One of the best survival stories ever written, The Long Walk is a reminiscence of a walk to freedom from a Siberian prison camp to British India. The story is told factually, almost emotionlessly, never telling the reader how she ought to feel, instead allowing the enormity of what the men endured to wrench the reader's gut. The result is a breathtaking read about the sheer will to survive. It ought to be required reading for everyone who's ever complained....Continua
This account of an escape from a Russian labour camp in Siberia is breathtaking. It tells of prisoners of the Russians being transported to Siberia. That journey is horrendous. The camp, however, is not so difficult for the prisoners, but Rawicz plans an escape. He has done nothing wrong, but because he lives on the Russian border and speaks Russian, he has been arrested as a spy. An opportunity gives him the break he needs and, with a few others, he gets away without being detected. Their journey takes them over 4000 miles across Siberia, Mongolia, Tibet and India. It is an amazing journey, a quite remarkable story.
It was only recently that I discovered that the authenticity of the account has been questioned. Some have searched for records to confirm the story without finding supportive evidence. Though others are convinced the story is true. In 2005 a team followed the route that the escapees took. They also searched for evidence to confirm the authenticity of 'The Long Walk' but could find none to confirm or deny that it took place....Continua