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Not an endurathon of a read,
This review is from: The Long Walk (Mass Market Paperback)
The Long Walk has got to be one of Stephen King's greatest short story accomplishments, up there with the highlights of the Skeleton Crew.
The story is about an endurathon contest, where 100 boys just start walking, and if any competitor falls under 4 miles an hour, he is issued a warning. However, if a competitor slows down to under 4 miles after receiving 3 warnings...he is shot dead.
King introduces many unique characters to us, and we begin to almost feel their personalities, and the annoying little habits that they have. King does a masterful job of removing some of the characters from the story with not much detail, really placing an emphasis on the mental drain that is occuring with the competitors in The Long Walk, they are so tired they dont even notice how or when some of their friends are being killed.
The final surge towards the end of the walk is written quite ingeniously, and is even quite surprising.
Overall, I would highly recommend this short story. ALthough the book may be about an endurathon, it is certainly not an endurathon of a read, the pages will just fly by.
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Initial post: Mar 24, 2014 8:44:55 PM PDT
N. Sutherland says:
I don't understand how you can call a book that is over 300 pages a short story. It is a novel and a long one at that.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2014 10:19:43 AM PDT
Yeah, seriously, I mean was he talking about the same book?
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