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.
I have seen the movie a few times, so I was very interested in reading the book. It did not disappoint. Great narration too.
I read all kinds of books, but I have an obsession with paranormal and fantasy at the moment. Sorry about any spelling mistakes/typos.
This is a story that captivates and horrifies. The story highlights the flaws in human nature that allow us to treat other people as worthless as long as it's your orders, as well as the drive for survival that makes people go to lengths they wouldn't have thought possible in order to survive and find freedom.
The story is beautifully written and draws you in so that you can almost see the story taking place around you and the narration is excellent.
This is a book well worth listening to.
Absolutely incredible! Amazing that the human body and spirit can survive so much. The struggle was unbelievable. It was also a tribute to the basic goodness of most people by how they were helped and saved along the way.