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As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Escape from a Siberian Labor Camp and His 3-Year Trek to Freedom Paperback – May 17, 2008
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From beginning to end, the story leaps right out of the pages, and you can feel you are right there with Forell (the main character). Forell is a German POW that has been sentenced to 25 years hard labor in a Soviet lead mine at the edge of human existence. Of course, no one lives more than a few years after mining lead - who cares anyway since they are enemies of the Soviet state. After some time Forell and all his comrades slowly but inevitably begin to succumb to lead poisoning. Shaking off the lead-induced apathy, Forell makes his grim resolution to reach Germany or die trying - there will be no surrender. From then on we follow Forell's long, hard, and bitter journey to ultimate freedom. After his labor camp ordeal, his trek across the wilds of Siberia, and his experience with Soviet-style civilization, even his own uncle is completely unable to recognize him.
Truly one of the best adventure stories ever told!!! I never wanted to put the book down!
The drama of the story is compelling and reading it, I kept wanting to know how the subject of our story continued to survive, battling the brutal winter in Siberia and some of the villanous characters along the way. Throughout, this individuals courage and will to live proved inspiring.
I've thoroughly enjoyed this book. While there are some areas I would have wanted more details, the drama is compelling. The author has taken appropriate liberty to weave the story telling as he explains in the forward. Overall, a great story of survival.
I recommend this book to anyone of all ages. It's absolutely an amazing account of someone accomplishing a journey home with EVERYTHING against him and the beckoning door of death at every turn. How he survived? It's beyond me....
Now, I will hunt for the DVD....if anyone knows where I can find the DVD, please find a way of letting me know. Thanks!
I read this book several years ago. It is a dramatic, moving story of World War II German POW Clemens Forell's three year trek to freedom from the furthest eastern end of Siberia all of the way to Iran. Dozens of reviews on this book page attest to the book's impact. The book purports to be historically accurate and it is just that which makes the tale so riveting. At the time that I read it, I believed that the story was true and had been verified. Alas, apparently I was seriously mistaken.
I have just discovered that seemingly fatal questions have been raised regarding the veracity of the story. Please refer to the Wikipedia article on Cornelius Rost (the real name of the Clemens Forell):
"Comprehensive researches, condensed in 2010 into a three-hour radio feature by radio journalist Arthur Dittlmann for the Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting Company), left serious doubts about the authenticity of the events told in Rost's original story. For example, no prisoner of war camp existed at Cape Dezhnev in the Far East of Siberia at the time claimed in the book; Rost was not a Wehrmacht officer as depicted in the story; the German Red Cross, with headquarters in Munich, never received any inquiry about his whereabouts, which is unusual for a ten-year imprisonment; and Rost had been released from a Russian prisoner of war camp on 28 October 1947, about two years before his alleged escape in 1949-1952, which he therefore could not have accomplished."
The Wikipedia article's German sources indicate that Bauer's book is based on eight hours of tapes made by Cornelius Rost in the early 1950s.Read more ›
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This great book is true. The main character is real and did experience many calamities as well as near death experiences. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Dennis Anderson
The book looks like it came directly from a store shelf. Excellent conditionPublished 2 months ago by Visa
Incredible story of survival through brutal terrain, and weather. Very similar to the book "The Long Walk" by Slavomir Rawicz.Published 2 months ago by richard naaktgeboren
This book encompasses all the complexities of humanity. It was ultimately the kindness of strangers that ensured his survival. Bravo!Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
This well-written story tells of one German soldier’s escape from a Siberian labor camp and his cross county trek to return home. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jill Bemis
I'd like to review this book but the human attributes of the individual and his consciousness of himself ,strength, courage and will deserve a certain amount of silent humility... Read morePublished 4 months ago by b.frances
The book was definitely not as good as The Long Walk by Rawicz. I could hardly put that one down. I see others enjoyed it & that is good. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jewel