Its a good book to read but I'm having a hard time believing it. The distance the group traveled would be close to walking across America plus they walked across a desert.
Survival shows on TV always stress how important it is to have a water source and quickly
after getting out of the mountains which the snow would provide water I don't see how they could make it for hundreds and hundreds of miles.
I'm treating this book as Fiction, but its still a good read. :)
A few years ago I read an in depth article concerning the authenticity of the author's events. Some of the events didn't mesh up. One thing I do remember is that the writer interviewed an officer of the British Army who did say he remembered a ragtag bunch coming into his camp when he was stationed in India - so the story may be true. Nevertheless, its a great read.....except the part about the yeti's..........I'm a bit skeptical of that stuff.
A great book. Very hard to put down. The movie was terrible compared to the book. I was disappointed in the screenplay but the book is amazing.
I first read this book in 1957 just after it was first published. I read it again in 1983 and twice since then. It is the best book I've ever read.
Listened to the audiobook. Great story, kept me into it the whole time. But, I have to ask - why the heck did they bother to cook all the snakes??
I loved reading this book. It is one of my favorites.
Excellent book. good movie too.
One exceptional book and should be read by everyone who thinks times are tough now. Skillfully written and a book you do not want to put down!
Saw the movie but the book is far better, with much greater details about this journey.
An incredible story of wartime hardship, initiative and endurance. Is it true or fiction? If you read the accounts of early European explorers in central Asia and Tibet, such as Sven Hedin and Francis Younghusband, one finds it hard to imagine a small band of refugees succeeding in this trek without local guidance and knowhow. Prisoners did escape from the POW camps in Siberia but they followed routes east through China or southwest through Persia. Rawicz's tale may be a composite of portions of the escapes of other people. The detail that casts the biggest question mark over the account is his encounter with a yeti. Very readable and fast paced regardless of its veracity.
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