The Long Walk

#1 Bestseller Writing as Richard Bachman With an Introduction by the Author "The Importance of Being Bachman"

Paperback, 370 pages

English language

Published April 1, 1999 by Signet Group, Penguin Group.

ISBN:
978-0-451-19671-2
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OCLC Number:
441197949

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4 stars (46 reviews)

In the near future, where America has become a police state, one hundred boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. The game is simple - maintain a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings, and you're out - permanently. ([source][1])

Also contained in:

  • [The Bachman Books][2]

[1]: stephenking.com/library/bachman_novel/long_walk_the.html [2]: openlibrary.org/works/OL81591W/The_Bachman_Books_(Rage_The_Long_Walk_Roadwork_The_Running_Man)

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4 stars

Gobsmackingly funny but bleak beyond repair. I enjoyed every page but it's just too goddamn bleak.

So, the book's about a bunch of dead men walking. I didn't really care for the social commentary that's supposed to be there if you squint your eyes. Past the premise, past the setup, the author didn't care either. Death men don't care.

It's also about a bunch of kids dying. Kids who don't know any better. They get to learn though. Not much. But they wizen up to how wrong they were about everything. Disabused of their convictions about their bodies, strength. Their minds, their fancy plans. A long, strung out, emphasized, capitalized but pointless lesson. Divine enlightenment during bad trip that doesn't seem to end. Raw reality received and processed but soon to be forgotten, too absurd to be any useful. You drop when you drop. Till then, maybe you get to …

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