- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; 1st edition (April 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780451196712
- ISBN-13: 978-0451196712
- ASIN: 0451196716
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1,565 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Long Walk Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
Ray Garraty--along with 99 other teen boys--has entered the Long Walk, a grueling march at four miles per hour that continues until only one person is standing. The losers receive bullets to the head. As the march progresses, the numbers dwindle, the challenges of continued marching increase, and the senselessness wears on the participants' state of mind. King (writing as his alter ego, Richard Bachman) delivers another psychologically dark tale with commentary on society, teenage life, and cultural entertainment that is still poignant decades after its original publication. Kirby Heyborne's skills shine in the narrative passages, which he executes with a good mixture of rhythm and emphasis. Heyborne's light and youthful-sounding voice exudes the needed attitude of the mostly male adolescent characters. However, some of his character voices for the teens feel created just for the sole purpose of clearly distinguishing them, rather than matching voice organically to personality. His female voices lack substance, but since there are so few of them, listeners will not be too distracted. A Signet paperback.
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I started reading this book with high hopes, due to the many positive reviews this book has (plus a good friend recommended it). All in all I still don't know where I stand with it. Parts of it were great, but at times not so great. It's hard to say I didn't enjoy the book, because I did. Usually I don't gravitate toward shorter reads, such as this, and that may be why I had some issues with "The Long Walk".
• Great characters
• A truly dreadful sense of suspense throughout; Edge of your seat moments a-plenty
• A terrifyingly new take (as far as I know) on national entertainment
• The game show quotes at the beginning of each chapter really add to the twisted, fucked-up idea of the ultimate game show
• I feel like there are a lot of details left out of the story, details that could cleared some of the confusion I had when reading this. Some aspects of the story were just thrown out there and were never heard of again, which aggravated me (personally)
• There was also needless information that didn't add to the story whatsoever. Again, it can be a little confusing
• The book does take time to pick up pace. I wasn't 100% interested in the book until I reached Chapter 7/8
•THE ENDING. The last two chapters seemed extremely rushed. At this point the direction of the story and the characters becomes somewhat lack-luster. I was expecting a drawn out ending, one that would make me want to scream with anticipation...but it never happened. To me, the ending was boring and not at all what I would expect from Stephen King.
I would love to ask the writer what the book means. I mean, it's a great story but there just has to be some sort of symbolic meaning to it all. There's a whole Wikipedia article discussing this book. I think that there might be something to the notion that the Long Walk represents life and we all -- at times -- fight with one another but also, even with those same people who we might fight with, we will for whatever reason also "join forces" with them. I don't know the answer to my question, but I have thought about what symbolism might be hidden in the pages of this work.
If you're looking for a really great book to read this summer while on your "vacay" I would HIGHLY recommend this piece.