In this #1 national bestseller, “master storyteller” (Houston Chronicle) Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman, tells the tale of the contestants of a grueling walking competition where there can only be one winner—the one that survives.
In the near future, when America has become a police state, one hundred boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Among them is sixteen-year-old Ray Garraty, and he knows the rules—keep a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and you’re out—permanently.
A “psychologically dark tale with commentary on society, teenage life, and cultural entertainment, The Long Walk is still poignant decades after its original publication” (Publishers Weekly). This edition features an introduction by Stephen King on “The Importance of Being Bachman.”
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The long walk gives perspective on what to be thankful for, the true meaning of self sacrifice as well the ability to give when all is lost, fate, friendship, love, and most importantly loss all while displaying the fragilties of mankind. Psychological warfare and the effects the mind have on the body are perpetual themes and make you believe you are enduring this enslavement of a walk. Incredible.