I finished reading The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz last night. Actually, it has been tough to put down for the past couple of days. The Long Walk is the true story of seven men who are unjustly imprisoned by the Russian government in the late 1930s. And, they’re sent to one of the most notorious and desolate prisons in world history . . . the Siberian wasteland in Irkutsk.
Slavomir writes in the forward to the Polish edition, “I hope The Long Walk will remain as a memorial to all those who live and die for freedom, and for all those who for many reasons could not speak for themselves. I had to tell my story as a warning to the living, and as a moral judgment for the greater good.”
In 1941, Slavomir and 6 others escaped their Siberian prison. In their bid for freedom they had to cross the unimaginable frozen tundra of Siberia, traverse the blazing heat of the Gobi desert and make their final ascent through the Himalayan mountains . . . all on foot!
The Long Walk is a courageous and inspiring story of the triumph of the human spirit and the power of comaraderie.
Pick this one up.