I did get to finish, over the weekend, The Long Walk. To say the feat that Slavomir Rawicz and his companions accomplished was unbelievable would be an understatement. To quote Sebastian Junger,
One of the epic treks of the human race. Shackelton, Franklin, Amundsen…history is filled with people who have crossed immense distances and survived despite horrific odds. None of them, however, has achieved the extraordinary feat Rawicz has recorded. He and his companions crossed an entire continent–the Siberian arctic, the Gobi Desert and then the Himalayas–with nothing but an axe, a knife, and a week’s worth of food…His account is so filled with despair and suffering it is almost unreadable. But it must be read–and re-read.
I couldn’t have said it better myself.