Book Read! The Long Walk
First sentence: “An old blue Ford pulled into the guarded parking lot that morning, looking like a small, tired dog after a hard run.”
P. 99: ” This time it was a boy in a flapping red and white football jersey.”
Last sentence: “And when the hand touched his shoulder again, he somehow found the strength to run.”
This is a real pageturner. From the very first pages you know that 100 boys are going for a long walk, and when they don’t succeed, when they go to slow, when they want to stop, something horrible happens to them. But why are these 100 boys voluntarily doing this? And why does everyone, that is, society, agree with this? What’s behind this all? And who is this Major and what part does he play?
You get to know something about the Squads who pick up people who are criticising the walk or politics, but unfortunately you don’t get all the answers and the sense of uneasiness and anxiety stays with you until the last sentence. Although usually I don’t like books that don’t make everything what is happening clear, I liked this book a lot. It is a story you can not stop thinking about when you finished reading.
Stephen King wrote this novel under another name. This Richard Bachman has, according to King, a somewhat darker character.