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The Long Walk ➭ [Ebook] ➨ The Long Walk By Richard Bachman ➹ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk On the first day of May, teenage boys meet for a race known as The Long Walk If you break the rules, you get three warnings If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying On the first day of May,teenage boys meet for a race known as The Long Walk If you break the rules, you get three warnings If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying.


10 thoughts on “The Long Walk

  1. Kay Kay says:

    If this book does not make you feel physical pain, I don t know what will.This isn t a book about killer clowns or haunted hotels It s not a Hunger Games type of book, despite the game show element of the Long Walk, nor is it a world attached to any tower, Dark or not This book is in your face and physical, while simultaneously never losing that dreamy, philosophic quality of existenstial fiction The premise of the book is very simple Every year, 100 boys enter a contest called the Long Wa If this book does not make you feel physical pain, I don t know what will.This isn t a book about killer clowns or haunted hotels It s not a Hunger Games type of book, despite the game show element of the Long Walk, nor is it a world attached to any tower, Dark or not This book is in your face and physical, while simultaneously never losing that dreamy, philosophic quality of existenstial fiction The premise of the book is very simple Every year, 100 boys enter a contest called the Long Walk, and the winner gets all his heart desires Each contestant has to maintain a pace of 4 miles per hour or , or else he gets a warning If the boy who gets the warning can keep walking 4 miles per hour or faster for the next hour, the warning is revoked However, if the boy collects three warnings, the next time he slows down, he s shot in the head and out of the game.I love this book, but it s really hard to communicate what I think it s trying to relate As I m writing this review, I m desperately trying to organize my jumbled thoughts The best I could do is to divide the book into two sections that broadly describe which parts of this book stood out to me the most The Deeper Meaning as I see it How it s Done and The People The Deeper Meaning as I see it How It s Done The physical aspect of the journey immediately comes to the spotlight You think you can outwalk 99 boys Well, despite the 100% chance of someone actually doing it, you re 99% going to be the one to die either from exhaustion or carelessness The story s downward spiral from the optimism of the first 10 hours to the torturous hell that is the last 10 hours is slow, relentless, and ultimately certain Some of the boys death were incredibly cringe worthy, not because their death was bizarre or fantastic, but because it s so damn relatable I can t relate to a woman running away from her ghost possessed husband as much as I can imagine my legs giving out after hours of walking in my own blood and pus But what s extraordinary about this novel is despite its physicality and its real grit, it s very spiritual and contemplative Ultimately, this book questions what it means to live through the eyes of one boy and 99 others who are walking right into the arms of death As the boys break down physically, their minds deconstruct past the point of madness until they become lifeless, soulless automatons I think it s at this point, when the boys are broken beyond exhaustion, that King really questions the value of life in the midst of such suffering, and how we push beyond sanity to sustain life King doesn t point at authority or paternal figures to place blame on how extraordinary and torturous this desire to live can be It s the walker who chooses to go on the Long Walk that, in the end, leads to death, no matter what we do And life isn t nice It won t slow down for you Got blisters on your feet Tough Can t climb that hill after walking 24 hours You d better Got to take a shit If it takes longer than three warnings, you re going to die with your pants around your ankles It seems, in this light, that life is much crueler than death The People Ah, the other great part about this book and what makes this book so amazing Unlike many of King s works, this book is not atmospheric With the exception of comments about the weather and the terrain obvious factors to consider when walking quite literally until death , the entire narrative is solely focused on the Long Walk itself and the people who are a part of it I was hesitant to shelf this book under dystopian because I don t really know if it s a dystopia All I know is that the Major, whoever he is, seems to be in charge how much, I don t know and the Long Walk is something celebrated by everyone who doesn t partake in it All we get to know is Garraty, the main character in the story, and the other boys he meets in the Long Walk None of these characters are forgettable Garraty, McVries, and even Barkovitch are some of the most developed, fleshed out characters that I ve had the pleasure of reading The boys interactions, teetering between the desire for the other to die and genuine camaraderie, were incredibly complex and touching Whenever I read about a gunshot, I desperately hoped that it wasn t one of the boys that I knew because they were so real and likeable Amid the hardship and torture, something about this book was very sincere, and despite what King may have intended, characters like McVries and Garraty made the journey extraordinarilyenjoyable, if notemotionally painful This book is something that will always remain in my mind Not only was the writing engaging and visceral, but it struck a chord deep within me Some people may not enjoy the book It s raw, painful, and depressing But on the other hand, it challenges, breaks, and strips bare the human soul, and ultimately the sympathy such an act invokes is an intense experience.5.0 stars and highly recommended


  2. Kat Kat says:

    i m procrastinating schoolwork, so here s a shitty reviewwhat i liked this was BLEAK, baby kids getting killed left and right for the sake of entertainment with no end in sight i d say sound familiar except this was released well before the hunger games, anyway i digress twas good shit it was a simple concept that packed a punch, and i like that what i disliked this is hands down the HORNIEST stephen king i have read yet at this point i ve just learned to accept that he writes w i m procrastinating schoolwork, so here s a shitty reviewwhat i liked this was BLEAK, baby kids getting killed left and right for the sake of entertainment with no end in sight i d say sound familiar except this was released well before the hunger games, anyway i digress twas good shit it was a simple concept that packed a punch, and i like that what i disliked this is hands down the HORNIEST stephen king i have read yet at this point i ve just learned to accept that he writes weird sexual shit for no reason and i just try to roll with it, but idk this one had a lot of unnecessary tiddy commentary and i just couldn t get past it i was super unattached to all the characters had a hard time keeping their names straight, didn t care whether they lived or died, etc i think i get why people are so into this book i just didn t feel the same waaaaaaay pls don t yell at meeeeeeee3 12


  3. Emily (Books with Emily Fox) Emily (Books with Emily Fox) says:

    4.5 Every time someone asks me which Stephen King book I would recommend, I mention this one After reading quite a few of his books, it s still my favorite The downward spiral into madness and overall despair were very well written Reading this book literally made my body ache I do wish there were a fewdetails about the world, how the long walk came about, etc The ending wasn t fully satisfying, as seem to be most endings for SK, but I enjoyed the book anyway.


  4. Matthew Matthew says:

    Updated Review Re read May 2019Have you ever been watching a movie in the middle of summer that takes place in the middle of a very cold winter Even though it is 90 degrees outside you start to feel like you need to bundle up under a blanket That happened to me with the movie The Day After Tomorrow I had a similar response to The Long Walk As I read, I could feel the exhaustion and I was waiting for my legs to cramp When you can truly feel a book deep in your muscles and bones, you know i Updated Review Re read May 2019Have you ever been watching a movie in the middle of summer that takes place in the middle of a very cold winter Even though it is 90 degrees outside you start to feel like you need to bundle up under a blanket That happened to me with the movie The Day After Tomorrow I had a similar response to The Long Walk As I read, I could feel the exhaustion and I was waiting for my legs to cramp When you can truly feel a book deep in your muscles and bones, you know it is a good one My audio re read of The Long Walk in May of 2019 marks the 3rd or 4th time I have read it It has always been one of my favorite dystopian novels and I have enjoyed it every single time Long before the dystopian government in America Panem made Katniss battle it out in the Hunger Games, Ray Garraty was dragging his feet across the hot macadam of the backroads and turnpikes of Maine All for what you ask The honor of participating the the oppressive government s premier event, the entertainment of the people, and the always elusive fulfilment of all your heart s desires.A few people that I recommended this to before didn t care for it, but it is definitely one of my top five favorite of King s and my favorite of his Bachman books Such great storytelling, character building, suspense, and dark narrative I have just always been so awed by this book and how much it has pulled me in over and over again and won t let go Read this But, you may want to avoid it if you are getting ready for a marathon or a big hike ORIGINAL REVIEWThis is one of my favorite King books Suspenseful, unique, and all too possible It is one of the few books that I have readthan once Highly recommended for someone looking for a good place to start with King


  5. Dita Dita says:

    This is Stephen King at his creepy best I m on vacation and I ripped through this in a day As I read, the water became less blue, the beach became less sunny, the drinks stopped getting the job doneLOL You get the idea, getting pulled into Stephen King s world, even for a day, is a dark, dark place Also Suzanne Collins ripped off Stephen King so shamelessly in writing The Hunger Games that I have secondhand embarrassment for her.


  6. Johann (jobis89) Johann (jobis89) says:

    They walked through the rainy dark like gaunt ghosts, and Garraty didn t like to look at them They were the walking dead On the first day of May each year, one hundred boys will take part in The Long Walk Breaking the rules results in warnings More than three warnings and you ll get your ticket and you re out of the race.I ve felt for quite a while now that my top 10 Kings are pretty solid before reading this I had about 13 or 14 left to read and none of them really seem like possible c They walked through the rainy dark like gaunt ghosts, and Garraty didn t like to look at them They were the walking dead On the first day of May each year, one hundred boys will take part in The Long Walk Breaking the rules results in warnings More than three warnings and you ll get your ticket and you re out of the race.I ve felt for quite a while now that my top 10 Kings are pretty solid before reading this I had about 13 or 14 left to read and none of them really seem like possible contenders apart from maybe The Green Mile In particular, I never thought a goddamn Bachman book would break the top 10 we have a rocky relationship me and Bachman And yet here we are The Long Walk didn t just break into the top 10, but the top 5 From the outset I thought The Long Walk would just be another dystopian novel I say another quite loosely as surely this was one of the first , but boy was I wrong Below the surface, this book touches upon so many different themes and topics, like mortality, identity, friendship, and countless others If you ve followed my King journey you ll know that I m a huge fan of the books in which King tackles death, grief, loss and mortality That s kinda my wheelhouse All of these rank in my top 10 Pet Sematary, Duma Key, Lisey s Story, Bag of Bones and stories like The Woman in the Room and The Last Rung on the Ladder both of these appear in Night Shift, which is also on the list The Long Walk is heavy on both mortality and death.King started writing this when he was eighteen EIGHTEEN And yet this will surpass many of the books I read in my lifetime I m not sure how much editing was done between his first draft and when it was actually released, but either way, this is a fascinating idea for a book Only King could make the story of one hundred boys walking down a road so fucking nail biting and engrossing It is dripping with tension and dread My heart would be racing in my chest when some of those boys stumbled I would be screaming GET UP in my head So many King books have had an impact on me, but this has been one of the most impressive When I wasn t reading it, I was thinking about it or talking about it I almost wanted to stop strangers in the street and tell them all about the amazing book I was reading I had to settle for telling my boyfriend all about it instead but even then he was kinda like So shrugs and that s the thing The plot sounds interesting, yes, but it s the immersive experience you have when reading this one that really sticks with you It s the characters you get to know It s the looming black cloud of death that hangs over these boys I cried on countless occasions during this read death is a very real fear for me, and when I think of what these boys must have been going through, it got to be too much at times.As for the characters themselves, King has written them all in such a way that they re very individual, with their own personalities and traits McVries in particular stands out for me You get the impression he may not have been the best person in the world before this experience, but he becomes a really decent guy throughout the walk, he becomes someone for our main protagonist, Garraty, to lean on I love McVries 3 and Stebbins too It s a brutal read, it s heartbreaking, there are certain scenes you ll simply never forget but ultimately, it s worth it It also gave me one of the worst book hangovers I ve ever had, I m so thankful for podcasts and people online who will allow me to dwell in this story that King created for a little while longer It s emotionally exhausting and physically draining, but its monumental impact will stay with me forever.5 stars


  7. Petrik Petrik says:

    To think something so dark and depressing could come out of a premise so simple.I ll keep this brief, Richard Bachman a pseudonym of Stephen King has made something short and great here The premise of the book is annually, 100 teenagers entered a competition called The Long Walk where they have to walk literally non stop until only one person remaining The winner gets to have anything they want It s a very simple premise and it somehow made Hunger Games looks like Disneyland The slow des To think something so dark and depressing could come out of a premise so simple.I ll keep this brief, Richard Bachman a pseudonym of Stephen King has made something short and great here The premise of the book is annually, 100 teenagers entered a competition called The Long Walk where they have to walk literally non stop until only one person remaining The winner gets to have anything they want It s a very simple premise and it somehow made Hunger Games looks like Disneyland The slow descent into madness and insanity are clearly shown step by step, the changes in the characters from when they began were shown gradually.This is truly a dark tale, sometimes even depressing The author s prose was great and descriptive The fatigue, the pain, and the gradual changes in the characters can be felt from the writing Not gonna lie, at one point, I felt my feet get tired from reading It s a very compelling story, I finished reading this in one day.The minor cons I had on the book was even though this is a really short book, there are still some parts that I felt goes on a bit longer than necessary during the first half of the book Also, the ending was too abrupt and a bit too ambiguous There are a lot of great fan theories on the ending though, so if you feel disappointed by it, I think one of this theory can putclosure on the reader.Overall, I highly recommend this for anyone who s looking for a short, dark, engrossing, and a bit philosophical book You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic High Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest


  8. Lisa Lisa says:

    Man, I ve read this book at least 10 times and it is just as horrific as all the other times I ve read it Definitely in my roving top 5 of Mr Kings stories I would actually like to thank my library, Lewis and Clark and all library s that do ebooks What a difference I ve got hard and soft bound copies of all my favorite books, but I can t read them because of arthritis So, I get these intense urges to re read something, and unless I ve bought it for my kindle, then I m skee rude I hate s Man, I ve read this book at least 10 times and it is just as horrific as all the other times I ve read it Definitely in my roving top 5 of Mr Kings stories I would actually like to thank my library, Lewis and Clark and all library s that do ebooks What a difference I ve got hard and soft bound copies of all my favorite books, but I can t read them because of arthritis So, I get these intense urges to re read something, and unless I ve bought it for my kindle, then I m skee rude I hate spending 8 to 16 dollars for something that I have 2 copies of on my bookshelves So, againModern day libraries rock This book isn t your average horror Blood and guts Not much here This shit messes with your head Every time I read this, I m consistently thinking to myself, what would I do First off, I could never walk that distance If I met a friend along the way I would walk until I couldn t Just to help them walk down everyone else.Truth is that this is very much a Bachman book I know Stephen King had control of the pencil, typewriter, blah His hand was in it, but Bachman wrote it Don t believe it Try all the early Bachmans and you ll realize the difference If you read King, then this book is a must


  9. Kemper Kemper says:

    I kind of blame Stephen King for reality television.That s not fair because he certainly wasn t the first person to do stories about murderous games done as entertainment, and it s not like he produced Survivor or Big Brother However, two of the books he did under the Richard Bachman pen name before being outed are about death contests done to distract the masses in dystopian societies So whenever I see an ad for those kinds of shows I can t help but think that the people who make that trash r I kind of blame Stephen King for reality television.That s not fair because he certainly wasn t the first person to do stories about murderous games done as entertainment, and it s not like he produced Survivor or Big Brother However, two of the books he did under the Richard Bachman pen name before being outed are about death contests done to distract the masses in dystopian societies So whenever I see an ad for those kinds of shows I can t help but think that the people who make that trash read those books but saw them as great TV concepts rather than horrifying visions of the future.The scenario here is that 100 teenage boys volunteer to be part of an annual event called The Long Walk The rules are simple You start walking and keep up a speed of 4 miles per hour If you fall below that pace you get a few warnings If you don t get back up to speed immediately, you get shot Easier than checkers, right Here s the real rub You absolutely cannot stop All 100 boys walk until 99 of them are killed Last one still teetering around on whatever is left of their feet then wins the ultimate prize On the surface you could say that this concept that could seem silly or absurd Why would anyone volunteer for this Answering that question turns out to be one of the best parts of the book as King moves the walkers through stages while things get progressively worse for them on the road What King tapped into here is that realization that deep down we all think we re special, that things will always work out for us, and this is especially true when we re teens with no real ideas about consequences and our own mortality While the story focuses on one character it really becomes about all of the walkers, and we get to know them through their conversations and how they deal with the death that is literally nipping at their heels Eventually the grim reality of their situation sets in, and we also view how the boys react to realizing the true horror they signed up for We also learn a bit about the world they live in, and it s an interesting minor aspect established in a few stray bits that this is essentially some kind of alternate history where World War II played out somewhat differently I d read this several times back in the 80s and 90s, but hadn t picked it up in the 21st century so it felt like there s a dated element to the way that Long Walk functions The boys essentially just show up in whatever clothes they have and they start walking with little fanfare It almost seems like a contest at a county fair instead of something that captures the nation s attention There s some explanation given about how they don t want crowds or TV cameras around as distractions at the start until the walkers get settled into the routine However, that doesn t seem to fit with the idea that the event is being orchestrated as a distraction and weird kind of motivational tool If the story were told now there would be a lotabout the media coverage, and the whole thing would probably have a corporate sponsor Plus, the walkers would have matching shoes and uniforms designed to look cool and keep them walking longer They d also probably have asophisticated method than soldiers with rifles and stopwatches dispatching the lollygaggers, too This doesn t hurt the story at all, though Instead it gives the whole thing a kind of dated charm like watching a movie from the 70s where everyone is smoking and people have to wait by the phone.Onenote about Stephen King The man really needs to have a spoiler warning branded on his forehead I had to stop following him on Twitter after he spoiled major events on both Game of Thrones and Stranger Things My friend Trudi had part of The Killer Inside Me ruined for her by King s introduction in which he described several key twists I was listening to an audible version of this that had an intro from him talking about why he did the whole Richard Bachman thing In it, he casually gives away the end of The Running Man novel Fortunately for me I d already read that one, but Uncle Stevie clearly just doesn t get the concept and why it pisses people off.Overall, The Long Walk held up to my memories of it as one of the better King books as well as having a chilling idea at the heart of it Sure, some might say that the idea of contest that dehumanizes people for entertainment to make things easier for a fascist ruler is far fetched On the other hand, this TV show will be premiering a few days after a certain orange pile of human shaped garbage takes power.https www.youtube.com watch v OTNZrIt s a Richard Bachman world, people Get ready to walk Or maybe run


  10. Dan Dan says:

    The Long Walk is simply exhausting to read I found myself keep drifting in and out of sleep, needing to eat, drink, and use the bathroom But most of all, my feet ached a littleafter each page This is not because the book was bad and that I was losing attention, it was simply because I was so involved in the story I was walking WITH them.The premise is simple and I m sure if you re reading this review you re aware of what its about The fact that the story is so simple, allows for it to The Long Walk is simply exhausting to read I found myself keep drifting in and out of sleep, needing to eat, drink, and use the bathroom But most of all, my feet ached a littleafter each page This is not because the book was bad and that I was losing attention, it was simply because I was so involved in the story I was walking WITH them.The premise is simple and I m sure if you re reading this review you re aware of what its about The fact that the story is so simple, allows for it to become deeper on so many different levels.At the end of the book I found myself questioning everything, not because the ending left me unfulfilled but because it made me realise so much about life.The Long Walk is depressing, exhausting and brutal But ultimately it is a beautiful story that makes you aware how great it is to be alive.At this time of writing this review 1st August 2007 , the rights to making a film have been bought by Frank Darabont, director of the Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile I read The Long Walk as part of the Richard Bachman compilation of 4 novels, Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork and The Running Man


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