Thursday, January 14, 2010

A nice walk in the country

Okay, so "nice" is the wrong word. And by "country" I am referring to someone else's, a place so large and cold it makes Alaska look like Florida. Sort of.

This week's selection is a book that will make you glad to be you, and glad to be wherever the hell you are right now. It's called THE LONG WALK, by Slavomir Rawicz. It's a true story, and here it is in a nutshell:

A Polish Army officer, the author Rawicz, is captured and then tortured in the Soviet prison system and sent to the Gulags. Faced with misery in Siberia and probable death, he and a band of others escape and undertake a two thousand-mile long journey from the snows of Siberia through Mongolia, the Gobi Desert, and across the Himalayas toward British India and freedom.

If you want a book that makes you shake your head at the cruelty of some, and the resilience of others, this is for you. But wear woolly socks when you read it, you'll need them.

1 comment:

  1. I'll agree that this is a fantastic book. I very much enjoyed it. However, if you do a little research, you'll find that there are facts that have been discovered in the last few years that cast serious doubt about whether the author really did what he says he did. It's been a while so I can't remember details, but I think some records surfaced to show that the author was not incarcerated at the time he says he was.

    I hate to burst the bubble of people who enjoyed the book, but there is a real chance that every word of it was made up.


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