- Published: 2016
- Number of pages: 319 pages
- Format: EPUB
- File Size: 0.00 MB
- Authors: Stephen King
In this #1 national bestseller, “master storyteller” (Houston Chronicle) Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman, tells the tale of the contestants of a grueling walking competition where there can only be one winner—the one that survives.“I give my congratulations to the winner among your number, and my acknowledgements of valor to the losers.” Against the wishes of his mother, sixteen-year-old Ray Garraty is about to compete in the annual grueling match of stamina and wits known as The Long Walk. One hundred boys must keep a steady pace of four miles per hour without ever stopping…with the winner being awarded “The Prize”—anything he wants for the rest of his life. But, as part of this national tournament that sweeps through a dystopian America year after year, there are some harsh rules that Garraty and ninety-nine others must adhere to in order to beat out the rest. There is no finish line—the winner is the last man standing. Contestants cannot receive any outside aid whatsoever. Slow down under the speed limit and you’re given a warning. Three warnings and you’re out of the game—permanently….
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⭐So, I just finished The Long Walk for probably the 50th time, and it was as good this time as when I read it in 1985, at age 10.This King novel will forever be my favorite of all his works. Why? Because the words wiggle their way down into the very marrow of your bones and stay with you, ricocheting around your brain…for decades, apparently.There isn’t an author alive who utilizes characterization as well as Stephen King, and I’m honestly not sure there ever will be. Here is a story with 100+ characters, yet not once was I ever confused about who was who, and there was a very real visceral connection to several. I could literally feel Garraty’s physical and emotional pain as he traipsed along those endless Maine roads.This is a story people will either love or hate. I doubt there is much gray here. It’s raw, it’s bleak, and frankly, it’s depressing. However, in contrast, it’s incredibly complex, sincere, and touching.Me? I just hope to be able to read it another 50 times before I die, because this is some of the finest writing I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.5 road weary stars!**I chose this book as a Book of the Month selection for my book club…I hope they all love it as much as I do.
⭐No crazy lady with an axe. No murderous cars or supernatural evil. No fires started. In Stephen King’s “The Long Walk,” one-hundred teenagers walk at gunpoint until only one remains and wins The Prize. It’s a little like the movie “Speed,” but on foot and at 4mph. This goes on for days and hundreds of miles non-stop. You meet most of the 100 contestants and watch them slowly go insane and die in creative ways (One continues to walk through days of diarrhea, one tears out his own throat, one attacks the armed guards, etc). The sport of the future is sponsored by a military government we never hear about, and don’t care to.Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption, the first season of Walking Dead) snapped up the movie rights to “The Long Walk,” but this can’t possibly make a good movie. The guys make friends and talk, but the madness and the brilliance is in King’s words.This is my favorite Stephen King book, and it’s criminally unfamous. Most prefer King’s giant monsters. Remember Stephen King wrote Shawshank and Stand By Me too.
⭐I have been a Stephen King fan since I was about 14 years old. In recent years, I have not ready much (if any?) fiction. However, this summer, my 8 year old daughter took a creative writing course and when she would come home and tell me what all she learned in class that day, I was inspired to read fiction once again. This book had a lot of great reviews on Amazon and it’s really Stephen King’s first book — one that he apparently wrote while still and undergraduate!? I kept saying to myself as I worked through the book, “I can’t believe his genius mind wrote this as an undergrad.” I think back to my own undergraduate days and quite frankly, looking at them in hindsight I’m embarrassed over some of the papers that I turned in. Well, that’s why Stephen King is a successful writer and I’m not! In all seriousness, this book is a pager-turner! I read through the book in about 2 weeks and I had a hard time putting it down.I would love to ask the writer what the book means. I mean, it’s a great story but there just has to be some sort of symbolic meaning to it all. There’s a whole Wikipedia article discussing this book. I think that there might be something to the notion that the Long Walk represents life and we all — at times — fight with one another but also, even with those same people who we might fight with, we will for whatever reason also “join forces” with them. I don’t know the answer to my question, but I have thought about what symbolism might be hidden in the pages of this work.If you’re looking for a really great book to read this summer while on your “vacay” I would HIGHLY recommend this piece.
⭐Though I am a voracious reader, I still try to pace myself, especially during a really good read.I read the majority of this in one sitting, up all night. The irony, considering the plot of this book by Richard Bachman (Stephen King), is not lost on me.While shorter than most of King’s novels, this has all the twisted, graphic, anxiety inducing thrills you expect from the King of Horror.I love my sleep, so you know this is worth reading.Five Stars
⭐May I start by asking Amazon to pay their fair share of UK taxes. Those clever accountants may have all these creative schemes to stop you paying UK taxes, but it gets no hospital built or stops A/E’s/Maternity Units being closed or indeed pot holes filled. Do the decent thing like your customers do and pay UK taxes, please.Seller well done, would use again, top marks.
⭐It’s kind of hard to give this book a start rating on this scale as it probably sits somewhere between three and four for me. So why? There is a deep emotional tale here and anyone who has done a long hike – though probably not four miles an hour for several days with the threat of being shot – will recognise elements of these emotions and the incessant need to keep putting one foot in front of the other, however this is not really the point of the plot I feel. It has been suggested by some readers that there is no real plot and sure, if you compare this book to some King novels then there is something of simple feel to this one. There’s no supernatural element, no time travel etc but there is a plot, it’s just that it mainly seems to be in metaphor form. What I mean is that there seems to be an undercurrent that the long walk, though a real thing in the story, seems to represent life for the 100 young men who embark on it. On their way they make and meet friends, witness deaths, discuss politics, age, go through every life emotion and the main character, Garraty constantly thinks about the life he has left behind. That there is a prize – all your heart’s desire for the rest of your life – may refer to either a good pension or simply paradise beyond. Though I must admit I almost abandoned half way through as I couldn’t see the story going anywhere and you don’t really get a sense of rooting for any of the characters. You kind of just don’t really care. However, my main focus for reading was that dystopian world’s fascinate me – both as reader and writer – and I always hope and need to know what caused them and the finer details which this book fails to deliver. It seems to be set in the time it was written which is all the more confusing making one fleeting referral to an incident in Santiago in the 1950’s and an attack on a German base. So it may be that it is intentionally alternative history – I don’t know as I haven’t looked into any dissection on Wikipedia. But this side of it left me feeling a little cheated. Having said that though, if you peservere it does keep you gripped, as well as maybe a little disappointed at the end. And I do wonder if the book was the primary inspiration for the Hunger Games. If you read it you will know what I mean.
⭐Only few people can manage to write an entire book about a group of boys walking. This is evidence of King’s ability to sustain a story. This is a good psychological novel investigating the inner thoughts and experiences of a group of people participating in a horrific game show. The book holds its suspense by revealing slowly the fate of the participants/contestants/walkers who drop out. Also there are some interesting hints to the social environment that created such a place where the murder of young kids is acceptable as national entertainment. It seems that WW2 did not end in 1945, but continued with the Germans taking the war to the US mainland. It seems that a ‘change’ happened that turned America into a fascist dictatorship where people frequently dissapear at the hands of the ‘squads’. Did the Germans win the war in this historical hypothetical? The focus of the book is not this imaginary background however but the psychology of people competing against each other for the ultimate prize, keeping their lives. I recommend this to fans of King and everyone else as well. I would have enjoyed more information on the society behind the crowd of spectators. One wonders how far we are from watching our own ‘long walks’. Don’t we enjoy already humiliation on TV? Don’t we have people kill eachother in boxing rings? Don’t many of us cheer at news of people getting murdered (criminals, terrorists, law reformers)? One wonders.
⭐I enjoyed that, but it made me tired!The book wasn’t a chore or long winded by any means, but the “walk” felt so long!While reading you really start to relate to each of the characters, you start to feel their pain, to begin to hope for them, hope they can just keep going on just a little longer.This was completely different to anything else I’ve ever read by king/Bachman. I think it’s probably one of his least popular books, but in my opinion it’s probably up there with the best.Recommend to any king fan!
⭐I didn’t expect this book about teenage boys to have much of an impact on me, being a woman in my early 40’s. BUT I was totally consumed by it… I read it whilst ill & in pain & I felt every bit of pain they went through, physically & mentally. I laughed (crazily) & cried out loud, & then when it finished I actually grieved for the book! So much did this book engulf my fragile state of mind at the time, that I read it again straight away, something I have never done before.This book is more than just a story about boys walking a race, to me it was so reflective of life.A surprising book, that deep thinkers will not be able to put down if they allow themselves to me immersed into its pages.
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