I am a lover of history and the fantastic tales of human achievement (or folly). Sometimes, a grand author captures my imagination.
I picked this book up after reading about the new film ‘The Way Back’ by Peter Weir. The period really interests me and there was the added bonus of an escapist novel in the tradition of Papillon. I was not disappointed. It is a beautifully constructed novel that is emotional and real. There is a huge debate as to whether Slavomir Rawicz stole the idea from another Polish émigré in England or was just exaggerating his own experiences. Irrespective of its shady past, the story is beautiful and the narration exceptional. Highly recommended.
John Lee, one of my favorite narrators, brings a measured dignity and care to this harrowing story of human endeavor, comradeship and courage. Rawicz, a Polish soldier, imprisoned in Siberia during the second world war, escapes and this is his account of his prison hell and subsequent long walk out. Ghost written, it is a very restrained account of such an extraordinary achievement.
There is some question as to the authenticity of the walk, but on balance it seems to be true. It is certainly worth listening to. Published in 1956, it has never out of print and, despite the unimaginable privations endured, Rawicz lived to 89. Distinguished Australian film maker, Peter Weir, has just released a film of this walk called The Way Back.
The first couple chapter were a little slow for me, but once their "Walk" began I was glad I continued the story. A great example of the stresses and pressures the human body and mind can endure
I was enjoying this book as one of best escape/adventure stories I had ever read until near the end when author claimed that he had seen the Abominable Snowman in the Himalayas, replete with detailed description. How can anything else in this story then be believed?
Sure. It's an outstanding narrative.
A moving performance.
A 4000 Mile Journey.
Would like to hear what happened to the people in later years.