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Discussion in 'The Long Walk' started by christopher jones, Nov 30, 2015.

  1. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    I suppose that's the nice way to put it.

    It's a bit on-the-nose for an homage, to my way of thinking, but then again, my way of thinking isn't particularly important in this regard. The great man himself (before his passing) accepted Mr. King's "subconscious reverence" explanation (or however he put it), so who are we to question?

    And so what if "Breakers" are unnervingly reminiscent of The Mind Slaves of Trantori? :glare:
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  2. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    There is that old adage- 'Everything old is new again.'
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  3. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    No new thing under the sun.

    I'm sure I read that somewhere. :fox:
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  4. summer_sky

    summer_sky Well-Known Member

    I think it would be easy... and very human... to have "subconscious reverence" influence your writings if you are an avid reader AND a prolific writer.
    The questions regarding why consciously publish works of "subconscious reverence" are the tricky ones to be asked/answered. I suppose the answers would differ depending upon as to when the homage or "subconscious reverence" was written and who exactly made the decision to released the writing as a publication.
    The same thing is said about music and songs. The argument being that there are only so many chords and combination of notes to be played. Or, something like that.
    Ha! SmartArse. I see what you did there! :biggrin:
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  5. Aloysius Nell

    Aloysius Nell Well-Known Member

    It is called The Long Walk, not The Far-Off Finish Line.

    (By which I mean, the "point" of the journey is in the journey.)
  6. summer_sky

    summer_sky Well-Known Member

    Well said and point well taken.
    Simplicity. Sometimes, I find it difficult to see the forest for the trees whilst walking on this journey we call life.

    btw, your avatar cracks me up. very funny!
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  7. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    Lol, an income generator. I guess the beauty of literature is how widely different people are and how different things appeal to everyone. As for me, I think the Long Walk is most likely the greatest thing Stephen King has ever put on paper in his amazing career and I think it is a complete and utter masterpiece. I have spent a whole lot of hours thinking about that story and stewing about it since I first read it 20 years ago....more than any other SK story by far (of course I have read it several times since then). It was nothing less than revolutionary in my development and my understanding of what is possible in literature. The story blew my mind totally way back then and when I read it most recently, I found it to be every bit as magnificent as I had remembered.
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  8. summer_sky

    summer_sky Well-Known Member

    The power of written word makes all things possible.

    Who are some of your other favorite authors to read and think upon?
  9. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

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  10. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    Honestly I don't have any other favorite authors technically. I have certainly read some books by other others that I thought were great, but there is not another author that has made me purposely set out to devour their entire collection the way I have done with SK.

    The Lottery by Shirley Jackson instantly comes to mind. When I read it in college, it certainly knocked my socks off and made me think for a long time. In a sense The Long Walk was SK's homage Jackson's story and definitely has some similarities. I like a good bit of Poe and Lovecraft also.
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  11. Death Kat

    Death Kat Member

    Summer Sky - I had thought that it was just me who loved The Long Road. I remember reading it and was truly awestruck and it has remained my favourite Stephen King story. I want to re-read it but I remember being so involved, entwined and entranced by the story at the time that I felt exhausted after. It felt like I was walking with them the whole way. It's amazing that a writer can do that - I felt transported into the story and the horror and dread of the story was just so powerful. Nice to hear that someone else like's it too

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...The Long WALK honey....:smile:
  13. Death Kat

    Death Kat Member

    Oh yes! Thank you :)
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  14. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    Just so.
  15. Bardo

    Bardo Well-Known Member

    Love,Love Love this story!!!
    Probaly have read at least 7 times!
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  16. Death Kat

    Death Kat Member

    I've just looked at my copy of The Bachman Books, which I remember ordering from WHSmith (a shop in the UK where I live) in hardback and the (treasured) copy I have was published in 1987! I cannot believe I read this about 29 years ago. Maybe time for a re-read.
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  17. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    They know that one person wins and everyone else dies. But, do kids that age really understand death? I think they understand what death is, but don't comprehend that it really could happen to them.

    I also felt the ending was Garrity having lost his mind. It's been a long time since I read it, but seems to me, when he felt the hand on his shoulder, I thought, in his mind, he had to get and walk because, if they sit or stopped to long they got shot. He didn't comprehend it was over....so he had to move.
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  18. Hello everybody thanks to all you loyals that have made my little thread oh so successful when I started this I thought no one shared my love of this particular novel I was clearly wrong
  19. Edp

    Edp Member

    Agreed. I was kinda upset after finishing it. I wondered what I was supposed to take away from the book and finally gave up and decided there was no single way to describe the book's plot and ending. I'll just enjoy it as an interesting read.
  20. chief4db

    chief4db When it doubt, run!

    I loved the long walk. Give it a read and tell us what YOU think. Definitely don't read it bc some folks didn't like it. Your gonna have that with any book.

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