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A map Their crossing of the Himalayas has similar problems And the book s claim that they saw Abominable Snowman Himalayas has similar problems And the book s claim that they saw Abominable Snowman The Yeti establishes the fact beyond all doubt that the book is fiction and fiction not very well doneBut the fact remains that the idea of escaping from Siberia to India is a heck of a story The 2011 movie The Way Back is based on this book Maybe the movie is 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 conseuently brought to my attention You can read about the controversy regarding the authenticity of the book at this Wikipedia article The following review from PageADay s 2007 Book Lover s Calendar was how I first learned about the bookBACK IN PRINTRawicz s memoir is one of the most extraordinary and harrowing ou will ever read A oung Polish officer in World War II Rawicz was captured by Soviet forces and sent to a work camp in Siberia In 1941 he and six fellow prisoners escaped and with only an ax head and a makeshift knife trekked thousands of miles through Siberian tundra the

desert and over the Himalayas freedom in British occupied India The New York Times calls Rawicz a poet with steel in his soul and Sebastian Junger The Perfect Storm calls the book one of the epic treks of the human race THE LONG WALK THE TRUE STORY OF A TREK TO FREEDOM by Slavomir Rawicz 1956 The Lyons Press 1997 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 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 Tragic and difficult but also hypnotic The reader may uestion 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 Himalayas Di they really see a YetiA very interesting book 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 1939 imprisoned and marched to camp 303 in Siberia From there he and six companions escape with the help of the commandants wife THey begin a ear long trek south past Lake Baikal through Mongolia across the Gobi over Tibet and to India and freedom Hurray What a triumph of the human spirit The book had the taint of improbability all alongespecially the part about observing a Yeti couple Subseuent 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 303 they show Rawicz was a prisoner of war but was pardoned in 1942 and sent to a refugee camp in Iran So there ou go. O mundo até alcançarem a Índia britânica em março de 1942 Rumo à Liberdade é um formidável testemunho da força e perseverança do espírito humano e uma afirmação do desejo universal de liberdade e dignida.
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L us how he feels he just gives a meticulous account of what is taking place However For This Type Of Storytelling this type of storytelling was perfect Included in this 1997 version is an afterwards with some of the readers most persistent uestions answered What Slav s life was like after The Long Walk What happened to the other men Did he ever see them againThis is a story I won t ever forget and I highly recommend I mean they walked from Siberia to India just think about that for a second Amazing true account of courage and determination 45 starsThis group of men escaped from a Siberian prison camp in 1941 and spent a ear 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 There is much controversy as to whether this account is fact or fiction I googled the author s name and the book title and after reading dozens of articles and opinions I m still not sure though I lean towards thinking that the narrative is actually a composite of a number of experiences including Rawicz sAs was said in an account on the web entitled 18 Anderson s Long Walk Expedition in which a group of people retraced Rawicz s journey although on camels not on foot Attempting to find truth in every written word of the Long Walk dooms the book to skepticism The two most poignant examples of this are Rawicz and his companions crossing the Gobi desert without water for 13 days and sighting the eti in the Himalayas However both of these even When this novel was first published in 1956 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 1942 and managed to walk all the way to British India The story was eagerly consumed by the cold war era public who were enad by the tale of an escape from the evil empire of the Soviet Union It was an incredible story of endurance that reuired walking across the Gobi Desert and over the Himalayan MountainsResearch 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 1940s he is true that the author had been a prisoner in Siberia in the early 1940s he not escape in the manner described in this book Instead he was released as part of a 1942 general amnesty and subseuently 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 thereI 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 liarIf 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 uite confident that they didn t do it by walking across the Gobi without euipment and. Onsegue fugir juntamente com seis companheiros e tem início uma odisseia rumo à liberdade ue os levará a percorrer a pé mais de 6500 uilómetros em direção a sul enfrentando algumas das regiões mais agrestes Wow 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 ears 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 that prison possess possibilities for torture that normal humans can barely comprehend I have no doubt that if Slavomir had humans can barely comprehend I have no doubt that if Slavomir had a prisoner of war in Siberia records indicate he was then he most likely experienced what he claims on the way to camp 303 As for his escape I also know many Mongols and they are as kind as he describesAll in all an excellent read fiction or fact I recommend it to all 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 meThat s a lot of walking even for fictional characters Opening Line It was about nine o clock one bleak November day that the key rattles in the heavy lock of my cell in the Lubyanka Prison and the two broad shouldered guards marched purposely in Wow what an amazing story epic is I guess the word I m looking for I read this after watching the movie The Way Back and as is usually the case the book is much better vastly different Building Performance Analysis yet obviously maintaining the gist of theear long trek across an entire continent to freedom As a point of interest or not Colin Farrell continent to freedom As a point of interest or not Colin Farrell tattooed gang character does not exist in the book AnywaysSlavomir Rawicz wrote this memoir in 1959 as a form of therapy to escape the memories that still haunted him It has lost nothing with time however and remains one of the most incredible journeys of strength endurance and human spirit ou ll ever readIts 1941 and Slav has just spent two ears in a Soviet prison After multiple beatings and interrogations at the hands of the sadistic prison guard the Bull he is eventually found guilty of espionage and sentenced to 25 ears forced labour in a Siberian work camp 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 3000 mile cattle car train ride and subseuent chain gang death march into inner Siberia and camp 303 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 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 The LONG WALK is written factually and Slav doesn t ever tel. Slavomir Rawicz era um jovem oficial de cavalaria polaco uando a 19 de novembro de 1939 foi preso pelos russos sob a acusação de espionagem e condenado a 25 anos de trabalhos forçados nos gulags Em abril de 1941

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