This is one of the world's greatest stories of adventure, survival and escape. SlavomirRawicz was a young Polish cavalry officer. On 9th November 1939, he was arrested by the Russians and after brutal interrogation in Moscow's infamous Lubyanka prison and a farce of a trial, he was sentenced to 25 years' hard labour in the Gulags, for 'spying'. After a three-month journey to Siberia in the depths of winter, he escaped with six companions, realising that to stay in the camp meant almost certain death. In June 1941, they crossed the trans-Siberian railway and headed south, climbing into Tibet and, finally, freedom nine months later in March 1942, after travelling on foot for 4,000 miles through some of the harshest regions in the world, including the Gobi Desert. By the end, he weighed just five stone and 3 of the 7 had died.
About the Author
Slavomir Rawicz was born in Pinsk in 1915. After his ordeal of The Long Walk he settled in England in 1944 were he remained for the rest of his life working in education. He died in 2004.
"'An inspring tale of human courage and endurance.' Cyril Conolly, The Times"
This is a great book for those who want to read about the determination of a group of people to survive and extricate themselves from a dangerous situation. It tells of their bravery and sheer will to survive that led them from a forced labour camp in Siberia through the steppes of Siberia to the Gobi Desert to get to their final destination, India, without the aid of a caravan or animals. People said travelling through the searing heat of the Gobi Desert couldn't be done, but the survivors did just that. A must read for anyone who enjoys factual historical stories and the sheer courage of survivors.
There is speculation that this never happened that it is purely fictional. Slavomir Rawicz could never have written this unless he had experienced it. Truly incredible story of human endurance and human courage.
I found it hard to put down and will read it again.
This was one of the most incredible stories I ever read,and one of the greatest feats of human endurance ever undertaken. It also told how cruel the human race can be and to what length people will go to secure freedom.
I would recommend this book as it was a great story
Although The Long Walk is well written, that has nothing to do with why it's a good book. People should read this book because it chronicles perhaps the most extraordinary true story of human endurance in recorded history.
Slavomir Rawicz is unjustly imprisoned by the Communist Russians early in World War II. He is confined to a cell so small that he literally cannot sit, but must sleep by collapsing with his knees against the wall and his feet steeped in his own waste. He is later transported to Siberia by train, and then marched through the cold countryside to a Soviet Gulag, witnessing the death by exposure and exhaustion of other unfortunate captives along the way. In the prison camp he is set in forced labor, kept in horrendous conditions, over-worked, and underfed.
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