In , The Long Walk was published. It was the story of a good and gentle man caught up in the savageries that followed Germany's invasion of Poland in , when that country was partitioned between the Nazis and the Soviet Union. Slav's account started in the notorious Lubyanka prison in Moscow, as he was sentenced to 25 years' hard labour for "spying", after the 12 months of interrogation that had followed his arrest on November 19 Dispatched to Siberia, he and thousands of others were transported in open cattle trucks, in sub-zero temperatures, to the end of the line at Irkutsk, where, chained together, they were force-marched hundreds of miles to Camp - which the survivors had to build from scratch. In April , with the aid of the camp commandant's wife, Slav and six others escaped in a blizzard. They then walked 4, miles south, living off the land, through the Gobi desert and over the Himalayas, until they reached India and were rescued by a Gurkha patrol.
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On 19th November he was arrested by the Russians and after brutal interrogation he was sentenced to 25 years in the Gulags. 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 they crossed the trans-Siberian railway and headed south, climbing into Tibet and freedom nine months later in March after travelling on foot through some of the harshest regions in the world, including the Gobi Desert. First published in , this is one of the world's greatest true stories of adventure, survival and escape, has been the inspiration for the film The Way Back, directed by Peter Weir and starring Colin Farrell and Ed Harris.
Review quote Positively Homeric. The Long Walk is an odyssey through the wastelands of Asia and the vastness of the soul - a classic of triumph over despair, of beauty found in the Void. It must be read - and re-read. After his ordeal of The Long Walk he settled in England in were he remained for the rest of his life working in education.
He died in Rating details. Much much better than the movie.. In a remarkable man died. His name was Slavomir Rawicz, who in wrote a true account of his escape in from a Siberian Labour Camp and the epic and gruelling journey which followed.
Slav's account started in the notorious Lubyanka prison in Moscow, as he was sentenced to 25 years' hard labour for "spying", after the 12 months of interrogation that had followed his arrest in November He and thousands of others were transported in open cattle trucks, in sub-zero temperatures, to the end of the line at Irkutsk. They were chained together, and force-marched hundreds of miles to Camp - which the survivors had to build from scratch.
In April , Slav and six others escaped in a blizzard. They walked 4, miles south, living off the land, through the Gobi desert and over the Himalayas, until they reached India and were rescued by a Gurkha patrol. The dream of freedom had seen them overcome bitter cold, sweltering heat, thirst, starvation and injury. Sadly three of them died on the way.
This gripping book holds the reader from the first page to the last as this story of triumph over seemingly impossible odds unfolds. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X. Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter. Sign up now. Follow us. Coronavirus delivery updates.
Over the next year they traveled on foot through the frozen tundra of Siberia, across the scorching Gobi desert and finally over the mountains of the Himalaya to India and freedom. In addition, we worked with Medicines Global GB providing medical supplies to remote communities along the way. In the end, we compared the descriptions of the people and landscapes we encountered to what Rawicz described in the book and then asked the question, was it possible? The book was written by a ghost writer Ronald Downing. The author might have distorted the timeline and embellished some of the events to make the book a more exciting read. In present western society daily life has been comfortized to such a degree that most people cannot imagine what Rawicz went through.
The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
They travelled through the Gobi Desert , Tibet , and the Himalayas to finally reach British India in the winter of In the BBC released a report based on former Soviet records, including statements written by Rawicz himself, showing that Rawicz had been released as part of the general amnesty of Poles in the USSR and subsequently transported across the Caspian Sea to a refugee camp in Iran , and that his escape to India never occurred. Rupert Mayne, a British intelligence officer in wartime India, claimed to his son to have interviewed three emaciated men in Calcutta in , who claimed to have escaped from Siberia. According to his son, Mayne always believed their story was the same as that of The Long Walk —but telling the story decades later, his son could not remember their names or any details.
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