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Long voyage back Hardcover – January 1, 1983


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 395 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440046173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440046172
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,601,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Luke Rhinehart is the acclaimed author of nine works of fiction, including most notably THE DICE MAN. In 1995, the BBC called that book one of the fifty most influential books of the last half of the twentieth century," and Loaded Magazine honored it in 1999 by naming it "Novel of the Century". Last year the London Telegraph named it one of the 50 great cult books of the last hundred years. Although first published 40 years ago, the book has been rediscovered in the 21st century, being published or republished in more than 60 countries and translated into 26 languages. It is currently selling more copies than ever and, amazingly, this resurgence of interest is led by young people--readers under 25.

His books SEARCH FOR THE DICE MAN, WHIM and THE BOOK OF THE DIE are also comic and philosophical dramatizations of his ideas, although each unique in its own right.In addition, over the years dozens of pieces of music have been inspired by Luke's ideas, including "Six Different Ways" by The Cure; "Dice Man" by The Fall; "Random I Am" by Millencolin; "Slaughter Of The Soul" by At the Gates; "X, Y and Zee" by Pop Will Eat Itself; "Black Diary" by Jameson; and "Such a Shame" by Talk Talk.

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Good character development also.
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I always love the books that are fictional only because the story hasn't yet happened, hope it doesn't happen but it could.
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This is one book that is worth the read & hard to put down.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Georgie Cavitt VINE VOICE on November 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
Although this book was written in 1983, it is just as scary and applicable today. Rhinehart wrote a very realistic book about nuclear holocaust that could still happen, except probably not by the Russians against the US. The scenario of thieves, pirates and desperate & fanatical people just trying to survive makes you feel like you are going thru it yourself. A horrible prospect, to say the least. I liked the idea to attempt to sail away and survive off the sea. Having just finished this great book, I feel like I was right there and part of the group. I wish there was a sequel. This is one book that is worth the read & hard to put down.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Robert Thomas on April 19, 1998
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Using the topic of sailing away from a nuclear war, Luke Rhinehart creates a moving yarn of radiation clouds, near escapes, refugee centers, pirates, famine, plague, and survival. Insights into life in the Caribbean and South America after the war are prophetic.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 23, 2004
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Not a bad read based upon its limited scope. The majority of the action takes place upon a trimaran sailboat in Atlantic and Caribbean waters. It has a well done believable beginning as the "war clouds gather." The escape from a suddenly desperate surviving populace is tense and exciting. Sailing away from the devastation and desperation is a different approach than I have seen in most similar novels. Good character development also. I got a little tried of being seasick, but I guess they were on the boat alot. I've read all the apocalyptic books on all the Amazon lists and this one is worth the time. The ending was rather disappointing but getting there was fun. Blurb: A tight, simple, staightforward story of survival told in style with adequate character development and a lip biting plot using effective linear movement.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 2003
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I read this book when I was high-school. I am *cough* 34 now. But, I will never forget this book, or rather the way I felt about it while reading it.
It is a book about nuclear war and it's results...but more than that, I remember when I read it, I was almost in a panic. I read it when we were in the throes of the cold war in the late '80's and it would give anyone the willies to read a very realistic book about a nuclear halocaust around that time...but it was different than that....I actually FELT like this was really happening when I read the book. A strange, and undescribable feeling that we were all doomed.
So needless to say, this book, to me was very powerful, and well written.
I just happened to think about it today and thought maybe it would be here...and voila! Amazon never fails!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cary C. Dunlap on October 16, 2012
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I found this novel to be dated, predictable, even silly at times, but still entertaining and fun.

The main problem for me was believability. At the outset, the story is fast-paced, intriguing, and engaging... I was genuinely engrossed. I love survival stories and I thought I had found another good one. By the three-quarter mark, however, the plot had devolved into cliches, hard-to-believe events, and over-the-top plot twists -- too many for my taste.

Another point of contention for me is how some of the female characters were portrayed as willing to have sex at the drop of a hat in the face of danger. Food, water? Check, let's get it on. A boat ride across the bay? Mom's willing to surrender herself to an entire crew of scurvy sailors, if they'll allow her kids aboard first. What? I found it preposterous to think an average woman in any generation, in any circumstance, would be willing to give her body to strangers so quickly with so little reservation. Maybe I'm naive though. I'm not a woman and I don't know how far a mother would go to protect her children.

Despite the datedness of the politics and the portrayal of some of the women, this is a well-written and enjoyable novel. It's not in the same class as Alas Babylon, Summer of the Apocalypse, One Second After, On the Beach, and Down to a Sunless Sea, but it's a worthwhile read. Amazon doesn't provide for half stars, but my rating, at least here in print, is 3 and a half stars.

Note: try Arc Light by Eric Harry for a truly gripping nuclear war tale.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Proust on February 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
I love survival and "end of civilization" stories, and this one doesn't disappoint. I also love sailing adventures and this is a good one.

Rather than using a multiple-viewpoint method that so many disaster novels utilize, with characters all over the world, this story sticks with the tight-knit group of survivors on the trimaran. The author does a good job in describing the sailing aspects and the challenges of crew interaction in a manner that will be appreciated by sailors and landlubbers alike.

The nuclear holocaust angle is well done, and how people react to the terror. There is a good balance of on-water vs. on-land action in the book.

Fast-paced adventure, hard to put the book down.

Great character development. "Olly" is a treasure.

Minor gripe #1: some of the fighting is a bit theatrical. At one point, somebody is actually knocked out by receiving a quick karate-chop to the neck. God I hate the knockout-punch myth as it appears in books and movies.

Minor gripe #2: Since the boat is a trimaran (three-hulled) sailing vessel, WHY IS THE COVER PHOTO OF A SLOOP???!!!!!!!

Somebody really screwed the pooch in the publishing house by putting a photo of a SLOOP on the cover of a novel that takes place on a multihull! To make matters worse, it was published by the Naval Institute Press of Annapolis, MD!! I bet the author still gets shudders over that to this day. Unbelievable error to anyone who sails.

Great read -- recommended.
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