The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom

The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
Slavomir Rawicz
Adult Non-Fiction

In 1939, author, Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army during the German-Soviet partition of Poland.  Starved, imprisoned, and tortured, Rawicz is moved to a Soviet labor camp in Siberia.  Through a small miracle, he and five other prisoners manage to escape.  However, this is only the beginning of their story as they begin their 4000 mile journey out of Siberia, through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet, and over the Himalayas to British India towards freedom. 

As you may have guessed, this is not my typical book.  I was very hesitant to pick this book up, but once I did I couldn't put it down.  As a reader, be prepared for the harsh circumstances which are described.  Fortunately, it is not only a story about unjust imprisonment and torture, but also a story about love, hope, courage and so much more.  Although there is much controversy about the accuracy of the events, it is inspirational and gripping. 

Happy Reading

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