grammahotshot, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by grammahotshot)
Cherish freedom? I first read it over 50 years ago and I've read it again and again. There were prisoners of war taken during WWII - this man was one. Rawicz and the people who fled a prison in Russia with him were willing to endure unbelievable hardships just to have freedom. A carefully planned escape and then the risks of being caught are just the beginning of the story. Along the way they are joined by others. Not everyone survives their journey which includes crossing a desert and mountains. You will be moved to tears and filled with awe as you read this wonderful account of the human desire for freedom.
Barbara Miller, May 9, 2012 (view all comments by Barbara Miller)
I had known about this book for many years before running across the audio version of it in a library and deciding to experience it. I realize that there are questions about whether this story could possibly be true--certainly there are highly improbable aspects to it, and apparently there are Soviet records saying that Rawicz was released in 1942 rather than being sent to Siberia. But it's a fascinating and compelling book, even if it's fiction (or, perhaps, a story that he may have constructed while in solitary confinement to keep from going crazy). The characters he meets and describes, and the relationships he forms with the people with whom he escapes and makes the journey, are as interesting as any novel. The journalist who ghost-wrote the book is a good writer, so the story flows well, with telling details. The time I spent with it was well worth it.
Sandy W, August 30, 2008 (view all comments by Sandy W)
I first read this book in high school in the 70's and I have never forgotten it. I recently purchased my own copy and re-read it with just as much interest as my first time. It is a "can't put down" book which tells of the author's escape from prison camp and his long walk to freedom. The "long walk" is an understatement as it was thousands of miles through blizzards, deserts, and everything conceivable in between. The writing style is simple and honest, and you too will not be able to stop reading until you reach the ending.
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