The long walk by Slavomir Rawicz; 20 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Biography, Concentration camp escapes, Description and. Read The Long Walk PDF - The True Story Of A Trek To Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz Lyons Press | I hope The Long Walk will remain as a. Editorial Reviews. optorluhocep.ml Review. Cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in during the German-Soviet partition of Poland.
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I recommend reading the book, if for no other reason, than to make up your own mind about the controversy surrounding its veracity.
View all 9 comments. Sep 08, Clif Hostetler rated it it was ok Shelves: When this novel was first published in it created a sensation.
It claimed to be a memoir of a man, who with seven others, had escaped from a Siberian prison work camp in and managed to walk all the way to British India. The story was eagerly consumed by the cold war era public who were enamored by the tale of an escape from the evil empire of the Soviet Union.
It was an incredible story of endurance that required walking across the Gobi Desert and over the Himalayan Mountains. Research When this novel was first published in it created a sensation. Research of Soviet records since the cold war has revealed that while it is true that the author had been a prisoner in Siberia in the early s, he did not escape in the manner described in this book.
Instead he was released as part of a general amnesty and subsequently transported across the Caspian Sea to a refugee camp in Iran. He did end up living in Britain and probably passed through India on the way there. I'm surprised that anybody believed the story in the first place because of its many technical flaws. If the author had called the book a novel I would criticize for being unrealistic and in need of additional research into means of survival in the desert and mountains.
Unfortunately, the author claimed it to be a true memoir of his experiences. I say unfortunate because it clearly makes him to be a liar.
If there is any possibility of truth in the story it may be that Slavomir Rawics stole the story from another person who actually walked such a journey. I think it's possible that prisoners from Siberia managed to escape to India, but I'm quite confident that they didn't do it by walking across the Gobi without equipment and a map. Their crossing of the Himalayas has similar problems. And the book's claim that they saw Abominable Snowman i.
The Yeti establishes the fact beyond all doubt that the book is fiction, and fiction not very well done. But the fact remains that the idea of escaping from Siberia to India is a heck of a story.
The movie " The Way Back " is based on this book. Maybe the movie is more realistic, but I've not seen the movie so I can't judge it. The movie's popularity caused the book to be republished and consequently brought to my attention. You can read more about the controversy regarding the authenticity of the book at this Wikipedia article. In he and six fellow prisoners escaped and, with only an ax head and a makeshift knife, trekked thousands of miles through Siberian tundra, the Gobi desert, and over the Himalayas to freedom in British-occupied India.
View all 8 comments. Feb 24, Tj rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I found this book truly inspirational and gripping. I read it in 2 nights. There is some banter about whether or not it is true.
I'm still not decided on what I think about this debate. What I do know, from having lived in Russia for a number of years and having toured an obscure KGB "prison" in Lithuania 3 times, that the author's description of his torture in Minsk and in Moscow were especially haunting.
From what I saw in Vilnius, he was actually given light treatment. Some of the rooms in th I found this book truly inspirational and gripping.
Some of the rooms in that prison possess possibilities for torture that normal humans can barely comprehend. I have no doubt that if Slavomir had been a prisoner of war in Siberia records indicate he was then he most likely experienced what he claims on the way to camp As for his escape, I also know many Mongols, and they are as kind as he describes.
All in all, an excellent read, fiction or fact. I recommend it to all. View 1 comment. Dec 31, Gary rated it did not like it. A memoir must be an unrewarding thing to write today. So many have been discredited as either full of untruths or completely fabricated.
Jerzy Kosinski's "Painted Bird", Carlos Casteneda's "The Teaching of Don Juan", more than a few of Oprah-publicized books, and now a revelation for me "The Long Walk", a book that has sold half a million copies since it was first published in There were too many implausible incidents, s A memoir must be an unrewarding thing to write today.
There were too many implausible incidents, starting from his insistence that he was completely innocent of spying or any other any crime against the Soviets they claim he killed an NKVD officer , his extraordinary long interrogations, the long march from Irkutsk to the camp chained behind a wood-burning truck, his ability to interview and then reject candidates for the escape without anyone ratting him out, the help he got from the commandant's wife, and his naive view of the natural world.
He claimed that the only living things in the Gobi desert were snakes, which they caught and ate what did the snakes eat? Were they cannibals? They evidently just laze around in holes with only their head sticking out. All of the snakes I have ever seen were either lying or crawling over the ground. It sounds more like gopher or night-crawler behavior to me.
Then there were the pair of Yeti they spotted! Now I know there was a lot of interest in the Yeti, Sasquatch, and Loch Ness monster back in the 50's when this book was written, but really now, are we supposed to take this seriously? I haven't researched the disbelievers extensively, but Outside did a scathing review in http: The current edition of the book has the usual testimonials on the back cover, including a glowing one from Sebastian Junger The Perfect Storm , "One of the epic treks of the human race Well Sebastian, I've now got you calibrated!
How does such obvious fabrication go unquestioned by so many people for so long read some of the angry comments at the end of the BBC article? Part of it may be the desire to believe a compelling story of incredible hardship and adventure, and part of it must be the West's fixation during the cold war with the evils of the Soviet Union. Anybody who can tell a story that makes them look like fools has got to be believed!
See http: Also see http: I'm not going to get all wrapped up in whether or not this account is true as the book claims. It's a remarkable story regardless, much like the book I just read, Das Boot: The Boat , was a remarkable story and may have some kernels of truth from the author's real life. The story itself is good and empowering, and that's all that really matters to me. That's a lot of walking, even for fictional characters.
Jul 18, Lyn rated it liked it. Tragic and difficult but also hypnotic. The reader may question the complete veracity of the account and and may be somewhat disappointed to learn of the amount of criticism and doubt surrounding his story. Essentially, a group of political prisoners in a Soviet prison in Siberia literally walk out of captivity.
The idea is that an escaped prisoner will die in the bitter cold and unforgiving wilderness of eastern Asia. The group walks across Siberia and into the Gobi desert and then to the Himal Tragic and difficult but also hypnotic. The group walks across Siberia and into the Gobi desert and then to the Himalayas.
Di they really see a Yeti? A very interesting book. Jan 21, Buggy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Opening Line: I read this after watching the movie The Way Back and as is usually the case the book is much better, vastly different yet obviously maintaining the gist of the year long trek across an entire continent to freedom.
As a point of in Opening Line: Anyways… Slavomir Rawicz wrote this memoir in as a form of therapy to escape the memories that still haunted him. These sections were actually some of the most brutal in the whole book Thus begins his journey. Transferred during the dead of winter Slav somehow survives the mile cattle car train ride and subsequent chain gang death march into inner Siberia and camp in Yakutsk After enduring starvation, cold, illness and brutality he and six other prisoners escape.
Together they cross an entire continent on foot with nothing more than an axe, a knife, a weeks worth of food and an unbreakable will to live. Covering some of the most inhospitable conditions on earth they travel out of Siberia and through China, across the Gobi dessert into Tibet and finally over the Himalayas and into British India.
This is where the epic part comes in because their journey is so brutal, so filled with despair and suffering its at times unbelievable and also impossible to put down. However for this type of storytelling it was perfect. Included in this version is an afterwards with some of the readers most persistent questions answered. Did he ever see them again? I mean they walked from Siberia to India, just think about that for a second. Oct 20, Jrobertus rated it it was ok.
The Long Walk, by Slavomir Rawicz, purports to be the true story of an heroic flight to freedom. He claims to have been a Polish officer grabbed by the Russians in , imprisoned and marched to "camp " in Siberia. From there he and six companions escape, with the help of the commandants wife. What a triumph of the human spirit. The book had the taint of improb The Long Walk, by Slavomir Rawicz, purports to be the true story of an heroic flight to freedom. The book had the taint of improbability all along,especially the part about observing a Yeti couple!
Subsequent investigation shows the book is a fraud. None of the events can be substantiated. He claims to have convalesced in a British military hospital in India for a month, but there is no such record. He claims to have trained with the Polish contingent of the RAF, but there is no record of that. Russian records show no camp ; they show Rawicz was a prisoner of war, but was pardoned in and sent to a refugee camp in Iran. So there you go. View all 4 comments.
Aug 14, Bibliovoracious rated it it was amazing. InCREDible adventure story.
Unbelievable what people are physically able to endure and survive. Just riveting. Several of them died.
Dec 29, Jeanette "Astute Crabbist" rated it really liked it Shelves: Amazing true account of courage and determination. This group of men escaped from a Siberian prison camp in and spent a year making their way to safety in India. They crossed very harsh terrain including the Gobi Desert and the Himalayas.
Sadly, not all of them survived the journey. Most interesting were the locals they met along the way, especially the Mongolians and Tibetans. Very well edited and not too long. Reads like a novel. View all 6 comments. Mar 23, Amy rated it it was amazing Shelves: The night after I finished this book, I laughed uproariously to find this book and its movie being referenced in the new Muppets movie. I think I was the only person in the theater who got the joke when the actress that played Christina in the movie started doing ballet against scene cuts of Muppets treacherously traversing snowy mountains and hot deserts to get to Kermit the Frog in his Siberian gulag.
I remember my International Relations professor referencing Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and his writings about the Russian gulags Russian forced labor prison camps , but it was only a vague reference without much background. Somehow I missed that Stalin began placing people in gulags in and had already imprisoned 1.
The majority of these camps were located in Siberia. The history of this book is a convoluted one. The tale within the book occurs from and was originally ghost written for the author in A few years ago, it came out that it was impossible for this to have been the true story of the author since he was released from the gulag in to a refugee camp in Iran rather than escaping to India in The movie and book became instant favorites of mine.
I think that, more than anything, I was amazed that the U. It was a selfish alliance in some ways, but a wise alliance in others. In toll of lives, Stalin was directly or indirectly responsible for far more than Hitler. Still, I suppose it could have been worse. Prisoners were chained together poorly dressed for the cold weather and made to walk miles or more with only bread and water to sustain them. Many died along the way.
Once the prisoners escaped into the wilderness, I found it odd that they never found a way of carrying water with them. They could have hollowed out a tree trunk, used the bladder of the deer they killed, rummaged in the garbage of villages they passed for some sort of vessel, etc. But they never had more than a mug between them for cooking or carrying water.
At the point that they realized they were wandering into a desert, surely they would have realized their need for a way to carry water. I suppose that you do what you have to do. Luckily, poor peasants are far more accepting of a ragamuffin group of travelers than your average city dweller.
If you saw a band of half-starved dirty travelers walking down your street, you'd be more likely to lock your doors than kill a lamb to feed them. Whether this story was completely, partially, or not at non-fiction, it still stands as a grand tale.
I highly recommend it to those interested in history and tales of survival. View all 3 comments. Jan 31, Julia rated it it was amazing. An amazing true story of the human spirit's will to live. Russia invaded Poland in and took hundreds of thousands of Polish soldiers prisoner One man, the author of this book, not only survived torture in Russian hands, and an inhumane train ride and walk to a Siberian labor camp He recruited 6 other prisoners to join him and the 7 of them walked to India.
Through Siberian blizzards, the Gobi desert's deadly heat, the treacherous landscape of t An amazing true story of the human spirit's will to live. Through Siberian blizzards, the Gobi desert's deadly heat, the treacherous landscape of the Himalayas. Took them over a year, and some died along the way, but 4 made it all the way. We've all heard of incredible survival stories, but you have never read a story like this.
A detailed account of an entire year, highlighting the day-to-day challenges of survival. The amazing strokes of luck that saved their lives, like the generosity of the peoples they came across in Mongolia and Tibet, people who fed them along the way.
It is truly amazing how the human body survived the ordeal, and even more impressively, how they managed to keep their integrity, their spirits, and humanity in tact. Author is very factual, almost dry and understated, which I think, is how he survived. Still rich in detail and captures the pain and suffering without wallowing in it. Have to move on, as do the words and chapters Apr 19, Misty Hobbs rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book has had a huge influence in my life.
It is the book that I read when I need to be reminded of how much the human heart and body can endure. It is the story I think of when I feel that my life is out of my control. When I need to be reminded that my life is not that bad that I really don't have it as tough as I think I do. What Rawicz endures opens my heart to human suffering outside of my own and I am so greatful to him for sharing his story.
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OK, here is my gut feeling. I do not know if all of this is true. Right smack in the beginning sections just did not seem believable. Once I started thinking this way my feelings toward the book were wrecked.
If there is one inconsistency, do you believe the rest? I will list some of the points that I found quite unbelievable. I must add, that for none of these points can I prove I am right. Everythin OK, here is my gut feeling. Everything is so fullproof, that it doesn't ring true. I am a born sceptic First of all, why are there no notes that document these experiences. To believe this I need the notes.
Seven men escape from a gulag in Siberia just south of Yakutsk. The seven men manage to get themselves all placed in the same building, a building located near their escape route.
How did they pull this off? Other men were sleeping in the barracks and none of the others awoke. Is this believable? I certainly hear when someone gets up or even moves in my bedroom.
I know. These men were exhausted, but still I find it strange. Furthermore the author, the instigator of the escape plan, is aided by the wife of the commanding officer of the gulag I mean give me a break. Everything is explained so well, that I do not believe it. Real life has hitches. When they escape they are never chased. They manage to survive the Siberian cold and get through the Govi desert. Three of the seven do die. Along the way they are joined by a woman.
She does die in the desert. But the whole thing is kind of "cute". Then the final bit is just too much They meet the, not one but two, Abominable Snowmen. The way it is described is just too much. They are drawn up as couple. When the group departs the text reads: I looked back and the pair were standing still, arms swing slightly, as though listening intently. On the other hand, if this book is true I feel like a total creep. There are elements that seem to bring forth a romanticism to sell the book.
There is a huge bear playing music on a tree trunk. OK, bears do play. Do you see what I mean? There is always an explanation. In the end I feel uncomfortable. Is the book true? I belive parts are true. I believe the description of the prisons and the torture procedures - they rang true. Oh yes, at one point the author is punched in the face and all his teeth on that side fall out.
Then the guy beating him says to head is off balance. He slugs the other side, and those teeth fall out too. However later in the book, it is mentioned that one of the group has trouble eating their rough food because he has no teeth. The author never has this problem. But I thought his teeth were punched out. They clattered on the floor! What I did like was the description of the people in Tibet.
You got close to these people and saw a glimpse of their lifestyle. There were also two excellent maps. The writing style is just factual, neither exceptionaly bad nor good.
I fthis is true I feel terrible. The author has raised money talking about his experiences. This money has gone toward helping orphans in Poland. Knowing this, I do feel a bit uncomfortable criticizing the book. I have to tell you how I see it.
This book was a real disappointment, so stupid a lie that it is almost as hard to believe that so many people fall for it--oh well, the Bible comes to mind. I love non-fiction, especially books on mid 20th century history. In July he married Vera, his first wife.
She went missing during World War II. He was taken to Minsk , then sent to Kharkov for interrogation, then to the Lubyanka prison in Moscow, where he was put on rigged trial. He was tortured to make him confess to being a spy which initially was unsuccessful.
He was sentenced to 25 years of hard labour in a Siberian prison camp, ostensibly for espionage as were thousands of others. His labour duties in the camp included the construction of the prisoners' barracks, the manufacture of skis for the Russian army, and the repair and operation of the camp commandant's radio.
In The Long Walk , Rawicz describes how he and six companions escaped from the camp in the middle of a blizzard in and headed south, avoiding towns. Smith"; they were later joined by a year-old Polish girl, Kristina. Four of the group died, two in the Gobi, two in the Himalayas.
According to the book, four survivors of the month trek reached British India around March and stumbled upon a Gurkha patrol. Towards the end of the book, Mr.
Smith asked Rawicz about his future. Rawicz told Smith he would rejoin the Polish army. Once released from the hospital, the survivors went their own ways. Some were still permanently sick from the hardships of the Long Walk. He then returned to Iraq with Polish troops and moved on to Palestine , where he spent time recovering in a hospital and teaching in a military school. Soviet records confirm that Rawicz was a Polish soldier imprisoned in the USSR, but differ from The Long Walk in detail on the reasons for his arrest and the exact places of imprisonment.
Aside from matters concerning his health, his arrival in Palestine is verified by the records. The story of the escape to India comes from Rawicz himself.
Captain Rupert Mayne, an intelligence officer in Calcutta, years after the war, said that in he had debriefed three emaciated men claiming to have escaped from a Siberian Gulag camp.
Mayne did not provide any further details and did not identify Rawicz as one of the men. A heart attack forced him into early retirement in He lived a quiet life with his family, giving public talks and answering fan mail, until his death on 5 April Three weeks after Harold Nicolson reviewed The Long Walk for The Observer , the newspaper published a short article entitled "Long Walker", in response to readers' questions about Rawicz's postwar life.
In addition to the familiar biographical details to , presumably supplied by author or publisher,  the article added: It was released in the UK in and has sold over half a million copies worldwide and has been translated into 25 languages. Burton brought out by Longmans and Green in their Heritage of Literature Series for schools , helped popularise the book.
The "concise" edition went out of print in the late s. Richardson , a British diplomat stationed in Lhasa. Leszek Gliniecki has copies of official documents which state that Witold Glinski was born in 22 November , was sent into forced exile to a special settlement Kriesty in Arkhagelsk Oblast Province , Russia, and stayed there from 24 February to 2 September This is confirmed by the international organisation "Memorial", the Polish Institute of National Remembrance and the Arkhangelsk Province archives.
The above information would not allow Witold Glinski to take part in the Long Walk. Archives of the Polish Army in the West, and his death certificate confirm that Witold Glinski was born in Victims of political terrorism in USSR; 2. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification.
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