. The Long Walk recounts that adventure, which is surely one of the most curious treks in history.

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Describes the four-thousand-mile journey across the Gobi Desert and the Himalayas of seven men who escaped from a Siberian prison camp.

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