The Long Walk

mass market paperback, 370 pages

English language

Published April 6, 1999 by Signet.

ISBN:
9780451196712
OCLC Number:
441197949

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The Long Walk is a dystopian horror novel by American writer Stephen King, published in 1979, under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. It was collected in 1985 in the hardcover omnibus The Bachman Books, and has seen several reprints since, as both paperback and hardback.

Set in a future dystopian America, ruled by a totalitarian and militaristic dictator, the plot revolves around the contestants of a grueling, annual walking contest. In 2000, the American Library Association listed The Long Walk as one of the 100 best books for teenage readers published between 1966 and 2000.

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One of Stephen King's books written as Richard Bachman originally, The Long Walk is a good book that's a very fast read. If you expect a book full of big plots and action, that's not what this is about at all.

The setting is quite simple. In this dystopian version of the US, with only few tantalizing hints of what the world is like, every year 100 boys are chosen to participate in The Long Walk. Those boys have to walk at a steady minimum pace of 4 miles an hour until there's only one man left standing, the winner receiving anything he might ask for. Those unfortunate who get warned three times about slowing down get their ticket, which is a bullet to their head. We get to follow The Long Walk through the eyes of Ray Garraty, a 16-year old boy from Maine who is a willing participant. …

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