The Long Walk is on a different level

Discussion in 'The Long Walk' started by Gamecrazy500, Jul 26, 2014.

  1. Gamecrazy500

    Gamecrazy500 Member

    I finished The Long Walk about 3 days ago, and to say that I was completely infatuated with this story would be the biggest understatement. That being said having a book with 3 other Bachman novels I decided to read The Running Man which is arguably the more famous of the original Bachman works. After reading it I have to say it does not hold a candle to The Long Walk. Now the thing is The Running Man was not a bad book. In fact I found to be very entertaining and even had some useful commentary on poverty and exploitation. Had I read it first I probably would have praised it. It's not about what The Running Man lacked but more about what The Long Walk had.

    To me The Long Walk was a story that was told on such a deep and intimate level that few books can ever compare to. It made me seriously think about the issues of death, and war and brutality that our society currently promotes as entertainment. The images that I congured up of the horrible suffering the boys went through will not leave my head. To me it felt like such an emotionally baring book that had the ability to disrupt my current mood an thoughts and continues to do so. Where as the running man just served as momentary entertainment. Did anyone else fell this special connection with The Long Walk? And that the book was just on a deeper level than most fiction? If so does King replicate this in any of his other books?
  2. TheKaijuProphet89

    TheKaijuProphet89 Active Member

    One of Kings most tragically under-read books. And one of my favorites. I've read it more than any other work from him.
  3. TheKaijuProphet89

    TheKaijuProphet89 Active Member

    I like to look at The Long Walk and The Running Man as sort of companion pieces. The Long Walk is more introspective and thoughtful while The Running Man is more pissed off and exciting. Both are great and both have things to say, but I do prefer The Long Walk.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...given when those were written(his age), they will resonate more in that population, though both are very good stories from such a young feller....
  5. Ex nihilo

    Ex nihilo New Member

    I did. Especially the part when Garraty realizes that he can die and the world will just go on without him.
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  6. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    I'm currently reading Bachman and was amazed by Rage. Brazen, bold, unapologetic, and gross. How I prefer King. What Holden Caulfield would sound like had he been wearing brass underwear.
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  7. Rrty

    Rrty Well-Known Member

    You are spot on about "The Long Walk," Gamecrazy5. I wish King would come up with a high concept like that again. It was so fun to read when I was in high school, I think that's the best time to read such a piece. And I still don't fully comprehend the ending.
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  8. Ex nihilo

    Ex nihilo New Member

    I think he lost his mind. It could have been a temporary thing or a permanent episode. He was having hallucinations about the other walkers still being alive. I like the way he started to run at the end.
  9. Jeffrey F. Pierson

    Jeffrey F. Pierson Active Member

    Just reread this about a month ago (actually read this in my 20's for the first time), remember liking it more then. This time around I ended up switching to audio and listening while I painted. I picked out bits and pieces and kept comparing it to some more recent fiction I have read (you can figure it out they are being made into movies currently). I will certainly go back again at some point.
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  10. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah most definitely. It is right at the top of the list for me too. As I said in another conversation about it, when I read it, I was shocked to my a great way. It shifted me fundamentally when it comes to what is possible in literature. Each successive re-read of it makes it no more less astounding to me.
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  11. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    The Long Walk will always be one of my favorites. I remember it clearly despite having read it a long time ago. It's a feeling that I remember; a gritty, dark, ominous one which is like the opposite of a secret:
    we know that only one contestant, if any, may not meet certain death. It's in the rules!
    A brilliant concept brilliantly realized.
  12. no bounce no play

    no bounce no play I am Borg

    I watched the film Never Let Me Go this weekend. The film was adapted from the dystopian novel by Kazuo Ishigure. It's a wonderful film and the film's mood got me thinking about The Long Walk. I loved The Long Walk. I didn't know dystopian fiction was a genre back when I read it. I wonder if SK purposefully wrote it as dystopian fiction or if his imagination just took him there? I think The Long Walk could become SK's best film ever.
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  13. KingAHolic

    KingAHolic The Original Unoriginal

    I agree! Make the film! Ron Howard should direct. PLEASE!

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