Comparison with The Long Walk

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Marty Coslaw

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This book and The Long Walk have many similarities. I'm wondering what some other Constant Readers picked up on that I might not have.

The most obvious similarity is probably Bachman's voice and story resolution, which King touches on in his intro. Both books are set in dystopian future worlds. Both feature determined-but-flawed protagonists who endure a lot of violence. I'm most interested in any shared themes that you guys might have noticed. For example, I think both books explore government oppression, social hegemony, and class/race conflict. Maybe also the marginalization of minority groups? Any thoughts?
 

Doc Creed

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This book and The Long Walk have many similarities. I'm wondering what some other Constant Readers picked up on that I might not have.

The most obvious similarity is probably Bachman's voice and story resolution, which King touches on in his intro. Both books are set in dystopian future worlds. Both feature determined-but-flawed protagonists who endure a lot of violence. I'm most interested in any shared themes that you guys might have noticed. For example, I think both books explore government oppression, social hegemony, and class/race conflict. Maybe also the marginalization of minority groups? Any thoughts?
I'm finishing up The Green Mile and then starting a reread of The Running Man. I'll let you know my opinion when I finish. From what I remember about the latter novel, I agree with you about their superficial similarities.
 

GNTLGNT

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This book and The Long Walk have many similarities. I'm wondering what some other Constant Readers picked up on that I might not have.

The most obvious similarity is probably Bachman's voice and story resolution, which King touches on in his intro. Both books are set in dystopian future worlds. Both feature determined-but-flawed protagonists who endure a lot of violence. I'm most interested in any shared themes that you guys might have noticed. For example, I think both books explore government oppression, social hegemony, and class/race conflict. Maybe also the marginalization of minority groups? Any thoughts?
....I think you pretty well nailed it....the "future" ain't a pretty place.....